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Student Life




With a wide range of student ages and residential status, student life at Kildonan has many faces. All elementary age students are day students, making up approximately 30% of the school population. The students in grades 2-6 experience a typical day that includes academics, fine arts, group activities, community building, community service, student government, and after school athletics. They will also participate in field trips, Thursdays at Butternut Ski Resort, and many on-campus all-school events and programs.

Day students in grades 7-12 are fully integrated into daily school life with our boarding students, and are often invited to participate in activities and special dinners following regular dismissal with permission from the Office of Student Life. Day students form close friendships and bonds with boarding students, and often host boarding students at their homes on weekends. They also have the opportunity to participate in weekend outings and/or spend a night in the dorms with boarding students based on their Effort System level. There is a student lounge for day students where they can feel at home on campus.




Day students provide their own transportation to and from school, or may receive bussing from their local school districts.

Boarding is available to all students in grades 7-12. Families have two options: 5-Day boarding and 7-Day boarding. In a typical school year, approximately 70% of our older students reside on campus in our dorms. Our 5-Day boarders usually live within reasonable driving distance and either take the Metro-North train home from Wassaic bus station or get picked up by a parent or guardian after school on Friday afternoon. 5-Day boarders live with us from Sunday dinner through Friday afternoon, and stay on campus over closed weekends which occur two times during the academic school year.

The majority of our boarding students are 7-Day boarders, and they are with us most weekends when school is in session. Students enjoy the many opportunities that boarding school life provides while parents appreciate the enhanced educational experience their child receives, including the structured daily schedule and supervised study time, as well as a defined social network. See what residential life at Kildonan can offer your child!


Dining Hall

Meals at Kildonan are served in the school's Dining Hall. Boarding students eat breakfast between 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. before heading to their academic classes. All Kildonan students eat lunch in the Dining Hall. First lunch is typically for students in grades 2-8, and Second Lunch for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Boarding students return to the dining hall for dinner at 6:00 p.m. each evening before going to their evening study period. On Fridays during nice weather (fall and spring), the entire school gets together for barbecue lunches by the tennis courts.

A majority of meals are served buffet style, with hot and cold menu offerings coupled with staples like fresh fruits and vegetables, salad bar, soup, cereals, and all types of sandwiches. Almost all of the items served are made from scratch in our kitchen, and the menu is designed to balance taste with healthy, fresh ingredients.


Our culinary team is led by Chef Manager Karen Jacobs, who received her training at the Culinary Institute of America
in Hyde Park, NY.

If you have any questions about our dining hall services, please contact Karen at:
845-373-9728
Or email: kjacobs@kildonan.org

Karen Jacobs, Chef Manager

Health Center

Kildonan has a full time registered nurse on campus every day. The nurse operates The Patrick A. Lane Health Center, which is a six-bed in-patient facility designed to handle minor emergencies and illnesses of limited duration. 24-hour nursing care is provided by the school as needed. A nurse is present at meal times to dispense prescription medications, answer questions, and address any medical concerns.

Students are to report all ailments immediately so that they will not be sick for longer than necessary.




All prescription drugs and all over-the-counter medications, including aspirin, vitamins or supplements, are kept in the Health Center and are dispensed by the school nurse. The nursing staff will arrange for medical appointments. They will do their best to avoid making those appointments during academic commitments, especially tutoring.

Jennifer Amato, Nurse

School Counselor

In December of 2015, Kildonan brought in On-Staff School Counselor Bill O'Heaney, to work with our students. Bill has extensive experience in counseling youth, and is also a former Kildonan parent himself. He conducts weekly group sessions, routine and formal 1:1 sessions (for families participating in this service), and provides training for staff. Bill also accepts walk-ins and conducts interventions for all students.

Most importantly, our counselor serves as a point of contact between students, families and staff when the need arises.


School Counselor Bill O'Heaney

Kildonan News

Kildonan Eye to Eye Students Attend EdRev Conference in San Francisco
Communications Office

"For every deficit or weakness you have, you also have a superpower." — Keynote Speaker David Kessler

Five Kildonan students traveled to San Francisco, CA to attend the 2017 EdRev (Education Revolution) Conference from April 19 to April 23. Each year, our Eye to Eye students are invited to this conference, which is organized by Parent Education Network (PEN) and held at AT&T Park.

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Kildonan Participates in Second Dyslexia Awareness Day at NYS Capitol
Communications Office

On Tuesday, April 4th, The Kildonan School sent a hearty contingent of 20 students, half a dozen parents, and several Kildonan educators to the Second Dyslexia Awareness Day at the New York State Capitol in Albany, NY. Our students made us proud by providing testimonials that advocated for the identification of dyslexia and proposed changes to better educate dyslexic students like themselves.

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Service Learning Trip to Guatemala Colors Kildonan Students' Lives
Communications Office

'Guatemala, where the rainbow gets its colors.'

Eight Kildonan students, accompanied by College Counselor Joy Klvana and a parent, embarked on a service learning trip to Guatemala during the last week in March. Their adventure was as bright and beautiful as the country itself. The trip was busy, filled with volunteerism, community service, and learning about the culture and its people.

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28th Annual Kildonan Classic Thrills
Advancement Office

During Winter Parent's Weekend, February 10 and 11, Kildonan held the 28th Annual Kildonan Classic boys basketball tournament. Kildonan hosted four teams: Eagle Hill, Woodhall, Woodstock Day, and Glenholme.

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