An Educational Consultant’s Notes on Kildonan School

Kildonan SchoolKildonan School is a coeducational day and boarding school serving students in grades 2–12.

Its mission is very clear:

It is to empower students with dyslexia by engaging and motivating them to discover their passions, exceed expectations, and believe in themselves: in essence, to LEARN TO LOVE SCHOOL AGAIN.

The campus sits on top of a hill and with a 360 degree view of New York and Connecticut hillsides with backdrops of green pastures, horses, cows. The fall foliage was absolutely beautiful. I feel that Ben Powers (Headmaster) has taken Kildonan faculty and students to a new high.

Each student’s Orton Gillingham (OG) tutorial is the most important class at Kildonan; it is, simply, part of a student’s regular academic schedule. Each session is tailored to specific needs of the student. Students work to develop the skills to succeed in academic endeavors, especially- reading, writing, spelling, and self-advocacy.

Athletics include soccer, basketball, skiing, lacrosse, tennis. Individual sports include horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, fitness and touch football. Extracurricular activities include daily skiing and snowboarding. Weekends include trips to local ski areas, trips to professional games, hiking, museum and movie trips, as well as camping excursions. It is a school you must see!

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  • a parent

    After attending Kildonan's related summer camp (called Camp Dunnebeck) my son begged us to send him to Kildonan, which he now attends as a boarder. For the previous four years he faced repeated failure. His turn-around at Kildonan has been absolutely remarkable. I can't say enough for Ben and the tremendous team he has put together. And I agree with Ms. Marcus, the one-on-one tutoring is central to the program's success, together with common-sense adminstration and the right balance of discipline, order and freedom. I cannot say enough about this wonderful institution and what it has done for my son.

  • Amy

    Great article about Kildonan School! I work with The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS for short), a non-profit with more than 300 member schools in both North America and abroad. If you, too, liked the article and want to learn about Kildonan and other boarding schools, feel free to visit

  • Thank you very much for the write up! We really appreciate it!

Marylou Marcus

Marylou Marcus draws on 25+ years as an independent school educator & Director of Admission & Financial Aid when working with a family to find the best private school fit for their child. Contact Marylou for help in your search for the right prep school or visit to learn more about her work with families.

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