About SKS

THE STORM KING SCHOOL

For more than a century and a half, our School has stood on the shoulder of Storm King Mountain overlooking the scenic Hudson River in one of the most beautiful and dynamic places in America. Today, The Storm King School ranks among the top boarding schools in New York, serving students in grades 8-12.

YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS

The Storm King School is a place for you to create your own path, explore your dreams, and discover your potential in areas you may have never thought possible.  Here, you will have the ability to design your own academic and personal program while you acquire the knowledge and skills you need make your goals a reality in the 21st century.

We are a college preparatory boarding and day school dedicated to your individual success. Our robust yet flexible academic program offers the best of proven methodologies and new and progressive approaches, and we will work with you to create a tailor-made program that meets your needs, abilities, and aspirations.

We provide a challenging and supportive environment where you are encouraged to explore your interests and realize your hidden potential while you discover skills, aptitudes, and talents you didn’t know you had. Most importantly, you’ll stay engaged as your teachers reach beyond the fundamentals of each subject.

The Storm King experience is about so much more than earning a diploma or being accepted into the right college. Of course, we help you do those things, too. But, it is our dedication to your personal success that sets us apart. All of our programs are designed and implemented with this in mind, ensuring that as a Storm King graduate, you will thrive in college and beyond.

THE CORNERSTONE OF AN
SKS EDUCATION

We ask our students to develop the ability to sustain effort in the face of academic challenges. We help our students build “grit.”

Our students read regularly, write often, collaborate well, and have an inquiring mind. They discover how they learn, and what tools they require to accomplish their work. Our students pursue knowledge beyond the surface and understand what they know deeply, and what they do not. We wish our students to be thoughtful and self-reflective at times – to pursue wisdom and learn to see through ideas driven by mere opinion.

We teach students to use the language of mathematics and demonstrable evidence; as a writer or artist might as they resolve a problem of aesthetic. We help students gain the confidence to publish, perform, or show others what they know.

Our students come to understand how to use the tools of technology, but also to know when to put them away and how to operate without technology.

Art is about seeing different perspectives, effectively communicating ideas, and finding inventive solutions to problems – all essential skills for future leadership. Therefore, Art is a key aspect of a Storm King education. Every student takes art classes, and student art is part of almost every aspect of campus life.

The renowned arts program at The Storm King School boasts an accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology, and a variety of exciting courses to inspire interest and stimulate creativity. From stagecraft to music production, graphic arts to modern dance, with everything from choral singing to playwriting in between, we offer dynamic instruction in theater arts, visual arts, music arts, music technology and filmmaking.

Through athletics, our students learn valuable lessons about sportsmanship, leadership, and general good behavior that they can apply to all other areas of life.

Our students not only compete at a high level, but also personify the core values of our school; truth, respect, responsibility. Character development is at the heart of the athletic program at Storm King. Each student participates in at least two seasons of athletic activities during the academic year.

Our school’s motto is TRUTH, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY. We expect students to value these as cornerstones in the development of their own character and intentionally practice them as members of our community.

We expect students to emerge as leaders in their classrooms, as captains on the athletic fields, and as leaders in all activities on campus.

The goal of community service is to teach students that there is value and satisfaction in being contributing members of society. Community service helps to build character and self-confidence, a sense of place in relation to the rest of the world, and a sense of responsibility for the common good.

The value of completing community service is that it extends learning from the classroom into both our SKS community and into our larger communities outside the SKS campus; students practice skills and develop passions that may play a part in their college and career choices as they provide service to others.

THE CORNERSTONE OF AN SKS EDUCATION

We ask our students to develop the ability to sustain effort in the face of academic challenges. We help our students build “grit.”

Our students read regularly, write often, collaborate well, and have an inquiring mind. They discover how they learn, and what tools they require to accomplish their work. Our students pursue knowledge beyond the surface and understand what they know deeply, and what they do not. We wish our students to be thoughtful and self-reflective at times – to pursue wisdom and learn to see through ideas driven by mere opinion.

We teach students to use the language of mathematics and demonstrable evidence; as a writer or artist might as they resolve a problem of aesthetic. We help students gain the confidence to publish, perform, or show others what they know.

Our students come to understand how to use the tools of technology, but also to know when to put them away and how to operate without technology.

Art is about seeing different perspectives, effectively communicating ideas, and finding inventive solutions to problems – all essential skills for future leadership. Therefore, Art is a key aspect of a Storm King education. Every student takes art classes, and student art is part of almost every aspect of campus life.

The renowned arts program at The Storm King School boasts an accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology, and a variety of exciting courses to inspire interest and stimulate creativity. From stagecraft to music production, graphic arts to modern dance, with everything from choral singing to playwriting in between, we offer dynamic instruction in theater arts, visual arts, music arts, music technology and filmmaking.

Through athletics, our students learn valuable lessons about sportsmanship, leadership, and general good behavior that they can apply to all other areas of life.

Our students not only compete at a high level, but also personify the core values of our school; truth, respect, responsibility. Character development is at the heart of the athletic program at Storm King. Each student participates in at least two seasons of athletic activities during the academic year.

Our school’s motto is TRUTH, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY. We expect students to value these as cornerstones in the development of their own character and intentionally practice them as members of our community.

We expect students to emerge as leaders in their classrooms, as captains on the athletic fields, and as leaders in all activities on campus.

The goal of community service is to teach students that there is value and satisfaction in being contributing members of society. Community service helps to build character and self-confidence, a sense of place in relation to the rest of the world, and a sense of responsibility for the common good.

The value of completing community service is that it extends learning from the classroom into both our SKS community and into our larger communities outside the SKS campus; students practice skills and develop passions that may play a part in their college and career choices as they provide service to others.

ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY

WE ARE MORE THAN A SCHOOL
We are a small community with big possibilities.

“Here everybody knows me by my first name.” — Seth Vieira ’22

GO BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Certain facts are impressive—from the year our School was established (1867) to our college acceptance rate (100%). However, when you speak to our students, parents, and alumni, you will find that they are most appreciative of the big possibilities that go along with being a part of our small community. This can be directly attributed to our extensive Storm King Alumni Network, with community members residing across the globe in 49 countries and growing. 

BE KNOWN

Our enrollment of 195 is perfect for cultivating a supportive and close-knit, yet diverse community. We are a place where you can explore your individuality safely within a supportive and nurturing framework of human relationships. From being known and accepted as an individual, you will build your confidence, be empowered to strive, take risks, and reimagine your potential in all areas of your life—leading to big possibilities.

MEET SOME OF OUR DREAMERS

Home: Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Interests: Government, languages, guitar, and saxophone

Dreams: To work in global politics and to see the world

My Schedule: AP Spanish, AP Biology, Calculus, Honors British Literature, Chinese 3, International Relations, Music, Model UN Club, Bowling, and Baseball

International Relations: “During my first year as an 8th grader at SKS, I took 3 different foreign language classes and met students from all over the world. This inspired my love for different cultures and fueled my passion for global politics.”

Home: Seoul, South Korea

Interests: Computer Programming 

Dreams: Start my own IT company in Silicon Valley

My Schedule: AP Statistics, AP Computer Science, US History, AP Calculus, US Literature, Computer Programming Club, Robotics Club, Soccer, and Lacrosse 

AP Computer Science: “At SKS, I am able to take AP Computer Programming as a sophomore.”

Home: Alicante, Spain

Interests: Business and Tennis

Dreams: To play NCAA D1 Tennis

My Schedule: Physics, Precalculus, Dance, Economics, World Literature, AP Psychology, Digital Photography, Tennis, Soccer, and Basketball

Varsity Girls Tennis: “I’ve been playing tennis ever since I could walk. Here at SKS, I play year-round, and that will help me achieve my goal of playing NCAA tennis.”

Home: New York, NY

Interests: Acting and Dance

Dreams: To pursue acting in Hollywood

My Schedule: Honors Precalculus, Advanced Dance, Spanish 5, Environmental Science, Economics, Video Production, Performing Arts, Soccer, and Lacrosse

Performing Arts: “I love to perform. I dance and act as much as I can. I would love to pursue theater in college in New York City or head to California.”

From the Classroom