Preparing for Your Arrival

Whether you are a new student at SKS or coming back for another great semester, find all of the info you need to prepare for your arrival here!

If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to admissions@sks.org.

Students and families should familiarize themselves with the My SKS Portal.  

Please note:
– Only SKS students may use the School shuttle service or stay on campus overnight.
– All students must notify the Admissions Office of their travel plans before August 1st.

New International Boarding Students

A School Shuttle is available to pick up new students arriving between 8 am-8 pm on Monday, August 22 at the following airports:

  • Newark (EWR)
  • JFK (John F. Kennedy)
  • LaGuardia (LGA)

To reserve, email admissions@sks.org before August 1st.

New Domestic Boarding Students & All Returning Boarding Students

A School Shuttle is available to pick up all-new domestic boarding students and all returning boarding students arriving between 8 am-8 pm on Monday, August 29 at the following airports for a fee:

  • Newark (EWR): $150
  • JFK (John F. Kennedy): $200
  • LaGuardia (LGA): $175

Custodial DropOff/PickUp is an additional $50.00*

To reserve, email clewis@sks.org by August 1st.

*If a student cannot arrive at the designated dates/times above, alternative arrangements must be made with the Admissions Office.

Packages may be sent to the School at the following address:

Student’s name
The Storm King School
314 Mountain Road
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520
U.S.A.

All Junior and Senior International students or those for whom English is a second language will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at least once during both 11th and 12th grades. Students must register for these tests through the College Counseling Office when they arrive on campus. The dates and test sites are then assigned by the Educational Testing Service. Students who have TOEFL scores from previous years should bring score reports to the College Counseling Office or email our Registrar at iciunga@sks.org.

The Storm King School strongly recommends that all international students have a local guardian but only requires students entering the 8th and 9th grades to retain a guardian. This ensures continued care and safety for students while off-campus during vacations and weekends. In addition, guardians help the School communicate with families overseas as well as support the School with students on campus. Ideally, this person would be a family member or a family friend. Understandably, this is not possible for all students. However, The Storm King School knows of several local families who have experience as SKS guardians and may be able to provide some or all of the services described below. Please contact Al Lewis alewis@sks.org for more information.

A guardian should provide services to include but not limited to the following:

  • Facilitating communication between the School and family
  • Providing home stays during breaks
  • Assisting in formulating vacation plans
  • Managing transportation to and from the School
  • Coming to campus to provide assistance or support when the need arises
  • Providing proper permissions for off-campus trips as needed
  • Responding promptly to all communications from the School
  • Securing care when a student is ill

Any arrangements or agreements made between a family and a student’s guardian are made separately from the rules and expectations of The Storm King School. Therefore, it is understood that The Storm King School is not responsible or accountable for the relationship or agreements made between a family and the guardian.

The Storm King School also reserves the right to require a change of guardian should a conflict of interest or problem arise.

Families that do not employ a guardian must have the ability to communicate with the School in English via email and telephone.

Note: Parents of 8th and 9th graders, and others who choose to employ a guardian, must fully complete The Storm King School Guardian form found in My SKS parent portal.

The School provides a bed, desk, chair, closet, and window shades. Students may provide any additional furnishings which might be desired, such as posters. Keep in mind that space is limited in the dorm rooms! An overabundance of clothes, electronics, or other furnishings makes living uncomfortable. 

Because of fire safety considerations, no student may have electrical appliances at school, such as microwave ovens, toasters, hot plates, air-conditioners, or TV sets. Any such appliances will be confiscated. In addition, halogen lamps are not permitted.

All linens should be clearly marked with the student’s name. This list includes the essentials for all boarding students:

  • Pillow
  • 2 sets of standard twin sheets
  • 2 Blankets
  • Alarm clock with battery back-up
  • Flashlight
  • 1 Bedspread or comforter
  • Laundry basket 
  • Laundry detergent and softeners
  • Towels, wash cloths
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Desk Lamp
  • Under-bed storage with a lock cannot be taller than 13 inches

Note: There will be shopping trips to stores such as Walmart/Target within a few days of arrival. Also, many items can be purchased in the School store. The School store is open on Registration Day and at the end of each academic day. Students need cash or a credit card to purchase items in the School store. 

Laundry and dry cleaning services are available through the Business Office for a fee. If students choose this option, they must bring two laundry bags marked with their name. Students may also do their own laundry in the dorms, with complimentary washers and dryers. 

Equipment connected with a student’s hobbies or interests should be brought to campus by the student. Items such as toiletries and school supplies may be purchased at the School Store, or during weekend shopping trips. 

To ensure the safety of one’s belongings, students are discouraged from keeping cash in their rooms. An ATM machine is available on campus. Valuable documents, such as I-20s and passports, are kept in the Admissions Office. 

Students may have a secure safe installed in their dorm rooms at a cost of $75/year.

SKS summer reading requirements for new and returning students will be posted at HERE. For questions, please email Dean of Academics Dr. Tim Lance at tlance@sks.org.

All New Students Entering after Grade 9: It is extremely important that SKS receives official copies of ALL previous secondary school transcripts (grades 9 and above only). These will be essential during the college application process and any summer programs, etc. Please ensure that Registrar, Ingrid Ciunga, at iciunga@sks.org has official copies of all of your transcripts.

Teachers will provide textbook ordering instructions in class. Because students take a placement test in math, and some students drop/add courses during the first week of school, SKS does not recommend that students purchase textbooks ahead. Textbooks will be a combination of hardcover and e-books depending on teacher recommendation. Students will need a credit card to order books. Students will receive schedules on Registration Day. Please contact Dean of Academics Dr. Tim Lance at tlance@sks.org if you have any questions about your schedule or books.

Each student is required to bring a laptop. The primary purpose of technology at SKS is for education and research. SKS’ robust wireless network supports all types of wireless devices. SKS does not provide any wired Ethernet connections.

The Storm King School uses 2 platforms: Apple Mac Laptop and PC Laptop. Email questions to skstech@sks.org.

Minimum Requirements for MACINTOSH LAPTOP

  • Language in laptop must be English
  • Mac with 1.5 Ghz Intel Core i5 or better – OSx 10.14 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2008 or newer for Macintosh (recommended, not required), other word processing applications such as Keynote or Google Docs may also work; please check with your teachers.

Minimum Requirements for Windows LAPTOP

  • Wireless networking
  • Language in laptop must be English
  • Wireless networking. Built-in wireless is the only supported configuration.
  • Windows 10, 11 (Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft and is vulnerable, do not use.)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 or newer recommended
  • Anti-virus software –Free Anti-virus software can be found at http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html
  • 8+ GB RAM recommended
  • 250+ GB hard drive -Solid State hard drive (SSD) recommended
  • 1 TB external data drive for storing files recommended

Recommended additions:

Cell phones are not allowed during the academic day. Students may use them during non-academic times, on evenings, and weekends. All students must have a domestic cell phone number or WeChat ID.

Parents should be aware that the School’s insurance does not cover students’ personal belongings. An application such as Find My Phone is recommended. Students should add the Dean on Duty number to their contacts 845-629-0344.

General Principles

The Storm King School considers computers to be a valuable tool for education and encourages the use of computer related technology in school classrooms to further the educational goals of the School. As part of Storm King’s commitment to academic excellence and technology, students and faculty are provided with access to the Internet to support instruction, conduct research, enhance curriculum, and communicate with scholars throughout the world.

Storm King’s Internet services are designed to guide users in navigating through vast resources while minimizing the possibility of accessing information that is inappropriate in the context of a school setting. No matter how vigilant, the blocking technology can never keep up with new sites or make all the correct judgments about taste. The Storm King School cannot guarantee that such material will not be accessed.

When a student in The Storm King School accesses computers, computer networks, and educational technology owned or operated by the School, he or she assumes certain responsibilities and obligations. All access of this type is subject to school policies and to local, state, and federal laws. The Storm King School expects that student use of computers provided by this school will be ethical, for educational pursuits, and will reflect academic honesty. Students must demonstrate respect for intellectual property, system security, and privacy. In an effort to adhere to these General Principals the following rules will be applied:

  1. All Internet traffic will be routed to the web filter. This device is designed to filter out known inappropriate web sites; sites that contain offensive, illegal and or dangerous content. There can be no exceptions. Any traffic that does not pass inspection by “web filter” cannot be allowed on The Storm King School computer systems. If you find a site you need for academic work blocked, please see your teacher. Access can be provided for genuine academic activity.
  2. We reserve the right to inspect any computer and mobile devices that access The Storm King School network, and, or access the Internet via this system, for compliance with the computer policy as well as inspection for illegal and dangerous software. We reserve the right to remove any such software without the owner/user’s consent.
  3. The School is not responsible for loss or damage to a file due to unauthorized access or usage.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged to use appropriate security and backup procedures to insure the authenticity of their files. Students are required to have a current anti-virus program and anti-spyware.
  5. Students may not use devices such as Hotspots, Wireless repeaters, Network extenders, etc. which interfere with SKS WiFi signals. The use of these devices is prohibited; they are subject to confiscation.

Students must obtain the approval of their parent(s) or guardian(s) before access to the School’s Network / Internet resources can be granted. Both students and parents must also read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy to indicate an understanding and acceptance of its contents. Internet use is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. Vandalism of equipment, network access or programs will result in discipline as defined in the School conduct policy.

Users must adhere to the same code of ethics that govern all other aspects of the School. The following Internet Acceptable Use Policy is not an inclusive listing, but general guidelines dictated by decorum, privacy, respect and the law.

  1. Accounts may be used only by the authorized owners of the accounts. Access of other accounts is prohibited.
  2. Users are responsible for the file content, downloading file (video, music, etc.) data, programs and email communications of the accounts.
  3. Users shall not use their accounts or the network to create, view or distribute images, sounds, messages or materials which are obscene, pornographic, harassing, racist, inflammatory, malicious, fraudulent or slanderous. Users shall not engage in cyber bullying.
  4. Users shall respect the privacy of others, and shall not access, modify, or copy passwords or data belonging to other users. Users will not publish private information on students, faculty or staff without permission.
  5. Users shall not use computer programs to decode passwords or to access information.
  6. Users shall not use computers to access personal entertainment, social networks, and game playing during academic times.
  7. Users shall not attempt to circumvent or subvert system security measures.
  8. Users shall not copy files, data or programs without permission.
  9. Users shall not install software or download unauthorized files, games, programs or other electronic media.
  10. Users shall not engage in any activities that might be harmful to systems or to any information stored thereon, such as creating viruses, damaging files or disrupting service.
  11. Users shall respect copyright laws and licensing agreements pertaining to material entered into and obtained via the system. Software piracy and plagiarism are illegal.
  12. The use of the network for personal profit, commercial purposes or illegal activities is prohibited.
  13. Users shall respect the integrity of Storm King Telecommunication’s infrastructure. Unauthorized access to The Storm King School information systems, Internet or other networked computers is not permitted. Attempts to hack into the Storm King network, damage the functionality of the network or to bypass its restrictions are illegal. And violation of these restrictions may be prosecuted as a
    criminal offense.

The Storm King School monitors online access and retains the right to review and edit any materials that are stored, posted or emailed through its network infrastructure. Any user who does not comply with the Internet Acceptable Use Policy will be subject to one or more of the following consequences. The disciplinary action depends upon the infraction and is not limited to this list.

  • Conference with parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Compensation equivalent to the cost of repair or replacement as
    determined by the School. This includes labor time needed for the repair
  • Loss of network privileges for a determined period of time
  • Permanent revocation of network rights
  • Disciplinary measures
  • Expulsion
  • Legal Action

Note: All students and parents/guardians must fill out the Storm King School Internet/Network Acceptable Use Form found in their My SKS portal.