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 b