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The Storm King School

Established: 1867

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Spring Semester, Fall Year

School Description

Founded in 1867 and located on the peak of Storm King Mountain (SKS) in the Hudson River Valley, The Storm King School is less than two hours from New York City. The school’s Science Department chair is former NASA scientist Dr. Paul Feffer. SKS offers unique, intensive short-term courses based upon student and faculty interest such as The Science and Art of Makeup and How Sports Shaped American Culture.

The mountaintop campus features a 230-seat professional theater, an observatory with a Newtonian telescope, fully equipped science labs, access to the 3,800-acre Black Rock Forest Consortium, a gymnasium, five tennis courts, a brand new sports field, a ceramics studio, a greenhouse, private music practice rooms, and a recording studio. The school is in the process of building a brand new academic center.

Storm King’s sports teams have won 24 league championships over the last five years, and the boys’ basketball team has won the New England Prep School Athletic League championship for two years in a row. Storm King alumni include US Olympian Burke Boyce (fencing) and Thomas Price (rowing).
Storm King School offers an exceptional arts program with an especially competitive dance program in which students choreograph and present their own pieces each week. Students perform three major theater productions and a musical each school year. Academy Award-winning cinematographer and director Wally Pfister graduated from SKS.

Storm King students live two to a room in spacious, fully-staffed dormitories. Students have access to various extracurriculars such as outdoor adventure and A Capella.


Educatius PDF: The Storm King School Profile PDF
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Visit City Site: Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Famous Alumni

Jack Hemingway (’41) - Writer, conservationist, son of great American author Ernest Hemingway
Peter Boyce (’54) - Astronomer
David Parks (’69) - American photographer, film director
Robert Toricelli (’70) - Former Congressman and Senator from New Jersey
Jeffrey (Jeff) Hall (’74) - Mountaineer who reached summit of Mount Everest on May 14, 1995
Steven Zirnkilton (’76) - American voice-over actor, did opening narration for entire US Law & Order franchise
Wally Pfister (’79) - Academy Award winning cinematographer, director
Cara Castronuova (’98) - Boxer, two-time Golden Gloves winner, trainer on the NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”
Sammy Mejia (’03) - Professional basketball player, 2nd round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons

  • 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Post Graduate (PG) Grades at School
  • 55 acres Campus Size
  • 45% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
French Immersion
Speciality Programs
Quest Term (Two Week Intensives), Capstone/Cornerstone Project, Black Rock Forest Consortium, Newburgh Armory Partnership (Community Service)
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country Running, eSports, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Wrestling
Acting, Art History, Creative Technology, Digital Art and Design, Drawing, Photography, Studio Art, Theater, Video Production
Instrumental Lesson, Music Production, Orchestra, Song Writing, Vocal
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Calculus, Computer Programming, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics 1, Psychology, Statistics
Sign Language, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Ballroom Dancing, Black Student Union, Community Service, Latino Student Union, LGBTQ, Link Crew, Model United Nations (Model UN), Mountain Biking Club, Outdoor Club, Student Life Committee
Accepting Students in Grades
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Post Graduate (PG)
Ages Accepted
ELTiS Minimum
TOEFL Minimum

Real Stories from Real Students:

“This is my third year here in the Storm King School. I definitely enjoy my life here. There are a lot of activities during weekends and after school. I am an international student, and I have experienced a couple activities I could not get in my hometown. The landscape here is beautiful, that is also part of the reasons why I love it. Teachers here are willing to help everyone at anytime. There are students from 27 countries in our school, so I have learned a lot about different culture from different countries. Food here is really better than most high schools. I went to other high schools in our area for sports matches, and most of them do not have food better than ours. I really, really appreciate that! Anyway, it is a good place to have fun and enjoy your life for me.” -Vicky from China, Grade 11

Vicky from China

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