U.S. Naval Academy Prep Program

The Naval Academy Foundation was established in 1944 and Kiski has been enrolling Naval Foundation candidates since the late 1960s.  Our success rate with them eventually enrolling is unsurpassed and it certainly speaks for itself.  Currently, there are 17 Kiski graduates enrolled at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD more than any other school in the country. Some of these current Midshipmen are regular admits to the Academy while others come from the Foundation referrals.  The admission office and academic offices at Kiski partner with the Foundation to craft a curriculum that will prepare candidates for the Naval Academy and for the rigors they will encounter once they matriculate to Annapolis. This is evident in the sciences and in mathematics, particularly Calculus and Physics.  Our Foundation candidates enroll in our regular post-graduate program and essentially complete another senior year with five to six core classes as well as the opportunity to participate in Kiski's athletic program and other extra-curricular activities. 

Affording Kiski
Kiski’s tuition reflects our commitment to ensuring strong academic preparation particularly in the math and science disciplines, exceptional facilities, excellent extracurricular programs and an outstanding faculty. Our financial aid philosophy enables us to make it possible for all qualified candidates to enroll regardless of their financial situation.   Kiski currently provides a 50% merit scholarship and the partnership with the Naval Academy and the Financial Aid Committee supplement it so that every Naval Academy Foundation candidate who applies and is accepted can attend based on the agreement with the Naval Academy Foundation and the candidates’ parents.

Kiski does not have a military program.  There will be plenty of time for that for those actually attending the Academy.  However, the structured day, challenging academic curriculum and vibrant boarding program is an excellent way to spend the post-graduate year preparing for what is to come. 
If you would like to speak with a Foundation alumnus or parent of a former or current Foundation student, please contact us here at Kiski and we will provide for you the contact information.

These thoughts are echoed by past parents:

"Kiski’s academic, athletic and residential life program is similar to the Naval Academy mission to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically: rigorous academics that fosters student participation; sports teams for the boys to participate on a competitive or recreational level; and a residential life and leadership component to teach the boys independence and responsibility. Kiski was the best fit for Brendan, and we were very satisfied with the support and responsiveness of administrators, faculty and staff." ~ Joseph Ferrer, Kiski Parent '15

I believe the best preparation skills that the Kiski experience fostered was the confidence of living alone, the organizational skills that you had to have to be successful, and the opportunities for leadership positions. I believe having these experiences made the transition in dealing with the rigors of the environment of being at a service academy much easier. I have seen very good students enter a service academy struggle because they had not had the experience of living on their own, and then having to deal with the transition of the pressure of the academics, and extracurricular activities, as well as the stress of the ‘plebe’ year.”    ~ Jeff Cook, Kiski Parent ‘13

“The decision to send our twin sons, Mario and Massimo, to Kiski was based on several factors. To begin with, Kiski received an enormous endorsement from Cpt. Ed Wallace, USNA Foundation Director, whose son attended Kiski in 1996. After further research, we agreed as a family that it was best to send our sons to Kiski for the following reasons: it is far from home (California to Pennsylvania) to prepare for life and personal decisions on their own; it is in a small town and school to focus on academics; it offers small class sizes and individualized attention; it is an all-boys school with sports they could and were encouraged to play (soccer and baseball); and it is non-military based. The later comment was made by Cpt. Wallace who had said, ‘They'll get plenty of that during Plebe summer!’ That indeed was the case! Kiski's structure and regimen was sufficient to prepare our sons for the regimentation of military life at the U.S. Naval Academy. Ultimately, the decision to send our sons to Kiski was based on the best fit. It felt like the right thing to do. It most certainly was!

Kiski did an outstanding job of preparing our sons for the mental and physical rigors of the U.S. Naval Academy. Kiski's strict schedule of instruction, sport and study time dovetailed very nicely into Naval Academy life that followed. In one year, our sons worked harder, grew bigger, stronger, faster and matured more than ever before. They built relationships to last a lifetime. They learned to manage their time and to prioritize. They excelled in the classroom and on the field of play. They were involved in doing what they do best in an environment fostered by a vigilant and caring faculty and staff.”  ~ Lou Smaldino, Kiski Parent ‘13

Contact A Current Student

If you would like to contact a Naval Academy Foundation student currently enrolled at Kiski, please email GO NAVY! and we will make the arrangements for them to communicate with you.  In your email, please include a phone number as well.

Joseph Aucoin '17

Tokyo, Japan
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
 
When searching through prep schools, I wanted to ensure that I had the best chance of achieving my goal of attending the USNA class of 2021. Kiski stood out to me because of its great success rate with foundation students, and its exceptional academic facilities. Being stationed with my family in Japan made looking at schools difficult as I was not able to attend or look at any of them beforehand, so I really only had the websites to go off of when making my decision. Kiski’s website was really helpful, particularly the Navy Foundation Page.  I could sense that the teachers here all want you to succeed as a student and also be active while doing it. I am glad I chose Kiski because not only does it have respectable college level academics, but it also has exceptional athletic facilities. I played varsity soccer for Kiski, and the level of competitiveness was increased ten-fold with the amount of potential college players that it had compared to my high school team. I would also say that going to the gym with the other foundation guys is one my favorite ways to the pass the time when I am not doing homework or studying for tests.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
 
Being at Kiski was my first real experience being away from my family for long period of time. I discovered that Kiski is a great environment for people being away home for the first time.  The school has an active weekend activities program but I found that just being around the peers you go to school in the social settings on the weekends really enhances the experience. The weekends are a lot less structured compared to the busy school week and I enjoyed have more time to make decisions about what I wanted to do. I personally enjoy practicing soccer with my teammates and hanging out with the other Navy postgrads on campus.

Jacob Ramos '17

Briston, CT
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
 
The main reason I chose Kiski as my USNA foundation school was because it I observed that it has a great reputation of successfully helping the Foundation candidates to the Academy year after year. After visiting the campus, meeting the faculty and students and seeing for myself the new athletic facilities, I was confident that Kiski would be a great place for me to prepare myself physically and academically and complete my preparation for what was to come at Annapolis.   Kiski gives me the opportunity during my free time to work hard in the weight room, and practice the PRT on the track.  Because Kiski is primarily a boarding school and all the teachers live on campus, I can and even get extra help from my teachers who are available during study hall hours and after dinner as well.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
 
Once I arrived at Kiski in September I quickly discovered how welcoming the community was; both students and faculty.   I had no problem making friends here at Kiski and getting to know my teachers. It didn’t take long for us Navy guys (there are six) to bond.  We realized early on that there would be adjustments for all of us especially academically and that we were all in the same boat, with the same ultimate goal of preparing well here so that we would be ready for the Academy. The adjustment of being away from home was hard for me at first but once I got through it I could see how making those feelings at Kiski would serve me well in the future.   Adjusting to being away from home in a civilian setting rather than military I thought would be an advantage.  Also I knew I had some weaknesses academically and I thought Kiski was the best place for me to work on those issues as well.  

Steven Caldwell '16

Hometown:  Cheshire, Connecticut
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
Kiski clearly has had great success with its past foundational prep students.  While researching prep schools the statistic that stuck out in my mind was Kiski’s 100% success rate for the Naval Academy Foundation students receiving appointments.  This was the most important factor in making my choice because the main objective of this preparatory year is to receive an appointment to Annapolis. Based mainly on this, I determined that the academic program at Kiski was strong.   In addition to the perfect success rate, I was looking for a school that had a competitive athletic program that could help me to prepare for sports at Navy.  Kiski provided a competitive cross country program as well as a very strong swimming program.  It was a bonus that both the indoor and outdoor swimming pools had just been renovated so the facilities are first rate.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
When I first got to Kiski I couldn’t believe how welcoming the students and teachers were.  It seemed like I already knew everyone and making friends was very easy.  In addition to the nice and comfortable atmosphere, the academics are amazing.  For example, I never considered math to be my strong suit but after a short time at Kiski, I understood concepts in just a few days.  The small classes and the availability of my teachers and classmates 24 hours a day and seven days a week helped a lot.   Also, the dorm life is a lot of fun.  My dorm is a recently renovated building.  It is the oldest dorm on campus but the inside is modern and up-to-date with each room having its own thermostat and very comfortable furniture.  I was extremely impressed by how clean and new everything in our dorm, especially the bathrooms.  After just a short time at Kiski, it is clear to me that Kiski was the right choice for me.  The atmosphere is welcoming, dorm life is pleasant, and the academics are second to none.

Cameron Witte ’16   


Hometown:  Saint Leonard, MD
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
I looked at many of the Prep Schools that were presented to me by the United States Naval Academy Foundation Program and Kiski stood out. I visited the website and read the amazing reviews from the previous foundation students and found them compelling. After some research I found that Kiski was very successful at closing the loop by sending foundation students to the Naval Academy after their one year at the school. I could tell that the school had a competitive curriculum and challenging teachers and I felt that this challenge would prepare me well for the challenges at the Naval Academy. I talked with Captain Wallace and he informed me that he sent his son here. Kiski currently has more students at the United States Naval Academy than any other school. This was exactly what I was looking for.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
When I got here, I discovered a beautiful campus, terrific facilities both new and newly renovated.  But importantly to me, I found that the faculty was genuinely interested in its students. They are available to me for extra help in my hard classes, helpful as coaches on the football field and available for conversation or general counsel whenever I need them.  The most exciting thing on campus was the brand new Ross Field House and the excellent sports facilities. The new turf field where we play our home games is unbelievable as is the brand new track.  It is very easy to stay in shape here as I also prepare for the physical requirements at Annapolis.  Overall, I found that Kiski is a great place to prepare both academically and physically for Navy. 

Nick Frankfort '15

Hometown: Kinston, NC

Why did you choose Kiski?         
Shortly after hearing from the United States Naval Academy Foundation, I was told that I had to pick a school to spend a postgraduate year at in order to get me fully prepared for Annapolis.  For me it was an easy decision.  Kiski was recommended to me by my Blue and Gold Officer.  He sent both of his sons here and was very familiar with it.  Looking at the Kiski website I was intrigued by how much success other Naval Foundation students have had.   I knew that Kiski had sent dozens of boys to Annapolis and that there were more than a dozen there right now.  After I was accepted, I had the opportunity to visit Kiski and was given a personal tour by some of the  Foundation students.   I appreciated how diverse the community was and all the opportunities it offered.  The Foundation students assured me that Kiski was a great choice for them and that I would find it like they had, and that the school would make sure I would have success.  After the visit I left knowing that Kiski was where I wanted to spend a postgraduate year.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
Before arriving to Kiski, I was curious to how I would fit in within the community.  However, the first day here, the students, faculty, and administrators gave me a warm welcome and made me feel right at home.  The school makes a big deal about introducing everyone and shaking hands, and the student prefects and returning boys impressed me when they did that over and over until they learned my name and until I learned theirs.  After less than a week here I felt like I was part of their family and knew that I had made the right decision.  Even though I was a good student at home, the classroom atmosphere was a step up for me, so I am really glad that I took the opportunity to challenge myself here.  There is no doubt that after a year of this, I will be prepared for the Naval Academy.

Tommy Brophy '17

Arlington, VA
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
 
After considering the options of all the foundation schools,  I came to the conclusion that Kiski was clearly the best choice for me.   The 100% success rate with Naval Academy Foundation students really jumps out when you begin the comparisons.  It just so happens that my uncle went to Kiski for a year before going to the Naval Academy and so I had some inside information that a lot of other candidates don’t have.  He was successful both at Kiski and Navy and he recommended as well. When I toured the campus, I saw that the school was in a beautiful setting and that the facilities were up to date and in some cases, new or newly renovated.   The two sports I am interested in, cross country and swimming, were offered here so that also factored into my decision. I believed the fact that Kiski is an all-boys school would be helpful as well.  I wanted to be at a school where I could concentrate on academics with limited social distractions. 
 
What did you discover once you were here?
 
I discovered that the students and the faculty here were actually very welcoming from the start. There were six Foundation boys this year and we were able to bond very quickly as a group, which helped me get comfortable in my new home. It is very helpful that the student to faculty ratio is very low and a large portion of the teachers are on campus for extra help for an hour or two every night you need them. I take advantage of that a lot.   I was well prepared to be here but the academic expectations are high and it is reassuring that get some extra help from the teachers is really easy and convenient to do.  Kiski is almost 100% boarding so working on homework with a friend is also really easy to do. 
 

Hunter White '17

Point Pleasant, WV
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
 
Kiski was a clear choice for me.  I was looking for an outstanding education and preparation, and felt that I could best meet my goals there.  I felt my academic preparation for Annapolis had some holes in.  After looking at several schools I felt that Kiski had the best combination of high standards but in a supportive environment.  I liked the fact that it was small and almost 100% boarding.  I liked the fact that the teachers were living on campus with the students and would be available to help without having to make much of an effort to organize it.  Their record of getting the Foundation boys appointments is impressive too and you can’t help but be impressed with that. I interviewed via skype because my academic and athletic schedule was so busy.  When I did take an official visit last summer, I knew that this was the place for me. The academic facilities are superb, athletic programs are dominant, and I got a really good feeling while I was there. 
 
What did you discover once you were here?
I cannot overstate that Kiski is a brotherhood.  I really have never experienced anything like it. Everyone here is extremely close and they always have each other’s backs.  I had a built in group with the six other Foundation guys but have become very close with the other new boys as well as the new senior class I am joining.  There is a lot to do here and I loved the fact that there is always someone to join me.  We bond in our dorms, on our teams and on weekend adventures.  It is really fun to find that you have 200 brothers that you didn’t know existed.

Nik Galvan '16


Hometown: Las Vegas, NV


Why did you choose Kiski?
Once I had found out that I was selected for the Naval Academy prep program, it did not take too long for me to conclude that Kiski would be the best fit for me.  Kiski has a great record in placing boys at Annapolis.  I also had been given a strong recommendation from my Blue and Gold officer whose son attended Kiski and went on to attend the Naval Academy.  One of my friends who also chose Kiski several years ago and is now on the Navy water polo team which I will be joining next year told me great things about the school. All of these people kept reiterating that the faculty was very strong and helpful and that the students were equal to the task, but as a group, very friendly and welcoming.  Based on all of that, I knew that Kiski was the right school for me. I wanted to make sure I was fully qualified and prepared for the challenges I knew were coming in the classroom.  Kiski is clearly a place that values athletics and competition and has successful teams. I was very excited about the new athletic center that was opening in the fall when I arrived.  I want to be in top physical shape not only because Navy demands it but because I am a recruited athlete as well.  Knowing all of this I believed that Kiski would be the best place to attend.
 
 
What did you discover once you were here?
Like most of the Navy Foundation students, I chose to arrive a few weeks early at Kiski for preseason sports; I was one of the first kids on campus to arrive. My coach, Coach K, spoke of the comradery and brotherhood that is formed between the students as well as the staff. I saw how important athletics were and how close it brought everyone together. Coming from a big city and a big school, I was anxious about moving away from the place where I felt so comfortable.  Born and raised in Las Vegas It was my first big move away from home. But soon after arriving those worries vanished when I was greeted by my new teammates and the boys coming for the other preseason camps.  Some even knew my name before I was able to learn theirs. And once classes began I was amazed how quickly my study habits improved.  The small classes and the structure of the day were more helpful than I imagined.  I was used to 20 plus kids in a class. The kids and teachers here at Kiski really look out for one another.  Kiski has been an awesome choice for me.

Michael Gomez ‘15

Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Why did you choose Kiski?
While researching the Naval Foundation schools, it was evident that The Kiski School was one of the most successful, if not the most, in ultimately sending their Foundation students to the Academy. The rigor of the school seemed challenging, and would be beneficial in the future during my studies at the Academy. The Kiski School has an impressive list of colleges that they send their students to; knowing this assured me that I would be surrounded by qualified teachers that would help me succeed. Another factor that played into my choosing of The Kiski School was I would get another year of sports. Another year of competitive sports is a privilege that many students do not get.  The coaches I spoke with made it clear to me that I would fit in well on the Kiski teams.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
Once I got to Kiski, one of the first things I noticed was how I was welcomed with open arms. Kiski is a small community and so it is easy for everyone to get to know each other and it is easy to feel accepted into the community. I felt that on the first day.  It was surprising to me how friendly the students, the teachers and my coaches were.  That is the overriding spirit here.  They work hard on making sure the new boys are welcomed and are happy.  The expectations for the students are high, in the classroom and outside of the classroom.  We take pride in being identified as a gentleman and our students are proud of that reputation. I appreciate how our athletic teams are disciplined and complimented by the officials on our in-game behavior.  It is astounding to me how we seems to be the exception in this regard.  But I know that this too will prepare me for the high expectations I will face at Navy.  

Peter Mindling '15

Hometown: South Lyon, Michigan
 
Why did you choose Kiski? 
I spent a lot of time comparing and contrasting the different prep schools offered through the Naval Foundation, I determined that Kiski would be the school that would  best prepare me for the rigorous academics I know awaits me at the Naval Academy. Kiski has a lot of graduates currently enrolled in comparison to many other prep-schools or high school in the United States. That was very compelling to me  The colleges that students at Kiski have attended in the past are of excellent repute. That says a lot to me about the quality of the student body, the faculty and the reputation of the school to admission offices around the country.  After my interview and taking all of that into consideration, I decided that Kiski was a really good fit for me.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
The first day of preseason football showed me that the athletics here  were really strong and would prepare me well for the physical challenges that I will find at USNA. On the first day of school, I also realized that the classes were taught by a terrific faculty.  The level of expectation is very high and I realized that if I apply myself, I will be prepared for classes next year, particularly in math and science.  Getting used to the new level of academics was shocking at first but I am glad that I am working like this now rather than being shocked next year without this preparation.  I fit in right away with my new friends on the football team and the other students I met.  This is a very welcoming place.  I am very pleased with my decision to come to Kiski.

Lucas Dishart '17

Exeter, NH
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
I chose Kiski primarily because of the success of past Foundation students.  All the foundation students from Kiski have received appointments to the Naval Academy. This combined with the strong recommendation of Captain Wallace, whose son attended Kiski, persuaded me to make The Kiski School my first choice. When I visited in the spring prior to my enrollment, I saw that there was a small, but tight knit group of young men here. I thought being in a smaller community focused on academics without the extra distractions that came with my experience at a large public school would give me the opportunity to really focus on my studies. Besides the academics, the sports programs at Kiski were very competitive. The lacrosse program is particularly competitive, playing some of the best teams in the east. I was confident that I would improve my physical fitness and academics and be prepared for the rigors I knew I would encounter at Annapolis.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
I was surprised when I got here how welcoming everyone was of a brand new person in their community. Within a few days I knew most of the boys here by name and had already become fast friends with quite a few. Academically I lacked confidence in my preparation in math. I was at first a little nervous about jumping right into Advanced AB Calculus class. The small class size and always available extra help really made it possible for me to improve in my weak areas academically. I ended the first quarter with an A in the class. Some days can be very challenging, but having the camaraderie with the six other Navy men and my other close friends make the grind extremely rewarding. I knew Kiski itself would help me grow, but I was surprised to discover that the core of this experience was the relationships with the other young men that grow with you. 

Winton Lunceford ’16

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
What really made me decide that Kiski was right for me was all the variety that Kiski had to offer. Kiski has classes, sports, and clubs that could potentially get everyone on campus involved in one way or another.  This was a big deal to me because I wanted to be a part of a group and work with others no matter which Foundation school I chose.  Another thing that made me want to come to Kiski was the AP and advanced courses offered here. I knew that this would give me the opportunity to step up and challenge myself with the harder classes offered here that my old school just did not have.  The number one goal of my Foundation year was to get myself prepared for what I knew I would face at Annapolis.  I could see from the curriculum guide that the classes at Kiski were personalized for every student.  I believed that if I found myself struggling too much in one class, I could go down to a lower level of the class if necessary. The level of personalization at Kiski along with the various clubs and sports offered was very impressive.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
What I first noticed when I came to Kiski was that it is impossible to fail here. Not because it’s too easy - far from it actually - but because you have the constant support of your classmates, teachers, and coaches. Almost every teacher and 98% of the students live on campus, so it is very easy to meet with them during study hall or on weekends to get extra help.  The campus is full of people twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week.   This year, the Naval Academy Foundation students live together in a quad room called “the Palace.”  So this year it is easy for us to back each other up and be a resource for each other.  We are always checking on each other to make sure that we are all staying on top of what we need to. For someone to fail at Kiski he must really choose to fail; for someone to succeed at Kiski, the structure, the program and the personal attention we get makes it easier.  It is a very realistic goal to obtain and Kiski provides the resources one needs to thrive.

Brendan Ferrer Green '15

Hometown: Fullerton, CA
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
One of the most important factors for me in choosing Kiski other than of course, the academic program, was athletics. My plan is to play soccer at Annapolis and so finding a school that had the combination of a strong academic program with a commitment to excellence in athletics was important.  Of all the Foundation choices, Kiski provided the best combination I could find.   I had good conversations with the coaching staff and found out just how solid the team was going to be this year. There is a certain unpretentiousness about the school that I found appealing.  It is funny because my parents sensed the same thing.  I was very sure of my decision to come to Kiski after the interview and application process. Kiski is a school of well-mannered students and a great faculty.  
 
What did you discover once you were here?
I was worried that the since I was attending a high level preparatory school and would be taking some very strong classes that there would not be a lot of time to relax or have down time.  What I discovered is that all of us here, especially the Navy boys were challenged on a daily basis in the classroom but there was plenty of time for us to have fun.  We work hard in the classroom.  We work hard on the athletic fields.  But we do have time to relax during the day and after our studies at night.  I particularly enjoy going to the Swank Student Center to get an evening snack like pizza or cheeseburger and come back to the dorm for a raucous game of ping pong.  I feel very close to my dorm friends and you can really sense the brotherhood here at Kiski.  These guys will be life-long best friends.   

Shon Cagungun '14

Hometown: Kailua, HI

Why did you choose Kiski?          
Looking at the website I was impressed with how successful the other Naval Foundation students had been.   The college list was impressive and so I knew I would be in the classroom with other talented and motivated students.  I appreciated the diversity of the student body in all aspects.  Finally, I spoke with some Kiski alumni and they were very complimentary of their experience and reassured me what I already had come to believe, that Kiski would be a great choice.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
It is hard to get a sense of how strong the community spirit of a school is prior to enrolling but from the first day, everyone, students, teachers and administrators exceeded my expectations to make me feel welcome.   I was especially impressed with how the student prefects and the returning boys went out of their way to introduce themselves and make my first day so much easier.  It is very refreshing to be at a school were there are such high expectations for everyone both inside and outside the classroom.  This is clearly going to prepare me for what I will no doubt encounter at Annapolis.  The high standards in the classroom are greater than I have experienced before and this will particularly serve me well and get me prepared for the rigors to come.

Ernando Manrique '17

Buford, GA
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
 
I evaluated all of the foundation schools but I had some help from the Navy Men’s soccer coach.  He highly recommended Kiski because he thought the school has very strong academics and that the boys coming from Kiski are well prepared.  I was a recruited athlete for soccer but unfortunately injured my knee during my senior year.  The coach also believed that Kiski had a great facility and athletic support to help me recover from this injury. As well, there were six Navy Foundation boys including another soccer commit here.  The coaches and other players on the team were very high level and I knew that not only would I be able to rehab my knee but I could improve my soccer skills as well.   
 
What did you discover once you were here?
Once I arrived here, I discovered that Kiski has a full time trainer and that he trains several Interns every year.  So really the students had access to a lot more attention when nursing athletic injuries that I was used to.   This was very helpful as I rehabbed my knee in the fall and winter.  Now that I am cleared to play, I have confidence that the athletic training staff will keep me progressing as I prepare for next year and the Navy soccer team.  The all-male aspect of Kiski creates an environment that reduces the distraction factor.  I was not aware of how significant that would be before I came here.  I like the feeling of brotherhood we develop.  It has been one among many of the factors that has allowed me to improve myself in all aspects of my life such as physically, academically and on the soccer field. 

Charles Winston ’16      

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
For me, Kiski was an obvious choice. It is a top ranked school, with rigorous academics and a dedicated staff trained to help you succeed. Also, their sports program is nationally recognized, with experienced coaches who know how to push you to surpass your limits and teach you the values of hard work and how to work as a team. Kiki's 400 acre campus is beautiful and spacious, with a golf course, brand new athletic facility, and miles of woodland trails.
 
 
What did you discover once you were here?
When I got to Kiski, I found a very helpful and supportive staff that genuinely cares about me as an individual, not just as a number. The students here were a huge help as well, making my transition at Kiski smooth and helping me to orient myself. I’ve made friends at Kiski that I can see myself being friends with for the rest of my life. The school goes out of its way to accommodate its students and make them feel at home. One of the faculty members was even willing to take us Navy students to the Army-Navy football Game in Philly. 

Cameron Kirkpatrick '15

Hometown:  Menlo Park, California
 
Why did you choose Kiski?
There are a couple of reasons that I chose Kiski.  The first reason is that after doing my research of all the Foundation options, I discovered that every kid who has come to Kiski so far from the Naval Academy Foundation has gotten in to the Academy.  That tells me a lot about the support Kiski provides us and how they want to help in any way that they can.  The Kiski staff wants us to succeed.  The second reason that I chose Kiski was because of the impressive college lists of the other students who have graduated from here.  I knew that I was going to be pushed by the people around me which would allow me to prepare well for Navy.  My father and grandfathers all went to Navy and I am aware as much as is possible what to expect there next year.   
 
What did you discover once you were here?
The thing I discovered that impressed me the most about Kiski was how genuine and fun the boys here are to be around.  I was invited to the preseason cross-country practices and I met some great guys who took me in immediately as their  friend and made me feel very comfortable about my decision to come to school here.  Every single person I have met without exception has helped me in some way to get into the swing of things since I have been here at Kiski. My adjustment to my new school was easy. 

Miguel Perez '14

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Why did you choose Kiski?
I researched all of the schools and did  side by side comparison.  I knew the success rate of Kiski grads going to the USNA was excellent and I also knew that they were prepared well and were successful at Annapolis.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
I found the all-boys atmosphere was really beneficial to my school work.  I am a lot more focused here and there are many fewer “social distractions” .  Considering what is at stake, an opportunity to attend the Naval Academy, I can tell you that the all-boys atmosphere has been a huge factor in my continued success as a student.  Plus, I love the camaraderie and brotherhood here.  I was surprised at how quickly and easily I was accepted by my classmates as a member of the class of 2014.

Young Tae Seo '14

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Why did you choose Kiski?
Athletics, specifically swimming, was a primary factor in my decision but once I narrowed my list, Kiski stood out.  I was very impressed with the apparent personal attention I would receive here.  The campus and facilities were beautiful.  The videos on the website and YouTube were fun and really answered a lot of my questions and made me feel comfortable.
 
What did you discover once you were here?
The best thing about Kiski being all guys is there is no drama here!  I was not expecting that at all.  That is very different from my large, coed public school.  I love the fact that I can get extra help from my teachers at night because all of them live here and all of us live here too.  It surprised me that every teacher knew my name by the first day.  There is a strong sense of community and brotherhood here.  I am making the best grades of my life and still have plenty of time to devote to my main sport, swimming.
1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681   |   (877) 547-5448
Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes AP and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery.
Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.