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.
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