Growing Up Kiski

As another year comes to a close at The Kiski School, we’re excited to see what the future holds for our newest class of graduates. Kiski is known for helping boys succeed academically as they grow into accomplished young men and our most recent graduating class is no exception. One of our 2016 graduates, Head Prefect Zachary “Zach” Muster, is excited to start his post-high school journey as a student at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. However, because of his unique situation, he remembers his time at Kiski fondly.

Zach has lived on the Kiski campus his entire life. His grandparents were teachers at the School and his parents followed their example. As a faculty child, Zach gained a unique perspective on the Kiski experience.

“As the campus has grown, I’ve grown with it.”

Aside from enjoying 350 acres of rural campus as his home for 18 years, Zach also values the bonds and the education he gained from attending Kiski for four years. The lifelong friends he made at Kiski and the boy-focused curriculum gave Zach the confidence and knowledge to succeed. With the time-management skills he acquired at Kiski, Zach excelled in athletic activities while also maintaining his grades in advanced placement classes. Not only was Zach named Head Prefect, but he was also a varsity captain for three sports: golf, swimming, and baseball.

How does one high school student accomplish so much in four years? A typical day for Zach would begin at 7 am when he’d wake up and get ready for class. Then he’d go to the dining hall for breakfast before his classes started at 8:30. He’d have four classes in the morning before breaking for lunch then two more classes before ending the school day at 3:10 pm. After class, Zach would attend sports practice from 3:30 to 5:30 pm then have dinner at 6 pm. Next, he attended mandatory study hall from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Finally, he’d have a couple hours to hang out with his friends before going to bed at 11 pm. As you can see, time-management and discipline quickly became essential for Zach to ensure his success in all areas of his life.

Despite having a busy schedule, Zach appreciated the opportunities Kiski gave him to challenge himself academically and personally.

“You can get an education anywhere, but you can’t get an experience like you can get at Kiski anywhere … It’s unmatched for sure, just the way we’re able to bring athletics and art and music and everything into the curriculum - it really provides a unique learning experience.”

One of the things Zach enjoyed most about Kiski is living with 35 of his closest friends in the dorms. Knowing that there were 199 guys supporting him on any given day as his brothers was the most valuable part of his Kiski experience. So, if you’re considering The Kiski School, take it from Zach, you’re going to make lifelong friends while receiving an unparalleled education:

“You’re going to be able to learn in a way that’s catered to you. When I came here, my grades went up significantly.”

If you’re interested in learning more about The Kiski School, feel free to contact us!
1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, PA 15681   |   (877) 547-5448
Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced 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.

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