The Clarkson School


City and State: Potsdam, New York

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Phone, FAX, Email: Phone: 315-268-4425 Email:

Year in which program began: 1978

Director of program: Headmaster David Craig

Public or Private institution?
Private Institution

What is the age of students who attend? Is there a minimum or maximum age for students who enroll?
Students have completed their junior year of high school

What degrees does the school grant? AA, BA, BS, BFA?
Students can receive a BA, BS, BFA, masters and doctorate degrees from Clarkson University

Number of years students attend?
One year

Boarding? Day students? Both?

Tuition and Fees? Different for in-state, out of state, international students?
Tuition per semester: $17,035 for all students
University fee: $345
Clarkson School fee: $300

Room and Board? Different for in-state, out of state, international students?
Room for all students per semester: $2,943, Meal plan for all students per semester: $2,719

Single gender or Co-educational?

Accreditation? When and by whom?
1927 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Requirements to Apply? Tests, recommendations, interviews?
Students must submit a 150-300 word personal statement, an interview with the applicant while accompanied by a parent or guardian, high school transcript, PSAT, SAT and or ACT test scores, a secondary school report filled out by a principal or counselor recommending that the student attend the Clarkson School, two recommendations from teachers.

SAT/ACT/GPA of admits?
Mean SAT score (Reading plus Math) of 1210.

Numbers of in-state v. out-of-state v. international students?
60% of the students are from New York State and the other 40% are out of state and international students.

Opportunities for financial aid or scholarships:
Students may apply for all financial aid and scholarships that are available to all Clarkson University students.


Which degrees are granted? Dual-degree programs with parent school or other institution?

Kids get their high school diploma as well as accumulating college credits?
If students wish to receive high school diplomas, they have three options:
The first option is to take the two-day New York State General Equivalency Exam. This option provides students with the most flexibility in their schedules and is held at a nearby location.
The second option is to apply for a diploma from the New York State Education Department upon successful completion of twenty-four credit hours in six different disciplines. The state diploma shows that a student has successfully completed these college credits at Clarkson University.
A third option: students sometimes may receive high school diplomas from their home high schools. This requires working out a suitable plan with the high school for satisfying graduation requirements while studying at The Clarkson School. If students choose this option, they are not eligible for federal tuition aid.

Students have already graduated from high school and are purely college students?
Students are fully matriculated freshman students at Clarkson University.

Curriculum: Does the school have a focus on STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)? Which majors available?
Students will typically take: one or two lab sciences, two interdisciplinary writing courses, a math course based on a placement exam, a computer course, a social science course and one course that is relevant to their choice of major during their first semester/year. Students have the option to study at any of the “schools” within Clarkson University and select any major they wish.

Is the curriculum a standard college one, or one specially designed for highly talented students? Are standard courses at the college challenging enough?
Students take college courses and have the option to move up to higher division courses if they place out of the lower level courses.

Academic Calendar (semesters, quarters)?
It is a semester system.

Number of faculty members? Faculty:student ratio? Average class size? Teachers teach at the ‘parent’ institution too?
There are 190 faculty members, and over 91% of them have Ph.D.’s.

What is the grading system? A-F, numbers, pass-fail?
It is a traditional GPA system.

Are there lab facilities that would facilitate the upper level science courses necessary for certain science majors? If not, do students use labs off campus?
Students utilize the lab facilities at Clarkson University.

Are assignments monitored by the day/week/month to see how well the student is keeping up/understanding the material?
Faculty members who are working with Clarkson School students are requested to provide written evaluations about each student’s attendance, class participation, work habits, and intellectual abilities as evaluated through examinations, writing, and class participation.


If residential, separate dormitory buildings or floors for program’s young students? Girls and boys in separate dorms, or separate floors?
Students are housed in wings of an undergraduate residence, in suites consisting of two rooms and one bath, shared by four students. Each of the floors has a common area furnished with couches, chairs, and used for socializing, studying, and meetings.

Supervision: by full-time, adult Residential Counselors? Part-time, older college student Residential Advisors?
A house advisor lives on each floor. Family dinners for staff, students, and house advisors provide an opportunity for everyone to get together regularly. Announcements are made, birthdays and special events are celebrated, and occasionally we have guest speakers. Field trips are scheduled to places of interest. Special programs are offered in residence halls for weekends and special occasions.

Outdoor recreation (hiking, climbing, bike trips…) and clubs sponsored by school?
There is an outing club that goes on ski trips, hiking and caving expeditions, etc., trips to Canada, NYC and Boston.
There are also numerous clubs at Clarkson University that Clarkson School students may join.