KUA has a variety of residences for boarders to choose from and students have a voice in where they’d like to live. We utilize a mixed-housing model, so that students of all ages are represented in every dorm. This fosters the development of relationships within and across classes and gives every student the chance to thrive in the nurturing environment of multi-aged supporters.
Each dorm is guided by a dedicated faculty member or House Head who creates a healthy environment where students can find friendships, connections, and space in different ways. Each House Head has their own approach to creating a “home away from home” that speaks to the individuality of the residents. For some, weekend baking and crafts are a favorite activity while other dorms enjoy grill nights and Sunday afternoon football games. Dorm families eat together, study together, tackle problems together, and find space away from each other when necessary, just like a family. Typically, dorm meetings are held on Tuesday nights as time for discussion and general housekeeping, but also for community time and celebration. Student proctors help create a sense of culture and maintain respect within the dorms.
Day Student Life
Day students are fully engaged members of the KUA community and are often described as “boarders who sleep at home.” There’s no way to distinguish between our boarding and day students until the day is done. Our day student community – about 75 students – is fully invested in the KUA experience, participating in all academic, athletic, and extracurricular, and weekend activities. They hold leadership positions and help shape the life of the Academy and the community, and join their friends for meals in Doe Dining Commons.