Enrichment & Support


Our students have access to robust enrichment and support services through our BOOST Program and our ESL Program, as well as through Peer Tutoring and private music instruction. Whether they seek stronger writing skills or more effective problem-solving strategies, Knox students can find encouraging mentors to guide them toward greater success.

BOOST Program

The BOOST Department offers programs and support services designed to provide capable, college-bound students with the foundation and skills necessary to develop their abilities and to reach their personal goals for academic achievement and college admission. There are two BOOST courses, one focusing on executive functioning and the other on math. Students may enter the BOOST program at any time, but most enroll when first admitted to Knox. Due to the structured and sequential nature of the BOOST curriculum, students are encouraged to begin the program at the start of the school year. BOOST classes are taught in a small group setting by qualified learning specialists and meet several times a week. BOOST teachers often foster communication and share pedagogical methodologies within the school community. Students are enrolled upon recommendation of current documentation/ parental request and/or recommendation from the Head of School. BOOST Math is designed to provide pre-teaching and re-teaching of skills of a student's current math course, while supplementing concepts with mini-review lessons. In addition, individual “extra-help” sessions in organization and study skills may be provided to students upon request.

Goals

  1. Students will organize their time and school supplies with systematic techniques.
  2. Students will organize their time and school supplies with systematic techniques.
  3. Students will gain the skills and confidence necessary for success in their academic careers.
  4. Students will develop active reading strategies for their academic courses.
  5. Students will demonstrate understanding and acceptance of their learning differences, while focusing on their strengths.
  6. Students will work on writing fluency and expression.
  7. Students will learn strategies for test taking.
  8. Students will develop reasoning skills.

Executive Functioning BOOST

Executive Functioning BOOST Language is a development program designed to provide specific individualized instruction in decoding, encoding, writing fluency and expression, reading fluency and comprehension, and basic grammar concepts. Self-advocacy issues and study skills (listening, note-taking and mnemonics, etc.) are also addressed in the BOOST classroom.

BOOST Math Program

BOOST Math is a mathematics program designed to provide instruction in basic mathematical computation, vocabulary and concepts. Topics covered in the student’s current math class will be pre-taught and re-taught. In addition, homework will be reviewed.

Middle School Study Skills

The Middle School Study Skills course is a program that is designed to help middle school students develop the study skills needed to help them with their academic studies. Study Skills teachers encourage and support the students in developing organizational strategies and time management skills. In addition, content area middle school teachers keep the Study Skills teachers informed on longer term projects and study/learning issues that they observe in the classroom. As the year progresses, the Study Skills teachers offer guidance to students to help them improve their listening and note-taking skills as well as prepare for tests. MSSS provides a framework for the student to develop the proficiency necessary to work independently and be successful in their continuing educational endeavors.

ENL Program

The ENL (English as a New Language) curriculum supports overall academic achievement in preparation for college admission. The needs of international students seeking to develop competency in written and spoken English are met through daily instruction that integrates the core skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking into a holistic learning experience.

To strengthen English language proficiency, the school promotes speaking English as often as possible. Students realize that communicating in English is not only courteous but also enhances their ability to assimilate into American culture.

Students must receive a score of at least 92 with no subcategory less than 23 to be exempt from ESL.

Goals

The ENL Department endeavors to:

  1. Help international students develop effective verbal and written English skills by:
    • Teaching and building upon the English grammatical structure, vocabulary words, expressions, written sentence, paragraph and essay skills, and reading techniques appropriate to their level.
    • Teaching them to examine literary and media content and make their own thoughtful interpretation as well as ask insightful questions.
    • Assisting them in evaluating, editing, and revising their own written products and those of others.
    • Instructing them how to defend a position both verbally and in writing.
    • Engaging them in thought-provoking group discussions of topical events.
  2. Build the confidence of students to actively communicate and participate in mainstream classes.
  3. Support the students in their successful integration into the Knox school community.
  4. Prepare them for the successful continuation of their post-secondary educational goals in America


ENL Courses

High Beginning ENL
Prerequisite: NONE

Low Intermediate ENL
Prerequisite: High Beginning ENL

Intermediate ENL
Prerequisite: Low Intermediate ENL

High Intermediate ENL
Prerequisite: Intermediate ENL

Advanced ENL
Prerequisite: High Intermediate ENL

Advanced II ENL
Prerequisite: Advanced ENL


NOTE: ENL courses below the Intermediate level do not carry Upper School credit.

Private Music Instruction

private music lessons

Our students benefit from the wealth of specialized artists in the nearby area. They study piano, voice, violin, saxophone, and guitar through private instruction. Other instruments and areas of private study can be arranged when needed. Please complete the Registration for Private Music Instruction.