Enrichment & Support


The Knox BOOST Program offers 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. BOOST is divided into three segments: Executive Functioning, Language, and 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 the recommendation of current documentation/ parental request and/or recommendation from the Head of School.

Knox BOOST Curriculum

Executive Functioning BOOST

Executive Functioning BOOST is a developmental program designed to provide specific individualized instruction. This program gives students the opportunity to work on skills such as initiation of tasks, working memory, planning, organization and self-monitoring. Students also learn study skills that are incorporated into their core subjects. This program also gives students the confidence to become more independent learners.

  1. Initiation - The ability to begin a task or activity and to independently generate ideas, responses, or problem-solving strategies.
  2. Working Memory - The capacity to hold information in mind for the purpose of completing a task.
  3. Planning/Organization - The ability to manage current and future- oriented task demands.
  4. Organization of Materials - The ability to impose order on work, play, and storage spaces.
  5. Self-Reflection & Metacognition - Students will learn how to improve their self-monitoring and self-evaluative skills. They will identify how they problem solve and what strategies work best for them individually. By helping students reflect on their own learning, they will be more mindful of their own successful approaches to planning and problem solving.

Language BOOST

Language BOOST is a development program designed to provide specific individualized instruction in reading fluency and comprehension, writing fluency and expression, decoding, encoding, and basic grammar concepts. Self-advocacy issues, study skills, and executive functioning skills are also addressed in the BOOST classroom.


Math BOOST is a mathematics program designed to provide instruction in basic mathematical computation, vocabulary and concepts. Topics covered in the student’s current math class are pre-taught and re-taught, based on a student’s individualized needs and abilities.

BOOST Math is designed to provides 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.

Other Enrichment Programs:

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.


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.

BOOST Faculty

Jeniffer Orlowski

Jeniffer Orlowski
Titles: BOOST Teacher
Degrees: M.S.Ed, Special Education, Dowling College
M.S.Ed, Literacy, Dowling College
B.A., Fine Art & English Literature, St. Lawrence University

Emma Sharkey Frageau

Emma Sharkey Frageau
Titles: BOOST Coordinator & Teacher
Degrees: M.S.Ed, Education, 7-12, Dowling College
B.A., Sociology, Stony Brook University