Post Graduate

The Postgraduate (PG) Program at the Knox School is open to qualified, motivated students who wish to take advantage of the benefits of a “gap year” between high school graduation and matriculation into college and can meet the admissions standards of The Knox School. Prospective PG students are often seeking greater academic opportunities and another year to boost their grades, while others are looking for an extra year of high school athletic experience before making the transition to collegiate sports. Some students need more time to focus on building their portfolios if they decide to pursue a career in the arts, and others simply want more time to mature physically, emotionally and socially to ensure that they are thoroughly prepared to meet and overcome the challenges that make up a successful college experience. Regardless of what brings a PG student to The Knox School, what is certain is that he or she will leave a more developed, experienced individual with a greater sense of self.

Knox PG students are valuable members of the senior class and are expected to integrate fully into the school community and the embrace leadership opportunities that are an inevitable part of The Knox School experience. PG students graduate along with the members of the senior class and receive a high school diploma from The Knox School.

Post-Graduate Program Offerings

PG Coursework

The Knox School recognizes that no two PG students arrive with the same backgrounds, interests or goals. In line with this belief, the Assistant Head of School, with input from the College Counselor designs each PG schedule to enhance the student’s academic profile and to reflect a course-load that colleges and universities will look upon favorably. Our 8-cycle rotating schedule provides ample space for PG’s to engage in challenging coursework that is interesting and inspiring.

The following two courses are required for all Knox School PG’s:

Graduate Seminar: Term 1 – SAT/ACT Test Prep; Term 2 – Fundamentals of Research; Term 3 – PG ProjectCollege Writing Intensive – full year

Additionally, PG students are placed into Math, English and Science classes based on their prior high school transcript and scores on placement exams to be administered at the discretion of the Assistant Head of School. The following is the breakdown of available courses in the core subject areas:


  • Pre-calculus
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics


  • Senior English (IV)
  • AP English (Language or Literature)


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Biology
  • AP Environmental Science

Visual and Performing Arts courses as well as Academic Electives designed to give PG students a college experience are also available. PG’s may add a maximum of two.

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Media Arts
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Studio Art
  • AP Studio Art
  • Theatre
  • Stagecraft
  • Dance
  • Choir
  • AP Music Theory

Academic Electives

  • College Freshman Literature
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Psychology
  • Ethics and Philosophy
  • Health, Wellness and Strength Training
  • Intro to Economics
  • Exploration of the Universe
  • Chinese (I-II)
  • Spanish (I-IV)
  • French (I-IV)

PG Athletics

Students who wish to participate in the PG program as Elite Athletes on The Knox School Prep Basketball Team will play a rigorous game schedule and will also have the following in their daily schedules:

  • Athletic Training/Practice
  • Supervised Study Hall

Students who do not participate as Elite Athletes must participate in one competitive or non-competitive sport throughout the year.

PG Clubs

The Knox School offers a variety of clubs and opportunities for Service Learning to enhance the PG experience, including school publications (newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook), Model United Nations, and Musicians Club.

PG One-on-One College Counseling

Postgraduate students at The Knox School meet regularly with the College Counselor in a one-to-one, personalized setting to plan and prepare for their journeys after Knox. These meetings will include searching for and applying to colleges that are a good fit for the graduating student, meetings with admissions representatives and/or coaches, and preparing all of the necessary documents for the application and acceptance process.

For more information on The Knox School Postgraduate Program,
please contact the Assistant Head of School at 631-686-1600 ext. 409.