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. 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 embrace the 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
The Knox School recognizes that no two PG students arrive with the same backgrounds, interests or goals. In line with this belief, the Dean of Academics, 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 includes SAT/ACT Test Prep, Fundamentals of Research, and a PG Project
- College Writing Intensive
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 Dean of Academics. The following is the breakdown of available courses in the core subject areas:
- AP Calculus
- AP Statistics
- Senior English (IV)
- AP English Language and Composition
- AP English Literature and Composition
- ENG101 or ENG102 (see Dual Curriculum College Credit Program)
- Anatomy and Physiology
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Physics I or II
- PHY101 or PHY 102 (see Dual Curriculum College Credit Program)
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
- Studio Art
- AP Studio Art
- Electronic Illustration
- ART122 Electronic Illustration (see Dual Curriculum College Credit Program)
- ART145 Digital Photography I (see Dual Curriculum College Credit Program)
- Music History
- AP Music Theory
- 3D Drafting & Design
- Computer Science & Engineering
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP Computer Science A
- Philosophy & Ethics
- AP Psychology
- Introduction to Legal Studies
- AP United States Government & Politics
- Chinese (I-IV)
- Spanish (I-IV)
- French (I-IV)
The Knox School offers a variety of clubs and opportunities for Service Learning to enhance the PG experience. For more information about Knox student clubs and organizations, click here.
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 Dean of Academics at 631-686-1600 ext. 406.