Welcome, Students!

Congratulations! YOU MADE IT! You should be very proud of your acceptance to The Knox School. You have been selected out of a pool of extremely talented and accomplished applicants, and we are excited to welcome you to our community where everyone knows your name!

One of our goals in admissions is to make your transition to Knox as stress-free as possible. We have designed this webpage to help you have a smooth start to your Knox experience. Here, you will find information that will guide you through all of the important items you need to complete before you arrive, and checklists to keep you organized. If you have any questions at all, we have also provided a list of key people within the School community who are always available to pick up your call and help you with anything you may need!

The Knox School has been unlocking student potential since 1904 – what hidden talents and possibilities will YOU uncover as a Knox student?  

On behalf of the Knox Administrative Team, Faculty, and your fellow students, we welcome you to our Knox family and look forward to seeing you on campus!

Cindy Simkus, Director of Enrollment Management


August 27-28, 2022 – Boarding Students Arrive
November 23-27, 2022 – Thanksgiving Break
December 17-18, 2022 – Boarding Students Depart for Winter Recess
January 2-3, 2023 – Boarding Students Return from Winter Recess
March 18-19, 2023 –Boarding Students Depart for Spring Break
March 18-April 2, 2023 – Spring Break
April 1-2, 2023 – Boarding Students Return from Spring Break
June 2, 2023 – Commencement & Boarding Students Depart for Summer Recess

Download the Complete 2022/23 Calendar

*Dates are subject to change based on COVID-19 safety protocols

Important Information for Knox Students

Welcome Letter from the Head of School

Greetings, Future Knox Students and Families!

You are at a very exciting time in your lives – choosing a private school where you can experience new things, meet amazing friends, and get prepared for life after high school – a.k.a. COLLEGE!

Why choose Knox?

It starts with our staff – a highly-qualified and dedicated community of educators and administrators who are not just teachers, but dorm parents, mentors, advisors, and coaches. Our small class sizes allow you – our students –  to connect directly with your teachers and receive the individual attention you deserve from an independent school education. 

Knox is a place where everybody knows your name. Whenever I tour guests on campus and greet every Knox student I see by name, our visitor asks, “How do you remember all these kids?” My answer is that it’s not about how – it’s about why. Knowing each student by name makes him or her feel respected and important, and this is the culture of the community here at Knox that we all live by. If you choose Knox, you will be well-cared for and well-known in our supportive environment where everyone is family.

At Knox, your potential will be unlocked and maximized. In addition to offering AP courses, many of our teachers are certified to provide dual-enrollment classes for college credit right on our campus. Our STEM lab is a gathering place for students to explore the latest in cutting-edge technology, even after school hours. AP Studio Art Portfolio Development classes are taught by Knox educators who are also college professors. Athletics fit into students’ daily routines and encourage socialization between day and boarding students. Whether you are an aspiring engineer or equestrian, artist or actor, designer or performer, mathematician or writer, a Knox education will help you unlock and maximize your potential.

At Knox, every student is inspired to go higher. Living daily by the Knox Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Courage, Kindness, and Scholarship encourages character development far beyond the walls of our classrooms. You will bring these values with you when you leave the gates of our campus after high school, ready for every challenge that lies ahead. 

If you choose Knox, you will enjoy the peaceful beauty of our campus and all of its amenities. Our students are often found hiking the local trails on a sunny afternoon, rowing on our beautiful harbor, riding a horse in our newly renovated equestrian center, playing basketball in our fully equipped gymnasium, or walking the beach when the weather permits. Our fitness center is a central hub not just for our Elite athletes, but for everyone in the school community to enjoy. Weekend trips are open to both boarders and day students and provide opportunities for students to socialize and bond while enjoying off-campus activities.

The Knox School has been changing student lives for more than a century. If you haven’t stopped in for a visit yet, we invite you to come to our campus, feel the vibe for yourself, and let us help you make one of the most important decisions of your life – to choose Knox!

Semper ad Lucem,
Virginia Riccardi, Head of School

Health Care Information & Mandatory Forms

* New York State law requires that all students must submit comprehensive health examinations and immunization records prior to arriving on campus.

Additional Information for BOARDING Students

For International Students: All International students are encouraged to complete a DuoLingo exam in the comfort of their own homes as part of the application process. This exam will supplement TOEFL scores and will assist our administration with course placement within the English as a New Language (ENL) curriculum. Follow these four easy steps to completing your exam prior to your arrival at Knox:

Important DuoLingo Deadlines:

  • All new international students must complete Duolingo and notify the admissions office by August 15, 2021. 
  • All new international students enrolled after August 15, 2021, must complete Duolingo within 7 days.

Key People to Contact (by Department)

Please email all completed forms to Christine Cleary at ccleary@knoxschool.org by August 21, 2022 for students to begin classes on September 6, 2022.


Use these contacts to find members of The Knox School Administration and Staff who can answer any questions you may have prior to the start of school.

School Phone Number: (631) 686-1600

Health Registration or Questions:
Kristin Thoden, RN, Director of Health and Wellness Office
ext. 434

Academics/Curriculum/Summer Work:
Donna Pergola, Dean of Academics
ext. 406

Text Books:
Christine Cleary, Admin. Assistant
ext. 402
(Books through BOCES for Suffolk County Residents Only)

Student Support /College Counseling:
Stephanie Kilgannon
ext. 412

Barbara Missirlian, Director of Student Care and Compliance
ext. 421

Business Office for Wire Transfers, Int’l Health Insurance:
Denise Gehring, Controller
ext. 422

Arrival/Itineraries /Dorm Questions / Roommates:
Liam Doughty, Director of Student Life
ext. 420

Student E-mail & Portal Access:
Al Giuliano, Director of Technology
ext. 431

Liam Doughty, Athletic Director
ext. 420

Administrator on Duty (AOD):
An administrator on Duty is available to students and families 24 hours, 7 days per week. Use the AOD phone number when offices are closed.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Please email all completed forms tothe Office of Student Life at studentlife@knoxschool.org by August 21, 2022, for students to begin classes on September 6, 2022.