A Message from the Head of School

Greetings! You have just landed on the Welcome page of the most well-established Independent School on Long Island – The Knox School. You are about to make one of the most important decisions of your lives – choosing a private school that will provide you with the best opportunities for success in college and beyond. 

Founded in 1904 by Mary Alice Knox, The Knox School is the oldest and most established private school in Long Island, New York. Today, Knox is a co-educational boarding and day school for grades 6-12, and embodies a progressive educational philosophy that allows students to grow academically and creatively in an environment where the total well-being of every student is our top priority.


Virginia Riccardi

Head of School

At Knox, everyone cares and knows your name. Small class sizes allow students to receive the individual attention they deserve when investing in a private school education. The dedicated teachers at Knox strive to know students beyond the walls of the classroom, and serve as dorm parents, advisors, coaches, and mentors. Through programs such as weekly Advisory Group, All-School Morning Meetings, Student Dialogue Luncheons hosted by the Head of School, small-group tutoring sessions, staff-led weekend trips and bi-weekly Administrative Circle of Care meetings, Knox students are well-known to all staff and are well-cared for in our supportive environment where everyone is family.

At Knox, every student’s potential is unlocked and maximized. Knox offers the highest levels of academic, artistic and athletic programming. Advanced Placement is available in all disciplines, along with dual-enrollment classes for college credit. Our STEM lab is a gathering place for students to explore technology, computer science, and engineering, even after school hours. AP Studio Art Portfolio Development classes are taught by Knox educators who are also college professors, ensuring that students receive the highest levels of instruction and expertise. Athletics are part of students’ daily routines to promote both physical and mental health after an intense day of coursework. All student-athletes will learn lifelong habits and skills to use beyond their sporting endeavors.Sports include rowing, tennis, soccer, volleyball, softball, badminton, cross country and basketball. Knox also offers a well-established Equestrian program led by a master trainer. Whether you are an aspiring engineer or equestrian, artist or actor, designer or performer, mathematician or writer, a Knox education unlocks every student’s potential and prepares them for success after high school.

At Knox, every student is inspired to go higher. Our students receive a unique high school experience alongside their peers who come to us from all over the United States and the world. Living and learning in a community such as ours – one that is multicultural and inclusive – inspires our students to appreciate and celebrate each other’s differences, strengths and individual talents. Both students and staff live daily by the core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Courage, Kindness and Scholarship, and bring these values with them when they leave the gates of our campus after high school, ready for every challenge that lies ahead. 

In addition to competitive academic, artistic and athletic programs, Knox offers superior co-curricular experiences:

  • Club periods are built into every student’s schedule, during which students and faculty come together to engage in meaningful community service projects, participate in Mock Trials and Debates, practice their Chess skills or even take their own ideas for new clubs and make them come to life.
  • Leadership opportunities are available for the taking through our Student Council, our National Honor Society, English Honor Society and Math Honor Society, all of which meet weekly. 
  • Our Solarium Gallery serves as a peaceful place for students to take their artistic skills to another level, and Visual and Performing Arts offerings in Theatre, Choir, Media Arts, Photography, Ceramics and Studio Art allow students to express themselves creatively, and exhibit their work on campus and in the local community. 
  • The Knox Fitness Center is a state-of-the-art space for students to bridge the gap between a healthy mind and a healthy body.

The Knox School has been changing student lives for more than a century. With endless opportunities rooted in a tradition of educational excellence, your choice should be clear by now. Since “seeing is believing,” 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
(631) 686-1600 x 409