The Knox School

The Knox School Photo #1 - As an institution that is mission-driven and intentional in its structure and purpose, The Knox School created its academic program to provide capable students with opportunities to excel within a liberal arts program that is infused with artistic and athletic pursuits in preparation for higher education at selective colleges and universities.
The Knox School Photo #2 - The Knox Athletic Department provides opportunities for student-athletes to reach their fullest potential with competitive athletic programs for boys and girls, including Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Equestrian and Crew. In recognition of our School`s mission, Knox Athletics emphasizes sportsmanship, responsibility, cooperation, teamwork and respect for others.
The Knox School Photo #3 - The heartbeat of any great boarding and day school is the close and often lifelong friendships that students form with each other and with their teachers. At Knox, students begin their day together with their faculty in a community morning meeting. After a full day of classes, they join each other in a variety of athletics and activities.
The Knox School Photo #4 - The Knox School provides a "home by the shore" for all of our students. Each of the residential houses has one or more faculty members, many of whom live with their families. Our "house parents" serve in the best tradition of "In Loco Parentis," as they look after the academic and social/emotional development of each student.
The Knox School Photo #5 - Knox understands the value that STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering) disciplines provide to our future leaders. Recently renovated, our 650 sq. ft. STEM lab is fully equipped with 3-D printers, hand-built digital workstations, a touchscreen learning system, and complete array of tools and hardware. Students are exposed to hands-on, engaging classes including robotics, engineering, Computer Assisted Design, coding and more.
The Knox School Photo #6 - While all of our middle school students participate in an exploratory program in Studio Art, Ceramics, and Performing Arts, our Upper School students have the opportunity to explore diverse specialized offerings through dynamic courses led by practicing artists.
The Knox School Photo #7 - Here at Knox, we want to cultivate the talents of our young artists by providing them a stage and a classroom to rehearse, perform, and play. Our students have the opportunity to not only perform in plays, musicals, and concerts, but to take specialized classes in acting, music, stagecraft, playmaking, digital film, and more.
The Knox School Photo #8 - Founded in 1914, the Equestrian Program is Knox's oldest, continuous sports activity. The program is run from the Phebe T. Phillips Byrne '68 Equestrian Center, an historic, horseshoe-shaped structure featuring 25 stalls, a newly renovated outdoor ring with sprinklers, a covered track with sand and rubber footing, a turnout field and a full jump course.
The Knox School Photo #9 - Knox student-riders learn that any goal can be reached through cooperation with the highest qualified trainers, an exemplary work ethic and a growth mindset. There is no such thing as luck when you are a Knox Equestrian there is only commitment and dedication to practicing until you reach excellence, each and every time you ride or complete any task.
The Knox School Photo #10 - The Knox Crew Team has quietly developed into one of the most competitive teams in the country. In the last year, our athletes have broken six world records on the erg, sent ten boats to the State Championships with six finishing in the top three, two State Champions, and two boats placed in the Top 30 at Nationals.
  • The Knox School is a nonsectarian, independent, multicultural, coeducational day and boarding, college preparatory school that serves an average of 160 students in grades 6 through 12 plus Postgraduate.
  • Rigorous academics where students receive a broad world perspective and a wide range of skills to prepare them for the future.
  • A well-rounded extra-curricular life with an historic Equestrian program, elite athletics including rowing, soccer, and basketball, and a robust Visual & Performing Arts curriculum.
  • 100% college placement and exceptional scholarships; Average graduating class of 35 students. Average total scholarship offers $4.5 million.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedmild learning differences
Year Founded1904

Student Body

Total Students163 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade The Knox School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses14 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, AP Physics I, AP Physics II, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History, ART 122, Electronic Illustration, English 101, English 102, Freshman Composition, Freshman Literature, PHY 101, PHY 130-132, PHY 230-232
Average SAT score1220
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki pants or plaid kilt, dress shirt, blazer)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 30 / Jun. 30 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,000
Tuition NotesThe tuition cost listed is that of a day student in grades 6th-12th. For boarding tuition, $44,350 for 5-Day; $55,400 7-Day
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$20,900
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCaitlyn Adams-Davis
Admissions AssociateCindy Simkus


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBadminton, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Equestrian, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, VolleyballBadmintonBasketball,
CrewCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Community Service, Crafting, Fashion Club, Model UN, National Honor Society, Service Learning, Sports United / Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT), STEM, Storytelling & Strategy, Student Council, Student Publications: Roseleaves & Scribblers, World Cultures Club, Yearbook, Yoga and Meditation

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Dance, Fall Play, Jam Club for Musicians, Spring Musical

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Strength and Conditioning, Weight training

School Notes

  • Be Among Friends from Around the Globe 
  • Support Student Success with a Focus on Academic, Social, Emotional, and Physical Development
  • Be Challenged by Superior Academics including Advanced Placement, an Honors Track for High Achievers, and an Emphasis on STEM Education
  • Earn College Credit with Dual Enrollment Courses in the Humanities, Arts and Sciences
  • Exceptional College Placements and Scholarships
  • Small Classes Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers Who Inspire
  • 5 and 7 Day Boarding Options
  • Competitive Athletic Offerings
  • Robust Visual and Performing Arts Programs

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  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
We could not be happier with our decision to pursue the Knox School for our son. Academically and the access to talented equestrian staff made Knox the ideal choice for our family. Wonderful school
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Knox is an excellent nurturing school that provides a positive and caring environment. There is a great sense of community. The classes are small and every student gets the attention they deserve. Teachers and administrators are very involved and supportive. The equestrian program is excellent and unique. The student body is very diverse with students from many different countries, providing a great experience for all students. This school has been life changing for my daughter!
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Knox is an excellent school. Fantastic, caring teachers. Beautiful campus. Small class size. Students are in a healthy learning environment.
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The school has established a climate that promotes excellence and leadership among students in a caring and supportive environment. My daughter participated in crew which was a great experience that opened her up to challenges as well as provided unique opportunities.
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Knox is an EXCELLENT School providing superior academic preparation for college and beyond. LOVE the International component and the mix of Day and Boarding. I* graduated from here in 1973 as have 3 of my adult children (''97, ''98 and ''00). I currently have a child in 10th grade (''16) here.
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