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25 Jun

The Knox School

Traditions of Excellence - Past, Present and Future

Imagine your child experiencing a superior education in a setting of Gold Coast splendor. Imagine your child dining in waterfront mansions with wood paneled dining rooms, riding horses and playing athletics on a 48-acre bucolic estate. Imagine your child competing in regattas with a crew team that trains from its own waterfront, bordering its home beside the shore. Imagine your child participating in an equestrian program that boasts the legacy of Harry de Leyer and his horse Snowman, known as the Eighty Dollar Champion, saved by Harry from a certain slaughterhouse death to become a world-renowned award-winning jumper. Imagine your child being an integral part of a school setting where traditions match the graceful elegance of the best of classic Gold Coast grandeur and where character values are infused into the curriculum on a regular basis. Well, imagine no more … this is reality at The Knox School, Long Island’s hidden gem in premier boarding and day schools.


Under the veneer of its glorious, historic setting, The Knox School is built on a solid foundation of 110 years of academic integrity and success. Established in 1904 in Briarcliff Manor by Mary Alice Knox, the school eventually settled in the grandiose Lathrop Brown mansion and estate in Nissequogue. Situated on Long Island’s North Shore, the beautiful and serene Knox campus rests on a small peninsula between Long Island Sound and Stony Brook Harbor, offering expansive waterfront views. Although continually evolving, Knox maintains many long-standing traditions and is still influenced by the vision of its founder. Today, it is a co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate, where rigorous academics are combined with athletic and artistic pursuits. It successfully fulfills its mission to prepare young men and women to gain admission to leading colleges and universities as they learn to “be exceptional at Knox.”
Unique to the Knox experience is the challenging, college preparatory program that includes honors and advanced placement programs and an international student population, which represents more than a dozen countries. Additionally, Knox offers the option of five- or seven-day boarding, so parents can give their child the gift of independence without giving up their child. The curriculum is infused with arts, athletics and the teaching of core values to foster the creation of well-rounded individuals who are ready for the demands of the real world and of higher education at selective colleges and universities. This year alone, graduates of the Class of 2013 have been accepted to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University and University of Pennsylvania.
With an average class size of 10, Knox is a close-knit and familial community where skilled, highly qualified educators bring the disciplines alive and foster a lifelong love of learning. Knox English teachers particularly emphasize the fundamentals of grammar, writing, and the development of critical thinking in the classroom. Additionally, The Writing Center at Knox reinforces all teacher-efforts by assisting and empowering students to write clearly and effectively. Knox’s visual and performing artists thrive and opportunities for personal and collective creative expression abound. The school and its students enjoy a unique partnership with the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Roundabout Theater Company and take frequent excursions into Manhattan to expose students to the beauty and wonders of the arts. With 48 acres of pastoral, rolling hills, the campus offers three athletic playing fields, four tennis courts, easy waterfront access for its competitive crew program and a unique, circa 1912 equestrian center to support its Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team. 
The Knox seal, emblazoned with a lit torch and the Latin words Semper Ad Lucem remind The Knox School community – past, present and those who will join the family in the future – to always go “toward the light.”
Soon to commemorate its 110th year of excellence, Knox celebrates the achievements of its current students and recognizes its alumni as they distinguish themselves in their local communities and around the world.  
Imagine The Knox School experience for your child … visit 
www.knoxschool.org for more information.


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