Welcome, Students!

Congratulations on your acceptance to The Knox School! We’re so excited to welcome you to a loving and inclusive community where you can live, learn and achieve your dreams!

This webpage was designed to provide you with all the resources necessary for you to have a successful start to the 2021/2022 school year. Should you have any questions, we have also provided a list of key people within the School community who can help you settle into your new Home Beside the Shore.

I wish you all the best for your first day of school, and look forward to seeing you on campus!

Caitlyn Adams-Davis, Director of Admissions


August 27-29, 2021 – Boarding Students Arrive
November 24-29, 2021 – Thanksgiving Break
December 18, 2021 – Students Depart for Winter Recess
January 2-3, 2022 – Boarding Students Return from Winter Recess
March 26, 2022 – Spring Break Begins
April 3, 2022 – Boarding Students Return from Spring Break
June 11, 2022 – Commencement & Boarding Students Depart for Summer Recess

*Dates are Subject to Change Based on COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Important Information for Knox Students

Welcome Letter 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. The Knox School has more than a century-long history of educating young people from all over the world and helping them grow into well-rounded global citizens. For this reason, and so many more, I am confident that you will decide Knox is the best choice for you.

Why choose Knox?

At the core of our beliefs is the philosophy that a diverse student body living and learning in a connected community will experience intellectual and character development that cannot be attained in other educational settings. At Knox, we embrace and celebrate every student’s individual strengths and talents, and provide safe spaces for young people to try new things and accomplish what they never imagined they could.

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. Small class sizes allow students to receive the individual attention they deserve from an independent school education, and our caring team is committed to one collective goal: to motivate every student to engage in self-discovery, gain a global perspective, and build the character and aptitude necessary to navigate the future with confidence and resilience. Whether you are an aspiring engineer or equestrian, artist or actor, designer or performer, mathematician or writer, a Knox education prepares every student for success after high school.

Knox is a place where everybody knows your name. Oftentimes, when I am touring a guest on campus and greeting every 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 them feel respected and important and this is the culture of community that every staff member and student embraces and promotes.

In classrooms across our campus, Knox students always strive for more, engage in exciting academic debates and seek knowledge beyond the daily lessons delivered by their teachers. Many of our students participate in the Beacon Program for college credit and attend summer programs to broaden their experiences in preparation for university studies. Knox students develop an appreciation for learning and independent thought that helps them gain admission to the most competitive colleges and universities in the world.

Beyond academics, the social and emotional growth of our students is foundational to their Knox experience, and supported not only by our dedicated staff and intentional programming, but also by the peaceful beauty of our campus and all of its amenities. Knox 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. 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

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, 2021 for students to begin classes on September 7, 2021.


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:
Aimee Roderick, 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 /Advisory:
Jennifer Francis, Social Worker
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.

School Calendar

Due to COVID-19, this calendar is subject to change. Thank you for your attention.

Please email all completed forms to Christine Cleary at ccleary@knoxschool.org by August 21, 2021 for students to begin classes on September 7, 2021.