Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
DIRECTOR: Meghan Hodgin
44 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ, 7901
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Oak Knoll is an independent school for boys and girls in pre-K through grade 6 (the Lower School) and all girls in grades 7-12 (the Upper School). The school was founded in 1924 and its teachings are informed by Cornelia Connelly who founded the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1846 with a vision of teaching the whole child. Today, a global network of schools based on Connelly’s ideas includes 9 schools in the US–including Oak Knoll–and 13 overseas. Through a strong academic program, creative arts, athletics and an active campus ministry, students here have the opportunity to thrive and grow.
Keeping a Strong Sense of Community
During coronavirus, the school pivoted to remote learning with synchronous and asynchronous teaching. “We were able to educate our students at each grade level, hold virtual assemblies, prayer services, awards ceremonies and graduation,” says Timothy J. Saburn, Head of School. “In fact, we have received very positive feedback on our virtual programs and curricula during the pandemic from people inside and outside of our school community.” Looking ahead to the 2020-2021 school year, Oak Knoll is ready to pivot to a hybrid model of instruction or, if need be, virtual learning.
Focus on the Future
At Oak Knoll, students are encouraged to try a variety of different activities and subjects so that they become well-rounded learners.
“Students and parents love the faith-based high-quality, holistic education in grades pre-K to 12 and most importantly, they love the sense of community and belonging to a network of schools across the country and around the world,” says Saburn.
Oak Knoll recently welcomed a new Upper School Division Head and hired its first Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid.
“We have opened a pre-kindergarten program and the response and enrollment has been outstanding,” says Saburn. “We’ve added new playground equipment for the pre-K students, and we are renovating existing space to create the home for our ‘Little Acorns.’”
These are just some of the ways the school keeps evolving to give students the best experience possible.
Through rigorous academics, extra-curricular activities and service experiences, students leave Oak Knoll better prepared to be part of the global community and with an increased understanding of the world in which they live.
“Our programs and our values change lives,” says Saburn.