Lower School

Why Coed K-6

Oak Knoll's Private Coed K-6 Elementary School is Different

A Foundation for Life
At Oak Knoll, we are strongly committed to coeducation for younger students from kindergarten to grade 6, believing that boys and girls learn best together at an early age. Our private, Catholic coed elementary school offers your family a unique blend of a strong academics to challenge students’ intellect, a rich curriculum that allows students to express themselves, and a nurturing and values-based environment that enables students to grow as articulate, confident, and caring children.

From private kindergarten through grade 6, we educate the whole child: aesthetically, intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. With an appreciation that God is central in their lives, our elementary school children learn to respect all others and to be living examples of their faith. Through their studies in the classroom, practice of religious traditions, and community service, elementary school students grow to be conscientious and service-oriented leaders of their global community today and of the future. 

Get to Know Our Coed K-6 Elementary School
The best way to get to know our Coed K-6 Elementary School is to attend an Open House and see us in action and learn about our elementary school admissions process. Our children are engaged at the SMARTboard or on their 1:1 digital devices, and they’re actively involved in classroom activities. We invite you to come and see our students clearly displaying their joy of learning and love for Oak Knoll.

Profile of Our Elementary School Graduate

Oak Knoll K-6 Elementary School graduates have a joyful curiosity and zeal for learning born of confidence in God’s love and a realization of their unique gifts. They have learned to look at social issues through the lens of faith and are willing to take on leadership roles. While forging and evaluating new relationships and facing challenges, our young men and women are guided by the principle of “Actions, not words.”

Qualities of a K-6 Elementary School Graduate

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  • Appreciate Arts and Athletics

    Our students appreciate the importance of the arts and athletics. They are creative presenters, having gained poise and confidence through public speaking, musical concerts, theatrical productions, and art shows and classes. Through interscholastic and intramural sports, they have learned the principles of good sportsmanship and the importance of fairness and teamwork.  
  • Balance

    Balance is a key quality of our graduates. Through the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly, which is focused on educating the whole child, they understand the importance of intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being for themselves and others. They appreciate the beauty of God’s world and its influence on their everyday lives.  With confidence and faith, they have the foundation for a journey of lifelong learning.
  • Conscientious Citizens

    Our students are conscientious citizens who understand that all rights and privileges are accompanied by responsibility. They understand the principles of justice, peace, compassion, and the value of service in our democratic society. They have learned the importance of caring for God’s world.
  • Critical Thinkers

    It is important that our graduates are critical thinkers and problem solvers, able to assess issues, seek solutions, and collaborate with peers to form plans. They are persistent and focused in following the steps needed to implement those plans. 
  • Effective Communicators

    Oak Knoll graduates are effective communicators who write and speak clearly and effectively. They are able to access and evaluate information from multiple sources and synthesize that information to form new understandings. They can author and publish works using various forms of technology.
  • Global Awareness

    Students have a global awareness of current events and a sense of their own, their school’s, and their community’s place in the larger world. They have been introduced to a second language and to the viewpoints and opinions of varied communities and groups.
  • Integrity

    Our graduates have integrity in all aspects of school life. Through inquiry-based assignments and project-based learning, they understand the importance of using technology ethically and of citing the works of others. 

What Our Parents Say

After Oak Knoll for Our Boys

After attending Oak Knoll, our elementary school male graduates go on to attend some of the best secondary schools in the area including:
  • Delbarton School
  • Oratory Prep School
  • Newark Academy 
  • Pingry School
  • Morristown-Beard School
  • Summit Public Schools
After that, alumni who built the foundation of their education at Oak Knoll go on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation, as seen in the recent picture of our alumni boys above.

Elementary School Admissions

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Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.


44 Blackburn Road
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 522-8100

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