Student Life

Student Support Services

Student Support Services that Develop the Whole Child

The mission of Oak Knoll speaks to the development of the whole child. Critical to this development is support for the student that embraces each element of his or her progress, encouraging full growth. At Oak Knoll, a nurturing and supportive environment that meets this mission involves many different adults  and some student leaders  as support persons who provide guidance in many ways, including:
  • Guidance classes 
  • Academic and emotional counseling services 
  • Secondary school placement 
  • College counseling

Nurturing Guidance and Support in Elementary School

With a commitment to the growth of the whole child, student services in the Elementary School provides assistance to parents, students, and teachers for a variety of needs.

We provide a full-time assistant division head who takes on the responsibility of looking after the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students and to work on behalf of each child. The assistant division head meets with students and parents on a regular basis to discuss age-and-stage related issues such as peer relationships, problem solving and group dynamics. The assistant division head also meets regularly with teachers to discuss academic concerns for individual students and facilitates communication between home and school. Standardized testing in the Elementary School is coordinated by the assistant division head as well.

Supporting our Young Women in Middle and High School

Our all-girls Middle and High School endeavors to develop mature, young women, capable of making and acting upon responsible choices, which enrich their own lives and contribute to the lives of others.

Our student support team includes a number of faculty and staff including, the division head, deans, director of student support, director and associate director of college counseling, a part-time consulting psychologist, homeroom teachers, advisers and senior peer leaders (for grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9). These team members lead a number of formal and informal supportive services/programs, including classes, academic advisement, emotional support services, and disciplinary reviews.

Student Support

The young women in our all-girls middle and high school in grades 7-10 meet once per cycle in scheduled group classes with our director of student support. The program strives to help the students make the best possible adjustments to their classes and to realize the highest possible achievement of their aptitudes. In these classes, students participate in activities focused on values clarification, decision-making, peer relationships, test-taking strategies, school-related concerns, and grade-level needs.

For juniors and seniors, the college seminar meets once a cycle and is taught by the director and associate director of college counseling, with a focus on the college process. Designed for self-reflection on individual strengths and challenges, preferences for the type of college best suited for the student, organization of a standardized testing calendar, preparation for college interviews and assistance with applications including essays, the class provide valuable time devoted to the process of finding the right college match.

The counselors also offer individual counseling to all students; encouraging students to make appointments during the year.

Academic support and advisement is provided to all grades throughout the year and includes:
  • Directed meetings with parents, grade-level meetings with students, departmental meetings with student groups and individual student meetings. 
  • Advisory program 
  • Peer tutors 
  • Focus meetings/behavior checklists 
  • On-site health and wellness consultant and a part-time licensed psychologist
  • Progress reports/report cards 
  • Parent conferences 
  • Study skills classes (Grades 7 and 8) 
  • Guidance classes 
  • College counseling  individual and group

Secondary School Placement

Our Lower School assistant division head works with parents and students of boys in fifth and sixth grade as they begin their application process to secondary schools. This includes meeting with parents in the spring and fall before they begin the application process, walking each family through the process with their son’s best interest in mind, working with the boys to help them prepare for interviews and school visits, and being available to answer questions each step along the way.

Where Our Boys Go

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
  • Seton Hall Prep
  • 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.

Student Support Team

List of 2 members.

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
Email  the Lower School (coed, K-6)
Email the Upper School (all-girls, 7-12)
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