Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
|Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child|
Grace Hall on the campus
44 Blackburn Road
|Type||Private, Coeducational K-6|
|Motto||"Actions not words." -Cornelia Connelly|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus|
|Oversight||Society of the Holy Child Jesus|
|Principal||Jennifer Landis (7-12)|
Christine Spies (K-6)
|Head of school||Timothy J. Saburn|
|Enrollment||542 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||7.6:1|
|Color(s)|| Navy blue and|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Freestyle (literary magazine)|
|Tuition||$14,800 - $27,100(K-6)|
|Dean of Students (10-12)||Joan Paster|
|Dean of Students (7-9)||Edith Ticona|
|Admissions Director||Suzanne Kimm Lewis|
|Athletic Director||Kelly Childs|
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic private school in Summit, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all-girls for seventh grade to twelfth grade. The school operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1992. The school is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 542 students and 71.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 7.6:1. The school's student body was 80.3% White, 5.5% Black, 4.8% Hispanic, 4.4% Asian, 1.5% Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander, 0.4% American Indian / Alaska Native and 3.1% two or more races.
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. The Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus have also founded schools in England, Ireland, France, Nigeria, and Ghana. All Holy Child schools operate under the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, based in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Oak Knoll shares the goals of the Schools of the Holy Child Jesus.
Founded in 1924, Oak Knoll's roots go back to 1846, when Cornelia Connelly founded the Society of the Holy Child Jesus and opened her first school in England. The Provincial Council of the Society of the Holy Jesus responded to a need identified by the Bishop of Newark for a Catholic School for girls. In January 1924, the Society received permission from Rome to open a school in Summit, New Jersey. Several properties were considered, and the estate of William Zebdee Larned was acquired in May 1924.
The 11-acre (45,000 m2) site included the stone manor house, "Stoneover" (now known as "Grace Hall"), built in 1887. A stable, located where Connelly Hall now stands, provided gym and classroom space for the Junior School. Two houses on Prospect Street also contained classrooms and convent space. In 1954, Bonaventura Hall, named after benefactor Bonaventura (Kirby) Devine and her husband Christopher J. Devine a Wall Street banker, was constructed for the elementary grades, and in 1956, construction on the new Upper School, Connelly Hall, was completed.
Renovation and growth characterized the 1990s, with the renovation of the Lower School Library in 1992, addition of the Tisdall Hall athletic complex and expansion of the Upper School Library in 1993, renovation of the Grace Hall Chapel in 1994, completion of the Campion Center for the Performing Arts in 1995, and modernization of the Aileen Maury Dining Hall in 1997. From modest beginnings, numbering just 17 students, Oak Knoll's current enrollment exceeds 500 students.
In 2004, Oak Knoll completed construction of athletic fields, located 5 miles (8.0 km) away in Chatham Township.
The Oak Knoll School Royals compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in the Mountain Valley Conference, which included public and private high schools in Essex County, Somerset County and Union County. Oak Knoll School offers interscholastic sports for students in grades 5 through 12. For students in grades 9-12, Oak Knoll offers 13 varsity and seven junior varsity competitive programs including: cross country, field hockey, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, indoor track, fencing, swimming,lacrosse, softball, spring track, and golf. For students in grades 7 and 8, Oak Knoll offers: soccer, field hockey, cross country, basketball, lacrosse and non-competitive tennis. For students in grades 5 and 6 Oak Knoll offers: boys soccer, girls field hockey, boys baseball, Intramural, coed basketball, and non-competitive girls lacrosse.
The girls' lacrosse team won the Group I state championship in 2010 (defeating Glen Ridge High School in the tournament final) and in 2013 (vs. Mountain Lakes High School). The team won the 2005 North B state championship with an 8-4 win over Mountain Lakes High School.
In 2007, the field hockey team won the North I, Group I state sectional championship with a 4-1 win over Pompton Lakes High School in the tournament final. The team moved on to win the Group I state championship with a 2-1 win over Shore Regional High School in the semis and a 4-0 win against Holy Cross High School in the finals.
After falling behind by a score of 4-0 after five minutes of the tournament final, the 2013 girls lacrosse team went on to defeat Mountain Lakes High School by a score of 10-9 to win the Group I state championship.
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- Oak Knoll School New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 16, 2017.
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- 2007 Field Hockey - Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
- Schneider, Jeremy. "Oak Knoll (10) at Mountain Lakes (9), NJSIAA Group Tournament, Final Round, Group 1 - Girls Lacrosse", The Star-Ledger, June 1, 2013. Accessed July 18, 2013. "Oak Knoll, No. 8 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, went on to score nine of the next ten goals and held off a late charge from No. 4 Mountain Lakes to win the Group 1 championship game, 10-9, at Kean University in Union."
- Slavit, Evan. "No. 2 Oak Knoll field hockey overcomes rare deficit to win ninth straight UCT title", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 21, 2018. Accessed November 1, 2018. "It just wasn't enough to rattle the Union County kings, as Oak Knoll reeled off seven unanswered goals to pull out the 7-1 win over third-seeded Kent Place in the UCT championship game at Johnson on Saturday afternoon.... The Royals answered a little more than three minutes later, and didn't trail for the rest of the game to earn their ninth straight county title for Oak Knoll."