Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
44 Blackburn Road
Summit, NJ (Union County), 07901
Coordinates 40°42′36″N 74°22′0″W / 40.71°N 74.366667°W / 40.71; -74.366667Coordinates: 40°42′36″N 74°22′0″W / 40.71°N 74.366667°W / 40.71; -74.366667
Type Private, Coeducational K-6
Motto "Actions not words." -Cornelia Connelly
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1924
Founder Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus
School district Archdiocese of Newark
CEEB Code 311-430
Dean Joan Paster
Principal Mary Sciarrillo (7-12)
Joanne Ainsworth (K-6)
Head of school Timothy Saburn
Faculty 80.9 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades K12
Enrollment 550[1]  (2009-10)
Student to teacher ratio 6.8:1[1]
Color(s) Royal blue and white         
Athletics conference Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Team name Royals
Rival Kent Place
Accreditation(s) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Average SAT scores '09 Mean: 636 Critical Reading
624 Math
653 Writing
Publication Freestyle (literary magazine)
Newspaper 'Untucked'
Yearbook 'Aquila'
Tuition $22,900 (K-6)
$27,600 (7-12)
Dean of Students Edith Ticona
Admissions Director Suzanne Kimm Lewis
Athletic Director Jerry Butler

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school in Summit, New Jersey, United States. It is coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and for young women in grades 7 to 12. The school operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[3] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1992.[2]

As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 550 students and 80.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.8.[1] Oak Knoll enrolls on average 240 students in the Lower School and 310 students in the Upper School. The Lower and Upper School student/faculty ratio is 8 to 1. The average class size in kindergarten is 11; for grades 1 through 6 the average class size is 17; and grades 7 through 12 the average class size 15. The school looks to enroll a select student population with a grade size of 32 to 36 in kindergarten through grade 8, and a grade size of 56 to 62 in grades 9 through 12.

Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of eleven 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.

The school is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.[4]



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 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 five miles (8 km) away in Chatham Township.


Oak Knoll School now competes 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.[5] Before the realignment in 2010, Oak Knoll School had participated in the Mountain Valley Conference, which consisted of 16 public and parochial high schools covering Union County and Essex County in northern New Jersey.

The girls lacrosse team won the 2005 North B state championship with an 8-4 win over Mountain Lakes High School.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Extracurricular activities

There are about 35 extracurricular activities available to Upper School students at Oak Knoll. Beginning in 7th grade the students can choose from many activities.

Notable alumni

  • Aileen Quinn (class of 1989), actress, best known for her role as the title character of the 1982 movie Annie.[citation needed]
  • Terri Trespicio (class of 1993), senior editor at Martha Stewart's Body+Soul magazine and the host of the daily radio show "Whole Living" on Sirius' Martha Stewart Living Radio.
  • Lori Trespicio (class of 1997), star of MTV's famed reality television shows: The Real World: Back to New York (2001) and "RW/RR Battle of the Sexes" (2003).


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