Academic Programs

Our teaching philosophy

At Knox Prep, our aim is to harness the natural curiosity of boys through an innovative curriculum and enquiry-based learning.

While we ensure that we meet the objectives of the NSW and National curricula, our teachers develop creative programs which allow boys to explore topics in ways that best meet their needs.

Gifted and talented students

Gifted students in Years 5 and 6 may be placed into a da Vinci class to provide enrichment and extension opportunities. All teachers differentiate their lessons to cater for a broad range of talents and interest. In K-4, gifted students are extended through extension classes for English and Maths.

Art class in the K-2 Centre
K-2 Coordinator Mrs Chris Gray with students
Lesson outside Ewan House with Mrs Julia Baerlocher, Year 4 Team Leader
Students in their Ewan House classroom

Class structure

Every boy in the Prep has a 'home' classroom and a classroom teacher. The boys also have regular lessons with highly experienced, specialist Science, Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Sport/PDHPE, Values Education and Languages teachers. We also have a Writer in Residence, John Larkin, and specialist Teacher Librarians.

The specialist and classroom teachers are supported by staff from the Learning Support Department. 

Each week boys in Years 3 to 6 participate in 'Knoxigations', a special time for enquiry-based learning, discovery and investigation. 

Reports and progress

Each boy's progress is mapped and reported in writing to parents at the end of each semester. Parent information evenings are held at the beginning of Term 1 for each year group. At the end of Term 1, all boys new to the School receive an interim report.

Formal parent-teacher interviews are held at the start of Term 3 and teachers are in regular contact with parents to discuss any learning issues which require attention throughout the year.

Learning Support

The Prep has a specialist on-site Learning Support Team which provides expert and on-going support to boys with learning or behavioural difficulties and physical disabilities.


Homework is an integral part of our teaching philosophy for students. We follow the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) time guidelines for homework and recognise the importance of balance between learning and family time.

Short homework exercises may be set for boys in Kindergarten to Year 2, with more structured and regular homework for boys in Year 3 upwards. This provides extension and consolidation of topics explored in the classroom.