The Knowledge Society

New York

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TKS is not a typical STEM program – we’re a human accelerator. Students learn about emerging technologies and sciences, develop foundational mindsets, and build tangible skills so they can make an impact on the world.

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Application Deadline (Round 3): June 30, 2020

Those who submit in earlier rounds will have their applications reviewed first and have a higher chance of being accepted. Round 2 deadline was May 29, 2020.

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Program Duration

TKS is a 10 month program, which runs from September 2020 to June 2021.

Session Timing

Our sessions are held on the weekend. After a student is accepted into TKS, they will be placed into a cohort, which is when they'll know the timing of their 3 hour session. If there is a conflict with the time, there will be other options to select from.

Cohort Details

There are 3 cohorts in TKS New York. Each cohort is between 25 - 35 students. Students who are accepted will be placed into a cohort based on their personalities, interests, and other factors that optimize friendships and synergies.

Age

To participate in TKS, students must be between 13 - 17 years old.

Program Details

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Our Program
Application Process

Before being accepted into TKS, students must apply. If their application is accepted, they will be interviewed by the program director. There is no prior knowledge of technologies, coding, or science required to join TKS. We look for students with drive, curiosity, and commitment.

Mike Schmidt, Director

Michael Schmidt built the world’s first fuel cell snowmobile with support from Bombardier. He was also the founder of Listn, a social network for music, which was acquired by SFX Entertainment ($SFXE). In 2016, he became the CEO of Dovetale, a machine learning and fraud detection service for social media. He has also received a gold medal in synthetic biology from MIT.

Hayley Caddes, Director

Hayley Caddes studied at Columbia University, where she earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering. She has an extensive background in biotech research focused on sustainability, and was most recently the lead data scientist at BerlandTeam, a market research firm.

TKS New York is hosted at Micrsoft's Time Square Office.

📍11 Time Square, New York, USA

Option 1: Monthly Fees

$764/Month (10 Months) + $1,000 Deposit

Option 2: One-Time Payment

$8,225 ($415 discount)

🟢 Financial Aid

After a student is accepted into the program, our financial services team will work with them to provide assistance. We are committed to helping high-potential students join the program, regardless of their financial situation. If you are worried about the cost, please still apply to TKS. If you get accepted you can work with our team to receive financial aid.

Application Deadline

June 30, 2020

Cohorts Finalized

July 15, 2020

Student On-Boarding

August 21, 2020

Program Kick-Off

September 6, 2020

TKShowcase

May 23, 2020

Final Session

June 6, 2020

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“My TKS experience so far is outstanding and blew my expectations out of the park. I really thought that TKS was going to be just like any extracurricular but it definitely is a lifestyle. It’s changed my life so much already. I can’t wait for the months and hopefully years to come."

- Dexter Barahona

My experience has been eye opening and monumental in advancing my life goals. Hayley is honestly like a big sister to me. She gives amazing advice. She’s been in our shoes and proves that an unconventional path works. I’m thankful that she’s one of my mentors.”

-Jasmine Harris

"Many people don't know that they aren't living up to their full potential. In TKS that becomes really clear. It becomes clear that there is so much you can do, and so much you can be curious about! It really fliped my worldview on its head because now I'm able to chase after the things that interest me the most."

 - Leah Sepiashvili

"TKS has been absolutely AMAZING and lifechanging. I've learned so much, from leadership to presenting to proper mentality skills, TKS teaches it all. Not only this but we also learn about the most disruptive and innovative technologies that will affect billions of people in the future. TKS is the school I wish I had. It's very applicable to real life."

 -Jack Bodell

It's fundamentally changed my world view. I really enjoy coming here every week, having the opportunity to just nerd out with a big group of other nerds. And I feel more aware of the opportunities I have in this life to make a difference, and better prepared for adulthood. TKS has shown me that you can, in fact, find a community of like-minded nerds without going to Princeton first.

 - Max Garval

TKS has completely changed my life. I feel like I'm now on a path to something greater than myself. My family has also noticed a shift in my mindset and work ethic. I have already accomplished things I never thought I would.

- Santiago Arrendondo

By September, we believe there is a high probability that the physical isolation measures will loosen. However, in case it doesn't, we have contingency measures. We’re committed to being the gold-standard of education (there’s a reason why the World Economic Forum recognized us as a “School of the Future”).
From the beginning, we’ve made large investments in our digital platforms and online infrastructure. This means that we’re 100% prepared for any situation to happen, and if physical distancing continues, we believe that we’ll still be able to deliver an incredible experience. Here’s some of the things we have in place:

  • We’ve developed our own online portal (think of it like LinkedIn meets Google Classroom). Students from all TKS cities can connect with each other here, while also learning about emerging technologies.
  • We use a communication tool called Slack, which allows students to interact throughout the week.
  • We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform that enables us to create monitored breakout rooms, as well as interactive features like whiteboards and polls.
  • We’re hosting special guest speakers from companies like Tesla and NASA, digitally.

We are fully confident that we will deliver a life-changing experience that will impact the trajectory of our student’s lives. There is much more to TKS than the once/week sessions.

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“TKS is life changing. It has truly opened my eyes to a whole new set of opportunity and collaboration. I've been able to explore my curiousity in quantum computing and artificial intelligence; something I was never able to do in school. If it were up to me, I would like TKS to be full-time.”

- Jack McDonald, TKS New York