The Advisory Program is the hallmark of a Kent Place School education. This dynamic program reflects the student’s developmental milestones, diversity of learning styles, school resources and mission statement. At Kent Place, we believe so strongly in the benefits of our advisory program that it is built into the school schedule.
Primary School students benefit from small group and one-on-one interactions with experienced teachers. Specialists in world languages, science, math, reading, technology, physical education and the arts enrich the girls’ learning. In addition, opportunities abound for students to profit from the help of the student support team - the learning specialist, school psychologist, school nurse and our curriculum coordinators for mathematics and language arts.
In their Middle School advisory group, girls find a safe and trusting place to bring concerns and questions about school, friends and life. These tight-knit groups of nine or 10 girls and an advisor meet several times a week for frank conversations, service projects and life skills development. The advisor also serves as the main point of contact for families.
Each incoming student to Kent Place is assigned an advisor. This advisor is a faculty or staff member who will serve as her advisor throughout the Upper School years. Advisory groups range in size from seven to ten girls who meet weekly as a group with their faculty advisor for conversations and actions around academics and school values such as leadership, honor, service, diversity and technology. Each girl and her advisor are expected to meet individually during the year to discuss their academic strengths, challenges and find successful actions to lead the girl to be the best scholar that they can be. The advisor distributes comments and grades and serves as an avenue of communication between parents and the school in matters related to student performance. If the students have concerns, the advisor guides them to the resources available. While the advisor is also an integral part of helping each student plan her academic profile, the advisor also guides the student in becoming a part of the community through participation in clubs, activities and leadership opportunities. Sisterhood groupings, the Senior Sister Program and Peer Education are programs that have been created to help assist the older students become mentors to the underclasswomen.