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About KPS

History & Traditions

Historic Timeline
Beginnings

Early 20th Century

Becoming a Non-Profit

Preparing Young Women for College

The First Headmaster

The 1980s and 1990s

A New Era
Today
With a community of over 800 students, faculty and staff, Kent Place continues to thrive today. Enrollment is the highest in the school’s history with approximately 650 students in Preschool through Grade 12. A school with a national reputation, Kent Place attracts students from over 80 different communities throughout northern and central New Jersey.
 
The Campus
The campus reflects the growth in enrollment and a changing educational environment. Since the 1980s, the Field House and the Primary School building were built and the dining hall was renovated and enlarged. Kent Place has remained on the cutting edge of technology and is committed to providing a 21st century learning environment and a place where students learn to use technological tools though practical and real-life applications in all aspects of student life.
 
Technology
In 1998, Kent Place launched its website, www.kentplace.org. In 2000, the school received grant support that provided all students entering ninth grade with their own laptop computer for use in school and at home, and over the years, increased laptop cart access in the middle and primary grades. Observing the needs for growth and expansion, the 1:1 Laptop Program was extended to all Middle School students in 2010.
 
Arts & Athletics
In addition to academic excellence and a reputation for sending its students to the finest colleges and universities, Kent Place School champions women in the arts, providing myriad choices for self-expression, performance and creativity. The Kent Place Gallery, housed in the Hyde and Watson Theatre, hosts student and professional art exhibits throughout the year. Athletics also continues to thrive as part of student life with interscholastic teams in a number of sports. Kent Place solidified its commitment to the athletic program by upgrading the two regulation-size fields to artificial turf for multi-sport use in 2006.
 
Expansion
In April 2007, Kent Place broke ground for a 45,000-square-foot addition to the existing Main Building and publicly launched a $25 million capital campaign. The largest fundraising effort in the history of the school, The Campaign for Kent Place School “Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders” set the stage for multiple capital projects as well as an increase of our endowment.
 
In May 2009, the new Upper School opened its doors, showcasing state-of-the-art classrooms, university-level science laboratories and an impressive music center. The Upper School achieved a LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which includes modernized recycling capabilities, energy and water conservation, electricity produced by wind power and improved indoor air quality. In September 2010, the Middle School moved into the renovated Main Building. In addition to classrooms and laboratories, the Middle School houses the Ethics Institute, a STEM lab and a fully restored commons area.
 
Commitment to Lifelong Learning
Kent Place School demonstrates its commitment to providing learning experiences for students, faculty and staff, within and beyond the school, through its Ethics Institute, its Adult Learning Institute, and through its global service learning and cultural immersion opportunities. The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School was launched in 2008 with a mission to promote the process and practice of ethical decision-making in primary and secondary school communities. In 2009, the Adult Learning Institute opened to share our educators' expertise, through workshops and conferences, with adult learners within and beyond the Kent Place community.
 
The success of Kent Place, its students and alumnae, is a fitting tribute to the many people who have supported the Kent Place vision. Today that vision is further endorsed by numerous studies verifying what the founding group of Summit fathers and businessmen knew in 1894: that a fine school for girls is, without question, the best educational environment for young women.





School Maxim

With Wisdom She Lights the Way


Historic School Motto

Manners Maketh Man


School Colors

Green and Gold

 

School Mascot

Chumley the Dragon

 

School Flower

Daisy