About Kent Place School

Kent Place School is an independent all-girls day school that provides a superior education for young women who demonstrate strong scholastic and creative ability. A highly selective college preparatory school, Kent Place has earned a strong national reputation for providing a 21st-century education and leadership development through its comprehensive curriculum. Kent Place continually attracts students from communities throughout northern and central New Jersey to our 26-acre campus in Summit, NJ. Enrolled in preschool to grade 12 are more than 650 students, 51 percent of whom are students of color. Kent Place School was founded in 1894 and is accredited as a private school by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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  • Student Body

    Each year Kent Place welcomes more than 650 students, 51 percent of whom are students of color, from about 70 different communities. Here is the breakdown by school division (all numbers are approximate):
    Preschool – 31
    Primary School – 172
    Middle School – 148
    Upper School – 316
  • Faculty

    Kent Place's 170 faculty and staff members personify our commitment to professional development, multiple perspectives, equity, and inclusion. Providing academic rigor in a supportive environment, our teachers — 80 percent of whom hold advanced degrees — value and reward independent thinking, creativity, and grit. Our student to faculty ratio is 7:1, giving teachers the opportunity to carefully, thoughtfully guide each girl's academic, personal, and social growth. Twenty percent are faculty and staff of color. Eighty percent of KPS faculty have 10 years or more of teaching experience and 100 percent of KPS faculty receive professional development.
  • Traditions

    From Opening Convocation's candle-lighting ceremony to Graduation's Daisy Chain, from Global Perspectives Day, Spirit Week, Primary School Field Day, the Science Expo, and more, long-held and deeply valued traditions keep our Kent Place community close and connected.
  • Honor Code

    The Kent Place Honor Code, with its guiding principles of respect, ethical behavior, and good judgment, lies at the core of student life. Upon completing any project, assignment, or test, students write and sign the Kent Place Honor Code Pledge: This is my own work.
  • Ethics

    The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School is a first-of-its-kind institute at the primary and secondary school level. We believe that promoting the process and practice of ethical thinking and decision-making prepares people of all ages to be effective leaders and compassionate citizens. We partner with numerous organizations to provide comprehensive and context-based ethics programming. Our programming for Kent Place students includes ethics in the disciplines, electives, clubs, advisory, lunch and learn events, summer programs, field trips, and Ethics Bowl competitions. Recently, we have begun developing a Primary School ethics program called "Be Ethical Everywhere" (BEE). We also lead professional workshops for all types of educators interested in incorporating ethics into their unique contexts. issues. For families and community members, we offer workshops, chats, and speaker series that provide a platform to learn, practice, and promote ethical dialogue.
  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Central to a Kent Place education and emphasized in all grades, students can choose from a broad array of visual art, dance, theater, and music offerings. The learning is enhanced by professional performers and artists who come to Kent Place to share their work and their insights. Our students have been selected for state and national choirs; they have won awards in tri-state competitions for their theatrical productions; and they have exhibited visual artwork in museums and galleries beyond Kent Place.
  • Athletics

    Kent Place places a high value on athletics, giving every girl a chance to challenge herself physically while developing leadership and teamwork skills. Our Middle School's popular interscholastic teams prepare our athletes for our competitive Upper School program. Junior Varsity teams prepare our scholar-athletes with the skills needed to compete at the varsity level. Our elite Varsity teams — a great source of pride for the school — enjoy winning seasons, triumph at county and state championships, and send numerous athletes on to successfully compete at the college level.

    Middle School: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

    Upper School: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing (coed), Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Spring Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track
  • STEM Education at KPS

    STEM education at KPS is defined as opportunities that enhance understanding of, confidence in, and positive attitude towards science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by cultivating connections across our course of study. Curricular and co-curricular pathways diversify participation, unleash creativity, encourage learning through play, support risk-taking, and promote collaboration across the sciences, engineering, mathematics, the arts, and the humanities. Our unique, state-of-the-art STEM spaces inspire creativity, innovation, and collaboration. In these spaces, students have the resources to enhance their STEM knowledge and skills, design and build without too many constraints, and explore connections across seemingly different academic disciplines. The spaces include the Fabrication Lab, Innovation Lab, Math Studio, STEM Lab, Technology labs in each division, Wonder Lab, and flexible math and science classrooms.
  • Technology

    We infuse technology throughout the learning environment, beginning in our Preschool and up through the Primary, Middle, and Upper School years, to emphasize technology as an essential interdisciplinary academic tool for learning and building community. Every Middle School and Upper School student is equipped with a laptop. The Innovation and STEM labs provide space for our computer science and robotics programs to prepare our students to be nimble, adaptable leaders and engineers.
  • Global Learning

    Our multipronged Global Program, emphasizing leadership, multicultural competency, language proficiency, and global service, truly sets Kent Place apart from our peers. A rigorous Global Education curriculum — including world geography and cultures, multiple foreign languages, and Hispanic and Francophone literature — is joined by travel, global partnerships, exchanges, and community service to give our students hands-on, real-time experience living, learning, and leading in an increasingly interconnected world.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.