Each year Kent Place welcomes more than 650 students, 46 percent of whom are students of color, from 70 different communities. Here is the breakdown by school (all numbers are approximate): Primary School - 192 Middle School - 150 Upper School - 307
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
That's our mantra in robotics. Try crazy things, be free with your ideas, and see what happens. If you're going to build the future, you'll need to be a pioneer. –Emma, seventh grade
LEAN INTO DIFFICULTY.
When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
OWN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It's one of the "conversation norms" we have at Kent Place, and it's always resonated with me. Everyone has a different and equally valid perspective to bring to the table—so put yourself out there. –Mary, senior
DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LABEL.
There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
REACH BEYOND WHAT YOU THINK YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH.
You'll face plenty of challenges, but push through them. Brilliant women use their resources: their teachers, our studios and library and, of course, each other. If you're stuck, collaboration can almost always get you across the finish line. –Suzanne Carreno-Powers, Math Teacher and STEM Coordinator
GET READY FOR RIGOROUS WORK.
And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
And when it's time to choose, you're going to know yourself so well, you'll pick the college that's the best fit for you—academically, socially, personally. So don't get tunnel vision. This is your process. Just know that you'll be ready! –Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
SOLVING PROBLEMS IS A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE!
In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade