Kent Place’s theme for 2023–2024 is “Deepening Connections in Community,” expanding on an aspect of the KPS experience that has long set the school apart — the focus on stepping outside the classroom to strengthen bonds at the start of the academic year.
Our approach to the college selection process is to find the right match for each student.
The College Advising Office helps our students through every step of their college process, from guiding them to develop a balanced college list, to offering workshops on essay writing and interviewing techniques, to application review — and everything in between. Since each girl is different, we tailor our process to fit the needs of each student and her particular scholastic and personal goals. We get to know our students extremely well, and are able to help them find the place in which they will flourish academically, socially, and professionally. Our formula works, as proven by the over 225 colleges in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom where we have sent our students.
The academic program at Kent Place School is designed to ensure that each girl who graduates is ready to succeed in a challenging college curriculum. College Advising starts the minute a girl enrolls in the Upper School. Primarily, her work begins with her academic advisor, who helps her select an appropriate course schedule.
- The College Advising Office is staffed by two full-time college counselors who have a combined 50+ years of experience, including time spent working in the undergraduate admissions offices of highly selective colleges and universities.
- The Office hosts monthly virtual (and recorded) "College Conversations" meetings for the KPS community, each focusing on different aspects of the college process (e.g., standardized testing, college visits).
- In collaboration with the Upper School and Academic Dean, we offer Academic Pathways and Planning meetings for ninth and tenth grade families to navigate the course selection and standardized testing process.
- Beginning formally in junior year with counselors fully devoted to college guidance and preparation, our college counselors are resources throughout a student's four year journey in the Upper School.
- The College Advising Office assists our students through every step of their college process, from helping develop a balanced college list to offering workshops on essay writing and interviewing techniques to application review, and everything in-between.
- Kent Place School is extremely proud of our students and our excellent college placement record.
At Kent Place, each student's academic path is different and the standardized tests that may best showcase a student's achievement will likely vary. Students are supported by the College Advising Office, Upper School faculty, and administration in all decisions regarding standardized testing. At Kent Place, consideration to positioning students well for standardized tests is one aspect of our comprehensive Upper School program.
Specifically, we offer:
- On-site administration of the PSAT and PreACT for 10th-grade students and the PSAT for 11th-grade students preceded by an overview of the test.
- A complimentary SAT and ACT preparation course open to all students in the second part of their junior year.
- Access to our Learning Coordinator who helps students identify learning strategies that maximize a student's learning style.
- Experienced faculty who understand the content of subject tests and AP exams.
- Intentionally constructed English Language Arts, Humanities, Science, and Mathematics curriculum that provides all the skill foundations necessary for the ACT and SAT.
Admissions representatives from top colleges and universities are drawn to Kent Place each year to meet our students, whose impressive achievements encompass academics, athletics, and visual and performing arts. 99.6 percent of our graduates have taken at least one Advanced Placement course, and our students are regularly named National Merit Scholars, National Achievement Scholars, and National Advanced Placement Scholars. They have presented research findings at national conferences. Their creative work has won accolades on regional and state levels. As a result of their Kent Place experience, our students go on to become dynamic contributors to their college communities.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CLASS OF 2023 (77 TOTAL STUDENTS)
- The Class of 2023 had an over 80 percent admit rate for early applications (early action, early decision, and rolling).
- The Class of 2023 will attend 47 colleges (40 private, 7 public) in 19 states, the District of Columbia, and England.
- 20.8 percent (16 students) of the Class of 2023 was admitted to Ivy League schools.
- 100 percent admit rate at a total of 35 colleges and universities where 2+ KPS students applied.
- Seniors were admitted to an average of 4.6 colleges each (not including those who were admitted ED or those who only applied to one college)
- 29 colleges with 4+ acceptances of KPS students: BC, Brown, Bucknell, Cornell, Drexel, Duke, Fordham, GW, Lafayette, Loyola Marymount, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, Pitt, Rochester, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers-Newark, Santa Clara, Temple, Tulane, Union, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, University of Virginia, University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Villanova, and William & Mary.
- The most popular schools for the Class of 2023 by the number of matriculants are the University of Notre Dame (5), Duke University (4), and Northeastern University (4).
- 11 students (out of the Class of 2023's 77 total) will play athletics at Division I and III levels.