Health and Wellness

Foundations in Health and Wellness is an innovative and collaborative program that emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of health and wellness related issues that affect the physical and psycho-social development of young women throughout their lives. Our curriculum reflects our expertise in understanding how girls learn with particular emphasis on each student's unique leadership abilities. The program encourages and supports students in their journey to develop critical thinking skills and self-reflection in a manner that fosters self-advocacy and informed decision-making. Through differentiated instruction, interdisciplinary learning and student-centered teaching approaches, students participate in class discussions, small group activities and role plays. At each tier of the program, students are encouraged to develop and enhance their innate leadership capacities and voice.

Did You Know...

  • The Health and Wellness Department offers meetings for all parents on a variety of topics, such as social-emotional development, how to recognize concerns/risks and what resources are available.
  • Since 2011, the Peer Mediation Program selects and trains seventh- and eighth-grade students to mediate issues around peer conflict and to assist students in the problem-solving process in both Primary and Middle School.
  • One-third of the senior class participates in the Peer Education Leader Program, an opportunity for specially trained senior leaders to facilitate small-group discussions with our ninth-graders about their transition to the Upper School.
  • Our Anti-bullying Task Force has provided a unified faculty/staff training component designed to foster a proactive, preventative, responsive and respectful school environment in which teasing, bullying and cyber-bullying, and micro-aggression in any form will not be tolerated but will be capably addressed through a Four-Step Response protocol.
  • The US Grade 10 Health and Wellness created their own TED Talks based upon a topic of their choice.
  • Learning to lead requires that one is organized and goal-focused, ethical and effective, and inclusive and responsive to oneself and others. Our Leadership, Diversity and Study Skills (LeaDs) components are integrated over the entire fifth-grade curriculum and during both semesters.

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Meet the Department

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Leslie Jones-Wentz

    Ms. Leslie Jones-Wentz 

    PS Science & Health Education Teacher
    Stephens College - B.A.
    Sarah Lawrence College - M.A.
  • Photo of Barbara Smith

    Ms. Barbara Smith 

    US Counselor
  • Photo of Joan Wilson

    Mrs. Joan Wilson 

    MS/US School Counselor and Health Education Teacher
    Yale University - B.A.
    Hunter College School of Social Work - M.S.W.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.