Physical Education

Physical education is an integral part of the total education process. The goal of physical education at Kent Place is to develop physically-educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The KPS Physical Education curriculum references the standards and guidelines as described by the, Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).

Physical activity includes any movement that substantially increases energy expenditure and produces contraction of skeletal muscle. Programs including athletics, recess and intramural sports involve physical activity, but serve a different purpose.

Physical education provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to establish and sustain physical activity as a key component of their lifestyle throughout their lifetime. The KPS physical education curriculum provides students with essential skills and knowledge through a broad and thorough curriculum that is sequential, innovative and age appropriate.

Did You Know...

  • A quarter of Upper School students participate in Zero Period, a voluntary morning exercise class held at 7:30 that focuses on preparing the body to learn in the academic classroom.
  • This year, approximately 70% of Primary School students in Grades 1-5 participated in the Feelin' Good Mileage Club; last year they walked a total of 1,094.5 miles - about 125 mmiles more than last year!
  • The Middle School program offers three distinct components: (1) Grade 6 PE consists of traditional competitive sports units followed by an international sports series including cricket, badminton, and rugby. Students also participate in the President's Fitness Challenge; (2) Grades 7 and 8 athletics comprise three or four sports each season; (3) Grades 7 and 8 physical education consists of a variety of units including football, tennis, yoga, rock climbing, rollerblading, volleyball, and badminton.
  • Using pedometer technology, the sixth-grade PE group took 15,550,000 steps — the equivalent of walking 7,775 miles — as part of the Steps Across America unit. 

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Meet the Department

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Michelle Stevenson

    Mrs. Michelle Stevenson 

    Department Chair / Physical Ed / Health & Wellness / Athletics / Coach
    Boston College - B.S.
    Northeastern University - M.S.
  • Photo of Elisabeth Benthien

    Mrs. Elisabeth Benthien 

    Physical Education Teacher/Coach (Field Hockey, Swimming, Spring Track)
    Montclair State College - B.S.
    Montclair State University - M.S.
  • Photo of Sheila Dunne

    Ms. Sheila Dunne 

    Physical Education/Coach (Field Hockey, Volleyball, Spring Track)
    Kean University - B.A.
    Montclair State University - M.A.
  • Photo of Philip Wolstenholme

    Mr. Philip Wolstenholme 

    MS Physical Education
    Kean University - B.A.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.