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.
Economics and Financial Literacy
Students will become comfortable with, interested in, and excited about economics and finance so that they can function knowledgeably in their personal lives, professionally, and as responsible citizens.
More than a series of courses and workshops, this program conveys a message to students, parents and the educational community that a well-educated student understands finance and economics.
Indeed, for our young women and for all students to function knowledgeably at home, at work, and as citizens, they need the tools that our program will develop and share. To encourage meaningful and memorable learning, we create an environment in which financial and economic thinking naturally accompanies our classroom and extracurricular activities.
From the third-grade Lemonade Sale project to the sixth-grade TREP$ curriculum to Money Matters (MS elective) to AP Economics, students move from exposure to immersion in economics and financial literacy. Students also participate in clubs such as EconSquad and the Investment Club.
What is TREP$?
A standard part of the sixth-grade curriculum, TREP$ is a student-run vendor fair where they sell goods that they designed and created. In the series of TREP$ workshops, students participate in hands-on activities to learn the business basics of product development, finance, market research, advertising, merchandising, and salesmanship.
What is the third-grade lemonade stand?
Each spring, the third grade holds its annual lemonade sale. Students not only learn the perfect recipe balancing tartness to sweetness, but also measure liquid and dry ingredients, add sums of money, and make change from a sale. In addition to selling lemonade, they also sell baked goods. The money they raise is donated to a charity of their choice.