Academic Philosophy

Remarkable Discovery

At Kent Place, we believe that a child’s first school experience should be his or her best school experience and it’s a philosophy by which we live and teach every moment of every day.

Our school recognizes the early childhood years as the most important for social, emotional, and cognitive development. By fostering independence and academic engagement, it offers truly unique preparation for primary school and beyond.

The World Languages and Science Programs Drive Home the Specialty Aspect of KPS.

My daughter has come home singing songs in Spanish — and recognizes words or phrases if she hears them in conversation or on the radio. And the science journal the class keeps is extraordinary. My daughter can identify different plants and talk to you for 10 minutes about recycling and composting. -Jennifer Counihan, parent

Academics in the Preschool

Our primary goal at the Preschool at Kent Place is to instill in every child a deep and enduring love for learning. Using a “Learning Through Play” approach, our Junior Pre-Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten teachers tackle developmentally appropriate concepts in all subject areas — literacy, science, math, music, creative movement, art, world languages, physical education — encouraging our students to explore, problem-solve, interact with their environment, and find their voices in the classroom.

Our teachers use stories, singing, movement, and dramatic play to engage each child’s natural curiosity, develop motor skills, and encourage language development, comprehension, and self-expression. This approach helps students establish a sense of community while learning the routines of school.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.