Academics in Action - PS

We encourage students to take ownership of their learning. On a daily basis, our faculty support students’ unique interests within the framework of class instruction by offering assignments that allow for student choice. As part of that process, students often pursue academic interests that extend beyond the explicitly stated curriculum.

Exciting PS Opportunities

List of 10 items.

  • Breakfast Clubs: Book, Writing, and Sketch Clubs

    Breakfast Clubs are offered throughout the year in six-week segments to students at the first through fifth-grade levels. The KPS ELA Coordinator facilitates the Breakfast Clubs which are offered in the form of book, writing, and sketch communities where students come together to read, write, or draw. Everyone is encouraged to share their ideas.
  • Math Labs

    Math Lab offers a series of before school elective mathematics courses for students in grades 3–5. These courses provide experiences for students to explore and expand their interest in mathematics using thought-provoking contexts such as genetics, origami, and financial literacy. Students will reinforce skills as well as extend thinking, reasoning, and mathematical communication abilities. Second graders have the opportunity to participate in Math Labs during recess.
  • Math Madness

    Math Madness is an online math competition offered to students in grades 3–5. The team competes collaboratively and individually in a bracket against other schools across the country during weekly matches held before school.
  • National Geographic GeoBee Team

    The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national. Our Primary School team, which consists of interested 4th and 5th-grade students, meets once a week for 12 weeks to prepare for the school competition in January with the Middle School team. The school champion is then eligible to take an online qualifying test. The school champion takes a proctored online qualifying test and the top-100-ranked students in each state qualify to represent their school at the State GeoBee competition. State champions are then invited to compete in the national championship.
  • Perennial Math Competitions

    Perennial Math is open to all students in grades 3–5 and provides them with the opportunity to compete in mathematics on a national level. With a growth mindset at the forefront of the program, students work in collaborative and independent settings as they persevere in problem-solving, communicate their logic and reasoning, and reflect on their strategies and accuracy.
  • PS Afterschool Enrichment Opportunities

    From the Art of Chess to Super Science Club, our outstanding after-school enrichment programs extend personal and intellectual development long beyond the closing bell.

    Recent Offerings Include:
    • Creative Confections
    • Super Science Club
    • Daisy Press
    • KP Design Workshop
    • Storybook Engineers
    • Slime Science
  • Spark Literary Magazine

    Spark is the Primary School’s literary magazine. Submissions are encouraged from all students in JPK to 5th grades. Members of the Sketch Club create images and designs that become part of the magazine layout. In the spring, the magazine is bound and distributed to the entire Primary School.
  • Time-2-Tinker in the Wonder Lab

    Wonder Lab is the Primary School’s innovative maker-space. It is a place for students to pose questions and explore possibilities. The purpose of the Wonder Lab is to encourage students to take ownership of their own learning. It is equipped with basic tools for design, fabrication, and construction. The Wonder Lab is available to JPK–5th-grade students and their teachers. Teachers may plan a special project with their students, or they may have a set day/time in which they would like to use the space to explore and play. Three days a week during recess, 2nd to 5th-grade students can sign up for Time-2-Tinker sessions, which allow them to play with such concepts as cardboard architecture, marble chutes, weaving, jewelry making, kitchen chemistry, and fabric design. Students are also encouraged to design their own projects based on their interests and passions. Periodically throughout the year, students’ work is displayed and honored.
  • Women's History Challenge

    To celebrate Women’s History Month and learn about the lives of accomplished women, our 3rd to 5th-grade students are invited to participate in the Women’s History Challenge. The challenge consists of gathering as much information about each remarkable woman listed and completing a research booklet. Participants then submit their research booklets from which a Jeopardy-style quiz show, based on the students’ findings, is created. In April, the students are invited to the Women’s History Tea, where they participate in the quiz show, eat tasty treats and celebrate the lives of notable women.
  • Zone

    During recess, students are welcome to receive support on work or projects for their classes.

Try New Things.

Even in the Primary School, we can join the chorus, we can join the Mileage Club and run or walk during recess. After school, you can take chess or Tae Kwon Do. -Riya, second grade
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.