Upper School | Grades 9-12

Welcome to the Upper School

Whether Kent Place students are experimenting in the STEM lab, competing on the playing field, leading a club meeting, editing a publication, or performing on stage, they are engaged in learning that is creative, collaborative, and inspired; students learn to think critically and to solve problems through multiple lenses no matter the task. They also learn in an environment that prioritizes their well-being; we want students to be the academics, athletes, artists, activists they aspire to be and we know that this can only happen if they are happy and well. High school is a time when young people want to be independent and free from the pressure and influence of adults but they are also looking for mentors and role models to emulate. Faculty choose to teach at Kent Place because they want to mentor ambitious young people and to partner both with parents who want this experience for their children and also with students who want this for themselves.

Our world needs young women who are “brave and brilliant.” This is not just a catchy alliteration at Kent Place; here, we prepare young women to lead; here, we are intentional in our mission to grow brilliant minds and nurture brave leaders.

We achieve this in the Upper School, inspired by Four Pillars of Leadership: Pursue Passion, Model Integrity, Think Community, and Live Respect. Kent Place students are smart and diverse and committed to becoming ethical leaders and compassionate citizens. This requires a mindset that affirms the humanity of all people and, more specifically, challenges systems that have limited women’s voices and their potential. 

In a community that is supportive and joyful, the Upper School experience at Kent Place prepares students for college and for life by living into its mission: to empower girls to be confident, intellectual, and ethical leaders who advance our world. -Nicole Hager
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.