Athletics Grades 9-12

Taking—and Leading—The Field

Our elite Varsity teams have a proud history of winning conference, county, state and sectional championships, and our scholar-athletes have won places on all-conference, all-county, all-state and all-star teams, as well as being recruited at top DI and DII schools. Our Junior Varsity teams develop tomorrow's student-athletes focusing on the fundamentals.

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  • 78%

    athletics participation rate in the Upper School.

Upper School Highlights

  • 2016 & 2017 NJSIAA Tennis Non-Public North A Sectional Champions 
  • 2017 Union County Tennis Tournament Champions 
  • 2017 NJSIAA Coach of the Year, Michael Manna (Tennis) 
  • 2017 NJISAA Prep “A’ Tennis Tournament Champions 
  • 2017 NJSIAA Tennis State Champions 
  • 2016 Union County Tennis Tournament Co-Champions 
  • 2017 Union County Coach of the Year, Sue Murray (Basketball) 
  • 2017 UCIAC Sky Division Basketball Champions 
  • 2017 UCIAC Sky Division Softball Champions 
  • 2016 & 2017 23 Academic All-American Scholar Athletes, Field Hockey 
  • 2015-2017 Summit Cup Champions, Ice Hockey 
  • 2017 22 Scholar Athletes selected to Union County All Conference Teams 
  • 2017 Kaira Brown ’19, placed 5th Nationally, 400m Indoor Track 
  • 2017 Kaira Brown ’19, placed 1st in NJ State, Non-Public B, 400m, Indoor Track 
  • 2017 Amber White ’19, 5th place medal in USA Fencing Div1A National Championships

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Fall 2019 Preseason Dates

Please note that the start date for all Varsity scholar-athletes interested in trying out for a Varsity fall sport is Monday, August 12 at 9:00 a.m. (Cross Country and Tennis see below) Any scholar-athlete interested in playing a Junior Varsity fall sport should return to campus for preseason practices beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 19. Please contact the Athletics Office for additional information.

Cross Country - Varsity girls start date is Thursday, August 15; JV girls on Monday, August 19.

Tennis - Preseason starts on Thursday, August 15 and continues on August 16 for any player NEW to KPS who has a UTR of 6.0 or higher, or is currently not ranked. For returning KPS student-athletes who hold a UTR lower than 6.0, you may begin practice on Monday, August 19. Challenge matches begin for ALL players regardless of UTR and prior KPS tennis team status.

TEAMS By Season

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Sailing (Club)

Ice Hockey
Winter Track

Track & Field

Athletics Affiliations

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    The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, founded in 1918, is a voluntary, non-profit organization made up of 433 accredited public, private and parochial high schools in the state. The New Jersey Association joins the other 49 State Associations and constitutes the National Federation of State High School Associations, which has represented the best interests of high school athletics since 1920, and today represents 22,000 schools, more than 330,000 coaches and almost 4.5 million high school athletes. Kent Place School is classified in NJSIAA as a Non-Public North “A” School. NJSIAA may classify us as a Non Public B school in certain sports such as Cross Country, Winter Track and Track and Field. This decision is made by the NJSIAA and is based on the number of schools entering a tournament and their corresponding enrollments.

    The New Jersey Independent Schools Athletic Association is comprised of over 30 non-public and/or parochial schools in the state. The Association is divided into Prep “A” and Prep “B” schools for tournament competitions. The divisions are based upon enrollment numbers and strength of program. Kent Place School is classified in NJISAA as a Prep “A” School, the highest competitive division.
  • UCC

    The Union County Conference was formed to provide wholesome athletic competition among member schools, to encourage and inspire high standards of sportsmanship at all times, to develop the physical, mental and emotional health of participants in athletic competition and to abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the NJSIAA. 
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    The Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference is comprised of 26 schools and offers Union County Conference Tournament play in all sports. The Conference is committed to the success of student-athletes by offerings Scholar-Athlete scholarships on an annual basis. 

    The North Jersey Girls’ Golf League is comprised of 10 schools. The purpose of the NJGGL is to offer competitive and fair play among schools with girls’ golf teams. Each school plays every school in the league twice (time and weather permitting). 

    The North Jersey Girls’ Interscholastic Lacrosse League is comprised of 75 teams. The purpose of the NJGILL is to offer fair and competitive play among girls’ lacrosse teams. Schools are grouped together based on strength of program and geographical location. The league is divided into five major divisions with a North and South sub-division of each. Kent Place School is assigned to Stars and Stripes South Division, the highest competitive division within the league. 
  • Essex-Union FHL

    The Essex-Union Field Hockey League is comprised of 17 schools. The purpose of the EUFHL is to offer fair and competitive play among girls’ field hockey teams in Essex and Union Counties. Each school plays every school in the league once.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.