Kent Place has established 15 varsity sports, plus Sailing as a club sport. Our teams continue to achieve high levels of success and produce winning records. We have won championships at the state, county and conference levels. Our varsity athletes have earned individual honors, and each year more Kent Place athletes go on to successfully compete at the college level.
Participation in athletics is an integral part of the overall Kent Place School experience for our students, and our athletic teams are a source of pride for the Kent Place community. We are committed to maintaining a healthy balance between athletics, academics and extra-curricular programs providing a quality competitive program for our student-athletes while encouraging students to participate in other areas of school life.
Our philosophy is to provide a competitive yet inclusive athletic program. A broad range of sports teams and competitive levels allow for both strong varsity teams and wide participation at the JV and Middle School levels. We value athletic participation and believe in the benefits afforded to girls through competition.
Dragon Athletic Club
The Dragon Athletic Club (DAC) was formed for the purpose of supporting and promoting the athletic teams at KPS. All parents of students in Grades 5 through 12 are members of the DAC. The DAC sponsors a number of programs and events each year. Parents communicate through a password-protected DAC page on MyKPS.
Bobbi (Roberta) Moran came to Kent Place School in 2016 after 15 years at The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT, where she was an associate athletic director and sports information director. Mrs. Moran coached several sports during her tenure, including field hockey, golf, lacrosse and softball. She also governed a girls’ dormitory for eight years as a live-in house dean for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. She cares deeply about girls’ success in education, along with their physical and emotional health. As a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, Mrs. Moran specializes in mindfulness and women’s health. Additionally, she received her 500-hour yoga certification while on sabbatical in 2015 in Bali. Mrs. Moran takes pride in her work as the KPS Athletic Director, and when she is not on campus, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children.
Lauren Kravitz earned her bachelor’s from William Paterson University in 2013, where she graduated as a licensed athletic trainer. Lauren became a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Kean University, where she received her master’s degree in exercise science in 2016. She worked at both the collegiate and the high school level before joining Kent Place, in December 2019.
Amanda Yannotta came to Kent Place in 2019, as the Administrative Assistant in the Athletic Department. She has been a school administrative assistant at Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack and Gladstone for the past two years as well as the central office secretary for the Morris Union Jointure Committee. Amanda spent 11 years working for the senior vice president at Grant Construction Associates. She was also the administrative assistant for the senior scientific director at Aventis and an administrative assistant at Chubb.
That's our mantra in robotics. Try crazy things, be free with your ideas, and see what happens. If you're going to build the future, you'll need to be a pioneer. –Emma, seventh grade
LEAN INTO DIFFICULTY.
When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
OWN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It's one of the "conversation norms" we have at Kent Place, and it's always resonated with me. Everyone has a different and equally valid perspective to bring to the table—so put yourself out there. –Mary, senior
DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LABEL.
There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
MATH COMES FROM YOU
When you've computed something for yourself, the story is different. The girls here feel like the math is coming from them, rather than from a textbook. You won't hear a Kent Place girl ask, "What answer are they looking for?" The girls are looking for their own answers, and they're on their own path. –Dr. Ralph Pantozzi, Mathematics Department Chair
GET READY FOR RIGOROUS WORK.
And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
And when it's time to choose, you're going to know yourself so well, you'll pick the college that's the best fit for you—academically, socially, personally. So don't get tunnel vision. This is your process. Just know that you'll be ready! –Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
SOLVING PROBLEMS IS A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE!
In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade