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
Each year Kent Place welcomes more than 600 students, 37 percent of whom are students of color, from 80 different communities. The breakdown by school (all numbers are approximate): Primary School - 175 Middle School - 150 Upper School - 290
Kent Place's 170 faculty and staff members personify our commitment to professional development, multiple perspectives, equity and inclusion. Providing academic rigor in a supportive environment, our teachers — 80 percent of whom hold advanced degrees — value and reward independent thinking, creativity and grit. Our student to faculty ratio is 7:1, giving teachers the opportunity to carefully, thoughtfully guide each girl's academic, personal and social growth. Twenty-two percent are faculty and staff of color.
From Opening Convocation's candle-lighting ceremony to Graduation's Daisy Chain, from Global Perspectives Day to Colonial Day, Spirit Week, Primary School Field Day, the Science Expo and more, long-held and deeply valued traditions keep our Kent Place community close and connected.
The Kent Place Honor Code, with its guiding principles of respect, ethical behavior and good judgment, lies at the core of student life. Upon completing any project, assignment or test, students write and sign the Kent Place Honor Code Pledge: This is my own work.
The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School, a first-of-its-kind program at the primary and secondary school levels, cultivates in every girl a strong sense of integrity and a commitment to ethical decision-making. Specific areas of study include Bioethics, Ethical Leadership in Business and Ethics in Action. We offer workshops, seminars and lectures; we host an annual Bioethics Symposium and participate in national conferences. Our students compete in national Ethics Bowls and avail themselves of the Institute's vast resources to explore, analyze and attempt to solve the world's complex problems.
Central to a Kent Place education and emphasized in all grades, students can choose from a broad array of visual art, dance, theater and music offerings. The learning is enhanced by professional performers and artists who come to Kent Place to share their work and their insights. Our students have been selected for state and national choirs; they have won awards in tri-state competitions for their theatrical productions; and they have exhibited visual artwork in museums and galleries beyond Kent Place.
Kent Place places a high value on athletics, giving every girl a chance to challenge herself physically while developing leadership and teamwork skills. Our Middle School's popular interscholastic teams prepare our athletes for a competitive yet inclusive Upper School program — our "no cut policy" for Junior Varsity teams encourages girls to try whatever sports interest them. Our elite Varsity teams — a great source of pride for the school — enjoy winning seasons, triumph at county and state championships, and send numerous athletes on to successfully compete at the college level.
Middle School: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
Upper School: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing (coed), Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Spring Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track
We infuse technology throughout the learning environment, beginning in our Preschool and throughout the Primary, Middle and Upper School years, to emphasize technology as an essential interdisciplinary academic tool for learning and building community. Every Middle School and Upper School student is equipped with a laptop. Interactive whiteboards, 3-D printers and a comprehensive computer science program — including word processing, programming and robotics — prepare our students to be nimble, adaptable citizens.
Our multipronged Global Program emphasizing leadership, multicultural competency, language skills and global service truly sets Kent Place apart from our peers. A rigorous Global Education curriculum — including world geography and cultures, multiple foreign languages, Hispanic and Francophone literature and a Cultural Leadership Seminar — is joined by travel, global partnerships and community service to give our students hands-on, real-time experience living, learning and leading in an increasingly interconnected world.
In theater, you have to be brave. You have to be daring, and willing to fall. Because falling is how you emerge, and how you move forward. –Bob Pridham, Theater Department Chair
CELEBRATE YOUR BRAINY SIDE.
Here at Kent Place there’s nothing uncool about wanting to learn. Listen, I’ve been here for 12 years and I still hop up and down with excitement when it’s time to start a new unit. –Carol Gordon, Upper School Dean of Students and English Teacher
DO THE HANDS-ON WORK.
There’s a real commitment to STEM work here. In Algebra 2, everyone has to do a disease project to see how logarithms affect epidemiology and how fast a disease spreads. In physics class we didn’t just learn about energy, we actually built a roller coaster. We learn how applications of what we’re doing apply to everyday life, which makes the work that much richer. –Ivana, senior
DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF.
I definitely thought twice about taking AP Calculus. I knew it was going to be tough, and it was. But my teacher was so willing to meet after school, hold study labs for the entire class… I have never, ever been so prepared for an AP exam. –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
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
IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE COLLEGE THAT'S PERFECT FOR YOU, COME TO KENT PLACE.
Simply being a student here is outstanding preparation for college and beyond. But we're certainly here to help with the rest — essays, test prep, whatever our students need. -Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
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
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
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ETHICS PROGRAM.
I have friends in both public and independent schools, and I don't know anyone else doing work like we do in Ethics. There's a Bioethics symposium and an Ethics Bowl, and it really helps me make decisions at school and even just on the weekends, in life. -Laura, eighth grade