Half-day Schedule, Today, November 15

Due to forecasted snow, Kent Place will dismiss on a half-day schedule. Buses will leave at 12:30 p.m. Primary School, please refer to MyKPS for your specific grade’s dismissal time. Middle and Upper Schools will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. The will be no lunch and all after-school activities are canceled. Thank you. 


The English Department focuses on building and refining skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We strive to inspire and guide students to become creative and critical thinkers, independent learners, conscientious communicators and joyful lovers of literature. Students read for enlightenment and for pleasure. The curriculum — created around guiding essential questions — is designed to develop students’ ability to read with enthusiasm, discrimination and curiosity; to engage students in the exploration of literary works from a variety of periods, global perspectives and genres; to cultivate imaginative, clear, accurate and effective expression; and to foster sensitivity to the structure and function of language. Lively discussions, public speaking, research, writing, engagement with technology and collaborative endeavors prepare students for higher education, global citizenship and a “fully realized life” (Johnson and Arp).

Did You Know...

  • All of our students have the opportunity to see their work in print in the following publications: Spark! and the Daisy Press (Primary School); The Log and Soundings (Middle School) and Windward, Ballast, and Cargoes (Upper School). 
  • 99% of all KPS students graduate with the skill to write at an advanced AP English level and score a 3 or higher on at least one AP English exam. They may also choose among 15 senior electives.
  • We foster the habit of reading beyond what assignments require. Our Middle School girls consume, on average, 800 pages of elective pleasure reading every month and 14 books each summer.
  • The Upper School hosts Lit Loose book club meetings, poetry coffeehouses and Baggywrinkle writers' workshops modeled after the Breadloaf Blue Parlor Series.

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Meet the Department

List of 11 members.

  • Ms. Erin Hennessy 

    Department Chair / MS/US English
    Randolph-Macon Woman's College - B.A.
    University of Pennsylvania - M.S.Ed.
  • Dr. Amanda Berry 

    MS English
    Duke University - B.A.
    Duke University Divinity School - M. Div.
    Princeton Theological Seminary - Ph.D.
  • Ms. Lisa Cohen 

    US English
    Yale University - B.A.
    Harvard Graduate School of Education - M.Ed.
  • Ms. Jennifer Dwyer 

    US English
    The College of New Jersey - B.A.
    The New School - M.A.
  • Ms. Joanne Emery 

    PS Language Arts Coordinator
    Douglass College - B.A.
    Rutgers University - Ed.M.
  • Ms. Carol Gordon 

    US English / Dean of Students
    DePauw University - B.A.
    University of Illinois - M.A.
  • Ms. Jennifer Hrebin 

    Fourth Grade
    Montclair State University - B.A.
    Montclair State University - M.A.
    Bank Street College of Education - M.S.
  • Ms. Kimberly Lee 

    US English
    Rutgers University - B.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
  • Mrs. Susan Mascioli 

    Fifth Grade
    Hofstra University - B.A.
    Montclair State University - M.A.
  • Ms. Sara Wilson 

    PS Reading Specialist
    Wittenberg University - B.A.
    Manhattanville College - M.P.S.
  • Dr. Michael Schwartz 

    US English
    Brown University - B.A.
    University of Connecticut - M.A.
    Brandeis University - Ph.D.
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Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.