History of EIKPS

The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School was founded in May of 2007 with the approval of the Kent Place Board of Trustees. Dr. Karen Rezach’s successful Middle School ethics elective was the source of inspiration for establishing this unique institute. Early programs included Parent Ethics 101 workshops, as well as faculty workshops available in all three school divisions.

In September of 2007, the EIKPS advisory board was created and a 5 year strategic plan was formulated. At this time, the EIKPS mission and vision statement was established. Soon after, partnerships were forged with The Hastings Center, Atlantic Health System and most recently The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.

Within the KPS community, the ethics curriculum was expanded. Currently, there are two Middle School ethics elective courses. Ethics is also incorporated in the 5th grade LEAD program, as well as Middle and Upper School Health and Wellness courses. Additionally, Juniors participate in a mandatory Ethics Seminar.

The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School also offers a range of summer enrichment programs including Ethical Leadership in Business, The Bioethics Project and Ethics in Action. We also support two teams of students who compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl tournament. Please browse our website for more information about all of these innovative programs.
As a first-of-its-kind Institute at the primary and secondary school levels, EIKPS promotes the process and practice of ethical thinking and ethical decision making to prepare students to be compassionate citizens and the most effective leaders of tomorrow.
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The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School is a first-of-its-kind Institute at the primary and secondary school levels. We believe promoting the process and practice of ethical thinking and ethical decision-making in the youngest of children prepares them to be the most effective leaders and compassionate citizens of tomorrow.