Admission

Kent Place seeks brave and brilliant girls who are eager to learn, excited to lead and ready to take on the world. We encourage applications from students from every kind of family, neighborhood and background, and consider previous academic effort, written recommendations, an entrance test or screening and a personal interview when making academic decisions.

About

The only non-sectarian girls' day school in New Jersey, Kent Place provides a rigorous and fulfilling education for more than 600 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. We also offer a coed Junior Pre-Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten program, The Preschool at Kent Place. Our 26-acre campus in Summit, New Jersey, draws families from more than 80 communities.

Academics

We're the vibrant, visionary school with an innovative, integrated curriculum designed to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. Our rigorous coursework challenges their brains, our spirited community supports their dreams and our Honor Code helps them learn, work, play and live with integrity and respect. Our students graduate with a strong dedication to academic excellence.

Arts

Kent Place offers visual arts, dance, theater and music instruction in all grades. Whether students sing or dance, play an instrument, act and direct or paint, draw and sculpt, they learn to see themselves — and their world — from a new perspective.

Athletics

Go Dragons! Participation in athletics is an integral part of the overall school experience for our students, and our athletic teams are a source of pride for the Kent Place community. Our philosophy is to provide a competitive athletic program where our student-athletes can reach their full potential.

Student Life

From the first day of the school year, each class becomes a cohesive unit. Students support each other. The sense of community is strengthened through the many traditions throughout the year. In this atmosphere of acceptance and respect, students, teachers and coaches forge bonds that endure long past graduation.

Signature Programs

Kent Place demonstrates its commitment to providing unique learning experiences for students, faculty, staff and our community, within and beyond the school, through its signature programs. These programs augment the school's rigorous curriculum and spark the interest and imagination of our community from our Ethics Institute to our camp's Summer Academy.

Alumnae

Confident in their abilities and eloquent in their communication, our alumnae become leaders on college campuses, and later, in their workplaces and in their communities. KPS graduates succeed in a wide range of endeavors, from science and business to writing and the arts. Many alumnae maintain their bonds with KPS, coming back to campus for events and to share their experiences with students.

Giving

Support from our community is a vital element to Kent Place's mission of maintaining a tradition of excellence. Your contribution, no matter the size, enables the school to fulfill its commitment to the principles upon which KPS was founded — to inspire young women to leadership and to strengthen moral awareness.

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The Latest News

How Traditions Build Strong Bonds at a Girls' School

Natalie G. 05/24/2017

From age-old songs sung at commencement to bonding activities for freshmen, traditions are part of what make any school special. These traditions are all the more unique when they're shared between peers, different ...

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Topics: single sex education, independent school, sisterhood, graduation, traditions

"How Do I Teach My Daughter Financial Literacy?" A CFO Responds

Rita O'Connor 05/17/2017

Financial literacy is crucial to educating our children—now more than ever! This is especially important knowledge for girls, who have historically unprecedented opportunity and whose futures are filled with great potential! ...

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Topics: girls education, girls leadership, Financial Literacy, TREP$, entrepreneurship, investing

Navigating the Private School Search

Cathy Cheetham 05/03/2017

Kent Place Upper School Graduation Ceremony What do you do once your family has decided to consider a private school for your child? From learning all the additional benefits for your child in a non-public school, to weighing ...

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Topics: Kent Place School, single sex education, private school education, applying to private school, independent school

A Vision for Math: An Ideal Classroom for Young Girls

Maureen Kroeger 04/19/2017

A fourth grade student practices math problems at the board Imagine a mathematics classroom where students are eager to solve problems involving both words and numbers. Envision students actively engaged with concrete ...

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Topics: creative teaching, STEM, early childhood education, mathematics

Why I Chose A Private School for My Daughter

Mark Miller 04/12/2017

I am the father of an eighth grader, who has called Kent Place School her home since Kindergarten. Though it has been several years since my family felt the exhilaration of opening our acceptance packet, I still remember how ...

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Topics: girls education, private school new jersey, leadership, kindergarten, private school education, applying to private school, independent school

6 Reasons Why Problem-Based Learning Matters in STEM and Beyond

Jim Flakker 04/05/2017

Middle Schoolers conduct experiments with their teacher Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a student-directed, experiential learning strategy focused on solving complex problems that typically do not have a single correct answer ...

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Topics: girls education, creative teaching, STEM, girls leadership, Problem-Based Learning

The 10 Crucial Ways Sports Enhance Student Life

Bobbi Moran 03/29/2017

I am often asked how participation in interscholastic athletics can benefit academic performance and student life. Perhaps I should not be the one to answer this question because I love everything about sports: participating, ...

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Topics: girls leadership, Sports, Athletics, student-athlete

How to Balance it All as a Senior in High School

Julia C. 03/22/2017

Being a high-school student is hard: school, clubs, publications, sports, community service and homework, just to name a few, take up a massive amount of time. Add standardized tests, college interviews, and approximately ...

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Topics: girls leadership, self-care, senior year, high school seniors

Launching Daily 5 in Kindergarten Through Second Grade

Sara Orton-Wilson 03/15/2017

As passionate educators of elementary school students, we are perpetually looking to be innovative and inspirational in our instructional methods. We find it essential to continuously explore creative teaching strategies and ...

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Topics: girls education, creative teaching, kindergarten, early childhood education, second grade, daily 5, CAFE, literacy, reading, writing

Teaching World Language in Preschool

Nathan Lutz 03/08/2017

People often ask me “You teach French and Spanish to preschoolers?” They seem shocked, as if three and four year olds cannot learn a language. But I counter with the question, “When did you start speaking your first ...

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Topics: World Language, Kent Place School, Foreign Language, Preschool