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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Innovation for Brave & Brilliant Girls

10 Books to Read with Your Toddler this Summer

by Deborah Afir

Here are the 10 books I recommend you read with your toddler this summer!

Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Reading, Preschool

1.) Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug, by Evan Kuhlman

Join Hank the pill bug and his human friend Amelia as they share an exciting adventure together.

Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Reading, Preschool

2.) Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book, by Rod Campbell

The zoo has sent animals that they think would be the perfect pets! Children will love lifting the flaps to reveal a lion, a monkey, and more.

Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Reading, Preschool

3.) The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper

When the other engines refuse to help, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain.

Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Reading, Preschool

4.) 5 Little Ducks, by Denise Fleming

This delightful new version of the traditional nursery rhyme focuses on counting, days of the week, and five adorable ducklings.

Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Reading, Preschool

5.) How Do You Say?, by Angela Dominguez

Two giraffes—one English speaking and one Spanish speaking—are delighted to discover they find happiness in the same things.

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6.) Round, by Joyce Sidman

Whether it’s circular tree rings or budding blueberries, the author invites readers to search the world for round objects found in nature.

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7.) Little Wolf’s First Howling, by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Little Wolf knows he is supposed to howl the proper way, but he has a special song in his heart to share. Will Big Wolf approve?

Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Reading, Preschool

8.) Step Gently Out, by Helen Frost

What would happen if you walked very, very quietly and looked ever so carefully at the natural world outside?

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9.) Supertruck by Stephen Savage

When a city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day—but who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?

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10.) Big Cat, Little Cat, by Elisha Cooper

An older cat lived all alone, until a new kitten entered his home. This book celebrates friendship and the circle of life.

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Related: 15 Books for Early Readers

Topics: early childhood education, literacy, reading


Deb Afir

Primary School Librarian
Deborah Afir graduated cum laude from Smith College with a bachelor's degree in economics, and earned a master’s in library service from Rutgers University. Mrs. Afir joined the Kent Place faculty in 2002 and is the librarian for students in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade.

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