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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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5 Ways to Help Your Toddler with Preschool Readiness

by Amy Mockbee
07/18/2018

The Preschool at Kent Place, a coeducational experience at a K-12, independent, nonsectarian school for girls in Summit, NJ!Taking the first steps towards being ready for a school setting begins long before preschool. Children are born ready to learn and their first teachers are the adults around them in the home. As with all phases of development, there are subtle, simple ways to help support a child’s natural inclinations and abilities as they get ready to transition from learning in the home to learning in a preschool setting. Consider the following as you interact with and nurture your toddler:

1. Separation 

One of first big steps in showing readiness for school is being able to separate and join a group other than your family. Consider some simple activities that can be introduced from even a very young age to support successful separation such as: having a babysitter/non-parent caregiver stay with your child, join playgroups and activity classes that encourage parents to step away while toddlers play and interact, have playdates with family friends where your child is comfortable to stay and play, even for a short time, without you.

2. Toilet Training

Toilet training is a very personal and individualized process for all children. Once children can walk and begin to pull garments up and down, they can begin to have an awareness of toileting. There are many methods of toilet training and as the ultimate expert on your child, you’ll be able to determine which one best suits your family. Summer months are a perfect time to test out wearing cloth underwear and have some more freedom from diapers! It’s important, no matter which method your family choses, that training be kept positive and supportive. It’s a process that takes time and effort!

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3. Self-Help Skills

As parents and caregivers, we can get accustomed to helping our toddlers throughout the day. In our routines, it’s sometimes easy to miss when a toddler is ready to try some tasks on their own. Consider allowing children to try: putting on and taking off clothing, washing hands in the sink, drying hands, blowing and wiping nose with a tissue, putting on and taking off shoes, drinking from an open cup, cleaning up toys, and buckling their car seat. Give some of these areas a try when time allows. It’s always such a pleasant surprise to see young children rise to a new level of independence. They are so proud of their efforts as should you be for supporting them!

4. Story Time

Reading aloud to your child is such a special and often rewarding time together. Through books, you can share a laugh, work through emotions, find time to rest and recharge and take pleasure in developing a lifelong love of learning. It’s helpful to take note of how your child responds to stories — can they sit for the duration of a story? Do they show that they are understanding the story in a variety of ways? Consider visiting your local library once your child can sit for a story with you. The next step towards school readiness is being able to sit in a group while listening to a story that’s read aloud.  

5. Free Play/Unstructured Time

Children love to play and explore. In the day-to-day routines it can seem convenient to choose an activity for children to help them occupy their time. However, consider the value in offering unstructured time at home. Allow your child to choose an activity and encourage them to find something that they can take out, play with, and clean-up on their own. As children become more comfortable with this kind of free, independent play they will increase their comfort and confidence in making choices, develop resilience as they problem solve, and navigate frustrations as well as take pleasure in imaginary play. 

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Toddlers are eager learners. They are naturally full of curiosity, wonder, and questions. While lives are often busy and fast paced, life with a toddler can be a gentle reminder of the joy in simple successes as children gain new understandings each day. As parents and educators of toddlers and young children, our work is to bolster them as they face challenges, to support them as they engage, and to set the stage for a lifetime of learning and play. The steps you take to help your young child be ready for preschool will be a gift that will come back many times over!

Topics: early childhood education, Preschool, independent school, private school new jersey

Amy Mockbee

Amy Mockbee

Junior Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Amy Mockbee has a bachelor’s in elementary education and Spanish from Bucknell University, and earned a master’s in early childhood education from Bank Street College. After teaching kindergarten in independent schools in Manhattan for 10 years, she came to KPS in 2008. As part of the Junior Pre-Kindergarten team, Mrs. Mockbee encourages her students to ask questions and explore their surroundings to gain a better understanding of the world.

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