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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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Alumnae Reflections: From Failed Goals to Division I

by Kristen Rusas '17
07/11/2018

Penn Field Hockey

While in 8th grade, I submitted my high school application to Kent Place. I wrote about how I wanted to go to college and be a Division I athlete (I actually wrote this, I have photographic proof; I am not just saying this to be poetic). Kent Place helped me achieve this dream by giving me an opportunity to play field hockey at a competitive level, and by teaching me lessons that would ultimately help me overcome the challenges that accompany being an athlete at an Ivy League institution.

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On the first day of preseason during the month before my freshman year at KPS, I didn’t know anyone on the field hockey team. I was extremely nervous because I had told myself that I had to make the KPS varsity team as a freshman and that anything less would be unacceptable. After a few days of working extremely hard and going home totally exhausted, knowing that I could not have given one more single ounce of energy, I was put on the junior varsity team.

For a few days after getting this news, I was confused, annoyed, and upset. I had worked extremely hard over the summer and had played for countless hours with my club team. I thought I did everything in my power to set myself up for the varsity team. But, in this situation, I learned that I cannot always look at a failed goal as a negative. I told myself  "I have to pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep going, because the more times I try and the harder I work, the more likely it is that I will succeed." This situation could have deterred me and destroyed my dreams of ultimately becoming a Division I athlete, but instead, I let it fuel me. I also learned at Kent Place that it is important to celebrate the small victories. I learned to “roll with the punches,” because there is always a lesson to be learned.

I would not trade this initial failure or any of my experiences at Kent Place for anything in the world. They have made me stronger and more determined. I often find myself scrolling through pictures on my phone thinking of the “good old days” and sometimes I even wish I was back in the senior lounge singing and dancing with my friends at 7:30 a.m. I truly did not grasp just special my time at Kent Place would be in contributing to my success until I found myself implementing all these lessons on Penn's campus. Being a Kent Place girl trained me to become all that I am now as a Penn woman.

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Topics: student-athlete, Athletics, College Recruitment, girls leadership

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Kristen Rusas '17

Kent Place Alumna
Kristen is an alumna of Kent Place School, an independent, nonsectarian, K-12 girls school in Summit, NJ. She is currently on the field hockey team at the University of Pennsylvania.

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