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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Alumnae Reflections: Student-Athlete to College Athletics

by Jessiey Ken-Kwofie '17
11/24/2018

College Recruiting, Girls Leadership, Student Athlete, Athletics

Athletes are often thought of as one-note.

Yes, athletes play sports, but what many forget is that they’re also students and that academics are a priority. At Kent Place, it’s emphasized that if you choose to participate in athletics, you’re a student-athlete and not an athlete-student. This philosophy not only helped me focus in on my studies, but also influenced my decisions for my future after high school.

The academic schedule in the Upper School was strategically created to enable students to be scholars while participating in all of their extracurricular activities. With a daily balance of class and free periods, I was easily able to prioritize my work and optimize my time before heading to practice. Kent Place instilled in me the ability to balance athletics and academics, which made clear that choosing a Division III institution was the best option for both my passion for softball and a degree in health sciences.

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At Kent Place, I learned that being a scholar-athlete comes with the responsibility to keep communication open and to take the initiative when it comes to schoolwork. Several times during softball season, I had to contact my teachers about taking tests or handing in assignments early, because disregarding your work for athletics was never an option. And every time, the teachers allowed me to do so — and expressed appreciation that I was proactive about getting in touch with them. The relationships between academic and athletic faculty with their student-athletes is very special at Kent Place, and have helped me feel more comfortable with handling my schoolwork and athletics in college.

If not for the great experiences I had as a scholar-athlete at Kent Place, I believe I’d have had a much harder time acclimating myself to being a collegiate student-athlete. First semester of college is a challenge for anyone, no matter the circumstances: difficult courses, high-level athletics, dorm living, social life, and, naturally, being away from home. Despite that, I felt prepared to navigate it all. I knew that amid these new elements, I’d be occupied with three classes and two practices a day, but I’d make it a priority to plan and organize my time. With this skill already mastered during my time at Kent Place, I had one fewer challenge to worry about.

The other aspects of college life took a couple of weeks to figure out, but I had learned through experience that everything is manageable.

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

Jessiey Ken-Kwofie '17 Kent Place School Alumna & Gettysburg Softball Player

Jessiey Ken-Kwofie '17

Alumna
Jessiey Ken Kwofie '17, is an alumna of Kent Place School, an independent, nonsectarian, K-12 school for girls in Summit, NJ with a coeducational preschool. Jessiey is on the softball team at Gettysburg College.

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