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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.

Innovation for Brave & Brilliant Girls

Leaning In to Risk-Taking at Kent Place School

by Natalie G.
04/27/2019

Kent Place School, Girls Leadership, Financial LiteracyIn the middle of my junior year, when the time came to choose the courses I’d take as a senior, I was hesitant about one in particular: AP Macroeconomics. The replies “That class is so scary!” and “It was the hardest class I’ve ever taken!” after I asked around about it certainly stuck with me . . . but there was still part of me that wanted to take this course.

 I knew I was interested in learning about money and our economy. I knew I wanted a change from a traditional history class. I knew microeconomics would provide me with a strong base for studying the topic in college. I also knew, deep down, looking past how difficult it was deemed to be, that I’d enjoy it.

So I went for it.

The first day of senior year rolled around and I was dreading AP Economics. I didn’t know what it would be like. I didn’t have a relationship with the teacher and didn’t even know whether any of my friends would be classmates. This all changed, though, when the teacher, Ms. Schwartz, began to talk about the course and her expectations.

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 I soon realized that this subject would be how I made it. What was different about this one was the flexibility.

Ms. Schwartz explained that we would be assigned essays frequently, but that we didn’t have to address the question if there was a different route we wanted to take. This intrigued me.

“Could I write all of my papers about the economics of the fashion industry?” I asked. 

“Of course you can,” she said, accompanied by a big smile. 

I have always been interested and inspired by fashion. One of my favorite things to do is shop and pick out outfits for my sister, my mom, and me. Knowing I could take this interest and expand my knowledge about the economics of the industry really excited me.

So that's exactly what I did! This was when I knew how much I was going to benefit from this class. Who knew AP Macroeconomics would be like this?

After exploring the ins and outs of fashion and economics, I have an understanding about something I had no knowledge of before. I learned why demand for luxurious items tends to be so high and I also learned about the shifting fashion trends in our society and how they relate to economics. In addition, I’ve learned many economic concepts that I can connect to the real world and events occurring today. And even better, I now have an understanding about managing money in the future in terms of creating my own business and living on my own.

Whether I was drawing supply-and-demand curves, listening to podcasts about Rent the Runway, constructing a thoughtful essay, or preparing a presentation about the current GDP and gas prices, I was constantly learning — all while enjoying myself!

So . . . go for it! Take the course you’re hesitant about: I think a pleasant surprise awaits.

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Topics: girls leadership, Financial Literacy

Natalie G. Kent Place School

Natalie G.

Kent Place Student
Natalie G. is a senior at Kent Place School, an independent, nonsectarian, college preparatory school for girls in Summit, NJ. She plays for the varsity lacrosse team, field hockey, and ice hockey teams, and is a staff member for Cargoes, the high school yearbook. Natalie is also a member of Girls Leading and Making a Difference (GLAM'D).

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