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.

Innovation for Brave & Brilliant Girls

How Arts Education Changed My Life

by Maria Dizzia
09/20/2017

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It's hard to talk about my experiences at Kent Place School without talking about Robert Pridham*. Mr. Pridham taught an aesthetic derived from Jerzy Grotowski's Poor Theater - in opposition to spectacle and privileging the imagination. Our sets and costumes were often minimal, while the characters and ideas were complex and large as life. As a seventh grader, I performed in Sophocles's Antigone and an adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm - two works which continue to inform my understanding of drama, of literature and the relationship between people and their government.

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My involvement in the arts helped me progress in my studies - it was through theater that I was able to distinguish myself as a college applicant. And I know it had something to do with how I was able to speak out and ask questions in large lecture halls despite the butterflies in my stomach. Theater taught me that bravery is not about steeling yourself against uncertainty, but letting that vulnerability speak through you. It's how we learn about the world and what it means to be human. 
 
Most importantly, it's the theater that has filled my head with comfort and perspective in good times and bad. How many times when I'm struggling have I remembered my favorite line from Durrenmatt's The Visit - a play Mr. Pridham took us to see in ninth grade -"you are your own hell?" It makes me laugh every time and begin the process of gratefulness and positive thinking to find my way out. Shakespeare's "for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so" lets me close my eyes on a restless night.
 
My daughter turned three last month and my husband and I took her to see her first play. With the artistic ambition I learned from Mr. Pridham, we chose an afternoon of one-acts adapted from Oscar Wilde's fairy tales. We sat in a room filled with strangers and laughed together at an arrogant rocket who got stuck in a bog, sighed in awe as a lamppost turned into the moon and felt our hearts swell as a mean giant chastised himself: "I must remember that a good friend is a new world." My daughter was riveted as all the children were that afternoon. And she absorbed more in that hour than I'll ever know - about language, transformation, kindness, teamwork and the power of the imagination.
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*Robert (Bob) Pridham was the director and visionary of Kent Place School's award-winning theater program since 1975 until the end of his life in 2017. Bob's passion and creativity inspired hundreds of Kent Place students to find their voices and his original plays continue to offer performance opportunities for young people.

Topics: Arts Education, girls education, theater

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Maria Dizzia

Kent Place Alumna

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