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 the Australia Exchange Program Changed my Life

by Grace N.
08/10/2019

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The Australian Exchange Program was the best experience I’ve ever had. The friendships I made with my host and the other girls at St. Peter’s Girls’ School are incredibly special. I’m sure my fellow participants at Kent Place would agree: We never wanted the two months spent with our new buddies to end!

Before the program began, I was asked multiple times: “What if you and your buddy don’t get along?” This was my only a worry as I filled out the application. But because the first part of the exchange took place on familiar territory — my house and KPS — I was able to be myself while getting to know Steph. From the second we were matched up, she and I were texting, Snapchatting, and FaceTiming, so when we met in person, we didn’t feel like strangers. She became almost a sister to me.

One of my biggest concerns about being a host was how I was going to balance my workload. However, Steph participated in swimming at Kent Place, which gave me some free time to work after school a few days a week. I loved being a host, and it was great being able to share my daily experiences with someone. After numerous dance parties, visits to New York City (and getting lost on the subway), and spending all day with each other for a month, we formed a wonderful bond.

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This was also the case with our exchange group as a whole. There were four KPS girls matched with four Saints girls, who arrived the last week of winter break. We all decided to meet up before school started. Over those few days before school, we eight girls got to know each other pretty well. I found this super helpful, because not only did the Australian girls get to see familiar faces in their first few days here, but when we KPS girls were in Australia, we had three people looking out for us besides our own individual hosts.

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The month spent there was one of the most amazing, fun, and eye-opening experiences I’ve ever had. Beforehand, the thought of traveling anywhere without my family was daunting, but I was also excited to be reunited with my best friends in Australia. Once there, the structure of the program meant we felt less like tourists and more like people fully involved with the culture. Our daily interactions with the naturally friendly people in Adelaide, where we stayed, made our time there really immersive.

Everyone at St. Peter’s helped with our transition. Coming into the school, I had my cohort of seven girls, but the larger school community went above and beyond to make all of us Americans feel welcome. Being a student there for a month was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The main difference I noticed between Kent Place and Saints was that the girls there take many more classes, a result of their very wide range of electives. The structure of their classes was also different from ours, and they have uniforms. We wore knee-length, blue-plaid dresses, and during lunch and recess were required to wear a straw hat — very different from the Kent Place dress code, which allows us to select from our own closets, within reason.

Australia’s world-famous wildlife lived up to my expectations. At wildlife parks, kangaroos roam freely and koalas are there to cuddle. It was also fun to participate in sports; I played touch rugby with Steph and also played in a softball tournament. We ended up winning the championship!

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The two months I spent doing the Australian Exchange Program had a huge impact on me. For example, I now have an international sisterhood. I know that even on the other side of the world, I can trust those girls with anything. I’m beyond grateful for the experience: I got to see my own world and another’s through a new lens, and I grew to be more independent. I can’t wait to visit Australia again!

Related: The Wonder of the Study Abroad Experience

Grace N.

Grace N.

Student
Grace is a student at Kent Place School, an independent, non-sectarian, K-12 school for girls with a coeducational preschool. She enjoys being a softball and field hockey player, along with being a member of the new computer science club, Model UN, and Green Key.

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