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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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3 Tips for the Private School Application Process

by Lara Ellis

Applying to Private School, Private School New Jersey, Girls Education, Kent Place School, Preschool

1. Ask Questions

The admission process should be an educational experience for both you and your daughter. Take this time to find out as much as possible about the school and to determine if it’s a good fit for her. Do your research. Attend school events. Talk to people at the school. Ask questions. And encourage your child to ask questions! No question is too big or too small. Common topics to ask about are the curriculum, educational philosophy, daily academic schedule, clubs and activities, and the makeup of the student body.

One topic that tends to be uncomfortable for parents to bring up is financial aid. It doesn't have to be! All admission officers understand that a big part of a family’s decision to enroll in a new school involves affording its annual tuition. Applying for financial aid runs parallel to applying for admission. Make sure you understand the procedures and deadlines. Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions, to avoid any confusion or surprises later on in the process.

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2. Explore All Your Options

Even if you immediately fall in love with a particular school and can’t imagine your daughter anywhere else, do her (and yourself) a favor and apply to more than one. This way you’ll have options in case it doesn’t work out with your favorite. Applying to more than one school will also give you the opportunity to compare and contrast what each has to offer and will give you a broader perspective of the educational landscape.

3. Take a Deep Breath and Be Organized

Applying to a new school isn’t difficult, but it does require a bit of effort and some organization. Every school has specific deadlines and procedures that applicants must follow. Many parents, worried about doing everything correctly, just want to complete all of the requirements immediately. They want to get it done. However, most admission deadlines and procedures are put in place not to create stress and worry, but instead to frame the process into a series of educational steps.

Make sure from the very minute that you decide to apply to a certain school that you’re aware of the deadlines. There should be explanations of them on each school’s admission webpage. Read them thoroughly. Organize them. Mark them on your calendar. Take the time to understand them. If you have questions about them, immediately call the Admission Office. If you plan ahead and pace yourself, you’ll feel organized and confident about when to accomplish certain tasks, such as registering your daughter to take an admission test and asking a teacher to complete a recommendation form. If you miss a deadline, you may disqualify your child. Take it step by step and soon enough, you'll find yourself crossing the finish line!   

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Lara Ellis

Assistant Director of Admission
Lara Ellis is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Douglass College, with a bachelor’s degree in art history and English. She also holds a master's degree in counseling from Montclair State University. She joined the Kent Place community in 2004 as an admission officer. Kent Place School is an independent, nonsectarian, K-12 girls school in Summit, NJ with a coeducational preschool.

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