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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

What Ethics Education Teaches You About the World

by Madeline O.
04/06/2019

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Our reigning National Championship Ethics Bowl team is pictured here preparing to defend their title this upcoming Friday. My involvement with The Ethics Institute at Kent Place has drastically changed my worldview and enhanced my high school career.

I decided to get involved with the Kent Place Ethics Institute because I have always been fascinated with questions that have more than one answer. In whatever class I was in, I found myself looking for deeper connections and ways of thinking. After entering the Kent Place middle school I soon learned that there was a name for my interests in these types of questions: ethics. I immediately sought involvement with the institute in as many ways as possible.

In the Ethics Institute, we learn that there is usually no right or wrong answer to a question, especially large-scale ones that involve many parties. For us, it becomes extremely important to understand both sides of an argument. Since engaging more with the Ethics Institute, I’ve become more of an ethical thinker, and am more able to think globally and across cultures. After being exposed to many different types of ideas and a myriad of global problems, I’ve become more understanding of other people’s opinions and points of view. 

Ethics is woven into all our classes. In History 10, for example, I’m currently learning about World War II. One ethical debate that occurred was whether to drop the atomic bomb over Japan in order for the United States to end World War II. I wrote my essay on this issue, and when picking a stance for my thesis, I went into the class thinking that only one answer could be correct and that the other option was insane. After analyzing all the evidence and discussing my selection in class, my scope was widened to the other, “incorrect” response, which I now see is also correct. Knowing that at Kent Place we learn to think about the world through the perspectives of both our “allies” and our “enemies” means that we as a community can have open conversations about topics in today’s world. It also means we’re able to think about the world through a different lens, and that’s apparent when we talk to people outside of our community.

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Ethics at Kent Place has taught me to look at situations from multiple perspectives. When talking to people with ideologies different from yours, it can seem frustrating to try to get them to see your point of view. I find that when I have a conversation with KPS students on topics about which we may disagree, I know I’ve learned about the other perspective and sometimes my own opinion has changed. When talking to someone who has no ethics training, there’s a difference in the way we communicate, and it’s harder to have an effective conversation, but I try and open her mind to my view as well as listen to hers. Ethics education has helped me to understand how to respectively engage with the people and the world around me, and I know that I'll be a greater student because of it.

Related: How Ethics Education Enhances Girls' Leadership

Topics: Ethics Institute, ethics

Madeline O'Connor

Madeline O.

Kent Place Student
Madeline O. is a sophomore at Kent Place. She has been at KPS for more than seven years and serves as a Green Key member, as well as a field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse player.

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