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

What I Learned Working at My Alma Mater

by Abrina Hyatt '11
06/22/2019

THATS ME!

“Bloom where you’re planted.”

Those were the words that Dr. Adunni Anderson, Director of the Primary School, shared with me during a conversation we had early on in my time working at KPS. We were in her office or out at lunch, and those words jumped out at me; since then I’ve taken them to heart.

I started working at Kent Place as the Interim Communications Associate, shortly after graduating from UPenn as an English major. Still unsure of what I wanted to do, and kicking myself for that uncertainty, I found in Kent Place the opportunity to mature in all my areas of interest, even concurrently.

As a creative person, I discovered an appreciation and aptitude for photography, which I’ve since started doing in a freelance capacity. In the same vein, video production also became a new, fun, and engaging activity. With the visual arts, I had rarely had the chance before to see a small idea—a seed—blossom into a fully grown entity. Over and over again, I got to see these “small” things become bigger things that benefitted the school community and would ultimately draw others to the brilliance of Kent Place School. Who knew marketing could be so rewarding?

In transitioning to the Admission Office, I learned how much I adore children! Working with the Green Key members on a regular basis and connecting with students in all grades has been a true joy of mine. Relating to the students has offered me the opportunity to give back, to remind them that, yes, they will “get into college,” and no, they shouldn’t call their classmates names (that’s for the little ones in Primary School). Coaching track and field has been integral to this experience, and connecting with alumnae and families of color as an admission officer and A Better Chance alumna also added vitality to my work. All of these experiences with young people made me more certain of my desire to teach and influenced my decision to pursue an MA in Comparative Literature at King's College London.

Overall, I am so grateful to everyone I’ve worked with and worked for. They have allowed me the flexibility to work on projects both within and without of my prescribed job description, trusted me with responsibility uncommon for professionals my age, reminded me how to lead myself, encouraged me, and given me the grace to learn when I didn’t always cross all my t’s and dot all my i’s. As my time at Kent Place comes to an end, I’m reminded that every act has boundless impact. I believe that this truth will affect all who set foot on Kent Place’s campus as a student, visitor, staff member, coach, or teacher.

Related: Current KPS Employment Opportunities

Abrina

Abrina Hyatt

Admission Associate
Abrina Hyatt '11 earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the Kent Place community in 2016. As the current Admission Associate, Ms. Hyatt enjoys working with students through the student ambassador group, Green Key, and assisting the Admission Office with overall recruitment for Kent Place.

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