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

Why Go From a Coed School to All-Girls?

by Caroline Lubow
08/24/2019

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The transition from middle school to high school is both exciting and nerve-wracking. I vividly remember the pride I had in feeling like I was really growing up, mixed with a slight bit of fear. During the summer of 2015, people kept asking me if I was excited to start high school in the fall. I was! But, transitioning from eighth to ninth grade was full of unknowns for most kids. This was especially true for me due to the fact that I’d be switching from a coed class of 40 students to an all-girls class of nearly 80 students. This made my future seem even more new and mysterious. But now, after graduating from Kent Place, attending a girls school has proven to be a choice I am so glad I made.

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I was never unhappy with the coed school I attended from Kindergarten up to eighth grade. I made friendships I still cherish today and formed academic habits and strategies that I still utilize. However, when I visited Kent Place the fall of my eighth-grade year and experienced the type of academic environment an all-girls school can foster, I knew I was ready to put off a coed learning environment until college.

I quickly learned during that visit how strong and passionate Kent Place girls are and how so much of that is influenced by the all-girls environment. Girls at Kent Place are driven and encourage themselves and their peers to take positive risks inside and outside of the classroom. Every time I attended a bi-weekly Diversity Council (DIVCO) or Girls Learning and Making a Difference (GLAM’D) meeting, or even just participated in discussions in English class, I was reminded of how lucky I was to have so many passionate, well-spoken, and hard-working classmates. When I first attended a GLAM’D meeting my freshman year I assumed I would learn a lot and listen to what others had to say. Never did I picture myself being someone speaking up in such a meeting. This one meeting, however, showed me the type of charisma and power Kent Place girls have and reminded me that I did not come to this school, or let alone this GLAM’D meeting, to just sit back and observe. Kent Place girls have a special type of wisdom, passion, and eloquence that commands the attention and respect of others. We are not told that we need to care about what we learn, speak on what we are passionate about, or even contribute in class, because we don’t need to be. We want to do these things.

For me, the choice to switch from coed to all-girls was simple. Though I know this can be a concern for many, as someone who attended an all-girls school from freshman to senior year, going to an all-girls school is by no means a social sacrifice. At Kent Place, we really do have a sisterhood, and not in a stereotypical or cheesy way. Our sisterhood exists in the support each of us receives and gives to each other and in the way we are inspired by our peers and encouraged to be the best we can be. Switching to an all-girls school is a chance to try something new and see the benefits that come from surrounding yourself with amazing women and driven leaders who support one another. As I look forward to my freshman year at Cornell, I’m positive that I’m equipped for all that is to come. I’m better for having gone to Kent Place.

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Related: Growing Up at a Girls School

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Caroline Lubow

Recent Graduate
Caroline Lubow is a recent graduate of Kent Place School, a member of the Class of 2019. Kent Place School is an independent, nonsectarian, K-12 school for girls with a coeducational preschool. Caroline was a member of the field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams, and a member of GLAM'D and Diversity Council.

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