Kent School is located in Kent, CT and is a coeducational boarding school for grades 9-12, with the focus on preparing for college. Kent School was founded by an Episcopal monk by the name of Frederick Herbert Sill. He was a graduate of Columbia University and the General Theological Seminary. The doors opened in 1906 and Fr. Sill had many ideas about the educational value of service, the importance of respecting each other and self, and the connection between intellectual effort and spiritual reward. These values are true to this day at Kent. They teach the students to respect others and themselves, to search for spiritual understanding and to give back to their communities. The students and faculty at Kent attend chapel together every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening.
Fr. Sill envisioned a “democratic” school, a place in which the students learned to be self-reliant and stewardship by participating in a daily work program. He also wanted to teach students form all walks of life and so in 1960, Kent became open to girls.
The motto at Kent is: Simplicity of Life, Directness of Purpose, and Self-Reliance. These values shape how the school is run and how to live life. Kent rewards self-motivation and initiative. The sense of community at Kent is strong and student’s work together for the common good.
The academic program at Kent makes you think about new things in new ways. Kent offers Advanced Placement courses and the opportunity to do independent study projects in any subject that interests students. The goal is for students to become self-reliant and to take responsibility for them selves which can include asking for help when needed. The technology at Kent and the student’s laptops play a central role in their academics and beyond. College counseling is available as well as summer learning office to get ideas on what student’s can do when they’re away from Kent.
Boys can participate in the athletic program with a wide variety of sports available to participate in. Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross-Country, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Swimming and Diving and Tennis. Girls may participate in similar sports, except football and softball instead of baseball, with Golf being a co-ed sport. Kent also has a riding program where students may grow in their passion for riding. They learn to develop their equine skills in a variety of disciplines from beginner to the most advanced. Kent offers training and expertise in equitation, jumpers, hunters and combined training. Whether you bring your own horse or use one of the school horses, the program centers around creating a well-rounded rider. Students learn all areas of horse management including veterinary care, stable management and conditioning needs. Kent School Stables host many shows and events of their own.
Student capacity: 560
Class size: 12
Student/staff ratio: 1:8
Extra Info: Something new at Kent is their Pre-Engineering program.