Kent Place School
|Kent Place School|
"With wisdom she lights the way."
|42 Norwood Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
|Head of school||Susan C. Bosland|
|Grades||Nursery - 12|
|Color(s)||Green & Gold|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
The Kent Place School is a highly selective all-girls kindergarten through 12 independent college-preparatory day school (with a coeducational nursery and pre-kindergarten) in Summit, Union County, New Jersey, United States.
Kent Place School is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. In 2007, The Wall Street Journal listed Kent Place School as one of the world's top 50 schools for its success in preparing students to enter top American universities.
Kent Place is an independent, nonsectarian college-preparatory day school which, for over 100 years, has provided a superior education for young women who demonstrate strong scholastic and creative ability. Its mission is to offer students of diverse backgrounds, in nursery school through grade twelve, an academically rigorous curriculum in a caring atmosphere; to encourage them to contribute to and find success in this challenging program; to inspire young women to leadership; and to strengthen moral awareness. Committed to a liberal arts education that combines tradition and innovation, Kent Place provides the stimulus for each student to achieve her full academic, physical, and creative potential; to love learning; to gain confidence; to live responsibly; and to develop respect for herself and others in the global community.
The Primary, Middle, and Upper Schools each include science labs, art studios, and a computer lab. The Arts Center features a 260-seat theater, an art gallery, a dance studio, and practice rooms. Athletic facilities include a field house (gymnasium and weight room), three playing fields, and five tennis courts.
Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses offered at the school include AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Latin Literature, AP Latin Vergil, AP Macroeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art and AP United States History.
The Kent Place School Dragons now compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Prior to the realignment in 2010, the school had competed in the Mountain Valley Conference.
The Upper School offers teams in basketball, cross country, field hockey, squash, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. It also has a fencing club, which hasn't reached team status; Middle School teams are available in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. There are also new turf fields. Physical Education classes are also offered in Middle and Upper School in place of a sport. Physical Education is required in the Primary School and grade six.
Many students take the train to Summit, and a Kent Place van will pick them up at the Summit train station, located about five minutes from the school.
Kent Place is undertaking a huge project to expand their learning space. Kent Place has added on a new wing to their middle and upper school buildings. This new wing has all new classrooms, lockers, science and math labs, and lounges for students. Following the completion of the new wing, Kent Place plans on renovating its main building. This project is a multi-million dollar project that Kent Place has funded through generous donations from parents, alumni and other generous people in the community. Kent Place had its ground breaking ceremony on April 9, 2007, which all of the students attended. Many other members of the community attended. Head of School Sue Bosland welcomed the crowd and introduced Honorary Chair of the Campaign, Emily Meschter ’60 who briefly spoke, as did President of the Board of Trustees, Neale Trangucci. Chair of the Campaign Michael Bird as well as the Mayor of Summit, New Jersey, Jordan Glatt, past Head of School Dori Dillon and numerous alumnae and parents were also in attendance. The Upper School flute ensemble and Chamber Singers entertained the crowd.
The master plan includes a new 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2) state-of-the-art facility which will house a new library, technologically equipped classrooms, computer labs, a long-distance learning hall, science and math labs, music facilities and more. The New Academic Center is designed with the intention of becoming a LEED certified building. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. An integrated sustainable educational program and the utilization of the building as a learning tool will be explored.The building is planned to be completed for the fall of 2008.
In addition to the bricks and mortar piece of the Campaign for Kent Place, there is an endowment portion for financial aid and faculty/staff compensation, as well as for sustaining additional facilities.
“This is an historic day at Kent Place. We are about to embark on a spectacular building project - a state-of-the-art facility - that will look one hundred years old! We are all working together to continue the legacy that was started in 1894; to sustain a top educational community for girls and young women,” remarked Head of School Sue Bosland at the ceremony.
- Erika Amato (born 1969), singer and founder of Velvet Chain.
- Peggy Bacon (1895–1987), painter, illustrator and writer.
- Emily Barton (born 1969), novelist.
- Maria Dizzia (born 1974) actress, 2010 Tony nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Play.
- Gabrielle Stanton, (born 1968), television writer and producer best known for her work on the series Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty.
- School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed July 29, 2008.
- Staff writer (2007-12-28). "How the Schools Stack Up". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
- Kent Place School:About Kent Place School - Our Mission, Kent Place School : We Believe in the Concept of Excellence Individually Defined. Accessed March 24, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2010-2011, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 27, 2012.
- Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders, Campaign Overview : The Campaign for Kent Place School. Accessed April 20, 2008.
- Erika Amato - Biography, Velvet Chain. Accessed September 12, 2013. "After Erika graduated from Kent Place School in Summit, N.J, she attended Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York."
- Cummings, Paul (1973-05-08). "Interview with Peggy Bacon". Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art.
- McQuiston, John T. "PEGGY BACON, 91, ILLUSTRATOR AND AUTHOR OF GENTLE SATIRES", The New York Times, January 7, 1987. Accessed September 12, 2013. "She graduated from the Kent Place School, in Summit, N.J., in 1913, and studied at the Art Students League of New York, where she was an instructor in painting, drawing and composition from 1935 to 1936 and 1948 to 1952."
- Staff. "Award-winning author Emily Barton visits her alma mater, Kent Place School", Courier-News, March 7, 2007. Accessed April 27, 2012. "Emily Barton, former resident of Westfield, and now an accomplished author of two award-winning novels, visited Kent Place School for a book signing event."
- Staff. "Gabrielle G. Stanton Is Married in England", The New York Times, July 14, 1991. Accessed September 12, 2013. "The bride, 24 years old, was until recently the national publicity coordinator in New York for the Public Broadcasting Service. She is a graduate of the Kent Place School and Barnard College."