South Kent School
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|South Kent School|
|40 Bulls Bridge Road
South Kent, Connecticut, 06785
|Head of School||Mr. Andrew J. Vadnais|
|Average class size||12 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||5:1|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Athletics||8 Interscholastic Sports|
South Kent School is a private boarding school for boys in South Kent, Connecticut, United States. The school is located on a 500-acre (2.0 km2) campus in the hills of Litchfield County. It was founded in 1923 as a joint venture between Reverend Frederick Herbert Sill, headmaster of Kent School, and two of his recent graduates, Samuel Slater Bartlett and Richard M. Cuyler. The current head of school is Mr. Andrew J. Vadnais, a Williams College graduate.
Enrollment at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year was 178 young men from around the world. About 50% of the students are from outside the United States, including Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Italy, Montenegro, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Ukraine.
45 courses are offered in 2 primary divisions, Math/Science and Humanities. The school year is divided into three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Students normally enroll in five major academic courses each term. Accelerated courses, including advanced placement, are offered in several. To graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 18 credits, which include:
- 4 years of English;
- 3 years of mathematics;
- 2 years of a foreign language;
- 2 years of science, one of which has laboratory;
- 2 years of history, one of which is United States History;
- 1 year of art, and;
- 4 electives.
Student Learning Services
Student Learning Services is a support program for students who require extra help with their college-bound curriculum. It focuses on the individual’s learning style and works towards developing a boy’s further awareness and understanding of his learning process.
English as a Second Language
ESL is a program for international students to improve and/or reinforce skills in written and oral English. The focus is on structure, comprehension and conversation.
Athletics facilities available to students include the Richard M. Cuyler ice rink, the Joseph J. Brown gymnasium,Alumni Boathouse on Hatch Pond for rowing, the Anne H. Funnell cross-country trail, hardcourt and clay tennis courts, a weight-training facility,a indoor rowing (erg) room, numerous athletics fields, and the adjacent Tom Fazio-designed Bulls Bridge Golf Club.
- Jim Bellows (SKS 1940), Editor of the New York Herald-Tribune and major figure in the New Journalism
- John Berryman (SKS 1932), Poet, (1964 Pulitzer Prize for "77 Dream Songs")
- Andray Blatche (SKS 2004), Brooklyn Nets, NBA
- Gordon Clapp (SKS 1967), Emmy-Award winning Actor and Tony Award nominee, best known for his role as Detective Medavoy on NYPD Blue
- Maurice Harkless, (SKS 2011) professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic
- Charles Coulston Gillispie (SKS 1935), Dayton-Stockton Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University, seminal science historian
- Ricky Ledo (SKS 2012), Dallas Mavericks, NBA
- Jack McClinton (SKS 2005), Professional basketball player
- Chip Monck, Tony winning lighting designer and stage manager and announcer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival
- Robert B. Oakley (SKS 1948), Former US Ambassador to Pakistan, Somalia, and Zaire;
- Pete Raymond (SKS 1964), US Olympic rower 1968 and (silver-medal) 1972
- Russell Smith (SKS 2010), Louisville Cardinals men's basketball; 2013 Big East All Conference, 2013 NCAA Mens Division I Championship
- Nik Stauskas (SKS 2010), Michigan Wolverines, NCAA
- Isaiah Thomas (SKS 2008), Sacramento Kings, NBA
- Dion Waiters (SKS 2009), Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
- Dorell Wright (SKS 2005), Portland Trail Blazers, NBA
- The Pigtail: a student publication issued three-five times per year. The name of the paper is a reference to the nickname of the hamlet of South Kent as "Pigtail Corners" or simply "Pigtail". A slogan at the school for many years was "Pigtail Against the World".
- The Hillside: the SKS alumni magazine published twice annually.
- Cardinal News Network: a student produced online publication which is updated on a continual basis. Cardinal News Network features the videos and stories created by students in the Digital Communications classes.
South Kent in the news
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- Wall Street Journal
- USA Today
- County Times
- School CIO
- Columbia Sports Journalism
- South Kent School official site
- Academics at South Kent School
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Western New England Prep School Soccer Association
- New England Interscholastic Rowing Association