South Kent School

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South Kent School
40 Bulls Bridge Road
South Kent, Connecticut, 06785
United States
Type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1923
Head of School Mr. Andrew J. Vadnais
Enrollment 190 total
90% boarding
Average class size 12 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Color(s) Red and Black
Athletics 8 Interscholastic Sports
Nickname Cardinals

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 2012-2013 school year was 193 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.


60 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.

Center for Innovation[edit]

The Center for Innovation (CFI) was built on the vision that we can physically make a better world starting in our own back yard while helping to raise up the next generation of leaders and pacesetters. We have chosen a unique path in education by engaging students in class along with meaningful and investigative hands-on experience. South Kent School's Center for Innovation answers the question we have all asked while in class at one point: "When am I ever going to need this?" By leveraging the knowledge base gained in classroom study, we have to opportunity to help cement pertinent ideas in the minds of our boys through action and inquiry. - See more at:

English as a Second Language[edit]

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 Admiral & Sybil Stockdale Arena, the Joseph J. Brown gymnasium, the Alumni Boathouse on Hatch Pond for rowing, the Anne H. Funnell cross-country trail, the hard court tennis courts, a weight-training facility, numerous athletics fields, and the adjacent Tom Fazio-designed Bulls Bridge Golf Club.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • 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".[3] 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.[4]

South Kent in the news[edit]



  1. ^ Bulls Bridge Golf Club
  2. ^ "Moe Harkless Profile". St. John's University official athletic site. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ *History of Kent, CT, Francis Atwater, 1897
  4. ^ [1]

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Coordinates: 41°40′35″N 73°28′45″W / 41.6765°N 73.4792°W / 41.6765; -73.4792