Kentwood High School (Washington)
|Kentwood High School|
|Motto||Successfully Preparing All Students For Their Futures|
|School district||Kent School District|
|Principal||John R. Kniseley II|
|Color(s)||Green, Black, Silver, and White|
|Affiliation||WIAA 4A Division|
Kentwood High School is a high school in Covington, Washington. Kentwood is one of four high schools in the Kent School District. It serves students in grades nine through twelve who live in mainly in the east central region of the district. Its main feeder schools are Mattson and Meridian Middle Schools.
Kentwood is one of Washington's largest high schools; its enrollment of more than 2,000 students even exceeds the enrollment of most other 4A high schools in the state.
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Kentwood High School, offers Advanced Placement classes in US History, European History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Art, Literature, Statistics, Calculus (AB and BC), Music Theory, Biology, Chemistry, Physics B, Language and Composition, and Psychology. The availability of these classes is contingent upon enough registrations for them. AP Music Theory and AP Statistics in particular deal with this problem.
At Kentwood, freshmen and sophomores are placed into English, Social Studies classes and depending upon past grades and test scores, they will be put into either honors or core classes.
Foreign Language classes available for students to take are French (4 years), Spanish (4 years), American Sign Language (4 years), Japanese (4 years), and Mandarin Chinese (4 years). Upper level (third or fourth year) French and Spanish classes offer college credit to students who participate in the University of Washington's College in the high school program.
In addition, Kentwood High School was also one of 41 schools in the country named a Grammy Signature in 2004 for their Music Program, which included a check for $1000 USD as a donation to the program. The Kentwood Drama program is also recognized statewide and has received numerous awards and nominations from the 5th Avenue Theatre's High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Kentwood students can also participate in district-wide Kent Crusaders Rugby and Kentwood Water Polo.
Kentwood Football won the Washington 4A State 4A Championship in both 2001 & 2002 and has never had a losing season.
Kentwood has many clubs, which range from academically outstanding programs to recreational activities.
DECA—one of Kentwood's many prestigious clubs—focuses its ideals on pursuing excellence in life; many members have taken state and national titles in competition. National Honor Society and Key Club have been long-standing clubs at Kentwood, focused on serving the community.
Kentwood's Model United Nations Club (founded in winter of 2012) simulates the real United Nations in multiple conferences, gaining outstanding recognition from Viking Model United Nations. Kentwood's Model UN is also heavily involved in planning Kentwood's Multi-Cultural Night, along with Latinos United Club, Japan Club, Language Club, and Debate Club. The event is a fun, engaging, free, and informative event to showcase Kentwood's diversity.
Along with Kentwood's academic clubs, Kentwood has many fun clubs, including: Gaming Club, Language Club, Latinos United, The Loop, Green Club, Fashion Club, Warhammer Club, and others. Gaming Club (currently inactive) is notable for their elaborate gaming tournaments, which attract many students. Fashion Club is also highly recognized for displaying a full fashion show every year in support for the Seattle Children's Hospital.
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