Students and teachers from Harlem Academy recently visited Kent School. Their visit had been scheduled for October, but an early season snowstorm cancelled school for several days, and the trip was rescheduled. The visit was an introduction to boarding school for the students at Harlem Academy, many of whom will be applying to Kent and other peer schools next year.
The students arrived on the train, and as soon as they set foot on campus they were off and running. The 6th and 7th graders broke up into small groups and attended English, History, Math and Science classes. Mr. Gentry remarked that some of the visiting students were even answering questions in class. After their first class, they took a tour of campus with our student tour guides and then headed to the Dining Hall for lunch, where the array of choices was overwhelming for some. Pizza was a big hit, as were the many dessert options. After lunch, the students attended one more class and had a question and answer session with Admissions Counselors. The academic day was over at this point, and the students had a good time with an impromptu game of touch football outside the Admissions Office. Some current Kent students then met with the visitors in small student-to-student sessions to talk about what life at boarding school is really like.
It was a full and busy day, and many Harlem Academy visitors couldn't wait to put on their new Kent shirts at the end of the day. Nishant Patel '13 met with a group of boys and said that they seemed to be inspired, and he thought their visit here made a significant impact.
Maya Duff '15 said, "The Harlem Academy students wanted to expand their knowledge academically and culturally. They remind me of myself when I was their age, and their ambition is truly inspiring!"