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Kent School

Head of School

Sun rising over St. Joseph's Chapel at Kent School
Michael g. Hirschfeld portrait

Welcome to Kent School!

Head of School Welcome

As you make your way through our website, I hope you get a sense of what makes Kent an extraordinary school. It is a place of remarkable opportunity and transformation.

Kent’s curriculum is laser focused on the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and social growth of our students. Most importantly, Kent is a deeply relationship-based school: You will be known and appreciated for who you are during your Kent journey.

Through myriad academic, chapel, service, artistic, and athletic programs, Kent is committed to educating the whole person.

We have a lot of fun at Kent; it is a place of joy; but we take seriously our responsibility to provide our students with the skills necessary to be engaged citizens and leaders in the world.

Our website serves as an invitation for you to learn more about our wonderful school, and to see it in person for yourself.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kent!

- Head of School Mike Hirschfeld

Michael G. Hirschfeld

Michael G. Hirschfeld became Kent’s sixth Head of School in July 2020.

A dedicated and passionate educator and administrator, Mike began his career as a history teacher and Assistant Director of Admissions at Kent immediately following his graduation from Princeton in 1990. Four years later, Mike moved to St. Paul’s School where he spent the next 24 years and held leadership roles in virtually every aspect of school life, leading up to his appointment as Rector in 2011. Mike was the Associate Director of College Advising, Director of Admissions, Vice Rector for Enrollment and Communications, and Vice Rector for External Affairs.

Mike received an A.B. in history in 1990 from Princeton University, where he captained the varsity lightweight crew to the 1989 national championship. He later earned an M.A. in liberal studies in 1999 from Dartmouth College. In 2017, Mike was a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia Teachers College and earned an M.Phil in Educational Leadership and School Improvement from the University of Cambridge in England. He earned his high school diploma from St. Paul’s School in 1985.

Mike’s wife, Liesbeth, is also a former member of the Kent faculty and serves as a part-time coach. While at St. Paul’s she served as athletic director. Mike and Liesbeth have a daughter, a graduate of Bowdoin College, and a son, a graduate of Brown University.