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Academics

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Academics

A Kent education cultivates the skills, understandings, and confidence you need to navigate a future none of us can predict.

Kent School students posing after graduating

Kent’s engaging, varied, and demanding curriculum inspires intellectual curiosity, growth, and the skill to explore complex problems from multiple perspectives.

Learning In A Community

Strong relationships form the backbone of the Kent experience. You will enjoy an incredible range of opportunities in a personalized community setting. The transformational connections you build with your teachers, advisors, coaches, dorm parents, and classmates will spark your curiosity and provide a foundation for your lifelong commitment to intellectual and personal exploration.

Partners In Intellectual Exploration

The Kent community is made up of true collaborators: individuals who act upon a shared belief that the most meaningful achievements happen when a group of people works together toward a common goal.

A Rich Array of Opportunities

Distinctive class offerings, group projects, clubs, leadership roles, and more create nearly limitless opportunities to articulate your identity as a learner, a leader, and a citizen within the Kent community.



 


 

Kent School Competencies

Kent School is an intentional community with a central focus on equipping you with the skills that will empower you to make an impact on the broader world. We call these skills the Kent School Competencies, and they are taught in every context of our shared life—in our classrooms, in St. Joseph’s Chapel, on the stage, in our dormitories, on our playing fields, courts, rink, and river.

Graphic of the five Kent School Competencies


 


 

Kent School Schedule

Kent's schedule is designed with balance in mind. Students take, at most, four academic classes each day. This provides a consistent and predictable rhythm for classwork and homework, ensuring students have the time and energy to maximize their learning in and out of the classroom.

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Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a diploma a student must meet both the credit and the course requirements for graduation, as indicated based on the year of entry at Kent:

  • Third Form: 18
  • Fourth Form: 13
  • Fifth Form: 9
  • Sixth Form: 4

Each year-long course counts as one credit. Each term-contained course counts as 1/3 credit. Each minor term-contained course counts as 1/6 credit. The course load for students is five major courses per term.

The required courses, for which a student must earn credit, are:

  • English each year.
  • Language — either classical or modern, through the Kent third year level.
  • Mathematics — Geometry and Algebra 2, plus enrollment in math through the fifth form year.
  • Science — a minimum of two year-long laboratory sciences.
  • Religion — a major term-contained course in the fifth or sixth form year.
  • History — a minimum of two years, one of which must be U.S. History in either the fifth or sixth form year.
  • One term-contained course in both Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

A student entering the third form year must take New Student Seminar, a minor term-contained course in study skills and research methods.

A student entering the fourth form year must take New Student Seminar, a minor term-contained course in study skills and research methods.

All third and fourth form students must take Community Life. a year-long, minor, non-credit course.

Kent does not award credit for work done at other schools.