The defining characteristic of a Kent education is our commitment to addressing each student as a whole individual with distinct talents, passions, strengths—and tremendous potential.
Kent's curriculum expands your knowledge, deepens your understanding, and cultivates the skills and confidence you will need to contribute to the common good in a future of endless opportunity.
To receive a diploma, a student must meet both the credit and the course requirements for graduation. Kent does not award credit for work done at other schools. The number of credits required for the diploma varies according to the year a student enters 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 and Culture — A major term-contained course in the fifth or sixth form year.
- History — World History taken in the third form year; U.S. History taken in the fourth form year; term course elective requirement based on year of entry.
- Visual and Performing Arts — A term-contained course in both visual 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.
All third and fourth form students must take Community Life. a year-long, minor, non-credit course.
The course load for students is five major courses per term.
Kent does not award credit for work done at other schools.