A Kent education cultivates the skills, understandings, and confidence you need to navigate a future none of us can predict.
Kent’s engaging, varied, and demanding curriculum inspires intellectual curiosity, growth, and the skill to explore complex problems from multiple perspectives.
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.
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.
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.
- Modern or Classical Language — through the Kent third year level.
- Mathematics — Geometry and Algebra 2, plus enrollment in math through the fifth form year.
- Science — two year-long laboratory sciences.
- Religion — 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.