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Closing the Opportunity Gap: Kent School's Collaboration with Squared Network Expands Educational Opportunities

Kent School's collaboration with the education non-profit Squared Network to introduce the STEM-focused college access program, Squared x Kent, marks a significant step toward providing exceptional educational opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds. Set to commence in the summer of 2024 on Kent's campus, the program specifically targets first-generation and/or low-income high school students.

"After a yearlong national search that considered over 40 independent boarding schools across the country, Kent School rose to the top of our list. We were drawn to the mission-driven leadership, top-notch facilities, enthusiastic faculty, and fantastic STEM programs," says Nick Favaloro, CEO of Squared Network. "From the outset of our conversations with Kent School leadership, we recognized there was immediate alignment in what we were trying to accomplish: provide exceptional opportunities for students from all backgrounds. We're thrilled for this summer. Our alignment has energized every step of our collaboration."

The Squared x Kent program aims to enroll 25 academically-driven high school students for its inaugural summer session. A key component of the program is its focus on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), designed to equip students with essential skills and knowledge for future academic and professional success.

The collaboration between Kent School and the Squared Network highlights a shared commitment to expanding access to quality education, particularly in the critical fields of STEM. Reflecting on the broader impact, Favaloro notes, "The hope is that Kent School's example will inspire additional independent schools across the country to follow this model, and explore adopting Squared programs of their own."

Prospective students are encouraged to apply for the Squared x Kent program via Apply — The Squared Network. The application process is open, and the organization is actively seeking motivated individuals ready to embark on a transformative educational journey.

In addition to student recruitment, the Squared Network is actively seeking faculty members to contribute to the program's success. Educators interested in contributing to this impactful initiative are invited to reach out directly to Nick Favaloro at

For more information about the Squared Network and to get a glimpse of the impact of their programs, visit their website at The Squared Network and watch an informational video from a Squared program at Colorado Rocky Mountain School here.

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