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Kent School

School rating 4.9 / 5 by

1 Macedonia Road Kent CT 06757 United States
Boarding
9th to PG
Day
9th to PG
Gender
Coed

Academic

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On average, there were about ten students in each class. Kent School is always working to lower their student teacher ratio to make a more involved classroom discussion and experience. A common teaching method that Kent followed in the English and History department was the use of the Harkness table, a round table discussion in which the teacher was included, not leading. This method of teaching ensured that every student was participating in classroom discussion and no one was left to sit in the back corner of the room without being able to properly engage in the discussion. The faculty, for the most part, were phenomenal. Boarding school is so unique because students not only have classes with their teachers, but they live with them. Every dorm has two faculty members on each floor so students even have the opportunity for extra help late into the night. The school also incorporates conference periods twice a week where students have 45 minutes of free time in the academic day to meet with their teachers. If, on the off-chance that one could not coordinate a time to meet with a faculty member, Kent is a very email-friendly environment. Students and faculty members are constantly in email contact so questions can be posed that way as well. All of the different departments at Kent were all quite strong. Offering an extraordinarily vast array of courses with different difficulty levels, every student is guaranteed to find their nitch. Kent is absolutely not an "exam factory" like so many boarding schools are. In addition to focusing on course load and rigor, the Kent School prides itself on helping to develop well rounded, mature, self-sufficient students. Kent stays true to its school motto of "temperantia, fiducia, constantia" or "Self reliance, directness of purpose, simplicity of life." With mandatory afternoon sports or activity from 3:30-5:30 every day, students must partake in a minimum of two terms of afternoon interscholastic or intramural sports, the third term can be filled by a drama or arts afternoon activity. Although extracurricular activities were not mandatory, it was rare to find a kent student that wasn't a member of at least one club. A student's work load really depended on the courses they chose to take. A common phrase around campus is "Kent is what you make of it." Therefore, upperclassmen who chose to take four or five AP classes were looking at five hours of work (give or take depending on the night). Freshman rarely saw more work than the two hours allotted for study hall each night. As you got older, your work load increased drastically but so did your ability to handle the work and your time management skills.

College Counseling

We began the college process in the end of our sophomore year with a very....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

In order to apply for admission to the Kent School, one must take the SSAT....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Kent is an amazing place. Those who graduate are immediately "Kent-Sick" and want to go back. The friends that one makes are life long. The Dorm life is great. Room size varies by dorm and class year. Obviously, freshman are generally in the smallest rooms and as one gets older they are given preference to the size of their rooms. Roommates are assigned for freshman year but after that one can choose their own roommate or opt to live with a new student. If for some reason, you and your roommate no longer get along, one can change roommates pretty....

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