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South Kent in the 21st Century [South Kent School, CT]
South Kent in the 21st Century [South Kent School, CT]
Published: 2010/09/01
Channel: BoardingSchoolsCom
Selects Academy at South Kent School
Selects Academy at South Kent School
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: South Kent School
Your School, Your Journey - South Kent School Excellence for Boys
Your School, Your Journey - South Kent School Excellence for Boys
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: South Kent School
The South Kent School Experience #SKSNation
The South Kent School Experience #SKSNation
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent
South Kent's Tremont Waters 17' is one the best PG's in the 2017 Class
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: RI Affiliated
South Kent School Annual Fund
South Kent School Annual Fund
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent School - Excellence for Boys
South Kent School - Excellence for Boys
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: South Kent School
Aerial View of South Kent School Campus
Aerial View of South Kent School Campus
Published: 2014/07/14
Channel: South Kent School
Duncan George- South Kent School - Class of 2016 - Senior Highlight Tape
Duncan George- South Kent School - Class of 2016 - Senior Highlight Tape
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: Duncan George
South Kent School Hockey GoPro
South Kent School Hockey GoPro
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: South Kent School
eTextbooks at South Kent School
eTextbooks at South Kent School
Published: 2012/02/29
Channel: ClassBookVideo
Old school South Kent School AMG
Old school South Kent School AMG
Published: 2014/11/11
Channel: Gonzalo Garcia-Pedroso
South Kent School Talent Show - Fall 2011
South Kent School Talent Show - Fall 2011
Published: 2012/01/10
Channel: South Kent School
Logan Scarlotta 2017 South Kent School LAX
Logan Scarlotta 2017 South Kent School LAX
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Frank Scarlotta
Berkshire vs  South Kent
Berkshire vs South Kent
Published: 2016/12/23
Channel: Berkshire Soccer
South Kent School Drone Racing Challenge
South Kent School Drone Racing Challenge
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: South Kent School
SOUTH KENT SCHOOL GalileoTrial
SOUTH KENT SCHOOL GalileoTrial
Published: 2008/01/18
Channel: 182272435
South Kent School Thriller 2016
South Kent School Thriller 2016
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent School Camp Cardinal
South Kent School Camp Cardinal
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent School: True iPad Program
South Kent School: True iPad Program
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent School, Excellence for Boys
South Kent School, Excellence for Boys
Published: 2016/05/23
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent School: Prep Soccer vs Hotchkiss
South Kent School: Prep Soccer vs Hotchkiss
Published: 2014/10/09
Channel: South Kent School
Soccer players in South Kent School
Soccer players in South Kent School
Published: 2008/11/08
Channel: andreonip
Portal: South Kent School
Portal: South Kent School
Published: 2015/03/06
Channel: William Gavin
South Kent School
South Kent School
Published: 2011/04/28
Channel: smcvey09
South Kent School Selects U-16 Hockey vs. Middlesex Islanders
South Kent School Selects U-16 Hockey vs. Middlesex Islanders
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: South Kent School
Bang Bang Returns to South Kent School
Bang Bang Returns to South Kent School
Published: 2015/04/25
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent School: Prep Soccer vs Rock Bridge
South Kent School: Prep Soccer vs Rock Bridge
Published: 2014/10/07
Channel: South Kent School
1824 House at South Kent School
1824 House at South Kent School
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: South Kent School
Selects Academy at South Kent Hockey Signing 2013
Selects Academy at South Kent Hockey Signing 2013
Published: 2013/11/19
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent School
South Kent School's "Thriller" Halloween 2014
Published: 2014/11/03
Channel: South Kent School
South Kent School Golf
South Kent School Golf
Published: 2012/05/21
Channel: SKSDigCom
Kyle MacRae Highlight Tape - 2013 South Kent School Prep Soccer
Kyle MacRae Highlight Tape - 2013 South Kent School Prep Soccer
Published: 2014/02/25
Channel: Anthony Larson
12 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
12 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
South Kent School Golf
South Kent School Golf
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: zaccaraj
2 | South Kent School ( Connecticut ) Vs St. John
2 | South Kent School ( Connecticut ) Vs St. John's Northwestern Military Academy ( Wisconsin )
Published: 2011/11/24
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
2 | Massanutten Military Academy (Virginia) Vs South Kent School (Connecticut)
2 | Massanutten Military Academy (Virginia) Vs South Kent School (Connecticut)
Published: 2012/12/19
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
9 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
9 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
Matias Correa Highlights - South Kent School Soccer
Matias Correa Highlights - South Kent School Soccer
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: Matias Correa
South Kent School Prep Soccer vs Hotchkiss at SKS
South Kent School Prep Soccer vs Hotchkiss at SKS
Published: 2012/10/18
Channel: South Kent School
Joel Garcia #10 South Kent School 2013-2014
Joel Garcia #10 South Kent School 2013-2014
Published: 2014/05/30
Channel: South Kent School
2 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
2 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
South Kent School Varsity Soccer vs Christian Heritage
South Kent School Varsity Soccer vs Christian Heritage
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: South Kent School
10 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
10 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
4 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
4 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
6 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
6 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
South Kent School Prep Basketball vs Bridgeton Academy
South Kent School Prep Basketball vs Bridgeton Academy
Published: 2013/04/25
Channel: South Kent School
7 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
7 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
5 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
5 | La Jolla Prep ( California ) Vs South Kent School ( Connecticut )
Published: 2011/11/22
Channel: TheBasketballDiary
South Kent School Prep Soccer vs Kent School
South Kent School Prep Soccer vs Kent School
Published: 2012/10/24
Channel: South Kent School
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South Kent School
Address
40 Bulls Bridge Road
South Kent, Connecticut 06785
United States
Information
Type Private, boarding
Motto Simplicity of Life, Self-Reliance, and Directness of Purpose
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopal
Established 1923
Head of School Andrew J. Vadnais
Enrollment 180 total
80% boarding[1]
Average class size 10 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Color(s) Cardinal and black
Athletics 8 interscholastic sports
Nickname Cardinals
Website

South Kent School, a private boarding school for boys in South Kent, Connecticut,[2] United States, is located on a 650-acre (2.6 km2) campus in western Litchfield County. It is sited on Spooner Hill east of Bull's Bridge, overlooking the former Housatonic Valley rail-line, Hatch Pond, and the 'whistle-stop' South Kent station, and is itself overlooked by Bull Mountain.

South Kent has been ranked as a "best" boarding school[3][4], due to its curriculum[5], diversity[6], college placement record, and athletic programs[7][8].

The school's motto is "Simplicity of life, Self-reliance, and Directness of purpose".

History[edit]

The hamlet of South Kent was established in the mid-1700s on the "main road over Spooner Hill to Bull’s Bridge",[9] where an important iron foundry was established by Jacob Bull. An ironworks and forge were also established at the outlet from Hatch Pond by 1800; when the railroad came up the valley in the 1840s,[10] it signalled the beginning of industry competition which would shut down the Connecticut foundries over the next half-century. By 1920, the township of Kent's population was reduced to half it's pre-Revolution level, and farm properties were to be had inexpensively.

The school was founded in 1923 as a joint venture between Reverend Frederick Herbert Sill, headmaster of Kent School, and two of his recent graduates, Samuel Slater Bartlett and Richard M. Cuyler. The Straight farm was purchased from members of the Judd family, and additions to the farmhouse were made to house a chapel, twenty-four students, and faculty. Over the years a number of buildings were added on the Straight property, and additional acreage acquired. Most recently, the defunct farm on the north end of Hatch Pond was purchased.

Bartlett was followed as headmaster by conservationist L. Wynne Wister (1955–69), then George M. Bartlett (son of the first headmaster) through 1989. Noble Richards '49 was headmaster until 2000, then John C. Farr '58, who retired in 2003. The current head of school is Andrew J. Vadnais, a Williams College graduate.[11]

Students[edit]

Enrollment at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year was 170 young men from around the world in four "forms" (or grades). Foreign students from more than twenty nations (Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Ghana, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Montenegro, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates), and U.S. students from across America are represented[12].

Academics[edit]

South Kent is a college-preparatory school; it is intended that every student continue his education at a higher-level institution.

In 2017-18 the school has 35 faculty who offer 48 courses in 2 primary divisions, Math/Science and Humanities. The school year is divided into three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Students normally enroll in five major academic courses each term.[13] Accelerated courses, including advanced placement, are offered in more than a dozen subjects (several in conjunction with Syracuse University[14]).

To graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 18 credits, which include:

  • 4 years of English;
  • 3 years of mathematics
  • 2 years of a foreign language;
  • 2 years of science, one of which has laboratory;
  • 2 years of history, one of which is United States History;
  • 1 year of an art, and;
  • 4 electives.

Cum Laude Society[edit]

The South Kent chapter of the Cum Laude Society annually considers the academic achievements of sixth-form students for election to membership.

English as a second language[edit]

ESL is a program for international students to improve and/or reinforce skills in written and oral English. The focus is on structure, comprehension and conversation. In recent years nearly half of South Kent graduates have been non-native English speakers.[15]

Center for Innovation[edit]

Due in part to its rural setting, the school has established a learning track focused on environmental management and entrepreneurship. Technologies range from historic architecture and building techniques to robotics and software design. .[16][17][18] Students routinely interact with farm animals, engage in sustainable practice, and perform stewardship projects.

Student life[edit]

Students live in eight dormitories supervised by upper-formers; each dorm building has a resident faculty member or family. All meals are eaten in the school dining hall: a breakfast buffet, family-style lunch shared with faculty where seating is assigned to ensure all students and faculty have an opportunity to engage, weekly formal dinners. An on-campus health center (staffed by a live-in nurse, a physician and a counselor) provides 24-hour medical and infirmary services; on-line medical records enable access to every student's family.

Student leadership is developed with form councils, dorm supervisors, team captaincies, and prefects.

St. Michaels' Chapel holds daily Episcopal services. Students of all faiths are expected to attend the all-school services several times a week, but are not expected to disengage from their own faith; arrangements are made to provide access to other services.

Athletics[edit]

In common with many boys' boarding schools, every student must participate in a "fitness-oriented athletic offering" at least two seasons of the year. Sports include baseball, basketball, crew (rowing), golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, running (cross-country), soccer, and tennis. Football was not offered after the 2009-2010 school year. Competition is available at a variety of levels (intramural and interscholastic), so students can be serious about their activities. At the same time, a number of boys attend the school each year preparing for a life as a professional athlete.

Facilities available to students include The Admiral James & Sybil Stockdale Arena, the Joseph J. Brown gymnasium, the Alumni Boathouse on Hatch Pond for rowing, the Anne H. Funnell cross-country trail, the hard court tennis courts, a weight-training facility, numerous athletics fields, and the adjacent Tom Fazio-designed Bulls Bridge Golf Club.[19]

A strong intramural tradition (beginning in 1940) assigns each student to a Cardinal or Black club; athletic, academic, and games events throughout the year accrue points for the annual award of a Cardinal/Black Cup. Students are also encouraged to participate in non-organized athletic activity: skiing, hiking, swimming.

Notable alumni[edit]

A number of notable people attended South Kent but did not graduate: among them Nik Stauskas and Dion Waiters.[25]

Accreditation and association memberships[edit]

South Kent School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges[26] and has held membership in District III of the Cum Laude Society for more than eighty years.

South Kent competes athletically as a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council and the Hudson Valley Athletic League, and adheres to all league guidelines. Students have the opportunity to participate in post-season tournaments and compete for league and New England titles

The school also maintains membership in [27] the National Association of Independent Schools,[28] the National Association of Episcopal Schools,[29] the Secondary School Admission Test Board, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, the International Coalition of Boys Schools and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.[30]

Publications[edit]

  • The Pigtail: a student publication issued three-five times per year. The name of the paper is a reference to the nickname of the hamlet of South Kent as "Pigtail Corners" or simply "Pigtail".[31] A slogan at the school for many years was "Pigtail Against the World".
  • The Hillside: the South Kent School alumni magazine published twice annually.
  • Cardinal News Network: a student produced online publication which is updated on a continual basis. Cardinal News Network features the videos and stories created by students in the Digital Communications classes.[32]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://southkentschool.org/about/fast-facts-about-sks
  2. ^ https://cis.neasc.org/cis-directory-of-schools/south-kent-school
  3. ^ http://www.thebestschools.org/features/best-boarding-schools-in-us/
  4. ^ https://www.niche.com/k12/rankings/private-high-schools/best-overall/s/connecticut/
  5. ^ http://www.privateschoolsearch.com/pss/South-Kent-School/view/School.do?id=273
  6. ^ https://www.boardingschoolreview.com/south-kent-school-profile
  7. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hoop-dreams-at-south-kent/
  8. ^ http://www.espn.com/blog/high-school/boys-soccer/post/_/id/1451/south-kent-tops-prep-school-rankings
  9. ^ http://kenthistoricalsociety.org/history/rufus-fuller-south-kent-ore-bed/
  10. ^ http://kenthistoricalsociety.org/history/growth-of-kent-from-1756-to-1950/
  11. ^ http://southkentschool.org/academics/faculty-profiles/andrew-j-vadnais
  12. ^ http://southkentschool.org/about/fast-facts-about-sks
  13. ^ http://lpcstudyusa.com/files/Download/SOUTH%20KENT%20SCHOOL%20CT.pdf
  14. ^ http://supa.syr.edu
  15. ^ http://southkentschool.org/sites/default/files/files/16-17-sks-profile.pdf
  16. ^ http://southkentschool.org/center-innovation/educational-programming
  17. ^ http://www.designthinkinginschools.com/directory/south-kent-school-center-for-innovation
  18. ^ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110926005873/en/South-Kent-School-Launches-Innovative-Technology-Platform#.VL7D6fnF_cU
  19. ^ http://www.bullsbridgegolfclub.com Bulls Bridge Golf Club
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=oldmankew&id=I8856
  22. ^ "Current Portland Trail Blazers roster". 
  23. ^ [2]
  24. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/polcartoon-169
  25. ^ https://www.theplayerstribune.com/dion-waiters-miami-heat-nba-is-lucky/
  26. ^ https://cis.neasc.org/cis-directory-of-schools
  27. ^ http://www.cumlaudesociety.org/pdf/2014-member-schools.pdf
  28. ^ http://www.nais.org/Users/Pages/SchoolDetails.aspx?accountid={CF434162-32F9-E111-8924-00505683000D}
  29. ^ http://www.episcopalschools.org/
  30. ^ http://www.nacacnet.org/learning/communities/MemberDirectory/Pages/OrganizationSearchResults.aspx?SearchType=Organization&FilterBy=ALL&FirstName=&LastName=&Company=south+kent+school&City=&State=CT&PostalCode=&Country=&MemberCategory=High+School%2fSecondary&Industry=Private&YearCollege=&Region=&
  31. ^ *History of Kent, CT, Francis Atwater, 1897
  32. ^ Cardinal News Network

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