Our strong sense of community and unwavering belief in potential are integral parts of our institution, which has been preparing students for college since 1824. Here, our students are embraced as individuals, and our faculty is committed to helping each student grow in the ways that are most important to them.
At Kents Hill School, students are supported in pursuing the subjects and activities they love, while also encouraged to try new things. They will find themselves challenged and supported in a place where living and learning go hand in hand. They will become part of a family that celebrates the accomplishments of each individual and the time-honored values of leadership and compassion.
The best way to see what makes Kents Hill School such a special place is to visit campus. We offer daily tours, interviews, and information sessions throughout the summer and academic year. Please contact our Admissions Office to set up a personal tour and interview at 207-685-1606 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and review our Steps to Apply for a full overview of the admissions process.
We look forward to hearing from you, and are so excited to welcome you to the Kents Hill School community.
The advising program is about making connections that last a lifetime. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of the school year who is dedicated to providing support and guidance, both in formal gatherings and impromptu meetings. Whether a student is seeking advice on academics, athletics, social issues, or simply needs to know that someone is rooting for them, advisors are there to mentor, guide, and provide support on a wide variety of issues.
Advisors meet individually with students during a period built into the daily schedule and share weekly lunches and/or dinners with their groups, ensuring that students are both recognized as individuals and connected to a larger group. Advisors are also the main point of contact between Kents Hill School and parents, ensuring that families are involved, informed, and engaged no matter where they are in the world.
We believe that goals for each student are multifaceted and evolve throughout their Kents Hill School experience. Through a focus on social-emotional learning and growth, students grow by encountering challenges and developing the character, skills, and knowledge to overcome them. Whether it's leading a team to the championship game, getting to where you need to be on time, managing a full academic schedule, or tackling a tricky social situation, students know that they have a team behind them that believes in their individual potential. We accomplish this through ...
Two full-time counselors to support all members of our community
Structured advising and mentorship program
Health and wellness programming for each grade level
Dorm-specific events, conversations, and programming
Relationships with local doctors, specialists, and hospitals
Dedicated campus doctor for illness and injury
Proactive, professionally staffed Health Center with two full-time nurses
15 minutes from MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, Maine
One hour from Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine
We believe in growth and potential in all aspects of a student's experience. At regular intervals throughout the year called “academic update” periods, faculty advisors engage students in conversations regarding academic progression, effort and growth, teacher feedback, and areas of focus. An additional tool to frame conversations may include “concern reports,” in which a teacher provides a deeper dive into student progression and plan for support.
Students who would benefit from additional support attend a study session during a regular period in the academic day. During this time, students work one-on-one and in small groups with Learning Skills Program teachers who specialize in academic coaching, focused support, and study skills.
This support is coupled with evening study hall, which runs from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Students study in their dorms or at the library, and are encouraged to attend a number of workshops (start smart seminar, writing lab, math and science lab, and more) that are offered nightly.
Utilizing the Landmark College academic coaching model, dedicated Learning Skills Program teachers provide students with transformative academic and emotional support focused on self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-determination. The Learning Skills Program is located in the Akin Learning Center, a new facility that offers innovative spaces designed for one-on-one work, independent study, group projects, and hands-on, active learning.
A postgraduate year for high school graduates provides students with the opportunity to grow before college and university. The program centers around an immersive leadership seminar and real-world internship program, which is further enriched by the opportunity to improve grades and test scores, take college preparatory classes, mature as scholar-athletes, and develop formative relationships with faculty mentors.
The English Language Services (ELS) program provides targeted language- and skills-based support. Students strengthen their language abilities through an introduction to academic content and fortify their skills as they enter mainstream classes. The program is divided into two tracks: a first year program that builds language skills and a second and third year support program. Ideal ELS participants are international students who have earned TOEFL exam scores between 40 and 80 or whose teachers recommend additional support.