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Welcome to Kents Hill Today! This blog is focused on highlighting all the happenings at Kents Hill. Here you will find pieces written by our students (through one of our 30+ clubs!), campus thought leaders, and even some resources for celebratory months and days. We hope you enjoy!

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Kents Hill Favorites
  • Food
  • Fun
  • Local Picks
  • Things to Do

As we move into one of the most beloved seasons in Vacationland (summer), we wanted to take a moment to share some of our favorite places with you. Whether you are just discovering Kents Hill and the wonders of Maine or if you are a long-term community member, we invite you to find a new favorite place for a bite to eat, be reminded of that family trip you wanted to take, or just learn something from our team. After all, shouldn’t everyone want to keep learning? We think so!

  • Resources & Trends
Read More about Kents Hill Favorites for You to Try
Athletics and Activism
  • Character
  • Core Values
  • Female Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Life Lessons

Ask any athlete and they will be able to tell you, maybe even show you, their favorite t-shirt.

It might be the one they wore when they played their very best and now wear it for every game looking for the same results. It may be a souvenir from a big tournament. It could be a shirt handed down from a beloved teammate when they graduated or a sibling after their playing days had ended. We all have one or maybe two. I have two, one from the first time I played in the NCAA tournament and one from the last time. I am not sure why I hold onto them after 27 years, but I do.

  • Leadership Insights
Read More about More Than a T-Shirt: Athletics and Activism
Jeff and Janet Honorary Degrees from Kents Hill School
  • Class of 2021
  • Commencement
  • Community
  • News

The in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 was a moment of catharsis and celebration for our entire community. After 15 months of COVID-19 policies which tested each of us in ways we have never been before, we were able to gather, give hugs, and see smiles. Tears were shed and joy was felt. We are not ready to stop celebrating, so for those who would like to continue alongside us, here are some of the top moments from the Commencement.

  • News from The Hill
Read More about Top Moments from Kents Hill School’s 197th Commencement Ceremony
Celebration of Sports at Kents Hill School
  • Athletics
  • Leadership
  • Student Experience
  • Student Leadership
  • Student Life

During a typical school year and at the end of each athletic season, we would hold what we call a sports award ceremony. This year because of COVID-19 we were unable to hold each season’s sports awards at their customary time. Luckily, even if it was later in the year, we were finally able to have our Celebration of Sports. Our Celebration of Sports included awards, college signings, and of course, speeches given by Kents Hill School student-athletes. Included below are two written speeches by Kellie S. ’21 and Immanuel R. ’21, both whom are graduating and continuing athletics in college. We wanted to share their speeches as they were a perfect reflection of sports this year on The Hill. 

  • The Student Perspective
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Siblings at Kents Hill School
  • Boarding School
  • Community
  • Home Away from Home
  • Student Success

A lot of students and alumni would say that they have found their home away from home at Kents Hill School. It’s true, the sense of community and family is unmatched, and that stands to reason as many actual siblings attend the school together! As we write this, three students from the same family are current Kents Hill students, two of which will graduate on June 5 and the third of which is a member of the Class of 2023. We are, of course, talking about the fabulous Feeneys! 

  • Life at Kents Hill
Read More about The Fabulous Feeneys: A Sibling Story from Kents Hill School
$202K Raised for the Kents Hill Fund on Giving Day 2021
  • Advancement
  • Altruism
  • Community
  • Community Engagement
  • Core Values
  • Giving Back
  • Giving Day
  • News

As Kents Hill School’s Giving Day 2021 has now come to a close, we are proud to officially announce that our community came together and not only reached, but crushed our participation goal for the number of donors. Our target was 250, and by the end of Giving Day, we had 324 generous donors collectively contribute $202,677 to the Kents Hill Fund.

  • News from The Hill
Read More about We Did It (Well, YOU Did!): $202K Raised for the Kents Hill Fund
Kents Hill School's Debate and Diplomacy Club Shines at the Maine Model UN Conference
  • 4D Academic Curriculum
  • News
  • Real-World Education

What would foreign policy be without the introduction of a bit of chaos? Unrealistic, that’s what! The Kents Hill School Debate and Diplomacy Club competed virtually in the Maine Model UN Conference last Thursday and Friday and they certainly found that to be true!  

  • News from The Hill
Read More about Kents Hill School's Debate and Diplomacy Club Showcases Flexibility
The Project Hilltop Executive Report and Stakeholder Conference at Kents Hill School
  • 4D Academic Curriculum
  • Community
  • Core Values
  • Entrepreneurship
  • News
  • Project-based learning
  • Real-World Education
  • Student Outcomes

Like so many incredible things in life, this story begins with a large-scale dirty job to be done. Last February a joint effort was made by Dr. Wilson Onu’s Entrepreneurship class and Andrew Deaett’s Sustainability class to inventory and categorize the types of waste being generated at Kents Hill School.

  • News from The Hill
Read More about Building a Sustainable Future Starts with Real and Relevant Academics
A Postgraduate Year at Kents Hill School
  • Admissions
  • Boarding School
  • Community
  • Postgraduate Program
  • Postgraduate Year
  • Student Success

We want to start this piece by saying, we know that a Postgraduate Year isn’t the right choice for everyone and we wouldn’t dream of trying to push students into one. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated a specific sector of student lives—the seniors. 

  • Life at Kents Hill
Read More about Is the Right Time for a Postgraduate Year...Now?
Why Denomination Doesn’t Matter - Kents Hill's Giving Day is Coming Up on May 18, 2021
  • Advancement
  • Community
  • Giving Back
  • Giving Day
  • News

In so many ways Kents Hill School is thankful. Thankful for our students and families. Thankful to our alumni. Thankful for our hardworking, caring faculty and staff. And also (with some noted overlap!) to the donors that help us continue to make education accessible to those who seek it. However, we want to make sure you understand the importance of every gift, no matter the size. 

  • News from The Hill
Read More about Why Denomination Doesn’t Matter
Janet Dunn Will Never Be Done with Kents Hill School (But, She IS Retiring)
  • Faculty
  • Milestones
  • Retirement

It’s hard to walk across the Kents Hill School campus or speak with one of our faculty, staff, or student community members without hearing the last name Dunn. It stands to reason as The Dunns (Janet and George) have been an integral part of our on-campus community for longer than most! This year, after a 42-year career, Janet Dunn will be setting sail for her heartily deserved retirement. 

  • Life at Kents Hill
Read More about Janet Dunn Will Never Be Done with Kents Hill School (But, She IS Retiring)
Kents Hill Student Takes on College
  • Leadership
  • Student Experience
  • Student Leadership

At Kents Hill School our ultimate goal is to prepare students to take on the world, whenever they are ready. That could be at the end of one year, post-transfer, after a postgraduate experience where they had an internship they loved, or after a traditional, four-year high school journey. Kellie S. ’21 is one of our four-year seniors who, next fall, will be taking confident steps forward toward her future at Wilkes University. This is her unfiltered story about her first in-person visit to their campus.  

  • The Student Perspective
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