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History Matters

Founded in 1824, Kents Hill School is one of the oldest co-educational independent schools in the United States. From its opening, when it was known as the Maine Wesleyan Seminary, the school admitted both boys and girls and set aside funds to enroll children from disadvantaged families. The Maine abolitionist movement had its start at the school, making the Seminary a center of ethical leadership in the state.

With its historic buildings and views of the mountains, our campus is a reflection of the spirit of Kents Hill, a school adopting innovations in the classroom and in campus life while honoring the guiding principles that have made us strong for close to two hundred years. Kents Hill’s history shaped the character of the school and continues to define it today. Our commitment to our core values makes Kents Hill a welcoming, exciting, and life-changing place where students learn and grow.

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  • Challenging Academics, Diverse Opportunities

    Over 100 courses in many different disciplines in a college preparatory program.

    AP and Honors courses in all departments.

    Average class size of 10; student-teacher ratio of 6:1.

    Over 50% of the faculty hold advanced degrees.

    Support for learning differences through the Learning Skills Program, with students enrolled in traditional college preparatory courses.

    Comprehensive English Language Learner (ELL) and International Student programs.
    Recipient of Siemens Foundation Award for achievement in science and mathematics AP programs.

    Faculty recipient of Harvard Singer Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching.

    Accredited by NEASC with memberships in the Cum Laude Society, the College Board, NAIS, NACAC, NEACAC, CASE, ISANNE, and MAIS.
  • Inspiring Landscape

    400-acre campus on a scenic hilltop with restored historic buildings.

    Ideally located within easy driving distance of Boston, Portland, and the Maine coast.

    One hour north of Portland, Maine, with sweeping views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Mount Washington.

    Outdoor classrooms for environmental study 

    Near Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin colleges.

    Close to four major international airports: Logan International Airport, Boston, MA (BOS); Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Manchester, NH (MHT); Portland International Jetport, Portland, ME (PWM); and Bangor International Airport, Bangor, ME (BGR).
  • A Global Community

    Student body of 225 representing over 34 Maine communities, 21 states, and 19 countries.

    75% boarding students; 25% day students.

    Five residential dormitories providing tailored student experience.

    Advising program pairs students with faculty members in small groups that meet weekly at a designated time in the schedule.

    Exchange programs in England, France, South Africa, and beyond. 
  • Team Spirit Rocks

    Outstanding athletic programs in football (B), soccer (B&G), field hockey (G), mountain biking (B&G), golf (B&G), cross country (B&G), ice hockey (B&G), fencing (B&G), basketball (B&G), alpine skiing (B&G), snowboarding (B&G), lacrosse (B&G), baseball (B), softball (G) and tennis (B&G).

    Joanne & Dick O'Connor Alpine Training Center provides snowmaking, grooming, snowboarding facilities, Slalom and GS training slope, and more.

    Alfond Athletics Center features an NHL-size hockey rink, basketball court, fitness center, and spacious locker rooms.

    Excellent athletic fields and tennis courts (indoor and outdoor) including the Ted Alfond and John Huard turf fields, the largest contiguous turf field complex in New England.

    Five miles of wooded trails for cross-country running, hiking, skiing and mountain biking.
Founded in 1824, Kents Hill School is a co-ed college preparatory boarding school for boys and girls grades 9-12 located in central Maine.