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Student Experience

4D Academic Curriculum

Signature Programs

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  • DIRIGO Leadership Development Program

    DIRIGO (“I Lead”) helps young people reach their full potential through intentional and developmentally-appropriate programming. It spans a student’s entire experience at Kents Hill School and serves as the central character component of the 4D Academic Curriculum. All programs take advantage of our newly created “H-Block,” a dedicated time during the weekly academic schedule for special projects and initiatives.
  • Advisory

    Our advisory 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.

    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.
  • Learning Skills Program

    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 modern facility that offers innovative spaces designed for one-on-one work, independent study, group projects, and hands-on, active learning.
  • Academic Gap Year

    An Academic Gap Year at Kents Hill School is the ideal way to sharpen knowledge, nurture personal growth, and evaluate personal and professional goals before college. An individualized program and faculty mentor tackle what students need in order to be successful while rallying around what they love including art, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
  • English Language Services

    Our English Language Services (ELS) program provides targeted language- and skills-based support for students whose first language is not English. 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 transitional support program.

Balanced, Purposeful, Impactful

Kents Hill School's innovative Four-Dimensional (4D) Academic Curriculum in partnership with the Center for Curriculum Redesign places equal importance on knowledge, skills, character, and reflection. 

For instance, our sophomore English students will read “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” by Ishmael Beah while exploring the historical significance of the civil war in Sierra Leone, discovering individuals who have displayed profound resilience in the face of seemingly impossible situations, and reflecting on how the story relates to their own journeys through free writing and discussion. Resulting is a student experience that is balanced, purposeful, and impactful
Our over 100 courses allow students to explore ideas and topics that they are passionate about while developing the core skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. With the introduction of the Academic Transformation Team in Spring 2018, we are taking steps to ensure that Kents Hill is on the leading edge of student-centered learning and teaching while honoring the values that have made us strong for nearly 200 years. 

For our most motivated students, we’ve partnered with the University of Maine at Farmington to offer Early College courses. Students will work with Kents Hill School teachers in-person and on-campus during the academic day with the ability to earn transferable college credits in physics, chemistry, writing, and music theory. We also offer a number of collaborative, project-based learning courses where students may find themselves working on novel research with students from Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby College.
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Since 1824, Kents Hill School has been dedicated to providing transformative experiences rooted in the power of community, character, and core values.