Kent Denver School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school with 655 students in grades 6 through 12. Located on 200 acres of open space just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, Kent Denver offers a rigorous academic curriculum complemented by competitive athletics, creative performing and visual arts, and a wide range of nationally recognized extracurricular activities. The educational environment teaches students to think and solve problems, to write and speak effectively, to work cooperatively, and to gain a broad view of the world. Kent Denver School is governed by a board of trustees as a nonprofit institution without religious affiliation.
“Excellence in scholarship and character,” the vision statement of Kent Denver, best describes its educational philosophy. A challenging academic program is at the heart of the school. Kent Denver strives to strike a balance between teaching fundamental literacies and encouraging students to pursue their individual interests, talents, and abilities; between teaching skills and teaching material; between instilling habits of rigor and discipline, and inspiring whimsy and creativity.
Kent Denver is a private school that is committed to serving the public good. Collectively, students at Kent Denver perform more than 15,000 hours of community service each year. In addition, the school hosts Summerbridge at Kent Denver, whose mission is to increase educational opportunities for underserved, motivated middle school students in targeted Denver Public Schools and to train high school and college-age students to enter careers in education.
Kent Denver was created through the merger of The Kent School for Girls, founded in 1922, and Denver Country Day School for boys, founded in 1953. What emerged in the mid-1970s was a new school that embraced the best of its predecessors as it forged a new and unique identity. The foundation of a Kent Denver education — quality teaching, high expectations, and character development — remains the same. Our goal is to help each student value intellectual curiosity, learning, and collaboration as integral to a healthy, productive life. Through rigorous academics, athletics, extracurricular offerings, and a consistent focus on character development, Kent Denver School fully prepares its students for the opportunities and challenges that lie beyond its campus.
Talented, motivated students at Kent Denver are challenged to pursue advanced studies in academic and creative expression. Special one-on-one learning opportunities with faculty members, performances, study with professionals outside the school, independent study, and other activities enhance and expand individual learning and development. The outcomes of this focus are demonstrated in the number and range of awards earned by our students, in addition to their exemplary performance on national examinations. Kent Denver students thrive in the most competitive colleges and universities throughout the nation.