Facts & Stats
The best thing about Kents Hill School is the atmosphere that surrounds you. Every teacher, student, coach, faculty and staff member wants to help you as an individual. If you are down one day, someone helps you back up. The smile on one person's face spreads instantly to another’s face. We are all one community, and anyone would do anything for someone else. Kents Hill makes everyone feel at home in the classroom, in the dining hall, and on the athletic fields.
Kents Hill School Is
- An independent, coeducational, college preparatory, boarding and day school
- Grades 9-12, plus a postgraduate year option
- 250 students strong, from 50+ Maine communities, 18 states and 17 countries
- Class sizes of 6-16; the average class size is 11
- Low student to faculty ratio of 6:1
- Recent recipient of Siemens Foundation Award for achievement in science and mathematics Advanced Placement programs (one of 12 schools in the nation)
- Recent 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, NACAC, NEACAC, CASE, ISANNE and MAIS. Kents Hill completed its 10-year reaccreditation process with NEASC in 2008.
- On a 400-acre campus one hour north of Portland, Maine, with views of Sugarloaf and Mount Washington
- Near Colby, Bates and Bowdoin colleges
- Near two major skiing/snowboarding resorts: Sugarloaf USA and Sunday River
- Close to four international airports: Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts (BOS); Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT); Portland Jetport, Portland, Maine (PWM); and Bangor International Airport, Bangor, Maine (BGR)
Students Benefit From
- Excellent college preparatory academic program, with regular and honors classes in all disciplines, and foundation courses in Spanish and math
- 13 Advanced Placement courses (including studio art, computer science and environmental science)
- Unique Environmental Studies program
- Strong visual and performing arts programs, with the new Performing Arts Center in Newton Hall, renovated Bass Arts Center and the Williams Woodworking Studio
- Comprehensive ESL and International programs
- Excellent Learning Skills program for students with mild to moderate learning differences
- Exchange programs with schools in England, France, and South Africa
- 96 percent matriculation rate to four-year colleges in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world. Three percent take gap years or play juniors ice hockey; one percent attend two-year colleges.
- 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), competitive snowboarding (B&G), lacrosse (B&G), baseball (B), softball (G) and tennis (B&G)
- O'Connor Alpine Training Center on campus (snow-making and grooming, snowboarding facilities, Slalom, GS and Super G training slope)
- Alfond Athletics Center, featuring an NHL-size hockey rink, basketball court, fitness center and spacious locker rooms
- Excellent athletic fields and tennis courts (indoor and outdoor) including the Harold Alfond Turf Fields, the largest turf field complex in New England.
- 5 miles of wooded trails for cross-country running, hiking, skiing and mountain-biking
Residential life is at the core of the Kents Hill Community. At Kents Hill students find a safe, vibrant place in which they can call their home during the school year. Students at Kents Hill form lifelong friendships with their peers and each student feels valued and known by the faculty on campus. The relationships that are formed on campus are what truly makes the Kents Hill Experience a great one.
All students, boarding and day, belong to one of five residence halls, where students have a variety of choices among singles, doubles and suite style rooms. At least two faculty families reside in each residence hall, and faculty supervise residence halls each night and every weekend. Many faculty also live with their spouses, children and pets in the residence halls which promotes a feeling of community for our students. Regular residence hall meetings occur on a bi-weekly basis and provide students with a forum to discuss residential life topics, residence hall policies and day to day living issues with faculty and student leaders.
Every weekday, the Bookstore is open, providing a variety of school, grocery and personal items for sale. Laundry services are available through an off-campus service with pick-up/delivery to each residence hall; laundry facilities are also available in each residence hall. Meals are provided on campus by SAGE Dining Services, who make every effort to provide innovative menus and a variety of offerings which are sensitive to cultural and medical issues.
The school also helps students connect with various local faith communities for special holidays and family weekends. The chaplain and other faculty assist students who take initiative to form campus faith groups. Students are always welcome for worship and community events at Readfield United Methodist Church, a short walk from campus and the home church of Kents Hill's chaplain, Rev. Desi Larson. Rev. Larson is also available for spiritual counseling.
Committed to a strong set of core values, Kents Hill students learn to be leaders in their community and their environment, in a family atmosphere where each student is encouraged to reach his or her potential.