South kent school

South Kent School
South Kent, CT, U.S.
Type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Episcopalian
Established 1923
Head of School Mr. Andrew J. Vadnais
Enrollment 160 total
90% boarding
Average class size 12 students
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Color(s) Red and Black
Athletics 8 Interscholastic Sports
Mascot Cardinal

South Kent School is a private boarding school for boys in South Kent, Connecticut, United States. The school is located on a 500-acre (2.0 km2) campus in the hills of Litchfield County. It was founded in 1923 as a joint venture between Reverend Frederick Herbert Sill, headmaster of Kent School, and two of his recent graduates, Samuel Slater Bartlett and Richard M. Cuyler. The current head of school is Mr. Andrew J. Vadnais, a Williams College graduate.

Enrollment at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year was 178 young men from around the world. About 50% of the students are from outside the United States, including Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Italy, Montenegro, Nigeria, Senegal, Serbia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Ukraine.


45 courses are offered in 2 primary divisions, Math/Science and Humanities. The school year is divided into three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Students normally enroll in five major academic courses each term. Accelerated courses, including advanced placement, are offered in several. To graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 18 credits, which include:

  • 4 years of English;
  • 3 years of mathematics;
  • 2 years of a foreign language;
  • 2 years of science, one of which has laboratory;
  • 2 years of history, one of which is United States History;
  • 1 year of art, and;
  • 4 electives.

Student Learning Services

Student Learning Services is a support program for students who require extra help with their college-bound curriculum. It focuses on the individual’s learning style and works towards developing a boy’s further awareness and understanding of his learning process.

English as a Second Language

ESL is a program for international students to improve and/or reinforce skills in written and oral English. The focus is on structure, comprehension and conversation.


Athletics facilities available to students include the Richard M. Cuyler ice rink, the Joseph J. Brown gymnasium,Alumni Boathouse on Hatch Pond for rowing, the Anne H. Funnell cross-country trail, hardcourt and clay tennis courts, a weight-training facility,a indoor rowing (erg) room, numerous athletics fields, and the adjacent Tom Fazio-designed Bulls Bridge Golf Club.[1]

Notable alumni


  • The Pigtail: a student publication issued three-five times per year. The name of the paper is a reference to the nickname of the hamlet of South Kent as "Pigtail Corners" or simply "Pigtail".[3] A slogan at the school for many years was "Pigtail Against the World".
  • The Hillside: the SKS alumni magazine published twice annually.
  • Cardinal News Network: a student produced online publication which is updated on a continual basis. Cardinal News Network features the videos and stories created by students in the Digital Communications classes.[4]

South Kent in the news

  • Wall Street Journal
  • USA Today
  • County Times
  • School CIO
  • ESPN
  • Columbia Sports Journalism[4]


  • History of Kent, CT, Francis Atwater, 1897
  • History of SKS, South Kent School official site


External links

  • South Kent School official site
  • Academics at South Kent School
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Western New England Prep School Soccer Association
  • New England Interscholastic Rowing Association

Coordinates: 41°40′35″N 73°28′45″W / 41.6765°N 73.4792°W / 41.6765; -73.4792

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