South Kent School prepares young men to succeed in college and thrive as thoughtful and engaged citizens in a rapidly changing and intensely competitive world.

Guided by our mission, South Kent School’s academic, athletic, and student life programming work together to develop thriving young men. Using our contemporary expertise in male adolescent education, we are constantly evolving and adapting to ensure we are providing students with the skills and developing the character they will need to succeed in college and the world beyond.

Our Students

In the classroom, in uniform, and in life, every SKS boy is provided the resources and encouragement he needs to live as a thriving young man.


Characteristics of a Thriving Young Man


Emotionally Intelligent

He is empathic, respectful, and compassionate.

Critical Thinker

He is curious, inquisitive, and an initiator.

Resilient & Agile

He is flexible, knows its okay to fail, will try again, and embraces challenge as an opportunity.

Spiritually Aware & Mindful

He has balance between mind, body, and spirit.


He is a communicator and community builder.

Learn more about the programming that helps our students thrive:
Academics   Athletics   Student Life

Our Foundations

Founded in 1923, SKS has three fundamental principles that were established by our first headmaster, Samuel S. Bartlett.

Simplicity of Life




Directness of Purpose

These principles, along with the lessons and traditions passed down by our earliest leaders, form the foundations of the School, and throughout the years as the school has changed and grown, have remained relevant and continue to serve as a guidepost for all we do.

"Experience here at South Kent has shown me that a boy will generally produce that which is expected of him. Expect him to be honest, fine and decent and nine times out of ten, HE WILL. "

- Samuel S. Bartlett, Founding Headmaster

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