Kent Denver is fully accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. Read more here about why accreditation matters.
Excellence in Scholarship and Character
Kent Denver School provides an education exemplified by “excellence in scholarship and character” and powered by innovative educators and students.
Our curriculum offers more than 140 classes taught by exceptional faculty: 69% of our teachers have advanced degrees and several have been awarded Ph.D.s.—the highest level of academic achievement—in their chosen discipline.
A Rich History of Student-Centric Service
Kent Denver continues the proud traditions of the Kent School for Girls—founded in 1922—and the Denver Country Day School, a school for boys founded in 1953.
Kent School for Girls was founded by three determined and talented educators—Mary Kent Wallace, Mary Louise Rathvon and Mary Austin Bogue—to “further the development of character, the ultimate purpose of a true education.” The first campus was located on Sherman Street and the second on South University Boulevard.
Andrews D. Black and Tom Chaffee purchased the Brown Homestead at University and Dartmouth to house the Denver Country Day School, which fulfilled “the task of leadership in a world where mediocrity seems too often to be the accepted standard in scholarship, in cultural attainments, and in sportsmanship.”
With both schools outgrowing their respective facilities in south Denver, they jointly purchased a sizable portion of the Blackmer Farm in Cherry Hills Village in 1964. Following several years of sharing their new campus, the schools united in 1974 to form Kent Denver School.
Kent Denver is a non-profit, private, independent school governed by a 30-member Board of Trustees.
The 25 elected Trustees employ our Head of School, generate funding to support our school programs and possess final authority for Kent Denver School’s operation and the stewardship of our capital assets. The full, 30-person Board includes five non-voting, ex officio Trustees: the Head of School, the president of the Kent Denver Parents' Association, the president of the Kent Denver Alumni Board, the faculty representative, and the student representative.
Individual Board members and the Board of Trustees in its entirety follow the National Association of Independent Schools’ principles of good practice. They act in good faith to ensure Kent Denver School to thrive.