A Proud History: 100 Years of Excellence

Kent School for Girls was founded in 1922 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 in downtown Denver 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, they jointly purchased a sizable portion of the Blackmer Farm on Quincy Avenue in 1964. The schools merged in 1974 to form today's Kent Denver School.

In 2022, Kent Denver celebrated our Centennial. 


Fast Facts

200 acre Denver campus. 100K sf new learning spaces since 2017.

Exceptionally qualified teaching faculty, 86% of whom hold advanced degrees

8:1 student:faculty ratio ensures individualized attention & support

140+ courses offered on campus; 46 full credit, online courses; 26 AP courses; 37 Honors courses

70+ student-led clubs and electives plus robotics, model UN, Speech & debate
12-person wellness team includes counselors, learning specialist, and grade deans
$4.9 million+ in financial aid awarded annually to 23% of students
4 person college counseling team; 120+ annual college rep visits; 100% college acceptance rate


Our Mission, Vision and Community

Transforming lives of students and community through extraordinary educational experiences.
Excellence in scholarship and character is the goal of a Kent Denver education. We aim to create a diverse community of responsible citizens. To that end, our school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and sets high ethical standards.
Kent Denver fosters a culture where all differences and identities across gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and economic background are valued, celebrated and recognized as an essential quality of the education offered in our dynamic learning environment.



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.



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.

Current and Previous Trustees


Kent Denver's Strategic Vision

Explore Kent Denver's Strategic Vision, Building a Foundation for the Next Century, which was shared with our school community in September 2022. 

Arts & Academics, Wellness & Athletics, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Innovation, and Sustainability


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