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Upper SchoolExperience an extraordinary education. Both inside and outside of the classroom, students in the Upper School are challenged, encouraged and equipped to excel at Kent Denver and beyond.

In our classrooms, every student has a voice and is active. Students are not told what to think; they are given the opportunity to think, explore, consider, interact and conclude. Yes, they master the content essential to moving educationally forward, but they also develop problem-solving confidence, skills and wisdom that will help set them up for life.

A Day in the Life

Every day at Kent Denver is full of adventure, discovery, growth, creativity and fun! Get a feel for what a day in the Upper School is like with our interactive schedule. Below is an example of a Monday A Day schedule for an Upper School student. To explore a full week, please view our Upper School schedule.

  • 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.

Period 0: Math

  • 9:35 a.m.
9:35 a.m.

Assembly

Meet in Anschutz Family Theatre for announcements and programs for all Upper School students.

  • 10:05 a.m.
10:05 a.m.

Period 1: Free Period

Each Upper School student has an individual free period included in their seven-day rotating schedule.

  • 11:10 a.m.
11:10 a.m.

Period 3: Contemporary Music

Two years of Visual and Performing Arts credit are required for graduation. Upper School students can choose from a variety of art, music and theatre classes.

Discover the Arts at Kent Denver

  • 12:15 p.m.
12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Office Hours

With a 45-minute block of time, students can meet with teachers during their rotating office hours and enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal in our world-class dining hall.

See What's on the Menu

  • 1:05 p.m.
1:05 p.m.

Period 4: Science

  • 2:10 p.m.
2:10 p.m.

Signature Programs and Office Hours

Kent Denver's Signature Programs give students the opportunity to pursue their interests outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Find Your Passion

  • 2:35 p.m.
2:35 p.m.

Period 5: English

  • 4 p.m.
4 p.m.

Sports Practice

In grades 9 and 10, students are required to participate in two seasons of a sport or one season of a sport and one season of an athletic performance activity. In grades 11 and 12, students must participate in one season of a sport or two seasons of an athletic performance activity.

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Graduation Requirements

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Academic 

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Additional Requirements

Find Your Passion

The student experience in Kent Denver's Upper School is elevated by our Signature Programs. These world-class offerings give students the opportunity to pursue their interests outside of the classroom. From global competitions and travel to personal development—our Signature Programs help fuel student passion.

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Uniquely Kent Denver

From our student-run bank to professional music recording opportunities, these are programs at the heart of the Kent Denver experience. 

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Academic Competition

Students can design robots, solve problems, discuss geopolitics, debate the issues, go head-to-head in a courtroom, compete in math tournaments and so much more.

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Student Voice

Aspiring journalists, sports broadcasters and magazine editors can develop skills and share their passions through a variety of student-run media.

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Global Travel

Students can experience the world through extraordinary travel, language immersion and service opportunities.

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Environment

Through the Tiny Farm and our beautiful 200-acre campus, students practice sustainability and conservation efforts right here at Kent Denver.

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Voices.

Why attend Kent Denver? Let some of our Upper School students explain what they love about our campus, teachers and extracurriculars.

Lucas Z. '24

Student

Lucas Z. - Class of 2024

Juliet M. '24

Student

Juliet M. - Class of 2024

Liam G. '27

Student

Tselot H. '25

Student

Tselot H. - Class of 2025

Tselot H. - Class of 2025

Caleb F. '26

Student-Athlete

Caleb F. - Class of 2026

Caleb F. - Class of 2026

Meet Your Upper School Support Team

We expect our Upper School students to seek and embrace challenges, and we are there to support them every step of the way. Browse the friendly faces below to see who works alongside our students throughout their four years in the Upper School.

More About Kent Denver

Explore Kent Denver’s numerous clubs, electives and activities.

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Say hello to Bilbo, an important member of our Wellness team.

Student Wellness

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Preparing our students for the next step.

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