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KDS Middle School students help out at our Tiny Farm

Social Responsibility & ImpactGet involved. Make a difference in your community and around the world. Kent Denver has long supported service as a bedrock of student emotional and academic growth.

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Our Goals

The KDS Community Service and Service Learning Programs guide students in:

Developing awareness of and taking responsibility for their social, physical and natural environments through independent and collaborative work for the benefit of others, our communities and the environment.

Understanding the local, national and international impacts of their decisions, actions and footprint.

Advocating and acting to bring about positive change.


KDS Upper School student dances with a senior in a wheelchair at a nursing home

Upper School Community Service

Kent Denver Upper School students independently participate in a wide variety of community service opportunities with non-profit organizations as part of their graduation requirement.

A minimum of 80 hours—including at least 40 hours with a single primary organization—must be successfully completed during a student’s high school career, as part of the graduation requirement. Students must complete at least 10 hours each year during the 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

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Middle School Service Learning

Throughout the school year, each Middle School grade level focuses on a specific theme tied to service learning. Woven into the academic curriculum, students learn to build empathy and collective voice, apply learning and innovation and lead their peers to act, reflect and measure positive impact in local, national or international communities. 

The Middle School experience includes two Service Learning workshops each year where students are expected to engage in grade-specific experiential learning and objective setting, as well as division-wide reflection and leadership activities. 

Service Spotlight

At Kent Denver, we recognize the importance of students giving back in ways that extend beyond school and into the greater community. Every few months, we highlight Upper School students who provide exemplary service in Colorado and beyond in our Service Spotlight.

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Kent Denver is serious about diversity, equity & inclusion.

Our Commitment 

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See how our students practice sustainability and conservation.

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Learn more about our environmental efforts.

Sustainability at KDS

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