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See Yourself HereExplore our campus. Be immersed in student life. See everything we have to offer. Picture yourself here at Kent Denver. 

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Kent Denver believes that students learn and grow when they are given the freedom, time and opportunity to explore, create, compete and have fun—both inside and outside of class. We support students’ minds, bodies and spirits through our engaging clubs and electives, as well as our robust wellness, academics and college counseling support.

The Kent Denver community is great! If you come here, you’ll make a lot of friends and have so much fun. You’ll love the teachers and the education here—and the view of the mountains! Evan D.Class of 2029

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A Day in the Life

Every day at Kent Denver is full of learning, growth, creativity, exploration and fun! Get a taste of life on campus through our weekly Viewpoints photo gallery, and explore what a student’s day at Kent Denver looks like with our interactive schedule below.

We operate on a rotating seven-day schedule (Days A-G) with five periods a day. Each period meets five times during the seven-day cycle. Students in the Middle School will take six classes with additional time built in for advisory, electives, community time, recess and seminars. Upper School students will also take six classes, and each student will have an additional individual free period.

Explore our course offerings

The Week of May 30, 2024

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photos by Laurie Chandler

Photos by Laurie Chandler

Photo by Laurie Chandler

Photo by Laurie Chandler

Photos by Laurie Chandler

Photo by Wes Ballantyne

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo by Lisa Mortell

Photo Courtesy of Jon Fortmiller

Photos Courtesy of Jon Fortmiller

Photo Courtesy of Jon Fortmiller

Photo Courtesy of Jon Fortmiller

Photo Courtesy of Jon Fortmiller

Photo Courtesy of Jon Fortmiller

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Carol MacKay Photography

Photo by Carol MacKay Photography

Photo by Carol MacKay Photography

Photo by Carol MacKay Photography

Photo by Carol MacKay

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Carol MacKay Photography

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Carol MacKay Photography

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Photo by Jenna Hehemann

Kent Denver is a great place to be. It’s helped me foster a bunch of different interests. Everyone can try everything, which is nice. It allows you to really figure out what you like so you can learn your true personality. Lucas Z.Class of 2024

Our Traditions

The Kent Denver experience isn't complete without our beloved traditions. Your journey as a Sun Devil is marked by these pivotal moments—opportunities to bond as a community, cheer each other on, serve others and celebrate your growth.

KDS Students Dressed as Oompa Loompas for the Opening Day theme Going for Gold
Opening Day

The best way to start the school year! On the first day of classes, our seniors line the school drive to welcome everyone to campus—complete with costumes matching the school year theme.

Experience Opening Day

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Senior Parking Spot Painting

Students entering their senior year get to show off their creativity by painting their parking spot in the senior parking lot.

Seniors white water rafting on their fall retreat
Fall Retreats

At the beginning of each school year, before classes are officially underway, students spend a few days bonding with their classmates during grade-level retreats.

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Homecoming and Spirit Week

The perfect week-long celebration for students and alumni to show their Sun Devil spirit! Student leaders choose costume themes for each day of Spirit Week, culminating in a weekend of Homecoming festivities, varsity soccer and football games and the Sun Devil Dash.

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Serving Thanksgiving Meals

For the past 30+ years, sixth-graders have made dozens of pies, and KDS families donate cooked turkeys in the week leading up to Thanksgiving. Coaches and players from Kent Denver’s basketball program then serve the food during Capitol Hill Community Services’ Thanksgiving meal in downtown Denver.

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College Care Packages

To show our most recent graduates that we’re still thinking of them, KDS sends each college freshman a care package—filled with freshly-baked cookies, tea, mints and personalized notes of encouragement signed by current students, teachers, coaches and administrators—ahead of their first round of finals. Former head football coach Scott Yates started this tradition more than 30 years ago.

KDS students, staff and families marching in the Denver Marade and holding a navy banner that says Kent Denver School
Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly and Marade

Each January, Kent Denver students, faculty, alumni, families and friends come together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and march in Denver's Marade.

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Ethics Day

Every spring, our students are encouraged to grapple with how their personal decisions can impact the broader community during seminars and an assembly featuring our Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Explore Ethics Day

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Continuation and Commencement

At the completion of each school year, Kent Denver celebrates Continuation for our eighth-graders and Commencement for our graduating senior class.

More About Kent Denver

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

Learn More

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See what's cookin' in our world-class dining hall.

Today's Menu

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

Student Wellness

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