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Why Kenston?

A Tradition of Excellence

Kenston Forest School has a longstanding tradition of producing well-prepared students ready to take on the challenges of adult life. Over the past 20 years, 90 to 100% of each graduating class has gone on to attend a four-year college or university. Additionally, some graduates have chosen to serve in the United States military or join family businesses, showcasing the diverse paths our students take.

Academic Rigor and Preparation

At Kenston Forest School, college preparation begins with our youngest students. Nationally normed testing starts in kindergarten and continues through the senior year of Upper School. Students in grades 8 through 11 take the PSAT, with results shared with both students and their parents. All seniors are encouraged to take the SAT, ACT, or both, ensuring they are well-prepared for the next stage of their academic journey.

Our Early Childhood and Lower School students benefit from comprehensive instruction using curriculums developed by KFS. These curriculums are designed to help students excel on nationally normed tests, with an eye toward Common Core standards.

Family Atmosphere and Christian Values

Kenston Forest School is unique in its family-oriented and Christian values in a rural section of Virginia. Our small class sizes and close-knit community foster a feeling of trust and unity among students and faculty. This sense of community is more than just a feeling; it is a reality proven time and again. Our school family has rallied around members in need and supported public-spirited projects, demonstrating the strength of our community bonds.

Commitment to Excellence

Our goal at Kenston Forest School is not only to create excellence but to live it. We invite you to join us on this part of your life’s journey and become a part of the Kenston Forest family.


From a KFS Alumnus (2019):

“Thank you so much for the KFS Alumni Scholarship. As Wellsley read her speech, I began to look back on those memories and I could not hold back the tears. I was honored not only for the award but for the thoughts expressed about my service to Kenston Forest. I plan on continuing my service to the second home in the future.”

From a Parent of a Recent KFS Graduate (KFS Student Since Lower School):

“Thank you all so much for the role that each of you played in my children’s education. Honestly, you know that private school tuition can be a burden for some of our families (mine included), but I always think of the words shared with me by our former librarian who encouraged me with this: ‘I’ve never regretted the sacrifices I had to make to send my child to KFS.’”

From a Parent of a Student (Transferred from Another School):

“There are three constants in life…change, choice, and principles. We made a change and today starts that choice as our son enters Kenston Forest School as an 8th grader. It is hard to describe the family atmosphere there, the feeling that every single child matters and is cherished, and that no child will get left behind. Very hard to describe it really. It’s just a feeling and it makes me happy for my son. Today and the coming weeks will be a challenge getting integrated but he has a lot of family and friends there to help. He is taking this head on with a great attitude and that in and of itself is half the battle sometimes.”

From a Parent of a KFS Graduate (Transferred from Another School During High School):

“The milestones that my daughter has achieved since coming to Kenston Forest have been unbelievable. The transition she made is massive. Before coming to KFS, she had no care or desire to accomplish any of her studies. There are several people here at KFS that have made a difference in my daughter’s attitude. Even though she has only been here a couple of years, you all have treated her like family from the very beginning. I am truly happy to say how proud I am that my daughter will forever be a part of the Kenston Forest ‘family.’”

From a KFS Alumnus (1990’s):

“I was absolutely blown away with the KFS transformation. It really feels like the leadership and vision is there to take the school to the next level. Great job!”


Kenston Forest School is more than just an educational institution; it is a community that supports and nurtures its members, ensuring every student is known, valued, and prepared for the future. Join us and become a part of our legacy of excellence.