KING'S DISTINCTIVE PERSONALIZED APPROACH TO TEACHING AND LEARNING
At King School, we know each student well, both as a person and as a learner. We believe knowing students well is crucial, because students who feel known and understood are more likely to engage fully and even joyfully in the challenges of learning with resilience and success. Our teachers know the power of using their students' interests, learning patterns, and personal goals as part of lesson planning and classroom activities in the context of a challenging academic experience.
Fundamental to this approach is our exceptional Faculty. The King Faculty are keenly committed to personalized teaching and learning, defined by:
- Teachers Focused on Students: Our teachers use student-centered approaches to teaching and learning, leveraging the latest research on best practices in education. Our dedicated team of Directors of Teaching and Learning in each division guide and support our Faculty.
- Teachers Always Learning: King’s on-going Professional Growth and Development (PG&D) furthers teachers’ own learning in the areas of both student development and content mastery. King makes among the highest investments in PG&D among our peer schools. 100% of teachers participate in at least two PG&D training sessions each year.
- Comprehensive Student Learning Profile System: King has developed a proprietary, internal system that highlights each student’s learning strengths, challenges, and goals. Teachers actively contribute to and utilize this database to support our students’ development over time as they move through our rich, rigorous academic program.
- Thoughtful Curriculum Design: A deep commitment to careful curriculum planning and design gives students ample opportunities to draw meaning from what they experience and demonstrate what they have learned.
- Flexible Curricular Opportunities: Curricular flexibility offers depth and breadth across a wide range of subjects. For example, in elementary school, students move among a range of learning groups according to their language and mathematical fluency. In Middle School, students who are passionate about computer science can complete a course of study that prepares them to take AP Programming by Grade 9; Middle School math scholars can take high school classes. In high school, students can choose among a range of accelerated courses, electives, and Diploma Distinctions, as well as independent tutorials and research-and-development classes.
A personalized approach to teaching and learning by an exceptional Faculty is the foundation for academic excellence at King, fully enabling our PreK - Grade 12 students to be self-advocates with the confidence, skills, and curiosity to thrive in a rapidly changing world.