New Family FAQ
Welcome to King! We hope you find our "New Family FAQ" helpful, whether you are a returning family, new family or a family interested in applying to King, If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact our admission department at email@example.com.
- Admission Entry Points
- School Hours
- Academic Calendar
- Important Dates
- Dress Code
- After School Enrichment & Care
- The School Store
- School Lunch Menus
- Food Allergy Policy
- Magnus Health
- Bus Service
- Summer Work Assignments
- School Supplies
- Student Technology Equipment & Needs
- Student Technology Policy
- Varsity Preseason
Our primary entry points are PreK, Kindergarten, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 9, and Grade 10. However, spaces in other grades may also be available. We invite families to apply for admission to PreK - Grade 11 and encourage you to call the admission office for information specific to your requested grade level.
Upper School Pre-Season: Please note students participating on an Upper School Fall athletic team need to attend pre-season which begins on Monday, August 21. Detailed schedules will be available on the Parent Portal in late June.
New Student Orientation & Bagels & Bytes: Save the Date! Tuesday, September 5th is New Student Orientation Day. We welcome both students and parents for an informative morning on our campus. Additional information will be emailed in mid-August.
The 2017-2018 Divisional Dress code documents are below. With the exception of the plaid kilt and navy/khaki skirts, which should be purchased through Tommy Hilfiger (see instructions below), families are free to purchase any brand of clothing, provided they meet the standards outlined by division.
King has partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to provide many items of school dress. To explore the offerings, click here and input “KING01” in the School Name or Code. Then select your child's grade and “Daily Uniform” under program to access the King School items. Please note that previously purchased items from Lands’ End will still be acceptable.
The parent run Uniform Exchange involves the collection of new and gently used uniform clothing across all three divisions for the reuse of our King families. Dates are listed on the School Calendar. Please reach out to the Parents' Association for more information.
For Lower School Students, King offers after school enrichment programs throughout the year. In addition, King offers after school care Monday-Friday, 2:45-5:30 p.m., when school is in session. There is no After School on early dismissal days. Additional information about enrichment programs and after school care, including registration forms, are located in the After School Enrichment & Care page on the Parent Portal.
The School takes reasonable steps to prevent possible contaminants from entering the school environment. Our food service is an “allergen-aware” food provider. The recipes do not contain nuts and our food service does not purchase items that list nuts in the ingredient statement. It is expected that parents and students join us in this effort by not sending or bringing any nut contaminated food to school in a child’s lunch, snack, or other food. Also, while certain arts and crafts activities may call for nut-contaminated materials, the School makes an effort to substitute nut-free materials for the nut-contaminated materials. However, while we make every effort to be allergy aware, we cannot guarantee that our environment will be free of food allergens.
Magnus Health can be accessed from the home page of the parent portal. Log into the parent portal, then click the blue “Magnus Health” button in the bottom right of the page. For additional information about Magnus Health, including who to contact with support issues, please visit the Health Services page within the parent portal.
Please note, new families do not have access to Magnus until mid-June. You will receive a communication regarding Magnus in late May.
Free bus service is provided for Stamford residents by the Stamford Board of Education through “First Student” Bus Company. While King does not play a role in the routing, specific pick-up points, or schedules, the Business Office will help facilitate your questions and requests in this regard through the Stamford Board of Education: (203) 977-4248 or (203) 977-4249.
Eligible Stamford families with K-12 children interested in bus service should complete the Application for Transportation that is included in the School’s contract package and return it to the Business Office for processing by June 1. School bus routes are published in the Stamford Advocate in a pullout section sometime between August 15 and August 31. Please contact the LS office to arrange a bus buddy for a young child, if needed.
New this year, King School is coordinating a bus for residents from Riverside/Old Greenwich, CT. Students are picked up at and returned to the Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich (38 West End Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT).
For residents of Westchester County, NY, specific school districts provide free bus service if you live within a 15-mile radius of King. Students who live beyond this radius may get themselves to a scheduled pick-up point and then be transported to King. Please call the school districts listed below for further information and to apply for transportation. If you decide to have your child(ren) transported by one of these companies, please let the Business Office know so they will have them on record. Division Offices are also informed of all bus riders before the start of school.
- Bedford Bus Company: (914) 241-6174
- County Coach: (914) 967-5959
- Harrison: (914) 630-3303
- Katonah/Lewisboro: (914) 763-7234
- Mamaroneck: (914) 220-3390
- New Rochelle: (914) 576-4230
- Scarsdale: (914) 721-2434/35
Buses serve King exclusively. Students who travel to and from school in buses are expected to behave in a safe and responsible manner. Should there be any behavioral issues, disciplinary 100 action up to and including revocation of transportation rights may be taken.
Elementary teachers have access to MacBooks and iPads for use with students. iPads facilitate fine-motor coordination and multimedia learning demonstrations even by students who are still developing literacy. MacBooks facilitate research and learning to type. Lower School students may not bring their own devices.
Middle School students have access to Chromebook computers housed on carts throughout the Middle School building. Chromebook computers accustom students to cloud computing: each student’s data is hosted on his or her own Google Apps for Education account, accessible from any web-enabled device. MacBooks are also available for use with more specialized applications. Middle school students may not bring their own devices
Upper SchoolEvery high school student is expected to purchase and maintain his or her own MacBook computer. With some exceptions, the school does not provide this equipment for students. Only Macintosh computers can run specialized software required for work in several academic departments.
King's complete policies are spelled out in detail in the Student and Parent Handbook. A summary follows here:
King provides detailed guidelines for Responsible Social Media Use.
Cell Phones and Other Mobile Devices
- Lower School: Not permitted during school hours (7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.) without permission of a teacher.
- Middle School: Not to be used without explicit permission from a teacher. Cell phones are collected at the start of each day during the advisory period and returned at the end of the school day.
- Upper School: Outside of class, high school students may use their cell phones to make calls in the front office area and the Athletic office area only. A personal audio device such as an iPod or iPhone may be used during free periods or in Study Hall with headphones.
Lower and Middle School students may not bring their own computers to school. Every Upper School student is expected to purchase and maintain his or her own MacBook computer.