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 admission@kingschoolct.org.

Admission Entry Points

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.

School Hours

  • Lower School: 8:00 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • Middle School: 8:00 a.m - 3:15 p.m.
  • Upper School: 8:00 a.m - 3:15 p.m.

Academic Calendar

Important Dates

New Family Parent Reception: The Admission Office welcomes you to our New Family Parent Reception taking place in June. You will receive an email invitation in the coming month. Here you will have the chance to meet other new families as well as current King families before the new school year. An email invitation will be distributed in May.

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.

Dress Code

The school dress code is outlined in the Student Parent handbook which is distributed before the start of school. Below are excerpts from the 2016-2017 Student Parent Handbook. There MAY BE changes for the 2017-2018 dress code. King will communicate updated dress codes to new families directly in June.

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. Please reach out to the Parents' Association for more information.

Ordering Uniforms

If you would like to order branded uniform items for your children, please use the King codes below for Lands' End. On the Lands' End page, click "FIND MY SCHOOL" and scroll down to enter the King School numbers listed below. King receives a contribution based on total sales.

  • Upper School: 900139023
  • Middle School: 900120478
  • Lower School: 900026923

Please contact schoolstore@kingschoolct.org with questions or comments.

After School Enrichment & Care

King offers after school enrichment programs throughout the year. In addition, for students in grades PreK-Grade 5, King offers after school care. Please visit the After School Enrichment & Care page to learn more.

The School Store

Please check the School Store page for more information about locations and dates. The School Store is closed over the summer and will re-open for preseason.

School Lunch Menus

Links to the King School lunch menus are located on the home page of the parent portal. Log into the parent portal, then click the “Lunch Menu” button on the bottom right hand side of the page.

Food Allergy Policy

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

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.

Bus Service

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.

Summer Work Assignments

Lower School: Lower school summer work will be mailed to all new students in June. If you do not receive a packet, or would like a replacement please contact Merrill Shafer.

Middle School & Upper School: Summer Assignments will be posted before the end of the school year in the Parent/Student Portal.

School Supplies

School Supplies

  • Lower School: Supplies are provided by King School
  • Middle School: Supply list by grade will be included in the Start of School email that is distributed in mid-August
  • Upper School: Requires a Mac Laptop with Microsoft Office and TI-84 Graphing Calculator; no other required supplies

Student Technology Equipment & Needs

Lower School
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
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 School

Every 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.

Student Technology Policy

King's complete policies are spelled out in detail in the Student and Parent Handbook. A summary follows here:

Social Media

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.

Personal Computers

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.