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Strategic Plan 2020-2025

A Framework for Our Future

Adopted by the Board of Trustees December 17, 2019

The King School Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is an innovative framework for the future of the school. This plan was informed by the experiences and perspectives of all constituencies – current students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni and parents of alumni from all of our founding institutions that were the King, Low Heywood, and Thomas schools. The plan was developed through the partnership between the Board of Trustees and the school’s leadership, supported by consultant Ian Symmonds and his team.

This plan articulates a vision for King’s future that leverages our strengths and successes and positions us to make bold and courageous choices to best prepare our students for the world they will inherit.  

First and foremost, we reaffirm our goal to provide an unparalleled student experience as our top priority. To achieve our vision, we strive to be the country’s leading research-focused independent school. We commit to an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning that is anchored in discovery and exploration and develops in our students the mindset and ability to ask questions, seek answers, investigate, and apply knowledge to solve real-world problems.

Through this process, students in PreK through Grade 12 build mastery as they leverage curiosity, engage in experiential learning, and analyze and synthesize information to find meaning and take action. This approach leads to highly engaged students who have a greater sense of purpose, possess advanced critical thinking skills, and are guided by a deep understanding of themselves as learners.

As a research-focused academic institution, King School students engage in research both in the classroom and through partnerships with renowned research institutions. The school is also committed to keeping up with the latest research in the fields of education and child development to ensure that best practices continue to be applied in our academic program as well as in every other area of the school.

The 2020 - 2025 King School Strategic Plan weaves together the imperative of Academic Excellence with:

  • Wellness to sustain it;

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to enrich it;
  • Athletics and Community Partnerships to enhance it;
  • Strategic Enrollment Management to fulfill it;
  • Financial Sustainability and Facilities Development to support it;
  • Institutional Identity to share our pride in who we are.

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Strategic Plan Pillars

Strategic Plan in Action

Research Psychologist Encourages Inquiry-Based Learning in AP Psychology Class

King School’s Advanced Placement Psychology class featured a Zoom meet-and-greet this week with research psychologist Dr. Barbara Hofer, author of “Science Denial: Why It Happens and What to Do About It.” Students, who read the book in preparation, had an opportunity to ask Hofer questions about her research and career. Hofer, who is an established educational, cultural, and developmental psychologist, spoke about the process of inquiry as a key element to her work. 

Lower School Students Write Letters to Members of the King Community

Each Grade 3 student selected a member of the community who they think helps make the school better. Using the skills they are developing in their Writer’s Workshop class, the students wrote letters of appreciation to their chosen individual to express gratitude for the contributions their recipients make to the King community.  

Upper School Student Takes His Passion for Chemistry to an International Research Conference

King student John Russell ’22 is conducting research to de-acidify the oceans and remove carbon emissions from the environment during his internship at the Hu Lab in the Department of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale University. His passion for chemistry inspired him to attend the American Chemical Society (ACS) Annual International Research Conference held over the summer from August 22-26, 2021, at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 

King School Families Gather for State of the School

Enthusiasm coursed through the King community gathered at the Performing Arts Center for the annual State of the School event on September 23. Despite the rain and social distancing, the message was clear: The state of the school is great, and learning at King School is centered around inquiry.

Upper School Students Become Semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships

Three King students have been recognized as semifinalists for a National Merit Scholarship, a college fund program that selects individual students for their exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Karina Rao ’22, Ronald Harvey ’22, and Carson Perlman ’22 must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level for a chance to be awarded a National Merit Scholarship and earn the title of Merit Scholar.  

King Students Debate Global Issue at Model United Nations Simulation

Grade 8 students at King School role-played as delegates to a United Nations Committee and debated global issues with one another as part of a Model UN simulation in their History class. Under the guidance of Middle School faculty Kenneth Lewis, the activity marked the end of a yearlong study of American foreign policy and the role that the United States plays in the world today.

 Through King’s Science Program, I stepped into the shoes of a re-searcher in the real world as an intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where I am working  to develop a nanoparticle drug delivery system to treat pancreatic cancer. 
Wafa N
Upper School Student

I love exploring concepts through hands-on projects. My class figured out how to create the Grade 4 Probability Carnival for the younger students. Don’t tell anyone — even though they were having fun playing games, we were actually teaching them math!
Gracie H
Lower School Student

We celebrate diversity not to classify each other by race, ethnicity, political persuasion, or gender identification, but to benefit from these differences to build a community that truly embraces the King virtues of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect.
Alex K.
Alumni, University of Pennsylvania


Thank You to Our Community

Providing a long-range view of future school priorities, the King School Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is the collective, comprehensive effort of the  entire King community.   We are grateful for the thoughtful input from our community of parents, trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents of alumni who contributed through surveys (1,000+ responses!), focus groups, and working sessions. We are thankful for the leadership and vision of our Strategic Planning Steering Committee members. In partnership with Ian Symmonds & Associates, a leading firm in the field of strategic planning for educational institutions, our Steering Committee reflected on extensive input from  our community plus focused on competitive and educational landscape analysis, SWOT analysis, demographic trends, market segmentation, and trends in the independent school and the education sectors.