KING'S 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 to academic excellence because students who feel noticed, known, validated, and valued as individuals are more likely to engage fully and even joyfully in the challenges of learning with resilience and success. They are more likely to feel safe and take the intellectual, developmental, and emotional risks needed to enable growth.

Our teachers know the power of knowing each of their students as an individual -- using their students' interests, learning patterns, and personal goals as part of lesson planning, course selections, and activities outside the classroom -- all directed towards creating a challenging experience for each learner. This approach to teaching and learning allows students to reach their personal best.

Why Does King Adopt this Approach to Teaching and Learning?

  • Understanding each student as an individual and supporting students as they mature and grow into lifelong learners is the most effective way for a teacher to establish a powerful learning environment.
  • Helping students develop self awareness not only allows students to own their learning, but also to increases their self-confidence.
  • Facilitating ongoing opportunities for students to improve, accelerate, and maximize their abilities allow students to succeed in a challenging academic environment at King, college and in life.

How Does King Enable Students to Achieve their Personal Best?

Fundamental to this approach are our exceptional Faculty and a commitment to flexible curriculum design. King Faculty are keenly committed to helping students achieve their personal best, defined by the following characteristics:

  • 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 Directors of Teaching and Learning, in each division, guide and support our Faculty.
  • Teachers Always Learning: King’s ongoing Professional Growth and Development (PG&D) furthers teachers’ own learning in the areas of both student development and content mastery. King makes nearly the highest investment 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.

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