Dr. Karen E. Eshoo was escorted into the US gymnasium by our PreK and Kindergarten students on Thursday, September 6, and officially kicked off the 218-2019 school year with the traditional Ringing of the Bells. In addition to Dr. Eshoo's first year at King, she was joined by 141 new students and 17 new Staffulty members this year.
We invite you to learn about the benefits of attending King's Private Lower School below, browse the LS curriculum, and check out the Lower School in Action Stories and Events. If you feel King Lower School might be right for your child, click the links below to inquire for more information about the school, schedule an on campus visit or to view our online application.
In the Lower School, the key to academic excellence stems from:
- Opportunities for students to engage with a thoughtfully designed, sophisticated program in the liberal arts and sciences that requires students to be active, in-depth learners
- Support by Exceptional Faculty
- A Kind, Respectful Community
Commitment to Academic Excellence
You will experience an enriching and interesting academic curriculum. Our experiential and interactive program nurtures a love of learning and working with others. We want you to ask questions, make discoveries, think critically, analyze and solve problems, and have fun being involved in the dynamic process of learning. We value every child and build strong, safe classroom communities where exploration and discovery leads to mastery. LEARN MORE.
You will immerse yourself in the study and hands-on experience of science, technology, engineering, and math. You learn about environmental stewardship by working in the Lower School garden and tinkering in the Makerspace. You will use iCreate to develop short films. You'll build and program robots. Imagine in PreK, you’ll read “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” and then plan and create a bridge that is high enough for the troll to fit under and strong enough to hold all three goats! The Singapore Math Program will teach you solid skills in numeracy, pattern recognition, and geometric relationships. LEARN MORE.
Reading and Writing
You will fall in love with reading by developing skills to connect, comprehend, and respond to your reading. Your writing will blossom as you transform letters into words, sentences, and then complex paragraphs. Your thinking and speaking skills will also evolve as you learn to interpret and share information in more complex ways. LEARN MORE.
You will have so many opportunities to discover and pursue areas of interest and strength, including: Leadership Council, Math Olympiad, Engineering Club, Lego Robotics, King Children’s Choir, King Children’s Orchestra, after-school art, Service Learning Club and Zumba. You will also enjoy grade level activities, events, and trips, including: Invention Convention, State Fair, Science Fair, Poetry Tea, Grade 5 Musical, LS Variety Show, Grandparents’/Special Friends’ Day, Kindergarten Flapjack Breakfast, Moving Up Ceremony, Connecticut Science Museum visit, and Philadelphia visit.
You will develop very close relationships with highly knowledgeable and dedicated teachers who are passionate about the work of teaching and learning. They will champion your strengths and talents and challenge you while setting personal goals. MEET OUR FACULTY.
King's Approach to Teaching and LearningKing's approach to teaching and learning helps students advance, develop and mature. Teachers know you as an individual and have an intentionally collaborative approach, meeting weekly to discuss students’ progress. Teachers and parents develop productive partnerships assisting students in reaching their personal best. LEARN MORE.
A safe, nurturing, multicultural community fosters the King Virtues -- Integrity, Kindness, Perseverance, and Respect -- enabling you to develop a strong sense of yourself and appreciate the broad range of similarities and differences among people. You will regularly join class meetings where you’ll get to know your classmates well, you’ll encourage and support one another, and have fun learning and playing together. You’ll be a member of the larger Lower School community that meets regularly to sing, share, and support one another. Our Lower School is a place where we are comfortable taking risks, collaborating, and problem-solving. Students participate each month in service projects in class as part of the King Cares Service Program. LEARN MORE.
Head of School Dr. Karen E. Eshoo may be new to King and just settled into her office but her years of experience and profound knowledge took her to Atlanta in July to serve for her third year as Faculty at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Institute for New Heads (INH). As a member of the esteemed faculty, Karen collaborated with other Heads to help prepare new heads of school for successful leadership transitions.
Grade 1 students have worked on a variety of poems throughout the school year. They created poetry books where they published and illustrated some of their favorite poems that they have written. To celebrate all their hard work, students recited and shared their poems and poetry books during our annual Poetry Tea.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 who were admitted to some of the country's top colleges and universities. 90% of the class were admitted to a Phi Beta Kappa college or university and 84% were admitted to a school in the top two tiers of selectivity in Barron's. The class also received over $4 million in unsolicited merit scholarships that accompanied their college acceptance letters.
Grade 3 spent the day with Lady Liberty on Tuesday, April 24 with a visit to Ellis Island that culminated their year-long study on the city of Stamford and immigration.
"Ms. Pambianchi taught me to read with my imagination making the story real, so in my head the story plays like a movie," she said. She is so appreciative of that trick that she has decided to be a teacher herself so she can teach other kids similar tricks too. She is already rehearsing for the teacher role.
Karen Young, a psychologist and author visited the King campus on Tuesday, April 17, and addressed students and parents, as part of the PA Parenting Speaker Series. The topic of Karen's discussions was Managing Anxiety and Building Courage and Resilience in Children. Karen explained the sources and symptoms of anxiety. How anxiety stems from the brain trying to protect us and that an anxious brain is normal. Karen explained methods and techniques on how to manage anxious feelings and how to ultimately reduce anxiety.
Saturday, April 14 was the perfect spring day for our service day. Over 150 members of the King Community converged in the Lower School gym to celebrate the third annual King Cares Family Service Day.
Micah Hauben, Dean of Athletics, along with the broader Athletic Department and coaches, and King students are partnering to pursue excellence. Learn Micah's perspective on the impact and exciting future of the King School Athletic program. Go Vikings!
In March when Grade 4 student Ryan Shih stepped onto the stage at Lincoln Center to perform Chopin's Waltz in A Minor, he kept his cool. Despite being just 10 years-old, this was not his first time in this spotlight competing in the Concert Festival International Competition so he knew what to expect.