Welcome to the King Lower School
Powered by Students’ Questions and Perspectives
In the constant focus on “what comes next” in life, it’s easy to forget how brief and precious childhood is. King School sets a better standard by creating an environment that elevates wonder, creativity, and joy.
Our youngest students’ curiosity is maximized because we honor their questions and consider their perspectives as we build strong educational foundations. Students get more from their education because they feel inspired and delighted every day. As a result they develop the confidence and accountability to discover and explore.
A Better Standard for Lower School
When young children are encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries, they become good listeners and critical thinkers who gain the confidence to take on challenges and seize unlimited possibilities. As one of Stamford’s top-rate private elementary schools, King School’s program is an interactive, hands-on experience that nurtures a love of learning and working with others.
PreKindergarten and Kindergarten
King's young learners, starting at age 3, experience education as a path of discovery, understanding, wonder, and joy. These ideas are grounded in our project-based teaching and learning program.
King's young children are encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries. King School’s Grade 1–5 program is an interactive, hands-on experience that nurtures a love of learning and working with others.
The Global Studies program was an eight-day adventure across Central and South America. The three phases of the program allowed students to conduct research on a select country and choose where they wanted to dive deeply into their learning. In the final phase, students built conceptual understanding through art, media, 3D models, and writing.
“We created the Grade 4 probability carnival for the younger students. Even though they were having fun, we were actually teaching them math!”
— Gracie H., Lower School student
“King encourages me to follow my passions. I like STEM activities. We get to make our own objects that solve the problem that needs to be solved.”
— Varun B., Lower School student
“In Science, we were real inventors, creating our own inventions to help us solve a problem. In Math, we learned about economics by creating a marketplace and selling a product to our classmates.”
— Tim D., Lower School student
Lower School in Action
To kick off the new year, upper school French teacher Denise Mihailoff and lower school teacher Helen Santoro teamed up for an opportunity to collaborate on curriculum across divisions. While upper school french students are researching the legacy of cultural heritage, Grade 5 students are learning about ancient civilizations, providing the students with a unique opportunity to make connections in one another’s learning.
King School’s fifth grade class ventured off campus to the capital city of Hartford to explore the Connecticut Science Center, a museum that boasts over 165 hands-on exhibits for its visitors to experience. Among the exhibits that the class visited were Forces in Motion, Sight and Sound, Exploring Space, Invention Dimension, Sports Lab, and Mummies of the World, a traveling exhibit.
In alignment with King School’s commitment to community, King is collaborating with Darien-based nonprofit Person to Person this holiday season. The relationship is not new, but with each year, it grows more plentiful. King recently hosted the most successful food drive to date, donating 5,814 pounds of food to the Person to Person pantry.
Lower School students at King School received visitors this past month from the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford Police Department, and Stamford Emergency Medical Services to explore various aspects of life in Connecticut. While students learn how to be citizens of the King community, they are also learning about how they fit into the world around them.
In honor of Veterans Day, we sat down with Associate Head of Middle School and Dean of Student Life Ben Magidson, a veteran of the United States Army. At age 20 and just one day after the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States in 2001, Magidson consulted with his father, also a veteran, and enlisted.
Armed with a jug of water, a few wooden boards, notepads, and a plan, a unit of PreK detectives worked to uncover what types of creatures are inhabiting the nature trail on the King campus.
A sea of blue and gold flooded the King School campus for the first time in two years to celebrate Homecoming 2021. The annual event brings together the entire Viking community to celebrate the school’s rich history, enjoy athletic competition and give back.
The best way to learn about a community might be to talk to its leader, and that is exactly what the first grade did when they invited Stamford Mayor David Martin to class, and he accepted.
With great excitement, King School announced that Carol Maoz has been appointed Head of School, and her tenure begins immediately. To read the announcement and a letter from Carol Maoz visit this webpage.