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An independent day school educating students PreK-Grade 12

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Lower School


The Power of Curiosity

Powered by Students’ Questions and Perspectives

At King, curiosity leads to exploration and exploration leads to mastery of foundational skills in all areas of the curriculum. We create an environment that elevates wonder, curiosity, and joy. Our youngest students’ curiosity is maximized because we honor their questions and consider their perspectives as we build strong educational foundations. As a result, they develop the confidence and accountability to discover and explore.

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. King School’s program is an interactive, hands-on experience that nurtures a love of learning and working with others. 

King’s teachers create learning opportunities that incorporate students’ ideas and interests; our program encourages students to ask questions, gather data, learn research skills, make models, and share their learning with their peers.

Lower School Inspires Curiosity in Young Children

We believe that curiosity is a natural ability that children bring to their learning – we encourage students to ask questions, make discoveries, think critically, analyze and solve problems, be good listeners, 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 lead to mastery. 

Dr. Sandy Lizaire-Duff, Head of Lower School

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Early Childhood

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten

Starting at age 3, students in our early childhood program explore the world around them through an approach to teaching and learning known as the Reggio Emilia-inspired methodology. This child-centered and self-guided method allows students to explore, make connections, and learn from their environment.    

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Elementary School

Grades 1-5

Students are encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries. Our lower school program is an interactive, hands-on experience that nurtures a love of learning and working with others. As they build mastery of skills, students continue to apply their natural curiosity; they learn and express their understanding of the world through discovery, project-based learning, and play. 

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Lower School in Action

Grade 5 Science Fair Highlights Collaboration and Growth

Culminating weeks of multidisciplinary work, students proudly presented research projects at the annual Grade 5 Science Fair. Parents, faculty, and staff enjoyed learning more about the varied studies in physics, biology, engineering, and chemistry. A culminating event of the lower school experience, the collaborative work sets a strong foundation for continued studies in Middle School.

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Grandparents and Special Friends Enjoy a Day in King’s Lower School

King’s Lower School buzzed with fun and festivities as students hosted the traditional Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday, May 12. The annual event drew more than 150 guests from across the globe and kicked off with a breakfast reception featuring Head of School Carol Maoz, Head of Lower School Dr. Sandy Lizaire-Duff, and student performances. The day allowed grandparents and special friends to immerse themselves in a day of classroom lessons and activities.

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The Geography of Fairy Tales

King School’s Grade 3 writing classes have infused fairy tales into writing lessons for several years. This spring, teachers Ellen Eagleton and Samantha Clark gave the unit a multidisciplinary spin by incorporating traditional stories from Africa, China, Ireland, Mexico, and Persia. Students explored geography and discussed the tales’ themes, cultural similarities, and differences. Then they wrote fairy tales of their own.

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Acting Out In Lower School

A traditional literature lesson was given a multidisciplinary twist this year in Grade 1. Teachers Julia Rachinsky-Wood and Zach Levine invited Performing Arts teacher Amy Darnton into their classrooms, giving students the opportunity to bring the lesson to life on the stage in the Performing Arts Center.

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Saving the Day in PreK

Embracing students' passion for superheros, teachers Jen Agro and Jessica Vigliotti produced numerous experiences, which they call provocations, that yielded academic skills alongside social-emotional development in fun and engaging ways. Over the course of several weeks, students studied geometry to create a city for their alter-egos, used science to free heroes frozen in ice, collaborated on costumes, and more.

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