Early Childhood

Dr. Karen Eshoo, Head of School, describes how early childhood education sets the stage for success in cognitive, social, and emotional development. King School intentionally nurtures a growth mindset, supports project based learning, and fosters students’ social and emotional growth. Keep watching for more videos about our Lower School. 

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We invite you to learn about the Academic Preschool (starting at age 3) and Private Kindergarten programs at King School. Explore the King Lower School benefits below, browse our rigorous curriculum, and check out the Lower School in Action Stories. We look forward to welcoming you on campus!

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Inspiring students to be confident learners

Kindergarten Faculty

"I embrace every moment as a teachable moment and in doing so I focus on the most meaningful ways for each student to learn."

Private PreKindergarten & Kindergarten

Begin your academic journey in the King Lower School where our excellent, caring Faculty help students develop a foundation of skills vital for future learning and success. Faculty are deeply committed to King's approach to teaching and learning. We believe knowing students well is crucial for learning, because students who feel known and understood are more likely to engage fully.

King Full Day PreK, starting at age 3, and Full Day Kindergarten students, actively and joyfully experience a wonderful balanced program that develops both academic and social skills through intentionally-designed curricular experiences. The King Lower School program nurtures a love of learning and working with others, and teaches students how to ask questions, make discoveries, think critically, and analyze and solve problems. The core of our Full Day PreKindergarten and Full Day Kindergarten program focuses on Language Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Social Studies, and our additional Specialist subjects and courses expand students’ learning even further.

Language Arts

  • Readers and Writers workshop approach engages students with material that is of high interest and aligns with their personal goals. Students develop as avid and skilled readers and writers.
  • Teachers address whole group skills and differentiate for the needs of each student within smaller groups and one-on-one meetings.

Science, TECHnology, engineering & math (STEM)

  • Students observe, discover, predict, and question.
  • Makerspace, Lower School Science Lab, Computer Science Media Center, and classroom activities all provide inspiration and tools for students to tinker and practice designing solutions to real world problems, so students gain a greater sense of self-confidence and purpose.
  • Highly respected Singapore Math Program is supported with hands-on activities and manipulatives, helping students move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.
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Social Studies

  • Children learn to view the world through a variety of perspectives to understand their role as a member of a global community.
  • We value primary sources as students get to know the King community and local area, engaging in direct and meaningful experiences.
  • Songs, stories and art projects encourage students to appreciate national, cultural, and religious diversity.

ADDITIONAL CROSS GRADE SUBJECTS AND COURSES

  • Students explore Spanish, Library, Art, Music, and Physical Education.

Early Childhood Course Offerings

PreKindergarten

Language and Early Literacy Development

Math: Introduction to Numbers, Shapes, Patterns and Measurement

Introduction to Life, Physical, and Earth Science

Social Studies: Socialization from Self to Others

Science Lab

Spanish

Library Media Center

Art

Music

Physical Education

Kindergarten

Literacy: Applying Letters and Sounds to Reading and Writing

Math: Understanding the Meaning and Usage of Numbers

Social Studies: Recognizing the Value of Yourself and Others

Science: Exploration of the World Around You

Science Lab

Spanish

Library Media Center

Art

Music

Physical Education

Read more about our academic philosophy and view detailed descriptions of all courses.

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Lower School in Action

Annual El Sistema Music Residency Scheduled for April 6-8: Building and Connecting Communities Through Music

King is excited to host its fifth annual El Sistema Residency April 6-8 when talented musicians from our Middle and Upper Schools collaborate in intensive music workshops with visiting students of various El Sistema USA programs, including Stamford's own Project Music. The overarching focus of the residency is to inspire a connection between communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds, using the music ensemble as the vehicle through which to inspire deeper communication.

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Grade 2 explores water treatment and conservation during hands-on field trip

Students learned about water in the region, including rivers, the Long Island Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean, and how people use water in the Stamford area. They surveyed their families on how they use water at home and interviewed the kitchen staff and other faculty members on how they use water at King. The next step in the unit was their field trip to the Stamford Water Treatment Facility earlier this week.

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King Celebrates Culturally Diverse Community with Campus-Wide Flag Installation

In celebration of King's inclusive and diverse global community, flags have been installed in all three divisions that represent the countries native to King's students, parents, faculty, and staff. Following a community survey conducted in the fall, the School identified 65 different countries represented in the King family and the flags of origin were installed, over winter break, in the Upper School lobby, as well as the Middle and Lower Schools.

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Class of 2019 College Acceptances

King students have many different opportunities to pursue their passions as they grow as learners and people. The Class of 2019 has achieved success in the classroom, on the athletic fields, on the stage, and now they are preparing to pursue lives of ongoing inquiry in college. Congratulations to the 39 seniors who have been accepted and have already committed to attend their first choice college or university.

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King Cares celebrates a month of service

The King Cares program continues to participate in an array of wonderful service work throughout the greater community. During the month of December, several Upper School advisories collaborated to support King's partner organizations. For instance, students collected items for Pacific House, a men's shelter in Stamford, others conducted a children's coat drive to support a shelter in Danbury. Another group prepared a meal with Flik to serve at Inspirica, an organization working to break the cycle of homelessness.

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King's culture of respect thrives in a kind and inclusive community

How does King School define a kind and inclusive community? Every day our staffulty, students, and parents make a choice to intentionally show consideration and compassion for others. King is committed to our Virtues of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect. One important way we show our commitment to cultivating a kind, inclusive community is by supporting staffulty at the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) and students at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC).

Continuing our tradition of participation in these vital conferences, a group of five Upper School students and six staffulty from multiple divisions and disciplines traveled together to Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month for a unique and memorable experience.

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