Grades 1-5

We invite you to learn about King's Private Elementary School. 

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.

For younger students please also visit our Early Childhood page.

My King Story

Fostering a love of reading

Priya Dohil ‘27

“Ms. Pambianchi taught me to read with my imagination making the story real, so in my head the story plays like a movie.”

At the heart of King's private elementary school is our exceptional Faculty who know each of their students as an individual -- and use their students' interests, learning patterns, and personal goals as part of lesson planning, course selections, and activities outside the classroom -- all directed towards inspiring, challenging, and supporting each learner. Our talented elementary school students thrive in a challenging academic program within a culture of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect. We prepare students for a lifetime of learning by developing skills at an early age, building a foundation in STEM, reading and writing, and more.

Within a safe, nurturing community, students are comfortable to collaborate with others and take risks, and, in the process, children gain confidence in their abilities to be successful learners. Our teachers, students, and parents together foster the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of each student.

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, Lower School Garden, 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.
  • Science units are integrated with Computer Science and Digital Applications, including robotics.
  • Key ideas span multiple scientific themes, including: life cycles, biomes, design and engineering, the scientific method, and sustainability. Capstone projects include the Sound Fair, Invention Convention, and Science Fair.
  • Highly respected Singapore Math Program focuses on mastery of fundamental concepts rather than memorization, instilling mathematical confidence and preparing students for the Middle School disciplines of algebra and geometry.
  • Students’ skills advance from numeric patterns and mental math to graphs, word problems, and predictions.

Social Studies

  • Societal awareness is developed by studying key themes, including: Stories Around the World, American History, American Indians, immigration, and geography.
  • Field trips to prominent sites, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe house, the Hartford capitol building, and Philadelphia’s National Constitution Museum enrich classroom learning and help students understand society in an authentic way.

ADDITIONAL CROSS GRADE SUBJECTS AND COURSES

Expanding the foundation of our core courses, additional Specialist subjects and courses enable students to explore Spanish, French, Mandarin, Library, Art, Music, and Physical Education.

Grades 1-5 Course Offerings

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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