Welcome to the 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. 

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Early Childhood

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 Reggio-Emilia inspired, project-based teaching and learning program. 

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Elementary School

Grades 1-5

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.

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Learn more about Lower School: PreK-Grade 5

“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

Meet our Community

Lower School in Action

King students question Mayor David Martin about how Stamford works

This fall, Grade 1 and 2 students are exploring their communities and learning 'How Stamford Works." Our teachers encourage students to ask questions and make their own discoveries, building critical thinking skills and experience as problem-solvers. What better way to learn about the Stamford community and how it works than to ask the Mayor himself!

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Grade 4 takes visitors on a trip across the country at the Annual State Fair

It was a quick trip around the United States for visitors on Wednesday, May 22, as they attended the The Grade 4 State Fair. To prepare for the Fair, each student chose a state to research in class, using many different sources including books and websites. They created a poster board for the state and brought in props and a special food from their region for their audience to sample. The State Research Project is multi-disciplinary, with the learning crossing into special classes.

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PA Speaker Cristina Young encourages celebrating teens' success and keeping open lines of communication

Earlier this week the Parents' Association welcomed Cristina Young as she presented Understanding the Teenage Brain: The Keys to Improving a Challenging Relationship. Ms. Young, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist with 25-years of experience, led an authentic discussion on the challenges and joys of parenting teenagers in today's environment. 

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King Community Makes a Difference at King Cares Family Service Day

Saturday, April 13 was the fourth annual King Cares Family Service Day. Over 250 students, parents, family members, friends, and staffulty came together to support 10 of King's partner organizations, and the day concluded with the US student Midnight Run. The mission of the King Cares Service Program is to support the values-based education at King School. This Program reinforces the School's belief that service to the broader community, both local and international, is central to educational excellence.

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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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