Welcome to the Middle School

Endless Self-Discovery

Middle School is a time of significant change cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically for adolescents. At King School, we create opportunities for our students to develop a genuine understanding of who they are and how they fit into the world around them. 

Communication, intellectual and creative processing, character development, and personal growth are key competency areas designed to encourage academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and social responsibility.

King School encourages self-discovery and builds their confidence to explore their passions. We create a student-centered environment in a private school where children thrive because they can become “both/and”: a rower and a robot-maker, a designer and a goalie, a chemist and a choreographer.

Paths to Excellence in the Middle School

 

A Better Standard for Middle School

When adolescents can delve into an expansive range of interests and topics, they are more likely to discover the multitude of their talents and passions, as well as identify opportunities for growth. Students who feel supported in keeping open minds ask, “What’s next?” and “Why not?” as they look to their futures. As a private middle school in Stamford, CT, King promotes this self-exploration and self-awareness, encouraging students to discover their academic, artistic, and athletic talents in ways that foster balance, growth, and overall wellness.

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“I’ve learned that anyone can make a difference, whether packing a lunch for someone, helping kids with homework, or running a 5K in support of other children.”


— Finleigh B., Middle School student

“I had to give a speech when I ran for student council. Having that extra confidence boost from being able to perform on stage was really helpful.”


— Gouri K., Middle School student

King is always talking about developing lifelong learners. What is the key to inspiring students?

The key is making the content I'm teaching relatable to students, engaging, and exciting. I know that if you hook them, they become invested in what they're learning. You need to keep it interesting; it's about the way you present the material and how you can make it relatable that keeps kids engaged and wanting to learn more.

What does King's approach to teaching and learning mean to you?

King's approach to teaching and learning means ensuring that students feel that you know them and care about them, as well as understanding that there are different learning styles. In the classroom, I practice this by utilizing a variety of teaching methods. Biology is a hands-on environment where we conduct experiments and dissections - group work - but we'll also have individual discussions. There are pictures for visual learners, videos and inquiry-based building activities and experiments to transform what they're learning into action. The homework I assign is open for interpretation, where students complete assignments to show they understand what they've learned. They may do this with written notes, drawing a picture, building a model, or creating a slide show. Whatever works for them.

If a student has a bad day or I've noticed the student is struggling academically or socially, then I can be someone the student can turn to for support. Or a student and I can sit down after a test and go over how the student studied and what can we do in the future to ensure success. Establishing a positive relationship with a student goes beyond just how you teach; to me, it means reaching out to a student who doesn't think you notice.

How do your personal passions influence your teaching? And how do you help students articulate their perspectives and develop their 'voice'?

I am passionate about helping others, so it goes hand-in-hand with teaching. Some of the most emotionally vulnerable years are the Middle School years, so I know how important it is for students to have someone who will listen and support them and also challenge them. They're often encouraged to give feedback on topics we discuss, especially the developments in genetics. We share in small groups, and if students are comfortable, they can share with the entire class. Being comfortable with your "voice" comes from first trusting that you are in a supportive environment - that is paramount. Aside from Biology, we talk a lot about respect and how King is a community centered around kindness and virtues so everyone feels comfortable being who they are and expressing themselves free of judgment.

What do you hope your students take away from your class each year?

I hope that each year they walk away feeling challenged and also inspired and incredibly knowledgeable about not only Biology but also about important study skills and interpersonal skills. I want my students to walk away feeling like they've had a learning experience that was so exciting and interesting that they continue to talk about it years after. I know I've done my job when I hear students say they want to be a cardiologist or a veterinarian or even simply say that after taking my class they understand what the 'doctors' are talking about in a medical TV show.

How do you create a personal and meaningful learning experience for your students?

I create a meaningful experience by relating concepts and teaching such a variety of topics that each student can find at least one topic of interest that they explore on their own after class. If I connect to their lives, it becomes meaningful to them, and they become more engaged; it's a win for everyone. Biology is a subject that naturally lends itself to that, where students have the opportunity to perform activities such as dissecting the organs we discuss, listening to their own heartbeat using stethoscopes, understanding the physiological reasons why heart rate increases, understanding cancer at a cellular level, and even learning how genes are inherited.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Ultimately, I think it is important that students see their teacher not only as someone who is there to help them learn but also as someone they can trust and talk to about something bothering them, even if it may not be about school. Some of the biggest compliments I've received are about just being there and listening and taking notice when a student is down and asking the student to talk about it or just listening. As Maya Angelou said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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Middle School in Action

King School and the American School of Warsaw Partner to Help Ukrainian Children

King School is partnering with the American School of Warsaw to support Ukrainian children who have fled their country due to the Russian invasion and sought refuge in Poland. This week, King is collecting school supplies such as crayons, markers, pencil cases, notebooks, pens, and pencils to send to Ukrainian children who are attending the school in Warsaw. 

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Middle School Students Set Boats Afloat for STEM Boat Competition

Grade 6 students carefully eased their boats into a container of water to see if their boats would sink or float for the annual STEM boat competition. The students were challenged to design and engineer a boat that is less dense than water at room temperature to ensure that it is buoyant. The boat with the lowest density wins the challenge!

In an effort to keep their cost and materials low, the students found themselves working through different designs in a process of trial and error.

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King Hosts Award-Winning Authors for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Award-winning authors Veera Hiranandani, Sheela Chari, and Sayantani DasGupta have a few things in common – their Indian heritage, their love of writing, and motherhood. The authors have known each other for over 10 years and have developed a special friendship that offers advice, encouragement, and support in their accomplished careers as Indian-American authors. “It was enlightening to see how their diverse identities have influenced their writing as authors. With this event, we are continuing to provide experiences that seek to educate, engage, and empower students with new perspectives,” said Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Clyde Beverly III, who organized the event on May 11 in partnership with the Indian Cultural Center (ICC) in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. 

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Middle School Musical Takes the Stage for the Wizard of Oz

Middle school thespians followed the Yellow Brick Road to the Performing Arts Center for a musical performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” In the classic tale, a tornado whisks away Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz.

While the pair are traveling towards Emerald City to meet the Wizard, they also meet a scarecrow that needs a brain, a tin man missing a heart, and a cowardly lion who wants courage. The Wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help, so they set out on a perilous journey where each learns that there is no place like home.

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Inaugural King of Spring Events Bloom Into Action

King of Spring was in full bloom on King School’s campus last weekend. The inaugural festivities showcased King’s extracurricular programs – Athletics, King Cares Service Learning, and Performing Arts – during a week of fun-filled activities. 

Leading up to the weekend, each division hosted a different theme each day for Spirit Week to kick off the celebration with a major show of Viking Pride. To name a few, the week featured a tie dye day in the Lower School, Wacky Wednesday in the Middle School, a neon day in the Upper School, and an all school King Spirit day at the end of the week. 

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King School’s Biennial Gala Returns After Pandemic Pause

King School’s biennial gala returned to campus this year with invigorating energy after an extended pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The glass ceiling tent was filled with cheer, laughter, and the sound of clinking glasses as over 350 guests gathered for the event which took place on Saturday, April 23, on the King School campus. 

Head of School Carol Maoz kicked off the evening. “Tonight, we celebrate our community, and we celebrate the ability to gather in person on this beautiful campus – something we no longer take for granted!”

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Upward Bound: Facilitating the Transition to Upper School

Upper school students mingled with their middle school counterparts recently as part of the school’s effort to prepare eighth grade students for the high school experience. In preparation for the visit, the rising students took a survey that identified important topics of conversation between the two divisions based on interest.

Middle school student Varun Bennabattula '26 found the event to be beneficial. “I really thought they helped a lot with all of the things I was confused about. They helped with the questions on course selection, time management, and the overall experience,” said Varun. 

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