Dr. Karen E. Eshoo was escorted into the US gymnasium by our PreK and Kindergarten students on Thursday, September 6, and officially kicked off the 218-2019 school year with the traditional Ringing of the Bells. In addition to Dr. Eshoo's first year at King, she was joined by 141 new students and 17 new Staffulty members this year.
We invite you to learn about the benefits of attending King's Private Middle School, browse the MS curriculum, and check out the Middle School in Action Stories and Events. If you feel King Middle 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.
In the Middle School, the key to academic excellence stems from:
- Opportunities for students to engage with a thoughtfully designed, sophisticated program in the liberal arts and sciences that requires students to be active, in-depth learners
- Support by Exceptional Faculty
- A Kind, Respectful Community
Commitment to Academic Excellence
A typical day might find you analyzing a Shakespearian soliloquy, dissecting a sheep’s liver, writing script in Python, or debating the appropriate role of the United States in global affairs. The course level options ensure you are challenged, with MS students often qualifying to take high school mathematics and language classes by Grade 8. You will be paired with a Faculty Advisor who knows you well and can provide guidance. LEARN MORE.
Delve into STEM as you learn to think like a scientist, use technology as a creative tool, and develop a passion for math. You'll enjoy project based experiments and presentations as you build a rocket and work with LEGO robotics. In Computer Science and Digital Applications' classes, you will more deeply understand digital photography, filmmaking, 3-D printing, robotics, and coding in Scratch and Python. LEARN MORE.
Reading and Writing
You will approach texts from multiple perspectives, strengthening your inferential skills. Your writing and thinking will evolve as classroom workshops and whole-class novels help you gain more abstract understandings of text. Active classroom debate will enable you to sharpen your speaking skills. LEARN MORE.
Self-exploration is a key component of the MS program. You prepare for high school while exploring your academic, artistic, and athletic talents in a way that fosters balance and overall wellness. Whether you’re developing a working catapult or an analytical essay, filming a historical documentary, performing at the Berklee Jazz Festival, performing in the spring musical, competing with one of our 19 MS sports teams, or working with Student Council, King MS will help you expand your interests and build your talents.
Our private middle school Faculty are dedicated to being experts in their subject area and in the field of adolescent learning and development. Our teachers relish the opportunity to engage with you in an exploration of complex academic topics, but also understand how to help you organize your materials and time, and how to guide you through your middle school career with kindness and perseverance. MEET OUR FACULTY.
King's Approach to Teaching and Learning
Our teachers know the power of using their students' interests, learning patterns, and personal goals to drive rigorous academic exploration. MS Faculty use the latest educational research to guide student-centered instruction. Our comprehensive Student Learning Profile System deepens faculty understanding of each student’s learning strengths, challenges, and goals, and our MS teachers actively contribute to and draw from this rich knowledge base to support our students’ development over time as they move through our challenging academic program and strive to achieve their personal best. LEARN MORE.
Our deep belief in the King Virtues -- Integrity, Kindness, Perseverance, and Respect -- support you as a valued member of a community where you can feel appreciated for your contributions while also feeling comfortable learning from your mistakes and taking academic risks. You will develop a deep understanding of and respect for diversity, and the wide variety of cultures, ethnicities, and perspectives that comprise the human experience. You can volunteer each week with the MS King Cares Service Club. LEARN MORE.
Head of School Dr. Karen E. Eshoo may be new to King and just settled into her office but her years of experience and profound knowledge took her to Atlanta in July to serve for her third year as Faculty at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Institute for New Heads (INH). As a member of the esteemed faculty, Karen collaborated with other Heads to help prepare new heads of school for successful leadership transitions.
At King, excellence occurs in a community context. On Prize Day and during the Middle Closing Ceremony, we called out individuals' names as embodiments of excellence, but the fact is that no one can achieve anything alone. Congratulations to all of our winners this year!
When Simon Fox '23 began exploring technology, he started with what he deemed to be an easy task: turning on a light bulb. That task, along with his passion for science, prompted Simon to create the MS Circuitry Club, which brings together like-minded people.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 who were admitted to some of the country's top colleges and universities. 90% of the class were admitted to a Phi Beta Kappa college or university and 84% were admitted to a school in the top two tiers of selectivity in Barron's. The class also received over $4 million in unsolicited merit scholarships that accompanied their college acceptance letters.
Congratulations to our MS students on their fantastic performance of 'James and the Giant Peach' last weekend. Students worked extremely hard and showcased their talents on the stage and on the crew.
Grade 6 students worked all year in Cooking Classes preparing for this event, which featured celebrity chef Jet Tila, in Cutthroat Kitchen fashion. The Cooking Competition was a great opportunity for students to develop teamwork, collaboration, and performance under pressure all while in a fun, supportive environment.
Karen Young, a psychologist and author visited the King campus on Tuesday, April 17, and addressed students and parents, as part of the PA Parenting Speaker Series. The topic of Karen's discussions was Managing Anxiety and Building Courage and Resilience in Children. Karen explained the sources and symptoms of anxiety. How anxiety stems from the brain trying to protect us and that an anxious brain is normal. Karen explained methods and techniques on how to manage anxious feelings and how to ultimately reduce anxiety.
Saturday, April 14 was the perfect spring day for our service day. Over 150 members of the King Community converged in the Lower School gym to celebrate the third annual King Cares Family Service Day.
Micah Hauben, Dean of Athletics, along with the broader Athletic Department and coaches, and King students are partnering to pursue excellence. Learn Micah's perspective on the impact and exciting future of the King School Athletic program. Go Vikings!