Earlier this week, the PA King Inclusion and Diversity Committee (KInD) sponsored a breakfast meeting with Head of School Karen Eshoo, who offered insight about the definitions of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Welcome to the Middle School
The Middle School program supports self-exploration, encouraging early adolescents to discover their academic, artistic, and athletic talents in a way that helps students achieve their personal best while fostering self-awareness and overall wellness. Students emerge as their best selves - as self confident thought leaders who are able to analyze, synthesize, and communicate their knowledge in ways that demonstrate engagement and connection.
"Our expert faculty guide student learning and foster a growth mindset encouraging students to take healthy risks in order to learn. Middle School students know how to self-advocate, gaining confidence through our Lifeskills classes, Advisory System, and student led parent conferences."
Alex Weiner, Interim Head of Middle School
We invite you to learn more about one of Stamford's top-rated private middle-schools, explore the benefits of our program, and browse our rigorous Middle School curriculum, and check out the Middle School in Action Stories and Events. We look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming events!
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.
Performing Arts Faculty Amy Darnton and Grade 8 student Gouri Krishnan discuss the power of theatre as the Middle School rehearses C.S. Lewis' classic 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' which opens at the PAC next week. The benefits of stepping into character, collaborating with peers across the Middle School and performing on stage in front of an audience has a broad impact on life outside of the theater.
To round out Homecoming weekend, student-athletes from the fall sports teams welcomed over 125 runners, volunteers, alumni, family members, and friends to the 6th Annual King Cares 5K. The event benefits two non-profit organizations, the Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stamford and Greenwich.
The King campus was busting with excitement last weekend as alumni, parents, students, staffulty, and visiting athletes enjoyed three days of activities, athletics, and reconnecting during Homecoming 2018.
In addition to welcoming our new Head of School, Dr. Karen Eshoo, King is pleased to announce that we have 17 new Staffulty (Staff and Faculty) members for 2018-2019 school year. The expertise and interests of these deeply experienced professionals will greatly enrich our community.
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.
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 people curious and passionate about science.
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.