Meet Dr. Josh Deitch, Head of Middle School

I am very happy to write to you as the Head of Middle School at King School.  Every day, I watch students participate in discourse, dialogue, collaboration, and experience their willingness to take risks. Our reflective and thoughtful educators are passionate about ensuring that every member of their community is seen and known. I could not be happier to work at a place where everyone feels seen and known.

Over the course of my career, I have sought to build communities and cultures deeply devoted to the value and power of every individual student.  Middle School students go through more change during their young adolescence than at almost any time in their lives. They require a unique blend of personal relationships, caring support, authentic academic challenge, independence, and process orientation.  I work with dedicated teachers in the Middle School, who are clearly invested in helping our children develop both as scholars and as citizens of the world.

I actively partner with students, families, staffulty, and leadership to continue to build a student-centered and engaging middle school experience that always reflect the needs and passions of every King student.

All the best,

Dr. Josh Deitch

Head of Middle School

“King School guides every student in the discovery of who they are and how they learn. Students explore a wide variety of fields and topics deeply and intentionally. They seek to understand the ways that strong communities are built upon differences both in experience and perspective. Only then can students begin to see learning as a way to understand their community, their place in the world, and the possibilities they possess to drive positive change.”


— Dr. Josh Deitch, Head of Middle School

Learn more about Middle School: Grades 6-8

Middle School in Action

Grade 6 STEM exercise tests scientific principles and engineering design

It seemed pretty simple: build a boat designed to float. That was the task assigned to Grade 6 students in February as they tackled the STEM challenge. To prepare for the Build-a-Boat challenge, students conducted several mini-lab activities to test the concepts and make sense of the properties of water, i.e. buoyancy, adhesion, cohesion, surface tension, and displacement. 

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Grade 6 students explore the lives and struggles of refugees through simulation, poetry, and reading

This interdisciplinary unit, coordinated between the Grade 6 English and History teachers, included a literary study of the book, A Long Walk to Water, and a unit on Northeastern Africa where students discussed the issues that have persisted in that region for thousands of years.

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A WWI simulation in Grade 8 History uncovers alliances and resolutions

The threat of 'war' was looming in Ken Lewis's classroom in late January as students raced to form alliances and find a resolution before the end of the period. Fortunately, the war was not real and the project was a simulation but the role-play activity did offer a lively collaboration designed to introduce students to the country alliances that developed prior to the start of World War I. 

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Socratic seminar examines controversial environmental topics with students leading the conversation

Grade 6 students examined controversial environmental topics and utilized elements they had practiced in their history and english classes. The preparation with their CEA - claim, evidence, analysis, is related to their job roles in English book club reflections and the inner/outer circle is similar to a style used in a recent History class debate. 

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Middle School Advisory Olympics tests team-building skills and creativity

The Middle School Advisory Program at King is designed to provide students with support and guidance. Each MS student has an Advisor to serve as a mentor and advocate. In late December, the program hosted its first Advisory Olympics and mentors became coaches and students became competitors as they battled it out in three different areas for the right to become the Middle School Advisory Champions.

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Supporting and cultivating an inclusive learning community at Seattle conferences

A group of six Upper School students and six staffulty, including Head of School Karen Eshoo, from multiple divisions and disciplines traveled together for and experienced an insightful and transformative experience at the NAIS People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in December. As student Hanhah Greene '21 enthused, "What was so compelling about this conference was meeting people from all around the country living totally different lives, but were able to connect and find such close similarities between one another."

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MS students practice kindness and engage in community activities

After brainstorming a variety of acts of kindness, Grade 6 created a Kindness Calendar, urging us to live these values over the next two weeks. Grade 7 took their view of kindness on the road, partnering with four different organizations and Grade 8 students recognized and expresses their gratitude to the folks who make our campus and community run smoothly.

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