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

Middle School students learn to play multiple instruments in King string ensemble program

Elizabeth Abbott '26 enthusiastically describes the joy of playing violin, sharing, "I love that we get to play during COVID times, and that I get to play an instrument I love, and have a passion for. Playing the violin is meaningful to me. The most challenging thing that I have learned when playing my violin is The Pirates of the Caribbean. It was both challenging and rewarding when it came together.  What I look forward to learning in this program is how to play harder songs where we have to change strings faster, and especially for 8th and 16th notes." 

Elizabeth is one of the Middle School musicians in the strings ensemble program. Colin Benn, Middle School Strings Faculty, "loves the process of taking something that is complex and breaking it down into manageable steps that, if practiced consistently, will yield positive results. This is my favorite element of teaching students how to learn a new instrument or piece."  Mr. Benn began co-teaching with Performing Arts Faculty Garrett Mendez during the 2019-2020 school year. This fall, Mr. Benn is sharing his musical expertise in string ensemble with Grade 6 and Grade 7 students and is excited that King has expanded the string ensemble program to include Grade 6 students.  

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Jenna Du Puis, Mathematics Faculty and Middle School Mathematics Coordinator, is in awe of her students. Mrs. Du Puis reflects on the wonder and joy she feels in helping Grade 7 and Grade 8 students learn to think and work as mathematicians and demonstrate their understanding as critical thinkers. Bruno Reinhoefer Ribeiro '26, a Grade 7 student in Mrs. Du Puis' Geometry class, describes the biggest challenge as "using new algorithms such as substitution, same base/same altitude, etc. My favorite thing to learn in this class is probably proofs since they are always logical and satisfying to do." 

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Middle School King students enjoy a range of clubs - Architeking, Digital Media, Dungeon & Dragons, plus more!

The student-led clubs are meeting virtually this year. Parker Hayashi '25 feels that the Gaming Club "allows students to talk to each other mask free, and they can build on their friendship and teamwork." Middle School Dean of Student Life Ben Magidson appreciates that "students love spending time in their clubs, because it allows them to connect to a shared idea; to socialize outside of school while enjoying each other's virtual company mask-free; and to propose and lead activities."

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Windows and mirrors - Grade 8 students reflect deeply on their own point of view, while appreciating classmates' perspectives

Stephanie Hoos, English Faculty and Middle School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, supports her Grade 8 students in reflecting meaningfully on their own and others' beliefs.  Ms. Hoos describes her objective as "supporting curiosity in students and engaging with deeper questions through the overarching concepts of windows and mirrors. Windows give us a point of view into another person's space, perceptions, world views, thoughts, and feelings. Mirrors give us greater insight into ourselves and ask us to think critically about our own beliefs and behaviors." 

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Grade 6 students learn to strengthen their decision-making processes

Grade 6 students in Lifeskills, guided by School Counselor Jen Guevara, analyze and consider a broad range of topics, including choices and decision making, how to be an ally for social justice, and healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.  Mrs. Guevara believes the experiences her students gain in Lifeskills will enable them to "respect differing points of views and realize that they have a voice in world issues such as social justice, and that they can start to make a difference now as pre-teens."

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King students put their science research skills into practice

Nick DeFelice, Acting Chair of the Science Department, is enthusiastically collaborating with Science faculty across the school to build upon the student experience.  The objective, as Mr. DeFelice describes it, is to "teach students to think and work like scientists, as they engage in expanded opportunities for hands on work that is designed to allow students to ask questions, form hypotheses, design experiments, analyze data, form conclusions, and communicate findings as a way to learn the content and to demonstrate their understanding."  King teachers are coaches, guiding students in their investigations and journey in learning about certain topics of the natural world.

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Middle and Upper School thespians explore connection, communication and identity in Bridges, a series of play readings

Middle and Upper School's talented artists are collaborating this Fall to perform Bridges, a collection of powerful Readings centered on communication, connection, and identity.  These themes are highly relevant to adolescents and young adults and certainly resonate during this pandemic as we all try to understand how meaningfully to communicate and connect. 

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