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

King Music Residency: Connecting Communities Through Music

King hosted its sixth annual El Sistema Residency, in which talented musicians from King's Middle and Upper Schools collaborated in intensive music workshops with visiting students of various El Sistema USA programs, including Stamford's own Project Music.

The residency's overarching focus is to inspire a deeper connection between communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds by using music as a vehicle to give voice to diverse cultural identities and amplify lived experiences.

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Middle School Advisories Celebrate Women at King for Women's History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month, middle school advisories organized an appreciation for women by acknowledging the wonderful contributions made by women at King School. The advisors identified a woman at King, referred to as a celebrant, that they would like to get to know better and prepared questions for an interview with her. Information about the celebrant is then featured on a dedicated bulletin board.

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Middle School students' top tips for adapting to learning during a pandemic

Middle School students applied their creativity and resilience to maintain focus and learn in innovative ways during these unprecedented times. After almost a year of living in a "new normal," students from grades 6, 7, and 8 share their wisdom. "Be as respectful and kind as possible during times like these because we never know how deeply someone is hurting," said Siena Gambino '27.

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Grade 6 King students develop their own identity as historians

Phoebe Lewis describes what she loves most about the King School Grade 6 history program as "learning so many new and exciting things about our world's past. Our class has open discussions and we work on fun projects with groups that make us understand the material in a better way. From our identity projects to being educated more about Africa, it was interesting and informative. We read about personal stories regarding immigrants to various countries and this allowed us to understand our lessons in an informative and meaningful way."  

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