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

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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New Hot Coffee, Hot Topics Speaker Series Starts by Exploring Cultural Competence

Dr. Jean-Baptiste introduced a new series of parent education events: Hot Coffee, Hot Topics.  These are parent/caregiver workshops and discussions to grow our collective social, intellectual, emotional capacity for navigating current cultural and social transformations that impact how children learn.  In these events, parents and caregivers will engage with each other, learn, and talk about tools, strategies, and challenges for developing cultural competence and how to provide a full circle of support for students from school to home.

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