Welcome to the Middle School
Students are told from a young age they need to focus their interests. By the time they reach adolescence -- precisely the time when they should be broadening their passions and talents -- they are instead becoming specialists.
Our children deserve schools that encourage self-discovery and build their confidence in exploring more things -- not picking one thing. King School sets a better standard by cultivating a student-centered environment in a private school where children thrive because they can become “both/and”: a rower and a robot-maker, a designer and a defenseman, a chemist and a choreographer.
A Better Standard for Middle School
When adolescents can delve into an expansive range of interests and topics, they are more likely to discover the multitude of their talents and passions, as well as identify opportunities for growth. Students who feel supported in keeping open minds ask, “What’s next?” and “Why not?” as they look to their futures. As a private middle school in Stamford, CT, King promotes this self-exploration and self-awareness, encouraging students to discover their academic, artistic, and athletic talents in ways that foster balance, growth, and overall wellness.
“I’ve learned that anyone can make a difference, whether packing a lunch for someone, helping kids with homework, or running a 5K in support of other children.”
— Finleigh B., Middle School student
“I had to give a speech when I ran for student council. Having that extra confidence boost from being able to perform on stage was really helpful.”
— Gouri K., Middle School student
Middle School in Action
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.
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.
PA King Cares Co Chairs are grateful for our generous community and volunteers: "On January 24, a dedicated and enthusiastic group of nine PA King Cares parents and three very generous faculty members loaded up the King vans and headed into New York City for a 10:00 p.m. rendezvous with a Midnight Run representative."
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Class of 2020 has achieved success in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and on the stage; now they are preparing to pursue lives of ongoing inquiry and purpose in college. Congratulations to the 43 seniors who have been accepted and have already committed to attend their first choice college or university!
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.