Welcome to the Upper School
An Expansive Adventure
Schools that urge high school students to follow the expected path, check only the right boxes, and polish their resumes are failing our students -- and breeding stress and anxiety.
At King School, we set a better standard by encouraging students to see learning as a personal adventure; one without a defined beginning, middle, or end. Our students engage deeply with the experience of education -- not just mastering material, but also inviting collaboration, applying knowledge, and making unexpected discoveries.
A Better Standard for Upper School
When young adults are cheered on as they begin to take ownership of their ambitions and achievements, they feel like stars of a team designed and built for their drive for excellence. As a private high school located in Stamford, CT, King school empowers students to unleash their greatness by emphasizing self-knowledge, expansive learning, and courageous thinking -- the very qualities that lead to happy, healthy, and purposeful lives.
“At King, we emphasize that an excellent education takes students where they want to go. We also believe that courage and compassion are essential components in the search for purpose, a key element of a King education. Our students support one another as they begin to bring their ambitions into sharper focus and work to achieve their goals, cheered on by the whole community.”
— Marnie Sadlowsky, Associate Head of School for Program and Head of Upper School
“Conducting my own scientific research in the Advanced Science Program for Research and Engineering (ASPIRE) is an incomparable experience.”
— Ashley X., Upper School student
"It’s fascinating to learn the stories of others, and how aspects of people's experiences have come to formulate what they believe. To me, there's always something to be learned from every person and their experiences."
— Will H., Upper School student
Upper School in Action
The King Model United Nations (MUN) team had remarkable success at the MUN conference at Brown, Nov. 8-11. Nineteen delegates from our Upper School participated in a variety of committees and became involved in engaging topics. Diana Degnan '20 received the best delegate and first place award Alec Sherman '20 received the honorable mention and third place.
It was a weekend to celebrate the deep history of King School; our competitive athletics; a spirited community; and giving back. The weather cooperated (mostly) for Homecoming Weekend 2019 as families, staffulty, neighbors, friends, and alums - dating back to the Class of 1969 - gathered on campus for a fun-filled weekend.
Diana is a three-sport athlete who excels in athletics, academics, and community outreach. As a PCA Triple-Impact Competitor finalist, Degnan has embodied the model of making herself, her team, and her sport better by being a leader on and off the field.
The Yale Physics Olympics, which was established in 1998, is an all-day physics competition for Connecticut and surrounding area high school students and teachers. This year consisted of a new set of exciting challenges that demanded, at the very least, solid understanding of physics, mathematical acuity, and savviness with tools and instruments.
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.
US students Samantha Berman '21 and Sarah DiModica '21 are taking a stand on climate change. On Friday, Sept. 27 they organized a Climate Week strike during the US Advisory period.
In September, Moffly Media publishes their 'Top Teens to Watch' issue in Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan/Darien, and Westport/Wilton Magazines. Students who live in each town are selected based on their outstanding achievements, intelligence, and passion. Six King Students were selected this year and "these kids are dreaming big. This group is smart, engaged, dedicated and focused. Their interests are wide-ranging and ... they believe in themselves as agents of change."
Congratulations to Will Hall-Tipping '20 on being selected as a Global Citizens Initiative (GCI) Fellow 2019. "'I've always found it fascinating to learn the stories of others, and how aspects of people's experiences have come to formulate what they believe. To me, there's always something to be learned from every person and their experiences."
Congratulations to Milei Wyatt '21 on being selected as a Global Citizens Initiative (GCI) Fellow 2019. According to the GCI website, "Fellows are participants in the GCI Fellowship. They are outstanding and engaged global citizens from around the world with an innate commitment to build a better tomorrow and catalyze positive change."