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The King Upper School program emphasizes self-knowledge, fearless learning, and healthy risk-taking - all qualities that lead to a life of purpose and success. Authentic, respectful challenge encourages a growth mindset that leads to students' achieving their personal best in the classroom, on the stage, and on the athletic fields. Students engage as active learners and are prepared to thrive in college and in life.

"Learning to be a fearless learner is such an important skill for students today. At King, we teach that the world is complicated and you can navigate it."
Marnie Sadlowsky, Head of Upper School

We invite you to learn more about one of Stamford's top-rated private high-schools, explore the benefits of our program, and browse our rigorous high school curriculum. Also, view our Upper School in Action, and check out our High School Clubs and Activities. We look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming events!

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Pushing the envelope with classroom discussions

History & Social Science Faculty

"It's wonderful to watch students become more self-confident and articulate as they engage with multiple perspectives and multifaceted problems."

In the Upper School, the key to academic excellence stems from:

Opportunities for students to engage with a thoughtfully designed, sophisticated program in the liberal arts and sciences that requires students to be active, in-depth learners

Commitment to Academic Excellence
The Upper School program emphasizes self-knowledge, fearless learning, and healthy risk-taking -- all qualities that lead to a life of purpose and success. Each King student is unique, so we give you the ability to design your own academic path. As part of King's rigorous core curriculum, you may design your own Advanced Tutorial courses or choose to graduate with a Certificate of Distinction in STEM, Leadership, Global Studies, or World Languages. In addition, you can choose from advanced seminars in specialized topics, including Research and Development courses in all science areas; honors-level independent studies that you design with a Faculty advisor; 22 AP course options; and numerous electives. Guiding you along the way is a fully developmental, personalized College Counseling program that helps you shape a pathway to the finest colleges and universities. LEARN MORE.

STEM
Discover how the STEM disciplines influence one another and prepare you for success in college. You can graduate with a STEM Distinction, learning first-hand real world skills and pursuing a Capstone Project. Choose from courses in advanced programming, Multivariable Calculus, and Digital Mobile App Development. Technology is a complex tool; at King, you will learn to engage it with skill and wisdom. You can join the King Math Team which excels at both the County and State levels. LEARN MORE.

Reading and Writing
You will use literary analysis to dissect challenging texts. Your writing will continue to blossom as you learn to build persuasive arguments. Small, seminar-style classroom discussions give you the opportunity to develop your critical thinking skills and find your voice. You can sharpen your public speaking skills further by presenting at King Talks, in Debate Club tournaments, and at Model UN conferences. LEARN MORE.

Enriching Opportunities
Immerse yourself in a wide range of academic, club, arts, and athletic opportunities that will take you places you hadn’t even considered. Team with talented peers as you create the Literary Arts magazine, produce a film, or pursue victory on the athletic field.

Support by Exceptional Faculty

Exceptional Faculty
Our private high school Faculty are dedicated to being experts in their subject areas. Our teachers support students with meaningful learning experiences which help students explore sophisticated topics and think creatively and independently to learn to design solutions to real world problems. MEET OUR FACULTY.

King's Approach to Teaching and Learning
Our teachers know the power of using their students' interests, learning patterns, and personal goals to drive rigorous academic exploration. US Faculty use the latest educational research to guide student-centered instruction. King's deeply experienced Faculty allow for curricular flexibility. In addition to learning from core classes, students can take advantage of advanced tutorials and specialized seminars, AP courses, and honors-level independent studies they design with a Faculty advisor. LEARN MORE.

A Kind, Respectful Community

Be a member of a community that is grounded in four King Virtues -- Integrity, Kindness, Perseverance, and Respect. At King, you are joining a family that wants you to succeed and appreciates you for who you are. You will benefit from a strong personal and academic Advisory system that will support and guide you throughout your high school years. King offers a supportive, reflective environment that embraces diversity and inclusion as central to educational excellence and to success in a multicultural world. Our King Cares Service Program, takes shape in the rich array of clubs, coursework, and travel opportunities, both domestic and international. Be inspired to serve and to see service as integral to who you are and who you will become. LEARN MORE.

Upper School in Action

AP Psychology students explore sensation and perception in new Innovation Lab

AP Psychology students, collaborating in design and application teams, used their ideation and problem-solving skills and leveraged the materials and space of the new Innovation Lab to model a sense organ (vision or hearing), explain the mode of transduction (process of converting one form of energy into another) for that sense, and connect that sense to various perceptual concepts and disorders.

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King Students Lead Annual Model United Nations Training Conference

King's annual Model United Nations (MUN) training conference took place last week and was impressively organized and managed by our senior and junior leaders. The MUN Club at King promotes student understanding of international issues and relations; promotes understanding of the role and procedures of the United Nations; fosters public speaking and negotiating skills; enables motivated students to experience contact, and to measure themselves in interaction with able and motivated college preparatory students from around the nation and the world.

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King School Knows a Growth Mindset is Key to Raising Healthy Children

It's hard to spend even a brief moment in the world of education these days without hearing about the importance of "grit" or "resilience" or the role of a "growth mindset" in raising healthy children and adolescents. King School emphasizes self-knowledge, fearless learning, and respectful challenge, which encourage a growth mindset. This mindset leads to students' achieving their personal best in the classroom, on the stage, and on the athletic fields.

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A King Talk with Head of School Dr. Karen Eshoo

On Wednesday, September 12, the Upper School Community gathered in the PAC for a King Talk with Dr. Karen Eshoo. King Talks were introduced in 2014 and are modeled after Ted Talks, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas through short videos from some of the most engaging speakers in the world. During her Talk, Dr. Eshoo fielded questions from students and provided insight on her life, passion, and preferred pizza toppings.

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