This article originally appeared in the Moffly Media 2018-2019 Education Guide, by Marnie Sadlowsky, Associate Head of School for Program, Head of Upper School: Adolescents who learn to focus on behaviors rather than broad goals are often more resilient and capable of working through a host of challenges.
King Upper School
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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
- Support by Exceptional Faculty
- A Kind, Respectful Community
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of School Dr. Karen E. Eshoo may be new to King and just settled into her office but her years of experience and profound knowledge took her to Atlanta in July to serve for her third year as Faculty at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Institute for New Heads (INH). As a member of the esteemed faculty, Karen collaborated with other Heads to help prepare new heads of school for successful leadership transitions.
That Cam Raker '19 has a competitive edge comes as no surprise to King sports fans. A standout hockey player, he also excels in soccer, tennis, and lacrosse. What is less known is his prowess in math. Despite his on-field success, it is in the math department that Cam might shine brightest.
During the last three weeks of the school year, all seniors develop and complete their own Senior Projects. The program encourages each senior to study, work, or become involved in exploring an area of interest that, it is hoped, might engage and inspire him/her. Hear from a few members of the Class of 2018 as they create, collaborate and inspire.
Congratulations to our US student-athletes who received All-FAA, All-New England, All-Western New England and All-Star recognition throughout the 2017-18 Athletics Season in Fall, Winter, and Spring Sports at King.
At King, excellence occurs in a community context. On Prize Day and at Commencement, we called out individuals' names as embodiments of excellence, but the fact is that no one can achieve anything alone. "Teachers, classmates' comments or debates in class or in study groups or teams, great assignments, careful coaching - this is what supports excellence.
The All-American: Kelly Gouin Earns USA Lacrosse All-American Honors, for the first In Vikings History. A versatile lefty midfielder in both lacrosse (and equally as talented on the football field), Kelly remains adaptable, powerful and composed. In 2017, he was instrumental in leading the King Lacrosse Team to a FAA Tournament Championship and attended the Epoch Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy as a member of the Northeast conference team last summer to polish is craft.
Elena Gribelyuk '18, Ali Wheeler '18, and Max Helman '18 earned a STEM Distinction and presented their Capstone work to US students, Faculty, and parents at King's annual STEM Colloquium. Dr. Thomas Castonguay, Chair of the Science Department and Director of STEM, underscores the value of a Capstone experience by explaining, "In effect, students are provided an authentic experience that is characteristic of STEM conducted on a professional level."
Congratulations Nick Fellows and Riley Jones as "Rhonda and Dave" in Almost, Maine who won a Halo Awards this year for Best Performance by a Couple or Dynamic Duo in a Play. The Halo Awards are presented by the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT and honor high school students' achievements in all aspects of theatre.
Our Upper School Prize Day celebrates students' talents and commitments as they're surrounded by their classmates, families, and faculty. On Wednesday, May 30, the ceremony included additional recognition as two members of the Class of 2018 were appointed to our country's military academies. Congressman Jim Himes, along with MyLinh Shattan, Congressional District Coordinator & USMA Class of 1991, appointed Abby Price and Evan Townsend-Henry preparing them to embark on a future of service and dedication. Abby will attend the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, CO and Evan will attend the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, at West Point.