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
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."
King School is proud to have has earned the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Thank you to our dedicated Faculty, who support our students every day and encourage them to explore a high level of intellectual curiosity and a cultivate a strong independent work ethic.
Congratulations to Jordan Kulick '19 and Chloe Simonte '19 on their acceptances to two prestigious programs: music theatre and voice performance. Jordan will attend Elon University and Chloe will attend Bucknell University.
A group of US students and chaperones are discovering the magic and history of Athens. On Day 1, they climbed the Acropolis rock and visited the Parthenon, home of Athena, goddess of wisdom.
It was a perfect evening to celebrate excellence, friendship, and 96 members of the Class of 2019 as the King community gathered under blue skies and a massive white tent. This year's Commencement Exercises took place on Friday, May 31, and included remarks from Head of School Dr. Karen Eshoo, and three Valedictorians: Grethe Andersen, Mallory Ehlers, and Annie Michalski. The Commencement Address was delivered by Nedgine Paul Deroly '04 and the Senior Speaker was Dean Pigott.
At King, excellence occurs in a community context. On Prize Day, 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."
Congratulations to our US students who have been nominated for a Halo award. King received 14 nominations, up from 8 last year! The Annual High School Halo Awards honors high school students' achievements in all aspects of theatre. Over 60 high schools from across the State of Connecticut are participating in the 16th Annual Halo Awards this year!