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Upper School

The Power of Possibility

At King, our students bring a unique blend of interests and talents to the educational experience. No two journeys are the same. Our schedule allows the flexibility for students to pursue passions and explore new interests. King students have access to a wide range of offerings that allow them customize their studies while deepening their identities as scholars.

King offers a four-year college counseling program. Starting in Grade 9, students are paired with an experienced counselor who guides the college preparatory journey. Students work with their counselors, teachers, and families to shape their curricular and co-curricular strategies, prepare for standardized tests, identify the right list of colleges, complete applications and make the right selection.

King's Upper School emphasizes self-knowledge, expansive learning, and courageous thinking the very qualities that lead to happy and healthy lives filled with possibility. 

Inquiry-based learning can be found throughout the Upper School.

The Advanced Science Program for Independent Research and Engineering (ASPIRE) places students in internships at the most prestigious labs in the country. Our Leadership program provides students with opportunities to interact with school administrators to make improvements to the King community. We have ongoing assessment and instruction meetings for faculty in which we focus on teaching practices and student assessments that bolster our inquiry-based approach in real time. The Upper School is rich with clubs, including the Math Team, Model UN, and the Odyssey of the Mind, all of which emphasize inquiry and research. Our interdisciplinary electives further extend the possibilities available to our students. 

Everything in the inquiry-based approach to learning in the King Upper School cultivates curiosity and fosters self-discovery.

 

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, Head of Upper School

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Upper School in Action

Dr. William Schpero KLHT'06 To Serve as Commencement Speaker

King School is thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker for this year's commencement ceremony will be health economist Dr. William Schpero KLHT'06, an assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Economics of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In addition to teaching, Schpero studies Medicaid and co-founded the Medicaid Data Learning Network and the Medicaid Insights Colloquium. His work aims to identify policy levers to address racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care.

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Upper School Science Fair Culminates Months of Scientific Research

A testament to the science curriculum’s emphasis on inquiry and research, the eighth annual Upper School Science Fair featured 70 projects spanning various scientific fields, showcasing the diverse interests of students from Grade 9 to Grade 12. During presentations to peers, teachers, and family, students demonstrated a profound understanding of their work and the scientific method. Winning projects, including honorable mentions and a single Best-In-Fair award, will be announced at the upcoming STEM Colloquium on Wednesday, May 22.

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Students Host Living History Events for Holocaust Remembrance Day

In commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 6, middle and upper school students took a step into the past, hosting two separate events that brought the harrowing accounts of Holocaust survivors directly to King. Through intimate interviews, the students heard testimonials and considered the unsettling proximity of the historical devastation to our present day.

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Seniors Present Capstone Portfolios at Art Colloquiums

At this year's Art Colloquiums, seniors presented their culminating OPEN capstone portfolios after years of artistic exploration. The presentations at the Performing Arts Center showcased the students' personal growth and creative experimentation throughout their time at King. Themes of personal evolution, societal reflection, and artistic exploration were evident throughout the presentations, highlighting the diverse talents and perspectives of the graduating class.

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Justina Marque ’27 Wins Prestigious Global Award

On the heels of earning diplomatic recognition at the Harvard Model UN in January, Grade 9 student Justina Marque has won the prestigious Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) Salomon Prize for her essay "The Gift of My Dual Identity." The piece earned her the top and only prize given at the high school level in the prestigious writing competition that included entries from around the world. Her essay, which explores her journey toward embracing her multicultural identity, aligns with the initiative's goal of promoting awareness and understanding of global issues among young writers.

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Twenty-one Seniors Inducted into King Cum Laude Society

Twenty-one seniors were recently inducted into the Cum Laude Society during a ceremony at the Performing Arts Center. Founded in 1906, the society honors academic achievement in secondary schools and promotes values of excellence, justice, and honor. Members are selected based on academic performance, with King School's chapter able to nominate up to 20% of its senior class. English teacher Suzanne Gigante delivered the society's formal charge, encouraging the new members to contribute to the pursuit of knowledge and embrace imperfection in their endeavors. Applause filled the theater as each recipient received their certificate.

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Upper School Spring Instrumental and Choral Concert Highlights Dedication and Growth

Months of practice and rehearsal culminated at the Upper School Spring Instrumental and Choral Concert at King School's Performing Arts Center theater on Thursday, April 25. The genre-spanning showcase featured stellar work by the Chamber Strings, Choir, Jazz Combo, Band, and Project Music ensembles. A capstone of the upper school music experience, each performance served as a testament to the collective effort and growth of the ensembles throughout the year.

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King Hosts Ninth El Sistema Residency, Welcoming Musicians From Across the Northeast

Last weekend, King School’s Performing Arts Center reverberated with passion as 160 students, 20 professional musicians, and numerous dedicated parent volunteers convened for the ninth annual El Sistema residency. The beloved event was a testament to King’s commitment to music and its ability to foster connections between communities of different socioeconomic backgrounds, give voice to diverse cultural identities, and amplify lived experiences.

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Charlotte Frank ’25 and Connor Neary ’25 Join the Quill and Scroll Society

Last month, friends and family gathered to watch Charlotte Frank ’25 and Connor Neary ’25 fasten pins above their hearts, hold candles of truth, raise their right hands, and take the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society pledge. Charlotte, who works on the King newspaper “The Pelican,” and Connor, who helped found and now contributes to “The Morning Show,” promised to do everything in their power to work for the advancement of the community and live up to the ideals of journalism with impartiality and authenticity.

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