Rooted in respect and personal responsibility, the King culture offers a supportive and reflective environment that embraces diversity as central component to educational excellence. The Diversity Program promotes understanding, dialogue, empowerment, and opportunities among the King community.
PreK-Grade 12 Curriculum
The Diversity Program is integrated across the PreK-Grade 12 curriculum. Age-appropriate texts are carefully selected from different global, cultural, religious, gender, and socioeconomic perspectives to engender awareness and class conversations.
To build upon the curriculum, there are additional initiatives:
- Across multiple-divisions, we celebrate: Multi-Cultural Fair, Multi-Cultural BBQ, and the Mix-It-Up Lunch.
- In Lower School, we build upon the theme of identity. Through developmentally appropriate classroom activities, students share “Who Am I?” and “What makes me unique?”
- In Middle School, conversations are held to engage in reflections on gender norms and stereotypes, personal identity, microaggressions and micro-affirmations. King students in Grades 7 and 8 join students from other independent schools at a yearly diversity conference sponsored through the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.
- In Upper School, students are offered the opportunity to engage in discussions about issues of social identity and multiculturalism. Through these experiences, students build community, learn core concepts, and engage in honest dialogue. A group of US students and Faculty attend the yearly National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), a part of the yearly People of Color in Independent Schools Conference (PoCC). Faculty also attends the annual White Privilege Conference.
Faculty & Staff Diversity Committee
The Committee on Diversity consists of a broad range of King Faculty and Staff who work in collaboration to support and promote intellectual, cultural, and social pluralism at King. This advisory group is responsible for monitoring programs and policies adopted by the School in supporting its commitment to diversity. The Committee works closely with the Director of Diversity to promote shared values of mutual understanding and collaboration around intellectual and cultural understanding, diversity, and inclusion.
Parent Diversity Committee
The mission of the Parent Diversity Committee (PDC) is to help create a safe, welcoming space for parents and the entire King community to embrace diversity at the School, and within our community. The goal of this committee is to serve as a liaison with the PA as a resource for parents, particularly those new to King. The PDC works with the Director of Diversity to engage the School on matters of difference, works together to tackle barriers, and embraces opportunities to enhance diversity. The committee brings events to the King community, including: movie screenings, book readings and celebrations of the full spectrum of issues of difference, race and class, learning differences, non-traditional families, and gender equality. The PDC looks to become agents of change in many ways on issues of social justice and equality. King is a place for all parents.