Please expand the tabs below to find answers to our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact the Director of the Summer Institute, Brian Coughlan at summerinstitute@kingschoolct.org.


REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2020 begins Feb 1, 2020

Are any of the academic courses offered for credit?

Yes, some may be taken for credit with the approval of the student’s home school. Any of the six week courses qualify. Since a great deal of material must be covered in these six weeks, these classes move at a quick pace and up to two hours of homework is assigned per night. Only students who are prepared to move at this pace and complete significant nightly homework should consider these courses. In addition, we are very pleased that these classes have been officially recognized as credible "for credit" courses by both independent and public school.

Are students expected to complete homework?

Other than classes taken for credit (see above) Upper School academic classes assign 30 to 60 minutes of homework per night. Some of the Middle School classes may have up to about 20 to 30 minutes of homework per night.

What is the average class size?

Most classes enroll between six and eight students. Our most popular classes may have as many as twelve to fourteen students enrolled.

Can I sign my child up for more than one class?

Absolutely. We made the schedule such that you can pick a combination of the courses and make a personalized grouping of courses. Many students sign up for combinations of 3 week courses, after their morning six week courses, or students take a varied combination of three week courses. Make your schedule as long or as short as your summer time permits.

When should a student enroll?

Ideally, a student should enroll as early as possible in order to secure a spot in a given class. However, in the event that the class is not filled, a student may enroll up to the first day of class.

What sort of students tend to enroll in the Summer Institute?

In short, all sorts. Students from over 20 different schools. These schools consist of Fairfield and Westchester County public and independent schools and boarding schools across the Northeast. And, like King in general, we experience a strong diversity of students from many different ages and backgrounds. Our Summer Institute students are motivated and have found their experience here academically and personally rewarding, regardless of who they are or where they are from.

Should I bring my lunch or snack to Summer Institute?

Yes. Students who want to eat while on campus bring their own lunch or snack.

Is it OK if my child misses a day or two of class during the summer?

In most cases, yes. Missing classes becomes a bigger issue if the course is a “for credit” course. In this event, roughly a week’s worth of material is covered each day, which means that missing a day will require significant make-up work with the teacher. However, this can be worked out, and students who miss a day or two must take some initiative to catch up without impacting their experience and course completion.

What happens if there is time between two classes?

Your child is expected to attend only the classes for which he/she signed up. Therefore, students arrive in a staggered fashion throughout the morning depending on the start time for a student's first class. If there are one-hour periods between classes during which the student has no scheduled class, a study hall can be made available.

Are students able to receive extra help from their Summer Institute teachers?

Absolutely! One of the things we pride ourselves on is the individual attention that each student receives from his/her teachers. It is not at all uncommon for a teacher to telephone a student’s parents to discuss progress, to stay late or come in early to meet privately with a student, or to assess a student in a way that brings out their inherent abilities. The Summer Institute teachers are also happy, with a parent’s permission, to contact a student’s home school teacher in a given subject to get background information, discuss progress, and report results.

Can I pay my child’s Summer Institute tuition with a personal check?

Please email summerinstitute@kingschoolct.org and we will send you the registration form. Once you complete the form and send alongside your check you will receive registration confirmation and you will be all set!

Is financial assistance available for Summer Institute?

Tuition assistance is need-based, and all requests need to be made by April 15. For further instructions please contact Marc Saracino, Assistant Director of Admissions, at msaracino@kingschoolct.org|
or call (203) 322-3496, Ext. 490.

How do you handle cancellations, withdrawals, and course changes?

All fees must accompany the student’s registration form in order for the student to participate. The Summer Institute reserves the right to add or cancel courses at any time based on enrollment or staffing. If a class is canceled for any reason, we will immediately notify the student’s family and a refund check will be issued. If a student withdraws from the program for any reason, a full refund will be given through May 15. When a course's enrollment capacity is full, a notice will be placed next to that course on this website.