At first glance, King School’s campus is noticeably quieter over the summer, but stay for a bit and you’ll discover King continuing to uphold its mission locally and abroad.
Fun Camp welcomed students from Kindergarten through sixth grade to the Lower School. Daily activities were split across two morning periods, one focused on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), and another focused on physical activity. After lunch and free time, the afternoon featured special on-campus activities or a field trip to a local attraction.
In the Upper School, Summer Institute provided classes for sixth through twelfth grade students to explore new subjects or advance their academic and artistic knowledge. Many of the three and six-week courses allowed students to earn credit in a variety of math courses as well as studio art, global studies, public speaking, and computer science.
The Global Education program gave King eighth and ninth grade students the opportunity to immerse themselves internationally in the cultures and customs of other countries. This year, four groups of student and faculty chaperones traveled across Europe, each focusing on different aspects of their chosen location. In addition to planned tours and activities, students were encouraged to think more critically about themselves as global citizens.
Viking athletes stayed busy over the summer with many activities on and off campus. Varsity coaches and summer partners hosted King athletes and others for field hockey, volleyball, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse training. To keep their skills sharp members of King football and boys basketball teams worked out multiple times a week. Basketball players also participated in a local summer league. Crew athletes excelled at the Olympic Development Program, earning numerous medals, while golfers, tennis players, swimmers, figure skaters, and fencers shined both near and far. Finally, the first annual college showcase was held on campus at the end of July in collaboration with JA Elite Soccer, and CT Elite Field Hockey concluded their summer programming at King with a preseason prep camp in August.
For those considering a King education, the admissions office continued to meet with prospective families. A new early childhood series, “Nurturing Children’s Curiosity: An Essential Skill for Deeper Learning,” invited parents and their children into the PreKindergarten classrooms to meet teachers and engage in activities centered around art, storytelling, building, sensory play, and dramatic play. Parents learned more about King's approach to education and left each session with new ideas for how to support independent purposeful play at home.
Throughout all of these activities, King’s incredible maintenence department worked to maintain the campus grounds and buildings. Some of the many projects included cleaning floors, painting walls, and pruning and watering foliage through the hottest months. As always, their dedication and hard work help ensure that the school looks its best at the beginning of each academic year.