Girls Thrive at King Co-Ed Private School

Stepping out of her comfort zone

Alonna Christy '18

"Art and athletics provide a safe space for me - it makes me feel comfortable, be more vocal and come out of my shell."

Stepping into character, collaborating with peers

Gouri Krishnan '23

"I had to give a speech when I ran for student council. Having that extra confidence boost from being able to perform on stage was really helpful."

Connecting topics in different disciplines

Elena Gribelyuk '18

“I recognized both the inherent beauty of the discipline as well as its crucial importance to other fields of knowledge.”

“How can boys and girls learn how to interact as equals in the workplace if they have no experience interacting as equals in school?” - Diana F. Halpern, PhD, former President of the American Psychological Association (Source)

All-Girls School vs. Co-Ed School

Parents looking for a private education for their daughter may wonder, "Is a single-sex education better or should I send my daughter to a co-ed private school?”

Some parents feel that an all-girls school helps girls focus on their studies, gain self-confidence since they are not self-conscious about speaking up in front of boys, and take leadership roles. Although an all-girls education may help some girls, it’s important to note that there are elements of a co-ed education that are vital to your daughter’s growth and development. What’s most valuable is to find a private school where girls can thrive and, more specifically, where your daughter is able to find her voice and build the foundation for success in her cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Why Choose a Co-ed School for Your Daughter?

As you consider what type of school is best for your daughter, consider the advantages for girls of attending a co-ed school.
  • Co-ed learning can enhance academic learning: Learning with girls and boys exposes girls to different ways of thinking and varied experiences. In a co-ed environment, the skills girls learn in sharing, listening, and respecting multiple perspectives, enables them to debate, create, and become fearless learners and leaders.
  • Co-ed environment teaches vital life skills: Learning with girls and boys teaches girls to feel comfortable with diversity, and promotes socialization and communication skills. Girls learn to interact as equals and to master the vital life skills needed to succeed in school and in the co-ed workforce.
  • Co-ed learning challenges gender stereotypes: In a co-ed environment, students interact with one another and with adult role models in multiple roles. As girls pursue their passions and strive to grow and compete as scientists, leaders, mathematicians, athletes, musicians, technologists, historians, and writers, girls of all ages can gain a more sophisticated and more flexible understanding of the broad, challenging roles that they can achieve.

How Do Girls Thrive at King School?

Girls at King School actively engage in their learning by leading projects, collaborating with teachers and classmates, and taking pride in achieving their goals.

Girls gain the skills and self-confidence to explore their sense of self and their place in the world because, at King, girls are valued members of a community that understands girls as individuals, fosters a growth mindset, challenges girls to pursue new opportunities, and celebrates girls’ accomplishments.

A Better Standard for Education

At King School, we seek more than achievement for our students. We open minds and spark courageous thinking.

Every day, our students discover and forge their unique paths to excellence as we teach, guide, and cheer them on.

Because when we set better standards for both the experience and outcomes of education, students cultivate the insights and heart to own their future.

Fostering a love of reading

Priya Dohil ‘27

“Ms. Pambianchi taught me to read with my imagination making the story real, so in my head the story plays like a movie.”

Finding passion in International Relations

Katrina Focke '15

"King's support allowed me to gain the confidence to move to France and gave me the guidance and support I needed to become the person I wanted to be."

Changing education in Haiti

Nedgine Paul '04

"At King I started to fall in love with education. It was then that I started to explore how to get involved in education professionally and I started tutoring."

  • Academics: At King, a thoughtfully designed, challenging curriculum, supported by a nurturing community, offers girls the opportunity to find their passions and achieve their goals. Girls and boys are encouraged to explore, make interesting observations, develop deeper mastery, and make meaningful friendships, all as part of a dynamic learning community. Many girls choose to pursue the additional rigorous coursework and capstone projects needed to graduate with a Certificate of Distinction in STEM, Global Studies, Leadership, World Languages, or Visual Arts.
  • Athletics: Girls proudly represent their teams and King School in a competitive athletics program designed as an essential component of each girl’s overall educational experience. Girls compete on a variety of high school Varsity and JV as well as Middle School teams. Elementary school girls learn about team sports through a fun and challenging physical education program. As scholar-athletes and as leaders on the Captain’s Council, King girls embody the positive attributes of teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, and self-discipline. The Girls Varsity Volleyball team has won the FAA championship each of the past 5 years and has won the NEPSAC Championship five of the last six years. The Girls Varsity Softball team has also won multiple FAA championships.
  • Extracurriculars: Girls at King serve as leaders and active participants in a wide range of extracurricular activities in all divisions, including: Math Olympiad; Lego robotics; chess; Math Team; Math Teacher Assistants Club; Model UN; Girls Advancing in STEM; Robotics Club; Investment Club; Debate Team; Student Council; King Ambassadors; theater, music, and art performances; Yearbook Club; Photography Club; and numerous student-led service clubs and activities addressing causes ranging from homelessness and hunger to literacy and the environment.
  • College Preparation: Each student works with an experienced college counselor throughout a 4-year developmental, student-centered program to discover the most competitive fit. Students are empowered to reflect on their passions, capabilities, and ambitions as they are guided by a college counselor to select their academic and activity program, create a standardized testing strategy, identify their college list, complete their applications, and make a thoughtful final decision. King alumnae attend some of the top colleges and universities in the country.

Visit King School Today!

If you’re exploring a private school education, consider King School where your daughter will be inspired in a community that unites academic challenge, kindness, and personal growth.

King School has been helping girls and boys thrive for over 150 years. Learn more about our specific academic programs and how all students thrive at King:

Did you know?

King School is a convergence of all-girls and all-boys schools.

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