Welcome to the King Lower School in Stamford
Our Academics Set us Ahead
Childhood is a time of exploration, wonder, and discovery. At King School, we are committed to fostering meaningful learning experiences. Students are active collaborators in the learning process and engage with their environment to explore what they admire, question, and are naturally curious about.
At King’s Lower School, we honor students’ ideas and creativity; we allow time for them to think, pause, and collaborate with their peers. In turn, they build essential foundational skills, become good listeners, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers.
Our Community Sets Us Apart
The Lower School prides itself on fostering an environment centered around King’s virtues of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect. Beyond the classroom, students learn how to develop good character, become global citizens, and foster friendships with one another.
Our Graduates Set US Above
In the Lower School, students in Grades 4 and 5 benefit from an intentionally designed program that prepares them for greater academic, social, and emotional development in the following years. This approach positions our students as confident leaders of the Lower School while also exposing them to the content, skills, and transitional experiences that will prepare them for the challenges of Middle School.
With strong foundational skills and a sense of self-advocacy, our students chart their own path through Middle and Upper School and arrive confident, prepared, and ready to make an impact.
“We created the Grade 4 probability carnival for the younger students. Even though they were having fun, we were actually teaching them math!”
— Gracie H., Lower School student
“King encourages me to follow my passions. I like STEM activities. We get to make our own objects that solve the problem that needs to be solved.”
— Varun B., Lower School student
“In Science, we were real inventors, creating our own inventions to help us solve a problem. In Math, we learned about economics by creating a marketplace and selling a product to our classmates.”
— Tim D., Lower School student
PreKindergarten and Kindergarten
King's young learners, starting at age 3, experience education as a path of discovery, understanding, wonder, and joy. These ideas are grounded in our project-based teaching and learning program.
King's young children are encouraged to ask questions and make their own discoveries. King School’s Grade 1–5 program is an interactive, hands-on experience that nurtures a love of learning and working with others.
Lower School in Action
To kick off the new year, upper school French teacher Denise Mihailoff and lower school teacher Helen Santoro teamed up for an opportunity to collaborate on curriculum across divisions. While upper school french students are researching the legacy of cultural heritage, Grade 5 students are learning about ancient civilizations, providing the students with a unique opportunity to make connections in one another’s learning.
King School’s fifth grade class ventured off campus to the capital city of Hartford to explore the Connecticut Science Center, a museum that boasts over 165 hands-on exhibits for its visitors to experience. Among the exhibits that the class visited were Forces in Motion, Sight and Sound, Exploring Space, Invention Dimension, Sports Lab, and Mummies of the World, a traveling exhibit.
In alignment with King School’s commitment to community, King is collaborating with Darien-based nonprofit Person to Person this holiday season. The relationship is not new, but with each year, it grows more plentiful. King recently hosted the most successful food drive to date, donating 5,814 pounds of food to the Person to Person pantry.
Lower School students at King School received visitors this past month from the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford Police Department, and Stamford Emergency Medical Services to explore various aspects of life in Connecticut. While students learn how to be citizens of the King community, they are also learning about how they fit into the world around them.
In honor of Veterans Day, we sat down with Associate Head of Middle School and Dean of Student Life Ben Magidson, a veteran of the United States Army. At age 20 and just one day after the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States in 2001, Magidson consulted with his father, also a veteran, and enlisted.
Armed with a jug of water, a few wooden boards, notepads, and a plan, a unit of PreK detectives worked to uncover what types of creatures are inhabiting the nature trail on the King campus.
A sea of blue and gold flooded the King School campus for the first time in two years to celebrate Homecoming 2021. The annual event brings together the entire Viking community to celebrate the school’s rich history, enjoy athletic competition and give back.
The best way to learn about a community might be to talk to its leader, and that is exactly what the first grade did when they invited Stamford Mayor David Martin to class, and he accepted.
With great excitement, King School announced that Carol Maoz has been appointed Head of School, and her tenure begins immediately. To read the announcement and a letter from Carol Maoz visit this webpage.