Welcome to the King Upper School
Our Academics Set us Ahead.
At King School, our students bring a unique blend of interests and talents to the educational experience. No two journeys are the same. Our schedule allows the flexibility for students to pursue passions and explore new interests. King students have access to a wide range of offerings that allow them customize their studies while deepening their identities as scholars.
In the Upper School, students continue to develop their inquiry and research skills and to explore the fundamental questions of who they are both individually and collectively. King offers a variety of programs that inspire individuality through the process of intellectual, physical, creative, emotional, and social inquiry.
Our Community Sets Us Apart.
At King, we foster a deep sense of belonging where every student feels valued. We embrace diversity and believe that individual accomplishment must go hand in hand with respect for others. We strongly believe that a safe and supportive environment is essential for students to thrive and reach their fullest potential. This unwavering commitment aligns with our overarching goal to pursue academic excellence and our mission to prepare students for a rapidly changing world.
Our Graduates Set Us Above.
All students are assigned a college counselor in ninth grade to begin a four-year developmental program that centers on empowering students as they reflect on their passions, capabilities, and ambitions throughout their academic journey. The partnership between college counselors, students, teachers, advisors, families, and colleges helps students to discover the most competitive match for colleges and universities by the time they complete their studies at King.
Our students graduate from King School as compassionate, thoughtful, and intentional individuals who care about their communities. They leave well prepared for college and ready to pursue lives of purpose.
“At King, we emphasize that an excellent education takes students where they want to go. We also believe that courage and compassion are essential components in the search for purpose, a key element of a King education. Our students support one another as they begin to bring their ambitions into sharper focus and work to achieve their goals, cheered on by the whole community.”
— Marnie Sadlowsky, Associate Head of School for Program and Head of Upper School
“Conducting my own scientific research in the Advanced Science Program for Research and Engineering (ASPIRE) is an incomparable experience.”
— Ashley X., Upper School student
"It’s fascinating to learn the stories of others, and how aspects of people's experiences have come to formulate what they believe. To me, there's always something to be learned from every person and their experiences."
— Will H., Upper School student
Upper School in Action
King School is pleased to announce Julie Sheetz ’03 as this year’s Commencement keynote speaker.
Julie Sheetz currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this role, Sheetz oversees an organization of nearly 100 people that provides the Secretary of Defense with policy recommendations and advice spanning the management of the United States’ treaty alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Upper School Science Fair was back in the gymnasium this year after a two-year pause. Upper school students in Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, and the ASPIRE program participated in two sessions held on May 12 to present their research to peers, faculty, family, and special guests.
“I love mentoring science fair projects for beginning students. Their excitement for trying new things is always refreshing. My favorite moments are when they shift from fear and nervousness about doing something new to excited and confident after they get results and realize it’s not that hard, and then they’ve learned a new skill,” said Director of Science Research Victoria Schulman.
King of Spring was in full bloom on King School’s campus last weekend. The inaugural festivities showcased King’s extracurricular programs – Athletics, King Cares Service Learning, and Performing Arts – during a week of fun-filled activities.
Leading up to the weekend, each division hosted a different theme each day for Spirit Week to kick off the celebration with a major show of Viking Pride. To name a few, the week featured a tie dye day in the Lower School, Wacky Wednesday in the Middle School, a neon day in the Upper School, and an all school King Spirit day at the end of the week.
Culminating a year of self-discovery and exploration in the arts, the senior art students presented their capstone projects at the Art Colloquium, an annual arts seminar hosted in the Performing Arts Center at King School. The presentations are a result of the school’s O.P.E.N project experience: Original, Personal, Experiential, and Novel. Each year, seniors are encouraged to explore different mediums of art and create projects that are a personal expression of their interests or experiences to present to their classmates at the colloquium.
The students typically begin their projects with one idea, but the idea develops into new concepts or multiple projects as the year progresses. Jamie Munno ’22 likened the experience to the growth of a flower.
King School’s biennial gala returned to campus this year with invigorating energy after an extended pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The glass ceiling tent was filled with cheer, laughter, and the sound of clinking glasses as over 350 guests gathered for the event which took place on Saturday, April 23, on the King School campus.
Head of School Carol Maoz kicked off the evening. “Tonight, we celebrate our community, and we celebrate the ability to gather in person on this beautiful campus – something we no longer take for granted!”
April 22, marks the annual Day of Silence, led by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), to raise awareness about the discrimination and harassment LGBTQ+ students face in schools. The Day of Silence has been held each year in April since 1996.
King School observed the day as a Day of Action with optional student-led initiatives to celebrate and support members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Gender and Sexuality Awareness (GSA) Club in King’s Upper School organized a gathering to mark the occasion. Students also participated by wearing pronouns pins, rainbow stickers, and colorful clothing. “Here at King, part of our values is that individuals are able to be seen as their authentic selves,” said Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr.Clyde Beverly III.
When the Russian forces invaded Ukraine at the end of February, upper school students Anabelle Creveling ’22 and Meredith Joo ’23 sprung into action. They started to network, searching for ways to connect with those directly affected by the attacks.
Together they learned that history teacher Lindsey Rossler had a friend and colleague at the American School of Warsaw. Poland, which is adjacent to Ukraine, has welcomed the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the onset of the conflict.
A row of students gleamed on stage before an audience of parents, family members, faculty, and staff at King’s Performing Arts Center as they received recognition for achieving cum laude distinctions for academic excellence. Fittingly, the phrase “cum laude” is Latin for “with praise.”
“Today, we celebrate you and your hard work individually and collectively,” said Head of School Carol Maoz as she celebrated the recipients. “Remember this experience as an example of true excellence where your individualism converges with a greater purpose, and your success is the result of both your hard work and the love and dedication of many others.”
Every year, alumni are invited to return to King School for Career Day to share their professions and life experiences with upper school students. This year’s featured alumni reflected an array of career paths including marketing, sales, finance, theater, and medicine. The panelists offered advice to the students as they consider life after King.
“The framework of education is to produce the skills you need to be a part of any environment,” said Jesse Freedman KLHT’00, who is a Magic and Illusions Associate for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and the Founding Artistic Director of the Meta-Phys Ed. Performance Group.