Inclement weather did not deter a group of King School's Trustees and Administrators from commemorating the naming of the redesigned outdoor sports complex on campus. The complex is in the heart of the campus on four acres of multi-sport turf fields. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, June 8, the fields were formally recognized as the Armstrong and King Family Fields and the Feinberg Field.
Strategic Plan 2020-2025
A Framework for our Future
Adopted by the Board of Trustees December 17, 2019
We are thrilled to present the King School Strategic Plan 2020-2025 – an innovative framework for our future! This plan is informed by the experiences and perspectives of all constituencies – current students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni and parents of alumni from all of our founding institutions that were the King, Low Heywood, and Thomas Schools. The plan was developed through the partnership between the Board of Trustees and the Head of School and members of her team, supported by consultant Ian Symmonds and his team. Our shared goal was to articulate a vision for King’s future that would leverage our strengths and successes, and would position us to make strong and courageous choices to best prepare our students for the world they will inherit.
First and foremost, we affirm our commitment to the student experience as our top priority. To achieve our bold vision, we strive to be the country’s premier PreK-12 research institution in which students embrace open minds and courageous thinking.
Students build mastery as they leverage curiosity; ask excellent questions; engage in experiential learning; and analyze and synthesize information to construct meaning and take action. This approach leads to engaged, healthier students who have a greater sense of purpose; who possess superior critical thinking skills; and who are guided by a deep understanding of themselves as learners.
The 2020 - 2025 King School Strategic Plan weaves together the imperative of Academic Excellence with –
- Athletics and Community Partnerships to enhance it;
- Wellness to sustain it;
- Strategic Enrollment Management to support it;
- Inclusion to humanize it;
- Financial Sustainability and Facilities Development to fulfill it;
- Institutional Identity to share our pride in who we are.
The King School 2020-2025 Strategic Plan provides a framework for our future. First and foremost, we affirm our commitment to the student experience as our top priority. To achieve our bold vision, we strive to be the country's premier PreK-12 research institution in which students embrace open minds and courageous thinking.
As Jackson Rosen '29 jotted down some of his favorite things for his pen pal, Rodrigo, he exclaimed, "I have so many things I want to share, I don't know which ones to pick!" Using a template, Grade 4 students wrote about themselves in Spanish for their pen pals in Malaga, Spain. They shared some of their favorite things, such as their favorite animal, sports, food, color, and celebrations.
The King community was joined by Lisa Damour, Ph.D., for a practical talk on managing stress and anxiety due to the pandemic. Dr. Damour is a New York Times best-selling author who specializes in clinical psychology and child development. She is recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Damour shared her clinical insights with parents in a virtual meeting on April 21, 2021, providing them with information and tips on how to best manage stress and anxiety in themselves and their children during these unprecedented times.
King School is delighted to welcome Dr. Clyde Beverly III as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) starting on July 1, 2021.
Beverly shared his enthusiasm by stating, "I'm excited to join the King community and continue the work started by Dr. Jean-Baptiste. I'm looking forward to working with Carol Maoz, Interim Head of School, the Board of Trustees, the leadership team, and the DEI team to continue to create an environment at King that is safe, inclusive, and affirming for all members of the King community including students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni."
While many in our community use the school's Spring Break to rest and recharge, five of the Advanced Science Program for Independent Research and Engineering (ASPIRE) students excelled in the final rounds of the 2021 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF), which had over 365 student participants this year.
Members of the Upper School's Young Democrats and Young Republicans clubs interviewed Congressman Jim Himes, who represents Connecticut's fourth district. The meeting took place on March 10, and in the spirit of bipartisanship, the two clubs worked together to develop their questions.
Juniors John Russell '22 and Giovanna Armetta '22 placed 2nd and 4th, respectively, in the 2021 Connecticut State STEM Fair (CT-STEM Fair) last weekend.
The CT-STEM Fair is a statewide science research competition that began in 2001 with a mission of providing students with an opportunity to present their research work to like-minded scientists and professionals who currently work in the field.
" Through King’s Science Program, I stepped into the shoes of a re-searcher in the real world as an intern at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where I am working to develop a nanoparticle drug delivery system to treat pancreatic cancer. "
- Wafa N
Upper School Student
" I love exploring concepts through hands-on projects. My class figured out how to create the Grade 4 Probability Carnival for the younger students. Don’t tell anyone — even though they were having fun playing games, we were actually teaching them math! "
- Gracie H
Lower School Student
" We celebrate diversity not to classify each other by race, ethnicity, political persuassion, or gender identification, but to benefit from these differences to build a community that truly embraces the King virtues of integrity, kindness, perserverance, and respect. "
- Alex K.
Aumni, University of Pennsylvania
- Q: What is King School’s strategic vision?
- Q: How will King students benefit from this strategic vision and this plan?
- Q: Is there data that informs King’s strategic vision?
- Q: How will King School achieve its strategic vision?
- Q: What are the areas of commitment in the plan?
- Q: When will changes start?
- Q: How will King help faculty and staff achieve this strategic vision?
- Q: How bold is this strategic plan?
- Q: How was the strategic plan created? Who was involved?
- Q: How will the success of the Plan be assessed, and how will this be communicated to the King community?
- Q: How will we pay for the programs envisioned in the Plan?
- Q: As a member of the King School community, how can I best help people understand King’s strengths and vision for the future?
- Q: If I have questions about the Plan, who can I speak to?
THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY
Providing a long-range view of future school priorities, the King School Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is the collective, comprehensive effort of the entire King community. We are grateful for the thoughtful input from our community of parents, trustees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents of alumni who contributed through surveys (1,000+ responses!), focus groups, and working sessions. We are thankful for the leadership and vision of our Strategic Planning Steering Committee members. In partnership with Ian Symmonds & Associates, a leading firm in the field of strategic planning for educational institutions, our Steering Committee reflected on extensive input from our community plus focused on competitive and educational landscape analysis, SWOT analysis, demographic trends, market segmentation, and trends in the independent school and the education sectors.