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.

Claiming our Future

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.


King Commemorates Naming Recognition of Turf Fields at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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. 

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Grade 4 Students Send Letters to Pen Pals in Spain

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.

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Dr. Lisa Damour Gives Guidance on Managing Stress and Anxiety Due to the Pandemic

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. 

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King School Announces New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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."  

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Two King Students Place in the Top Five at the 2021 CT STEM Fair

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. 

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" 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

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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.