The King School: Active Learning & Community


At King School, we know each student well, both as a person and as a learner. We believe that academic excellence stems from the interaction among a challenging program that requires students to be active learners; support by exceptional faculty; and a kind community. Our students are empowered to achieve their personal best. Transformative relationships with students are informed by faculty trained in the research of child and adolescent development, connecting emerging insights from cognitive science and educational best practices to inform King’s approach to teaching and learning.

Anne Moriarty, Chair of the Teaching and Learning Department, explains, “King Faculty appreciate that when students feel known and understood, they are much more likely to engage and direct—and even find joy in—the learning process. Teachers want students successfully to demonstrate what they learned and to measure this new learning against their personal goals.”

Underpinning teachers’ deep understanding of each student is a comprehensive student learning profile, introduced in PreK and developed through senior year. This proprietary database captures learning strengths, challenges, and goals, and provides a window into a student’s social and emotional development. These profiles, which incorporate parent input, thoughtfully support the guided development of core 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, and personal responsibility.

King’s approach to teaching and learning takes many forms. For instance, it might involve matching a Grade 3 student with those “just right” books that pair their language decoding skills and their interest in science. King’s flexible curriculum also offers specialized courses, such as Advanced Number Theory and Probability, for highly talented Grade 7 students.  

Ultimately, our approach to teaching and learning helps students get to know themselves as learners, empowering them with a self awareness that opens up more avenues to explore and succeed.

The best way to get to know King is to schedule a visit. Join us Tuesdays for Coffee & Conversation. You and your family (students are welcome) will learn about opportunities in and out of the classroom, meet the Head of School, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, plus enjoy a campus tour. Families for PreK-Grade 11 are welcome. At the King Close-up for Grades 6-8 on April 24 & PreK-Grade 5 on May 1,you’ll also meet with the Heads of Middle and Lower School, faculty, current parents, and students.

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