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PK-12
Private
Stamford, CT
Students enrolled: 664
 

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1450 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905

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(203) 322-3496
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June 05, 2015
king has a beautiful facility, however it is time to concentrate on the teachers, curriculum, diversity of all types and improving the administration of the Upper School.

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Develops empathy: Neutral
June 05, 2015
They are trying, but the school has grown to fast. This is also the iPhone generation. I hear they are bringing in a new Headmaster for the Middle School so I have to give them points for trying. We will see.

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 05, 2015
Depends on the teacher - there are some very caring teachers in the lower and middle school. There are also a few that have been disasters and unfortunately when that happens the child misses the building blocks for the future. However, to be fair I am sure that these problems also exist in other schools. The lower and middle school seem to have a more caring group of teachers. I don't have the same feeling towards the high school. There, I feel that the student growth has been overwhelming and I am saddened to see the lack of a real library in favor of all that opened space. King is a good school and one whose administration and faculty will work on to get things right. It certainly is a beautiful school and is located where there is strong demand.

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Amount of homework: Too much
June 05, 2015
Too much and inconsistent. They would do well to have an even flow and to return to using some textbooks instead of power points generated by teachers. To learn the students needs to be rested and to have the ability to have consistent classwork taught in advance of homework. There is no cooperation between the athletic department, the teachers and the teacher workshops.

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Develops grit: Agree
June 05, 2015
Yes, if you are not persistent - you are not going to fit into how the school is perceived by the board and administration. I have seen many kids graduate successfully and I have seen others hurt by the process. Sadly, some kids are turned off by the process and again I feel they grew to fast.

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Develops honesty: Disagree
June 05, 2015
There is bullying and disrespect amoung the students. The staff brushes issues off such as bullying. But, this is the world we live in and you probably would find that everywhere.

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June 05, 2015
The school has gotten too big and competitive. Good campus though, great digital program. If you are looking for a rigorous education, this is the place to be.

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Develops honesty: Neutral
June 05, 2015
I think the community has grown too large too fast. Unfortunately, this is also the iPhone generation and all schools have had bullying problems. To King's credit they started to monitor the iPhone's this year . I do know there is a new head of the Middle School coming in and I hope he would concentrate on supporting good core values. Academics are important but so are character, empathy, kindness and having a diversity not only of nationalities, athletes, brilliant students, scholarship, teacher's children and students that should be rewarded for their hard work. Above all they need to work on strong core values which are traditionally a huge problem in ALL schools in the middle School. Your Middle School is the wave of the FUTURE.

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April 05, 2015
I wish I could give separate ratings for the academic program and the overall experience. King has a rigorous, extensive, and demanding academic program. I have nothing but good to say about the Lower School's academics; my two very-different kids both thrived and there was lots of personalization in the education. All of that changes in the Middle School. Both my straight-A student and my B-student struggled. Homework is extensive to the point of being overwhelming and leaves little time for friends and family. Bullying is rampant. King used to pride itself on personalizing the experience for students, but this is practically non-existent in the MS and I felt like my kids were the equivalent of white noise to most of the faculty and staff. Academically, King is a great school. However, there is little done to promote good values and ethics among the students. Ultimately, my kids were happier after we pulled them from King and sent them to schools that highly valued kindness, integrity, "knowing" each child extremely well, and having a school-life balance that allowed for strong academics and a personal life.

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September 08, 2014
this is our third year at King and i have not yet ceased to be impressed by the balance of academic acuity and the emphasis on personal individual development in each student. the revamped upper school is wonderful, a perfect mate to the middle school and performing arts center. the care with which my daughter's schedule and balance of course work has been exemplary, meeting her needs and providing support and encouragement. we appreciate the balance of athletics, the arts and academia, and are most impressed with the strong program in community outreach and education.

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May 19, 2014
I am a student at king and in my opinion King is way too easy. You never learn anything in most of your classes but still get by with good grades. I am yet to have to do any homework at home for any of my classes this year, but have a B average. Since you dont learn anything standardized testing becomes difficult, which leads to low SAT scored among most of the students. If you want a very easy school that will get you into a decent college, King is fine, but if you want more i would avoid this school.

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 2014
King has an interesting environment because it's a mixture of kid's who never stop working, whose lives revolve purely around school work, and those that are regular kids still willing to work but also trying to grow up. This dynamic is common for many schools, yet at King the students whose lives are not dominated by stress are looked down upon. There is a certain doubt, amongst parents, faculty and students, in the idea that a kid can make it through high school without a rigorous schedule. There are several factors that bring down my overall impression of King. The first are the parents, many are overprotective, and overreactive, and it can quite frankly drive you insane. Everyone is expected to donate, everyone is expected to be involved at all times, yet half the kids are treated as if they are nonexistent. King's priorities are in academics, and if you are not benefitting their agenda then you are replaceable by another 20 applicants coming next year. If you want a good education, King is the place to go, but if you want personal growth, and exposure to reality, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

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November 11, 2013
King is a school striving to be the best, the energy is evident in every aspect of the school, student and faculty enthusiasm. Yes there is a strong request to donate to the annual fund..AS THERE IS IN EVERY independent school. There is also an emphasis that you give within your reach, its about participation not amount. That embodies the philosophy of the school.

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November 02, 2013
The school is wonderful! We love it here but as another reviewer mentioned there is an intense pressure to give to the annual fund. It makes us very uncomfortable. As much as we love it here...this is the one drawback.

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March 23, 2013
King is an outstanding school. We moved our child from a very good public school system in Westchester to King - and saw a total transformation in his confidence, happiness and achievement within a term. The school delivers on its promise to treat each child as an individual and maximize their potential. Tom Main, the school head, and the section heads are all outstanding. The school is constantly improving yet does not overwhelm parents (or kids) with educational science. It is a happy and relaxed environment - laughter and broad smiles are always present from the moment the kids are greeted at the curbside (nice touch) to the moment they leave! Diversity (ethnic and social) is real - not a statistical exercise as at some private schools. Parents are engaged - you could live at the school if you wanted to do so! And yes, they ask for money - how else can they fund the superb improvements to the school's infrastucture, faculty training, scholarships etc - and it's all put to extremely good use. As parents, we couldn't be happier and - more important - our child couldn't be happier!! Thank you King.

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April 26, 2011
King has the small-town school community atmosphere without the private school attitude. Both of my children have very different learning style, and both are excelling due to the fantastic teachers. My children and I could not be happier here!

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April 28, 2010
The kids here are family to my child, but some kids are snobby, and some are troublemakers. Some of the teachers take forever to grade a simple quiz, while others give it back that same day. There are many cliques. They don't push them in school and my child's friend is getting B's in English because they don't push her.

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no rating
November 08, 2009
Constant fundraising detracts from goal of education. Loads of political posturing. High percentage of teachers children in attendance. Teachers with certification, curriculum review and resources might improve the situation.

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August 25, 2009
Tom Main, Head of School and Marnie Sadlowsky, Head of Upper School are terrific administrators, as is Karin Wagner who is the scheduling wiz (Asst. Head of School). These people do a terrific job creating a nurturing environment for the students and provding a personalized education for all types of learners. Our daughter came here as a freshman from public school and we are extremely impressed with the attention and care our daughter has received from the facultyc sports coaches and administration.

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January 19, 2008
The climate of the lower school is outstanding.Teachers,staff & students seem happy & that is very important in a learning enviroment. Morale is high.

- submitted by a community member

December 01, 2007
This school provides your child with everything. Great teachers, polite discipline students, and where your child will learn to succeed

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King Low Heywood Thomas School
1450 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT  06905
(203) 322-3496
Last modified King Low Heywood Thomas School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
King Low Heywood Thomas School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top