Our family has had a very positive experience at King. The challenging academics are there for those fit the profile of an advanced student and the social life is balanced and inclusive. There is preferential treatment of some students and the administration sometimes falls victim to to large donors or scholarship students who push limits. It does sometimes feel like there are different sets of rules depending on who you are and who you know. There are some students who are rough around the edges and they get away with more than some would expect. The athletics are decent as well as the theater program. Overall, if you have a good kid who wants to learn in an environment reflective of the current world King is the best private option in the area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.