An important component of a Kingsley education is the Co-Curricular Program. Co-Curricular offerings at Kingsley include Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Science, Technology & Innovation, Library, Physical Education & Health, and Outdoor Education. Aligning with the developmental stages of children, Toddler and Preschool classes are held within the homerooms, while Kindergarten through Upper Elementary programs are held in studios and labs specifically designed for those purposes. Physical Education takes place at Boston University’s Fitness & Recreation Center. We are proud to suit our student's needs by employing 12 full-time Co-Curricular teachers.
The Early Childhood Visual Arts program focuses on introducing students in age groups Toddler through Kindergarten to a variety of artistic skills and techniques. The goal of this program is to encourage students to be creative, confident, patient, open-minded artists who are eager to try new things.
Programmatic Goals: To empower confident, art-literate, creative thinkers who question, challenge, and look for inspiration in their everyday lives. A Kingsley art student is independent and curious, able to discuss the social and historical context of artwork they see, respectfully critique with peers, and explore a variety of media safely and with a wide knowledge base of technical skill used to observe, describe, and express.
Programmatic Goals: Students are scientists in the Kingsley science lab. From Kindergarten through Third Grade students form their own questions, design and conduct experiments to answer those questions, analyze results and draw conclusions from their experience. Through these investigations, significant math and technology skills are developed.
Programmatic Goals: Upper Elementary student scientists expand their understanding of how scientific knowledge develops by practicing a wide variety of skills in their investigations, including journaling, research, and constructing conceptual models. They develop their critical thinking skills in data analysis and evaluating arguments. The students collaborate in small groups while designing and completing projects. In addition to building knowledge of the three topic areas, students are able to recognize important concepts that cut across the domains.
The Kingsley Montessori Library exists to instill in students of all ages the fundamental understanding that Reading is Social and to promote the reading and appreciation of International Children’s Literature. From the principles set forth in Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s groundbreaking work, the literature we provide our students offers "windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors," consistent with the Montessori tenets of Self-Knowledge, Grace and Courtesy, and Cultural and Community Awareness.
VTS works to develop visual literacy, observation, and listening skills, practice providing evidence, perspective-taking and respectful debate, cognitive development, critical thinking, and reading and writing skills.
Our health and fitness activities are designed to enhance our students’ physical, mental, and emotional health. Kindergarten students travel to Boston University's Fitness & Recreation Center once per week for gym while Elementary students go twice weekly. Upper Elementary students participate in rock climbing, racquet sports, and hip-hop dancing. In the spring, all Elementary students participate in a Sports Field Day on the Boston Common and Kindergarten students participate in the Kindergarten Marathon.
Programmatic Goals: To empower students to think about choices that they make and will make in the future. Kingsley believes that living a healthy lifestyle is vitally important to the overall education and success of each student. Health class will involve discussion and activity centered around a common theme. Topics covered in Health class include self-esteem, goal-setting, relationships, stress management, and human body systems.
Kingsley is committed to providing our students with learning experiences that go far beyond the classroom. Elementary field trips provide students the chance to interact with peers from other classrooms for social bonding and community building.
Upper Elementary students and faculty are immersed in the natural world of the White Mountains of New Hampshire through the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). This environmental science program offers our students a unique opportunity to live in and study the natural world. Components include Forest and Water Ecology, Maps and Geography, Community Living, Cooperative Learning, and Low-Impact Hiking. Additionally, educational components about nature, science instruction, community building, and leadership are an integral part of the start of the school year at the Upper Elementary level. Several AMC field instructors join Kingsley faculty for the entire program. Parents do not attend this three-day program. All students are expected to participate as it is part of the curriculum. The School is not able to make arrangements for students or families who choose not to participate in these school programs.
To help celebrate the start and end of the school year, all Lower Elementary students participate in community building days. Our first trip is to the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan. Together, students and teachers hike trails and learn about the resources and living creatures of the area. The end of the year program takes place at Project Adventure in Beverly. There, students use the bonds developed throughout the year to navigate cooperative challenge courses and activities. This “challenge by choice” adventure is a capstone event in Lower Elementary.