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Upper School

A new high school experience that puts the student at the center.

A new high school experience that puts the student at the center.

Feedback LoopWe are pleased to announce the launch of our Upper School, which will officially open in September 2017. We'll begin with Independence Level 6 (approximately ninth grade at a traditional school). Click here to read more about Independence Levels at KLS.

Our school is connected to Khan Academy, and our students benefit from the international reach and expertise of one of the most well-known educational non-profits in the world. We bring Khan Academy’s philosophy to life with rooms full of mixed-age students who are excited to come to school each day.

Our schedule and learning design empower students to discover the world and their purpose through experiences (internships, mentorships, global study trips), personalized goals, and collaborative seminars instead of lectures. We prioritize Career and College Counseling as a key aspect of our Upper School.

Why are we pioneering a new model of education?

Our world is changing. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, combined with other socioeconomic and demographic changes, will transform the way people live and work over the next decade – leading to a projected net loss of over five million jobs in 15 major economies over the course of five years. Skills and job displacement will affect every industry and geographical region, but these losses can be offset by job growth in key areas.

We believe that by putting students at the center of the education experience, we can graduate lifelong learners who are prepared and excited for the world in which we live.

Our goal is to develop fully empowered future citizens with a sense of personal purpose. The jobs of the future aren't created yet, but we know the following traits will be in high demand:

  • Character Strengths. Our students practice being conscientious, curious, entrepreneurial, perseverant, self-aware, self-regulated, and socially intelligent.
  • Cognitive Skills. Strong habits of the mind, such as communication, inquiry, analysis, and synthesis, diagnosis, innovation, reasoning, and managing complexity.
  • Global Citizenship. Our students spend time abroad, collaborate with foreign counterparts, and learn to communicate in another language. Our world is increasingly interconnected – students need to have a global lens and empathy across cultures.
  • Creation. At KLS, students build their creative confidence to develop ideas and solutions through design thinking, engineering, leadership, and through the expression of artistic and emotional beauty.
  • Purpose. We ask students to explore and develop their passions during their years at KLS.
  • Independence. Our students develop the capacity to set, meet, and hold themselves accountable for meaningful goals on their own.

Students who meet the requirements of our graduate profile are fully prepared to achieve success and significance in college, career, and life.  


Students are grouped by age (grades)

Students are grouped by level of independence and at a personalized pace

Students learn by attending lectures and reading textbooks

Students learn through experiences, collaborative projects, seminars, and self-directed Ownership time

Inflexible schedule

Holistic education is reflected in the schedule: Ownership, Project-Based Learning, and Seminars


There is no set homework; students may choose to use time after school to work on personal goals or projects

The school day ends in the early afternoon

The school day lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (every student may stay for Extended Day from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.)

The school is closed for the summer

The school has an extended-year model that offers breaks throughout a 12-month year

Grades, GPAs, and basic transcripts

Narrative Transcript, Curated Portfolios, and assessment based on a comprehensive Graduate Profile that includes character strengths, cognitive skills, global citizenship, and independence


Student agency and ownership of learning goals reduces stress and increases independence. Relationships are key, with the structured feedback loop between College Counselor, Advisor, and Content Specialist team for each student.



Key Deadlines

If you would like to be considered for the 2017-18 school year but have missed the deadline, you are also encouraged to send a personal email to Erica Cosgrove at

September 16, 2016: Applications open for the 2017-18 school year

December 9, 2016 – March 2, 2017: Select students invited to a KLS in Action Day (shadow day)

January 13, 2017: Preliminary applications due

February 4, 2017: Supplementary materials due (transcripts and teacher evaluations)

March 16, 2017: Admissions decisions emailed, application for financial aid available

For all families who have an interest in our school: please visit OpenApply and take the following actions: 1) fill out the "Request Information" form and 2) RSVP to a Parent Tour.

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