Middle School

"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures."

Lao Tzu

A Journey to Knowledge and Identity

What sets KAS Middle School students apart from other young people in the world? Our learners embody essential 21st century skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration as balanced individuals, independent learners, and global citizens.

The student experience in middle school is defined by high expectations along with the love and support in and out of school that helps students to achieve these expectations and reach their full potential. 

Our middle school is an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program school that is committed to supporting students in gaining awareness of and tapping into their unique identities, interests, and skills, as well as in making real world connections  and developing a strong sense of purpose. We use the IB MYP as our core program due to the academic rigor, as every middle school course at KAS is designed to prepare students for the IB Diploma upon graduation and challenging post-secondary study. 

Character education is an important part of the KAS experience and we move our students to act with empathy, integrity, and humility. We also believe that school should be fun. Our middle school students take advantage of the many club, athletic, arts, and recreation opportunities offered. Visitors to our middle school classrooms often remark on the joyful learning and lively dialogue between students and teachers. KAS students are treated with respect, and kindness, and we trust them to strive to be their best selves in and out of school.

Student Stories

Christopher, Class of 2025

"Ask me, 'Why?' and let me discuss that with my peers. That's what I love about my classes at KAS." Christopher especially likes the way this gives him insight into other's perspectives. Christopher came to KAS in 2015. He enjoys the freedom that KAS gives him to explore many interests so that he can define success & balance on his own terms. As a Peer Leader, he recommends new students find ways to make connections, in their studies and in life. It will help you find your "Why?".

Vivian, Class of 2025

As a KAS student since Pre-K, Vivian has seen change in herself as a student as well as change in the school around her. She began her studies at the school its previous incarnation and was able to witness the transformation to its modern home as a rising G3 student. "I basically grew up here. I felt welcome by the community." More...

Staff & Faculty

Angela Hsu

Aquatics Director

Barnaby Payne

Principal, KAS Middle School

Celine Fournier

MYP Art/Design

Charlene Lin

Teacher Assistant

Charlie Chao


Chikako Fukuyo


Emili Mendoza


Gene Chagaris

Science, Math

Jacob Fiedler

PE Teacher

Jitesh Pattni


John Lin


Joseph Gassner


Julia Chen




Laura Rollison


Lily Tejeda


Lulu Chen


Lynn Tsai

MS 1:1 Paraprofessional

MacKenzie Daniels


Matthew Jurgens


Michael Razzari


Nancy Huang

Middle School Secretary

Regine Viale

Library Assistant

Renee Foster

Inclusion Coordinator & Literacy Specialist

Sara Brodhead

Curriculum Coordinator

Stella Chen

Physical Education

Wendy Weng


Winnie Shen

MS Counselor

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