About Us

One of three public middle schools in Portland, King Middle School (KMS) has a rigorous curriculum that promotes a high level of student engagement through real-world learning. It has strong fieldwork and service components. King Middle School is dedicated to creating a school where all students succeed at a high level. We serve the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the state of Maine. In our student body of approximately 505 students, more than 25 languages are spoken, with students coming from 17 countries.

In our school-wide 
Expeditionary Learning model, students engage in eight to twelve week experiential learning expeditions. These in-depth and interdisciplinary expeditions require students to engage in sophisticated research, engage with the community in authentic ways, and present their findings in high quality products presented to real audiences.

Our mission:

To awaken our students to the possibilities around them, as leaders in their own learning. To instill a sense of wonder and personal agency that can only be achieved through the exploration of real-world challenges and their potential solutions. To accept students as they are, and in so doing, encourage them to discover their best selves.

School Design Resources
• Standards-Based Grading
at King

• About our Schedule

• Vertical Housing and Program

Evidence Based Assessment

Fieldwork and Experts


King in the News

• PBS Newshour features King learning expedition

• King on Edutopia
• Adventures in Learning
• The Maine Event

Facts at a Glance

520 Students
60 Teachers
25 Languages Spoken
17 Countries Represented
School Day
starts at: 7:55 AM
ends at 2:25 PM

Early Dismissal 1:25 PM

Late bus is for regular bus riders only and departs Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri at 3:45 PM.
There is NO late bus on Wednesdays, and other early release days.

King Leadership Team
Principal, Caitlin LeClair

Assistant Principal, Craig Hanson

Teaching Strategist, Peter Hill
Office Team
Administrative Assistant   Mark Hubbard

Secretary   Liz Meahl

Registrar   Caroline Dahms

Student Services 
Academic, Health, Social Work, and Guidance Services