Who are we: KO by the numbers

Investigative

The KO community is composed of a variety of individuals, each with a unique background, set of skills, interests, and goals. It would be impossible to generalize the KO community into one box, but aspects of it can be broken down into statistics. By no means does this display the depth of the KO community, but it does portray an interesting perspective: Who are we by the numbers? What composes the KO community?

Each student at KO is admitted through the school’s admissions process, meaning that admission is the first step into the formation of the student body, determining much of the community for the upcoming year. 

For many, their first introduction to the KO community is through admission as a rising Form 3 student: 50% of the incoming Form 3 students for the 2021-2022 school year (the graduating class of 2025) were new to KO. The rest of the incoming class was formed by students continuing their time at KO from the Middle School, with nearly 70% of students in Form 2 choosing to continue into Form 3. 

For these students continuing their time at KO in the Upper School from the Middle School, many entered the school in the Upper Prep, to which the school enrolls about 40 new students each year, making it the second-largest influx of students to the school, behind only the incoming Form 3 students.

For others, their first introduction to the KO community is as a transfer student. Forms 1, 2, 4 and 5,  each typically gain eight to ten new students as transfer students. 

These students come from all across the state, the region, and even the world. KO students hail from about 60 towns across Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, and some even come from international locations. The majority of students reside in West Hartford, with 30% of the student population coming from the town Of the remaining students, many hail from Avon, South Windsor, Glastonbury or Farmington, towns that make up 17% of the student body. 

From all of these locations, students have to find transportation from home to school. While many students are driven by their parents or take the bus to school, as students approach their final years in the Upper School, many students get their driver’s license and are able to drive to school themselves. In order to park at the school, students must register their cars, making it possible to see what type of vehicle is most commonly driven by KO students. Subarus are the most common type of vehicle driven by students, with  13 out of 100 registered cars being Subarus. Close behind are Acuras, making up 12 out of the 10) registered vehicles. Volvos, Hondas and Toyotas followed, with 10 students each registering and driving these vehicles. 

While West Hartford, Avon, South Windsor, Glastonbury and Farmington are some of the closest towns to the school, making it understandable that they provide some of the highest percentages of students, the students with the farthest “commutes,” so to speak, are the international students, hailing from China, Korea, Spain and Hungary. For the 2021-2022 school year, 12 new international students were admitted to the school, including two new students as a part of the ASSIST program from Hungary and Spain. 

Within the KO community, the majority of students are offered financial aid, with 53% of  all students receiving financial aid. Of these grants, the average amount given is $22,283. Given that the current school tuition is $43,600 for the Upper School and $39,525, the average financial aid award covers 51% of Upper School tuition and 56% of Middle School tuition. 

Of the enrolled students at KO, 32% identify themselves as students of color. This proportion is nearly identical to that of the incoming students for the 2021-2022 students, where 34 out of 104 (32.7%) identified themselves as a person of color. It is of interest to note that international students are considered a separate category in this regard in the admissions process, and not included in this statistic. 

Once entered in the Upper School, the vast majority of students immerse themselves in clubs and activities. Currently, over 30 clubs are available at the Upper School. Shield and Dragon is one of the school’s most visible clubs, and about â…• of all students are members of the club. Out of  515 students in the upper school 21% of those students (109 individuals) have gone through the application process and been accepted as a member of the club.

Another keystone organization within the KO community is KOMUN, the school’s flagship middle school Model UN program, within which Upper School students organize and chair a Middle School Model UN. 4% of Upper School students are involved in the group. 

Academically, 90% of the student body will take at least one AP class during their time at the Upper School, a statistic that reflects the academically rigorous nature of the school. 

As a prep school, many KO students are focused on their life post-high school, specifically the college admissions process. So, what does this process look like, and how does it break down for students? For the graduating class of 2021, composed of 88 students, 55% of students decided to enter a binding Early Decision agreement with a school when they applied in the form of either Early Decision I or Early Decision II. Of these students, 69% were eventually admitted and attended these schools. 

Another 7% of students a part of the class of 2021 did not enroll in college or university immediately after graduating. Of these students, one enlisted in the military, while the remaining five entered a post-graduate year at a different school or took a gap year. 

For the total class of 2021, 701 applications were submitted to a total of 214 colleges and universities. Of these 709 applications, 380 resulted in offers of admission, creating a 54% total acceptance rate for the class of 2021. 

Statistics can certainly create an interesting numerical perspective of who and what make up a population, but the individuality of each person is truly what makes up a community. The KO community isn’t defined by the numbers, but rather by each of the students, faculty, staff, and administrators who come to school each day; however it is interesting to see on paper who makes up our community.