Kimball Union provides a college-preparatory education that honors the individual student as an essential part of the greater community. We invest in each student’s future by understanding who they are. We ask students to learn about themselves. Then as partners, we figure out who they will become – as students and as human beings – as they prepare for college and beyond.

Tom Kardel, Academic Dean

We think it’s crucial and respectful to get to know you for who you are and then help you achieve the most transformative education you can imagine.

What Is KUA Design?

KUA Design is our unique approach to learning that draws on the research on whole-brain teaching and the principles of the Universal Design for Learning. Most importantly, it’s designed for you.

Your unique experiences, interests, and abilities influence the way you learn and engage in the classroom and tell us how best to support and inspire you, so we start by getting to know you. By understanding how you learn, we can adapt to meet you where you are. We offer a variety of ways for you to acquire and demonstrate skills so you can capitalize on your strengths while pushing you to face the challenges that are key to your academic achievement.

We focus on how the brain is designed to learn. It’s how our teachers engage students in their classrooms and make education feel rewarding and satisfying. We also empower our students by teaching them to build positive relationships and attitudes, navigate social environments, and make responsible decisions.

The greatest strength of KUA Design is our faculty. They are deeply invested in the academic success and wellbeing of every student. They engage their students, build their skills, and bring subject matter to life. You’ll be challenged, inspired, and find confidence. Your teachers at KUA will know you, better than any other teacher has ever known you.