#KEYLife

Wesley "Wes" Shiflett graduated a few weeks ago from The Key School and is ready to ride off into the sunset, just like that iconic scene from many movies. Only, it won't be the end of Shiflett – or the movies he's created or the ones down the road that will someday bear his imprint.

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Key Facts

Key School engages children from 2.5 years of age through grade 12 in a progressive, coeducational, college-preparatory program on its picturesque 15-acre campus located 4 miles from downtown Annapolis.

Established in 1958, Key is the Oldest pre-school through grade twelve nonsectarian independent school in Anne Arundel County

Rigorous academic program emphasizes experiential learning, interdisciplinary studies and a global perspective while building the habits of grit, tenacity and resourcefulness

Head of School: Matthew Nespole

Enrollment: 645 Students; 53% girls/47% boys

Geographic reach: 63 zip codes; 8 countries; 225 sending schools

Student teacher ratio: 6:1

Average class size: 16

Minority student enrollment: 35%

110 faculty members; 64 with advanced degrees, including 6 with doctoral degrees; 46 faculty and staff at Key more than 15 years

Transportation available from Arnold, Bowie, Crofton, Crownsville, Davidsonville, Largo, Odenton, Severna Park, Southern Anne Arundel County, Upper Marlboro, West Annapolis

French grades 1 – 12; Spanish grades 6 – 12; Latin and Arabic grades 9 – 12

Orff Schulwerk music program, grades 1 - 8, is the most comprehensive in the country

Extensive Outdoor and Environmental Education Program, integrated with academic studies, involves all students

More than 40 interscholastic sports teams at Varsity, JV and Middle School levels; 78% participation in the athletics program

16 buildings on 15-acre campus in Hillsmere Shores; Coming soon: Fusco Athletic Park in Annapolis Roads

Financial Aid Budget: $2 million

Endowment: $12.5 million

Accreditation: Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and approved by the State of Maryland


Active membership in AIMS, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST), Educational Records Bureau (ERB), National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Business Officers Association (NBOA), Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP), Association for Experiential Education (AEE), Independent School Experiential Education Network (ISEEN), Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), and Independent Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM)


Key School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring practices, admission policies, financial aid and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.



2016-2017 Highlights

4 Middle Schoolers qualified for the National History Bee in Atlanta

Middle School Robotics team advanced to Maryland State Competition

7th Grader advanced to 3rd round of County Spelling Bee

6th grader’s poem selected by World Artists Experiences for publication in its annual anthology

3 Middle Schoolers were honored as Maryland State Finalists by Maryland Humanities Council in the Letters About Literature national writing contest

2 Middle Schoolers were named to Maryland All-State Junior Chorus and Orchestra

Upper Schoolers named Best Small Delegation at University of Pennsylvania Model Congress

Upper School Math Team earned 3rd in final competition and finished 5th overall in Anne Arundel County

Upper School Robotics advanced to semi-finals in regional First Tech Challenge

Upper Schooler earned Silver Key Award for photography from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers

Student initiatives helped Key earn Maryland Green School designation

Service Learning trips supported villagers in hill tribes of Thailand and patients in eye clinics in Belize

4 League Championship appearances; 2 Championship wins: Boys’ Varsity Basketball and undefeated Girls’ Varsity Swimming

24 All-Conference / 16 All-County Honors for Key athletes

90% of recent graduates accepted to one of their top choice colleges

Over 60% of Class of 2017 received merit scholarships

85% were accepted to “Most/Highly/Very Competitive” colleges/universities

6% earned National Merit Scholar recognition