Key School Earns Maryland Green School Certification

The Key School has officially earned Maryland Green School Certification by the Maryland Association of Environmental & Outdoor Education. This designation comes after a lengthy application process that required an in-depth review of the School's programs and philosophy as well as substantiation of a sustained dedication to environmental initiatives.

Upper School Service Learning in Thailand

A group of twenty-four Upper School students experienced village life in the hill tribes of northwestern Thailand first-hand as part of their service-learning trip during spring break.


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: 640 Students; 53% girls/47% boys

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

Student teacher ratio: 7:1

Average class size: 16

Minority student enrollment: 34%

109 faculty members; 62 with advanced degrees, including 7 with doctoral degrees; 45 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; 72% participation in the athletics program

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

3D printer; 3 technology centers; iPad mobile labs in all divisions; Apple digital media lab; Multiple Chromebook mobile labs; 50 SMART Board-equipped classrooms; technology labs in all science laboratories

Financial Aid Budget: $1.9 million

Endowment: $10.9 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.

2015-2016 Highlights

Kindergarten collaboration with UMBC engineering students

Lower School community service project to feed local children

Four Middle Schoolers attended National History Bee Finals in Chicago

Integrated Science program introduced in Upper School

National Merit Scholarship recognition of two Upper Schoolers

Key Robotics qualified for State Championship

Math Team placed 6th overall in Anne Arundel County (out of 22 public & private schools)

Key artists earned 13 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Best Delegate Award at Rutgers Model Congress

Secretary of Energy appointment and multiple Honorable Mentions at Princeton Model Congress

Key Sailing finished top 10 in the nation

Five League Championship wins; Seven Championship appearances

Back-to-back championships for Key Sailing and Indoor Soccer

25 athletes earned All-Conference Honors; Six named All-County Athletes

85% of seniors were accepted to colleges and universities ranked "most/highly/very competitive" by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges

60% of seniors received collegiate merit scholarships