The Key School is founded upon the conviction that children are innately curious about themselves and the world; they want to learn, they want to discover, and they want to create.
The School’s role is to nourish and guide this natural exuberance, energy, and delight in the search for meaning, so that each student may develop into an informed, thoughtful and constructive member of society, with a lifelong commitment to learning.
With these beliefs and objectives in mind, The Key School strives to:
- Sustain a strong academic curriculum that encourages intellectual rigor, independence of thought, curiosity, creativity, and openness to differing ideas and perspectives.
- Inspire and challenge students by teaching them experientially, as active participants in the learning process, and by encouraging them to discover the interrelationships among different fields of study.
- Support and guide students in their efforts to mature intellectually, socially and emotionally, with teachers who respect and care about them, recognize individual learning needs, and affirm each student’s strengths, abilities and interests.
- Provide students with academic and co-curricular opportunities that encourage them to broaden and deepen their diverse talents and interests, to make appropriate decisions for themselves, to take responsibility for those decisions, and to learn the value of collaborative and competitive effort.
- Prepare students for the challenges they will face and the responsibilities they will assume within an interconnected, complex, pluralistic world community.
- Support a faculty whose teaching is an extension of its own commitment to learning, and that shows this commitment through private study, communal engagement in professional development programs, and rigorous examination of the curriculum.
- Sustain an ethical school culture that engenders an inherent respect for the dignity of every human being, recognizes that personal liberty must be balanced by personal responsibility and individual action by the needs of others, and stresses to all members of a diverse school community the importance of trust, mutual respect, compassion, and service to others.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees
March 17, 2004