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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.

A student leader in the school's Upper School, Jayda is active with several student groups and has competed in pageant contests since she was 5 years old. She organized the Students for Social Change's annual Diversity Day, held Feb 3. Jayda arranged two seminars for her schoolmates. One incorporated interactive activities designed to encourage the students' awareness of their own privileges, and a second session included a discussion based on what happened during the interactive sessions and how the students could be more inclusive.

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Morning Exercise Program

students exercising in gym

Scientific studies tout the benefits of cardio-aerobic exercise as it relates to the initiation and completion of tasks, improved attention, and increased creativity in the classroom. On the strength of those studies, the Lower School schedules a once-a-week cardio-aerobic class first thing in the morning for each grade. These exercise classes, designed to get students’ heart rates going, have them playing games, measuring their steps with pedometers, and tracking their pulse rates.

elementary students in gymThe foundation of the Lower School program is a work titled Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John J. Ratey of Harvard University Medical School. Spark touts the benefits of cardio-aerobic exercise on executive functioning, planning, organization, and memory―with a strong correlation to improved test scores.

An added benefit of the morning exercise program--the children love it.