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.


Experimental Design

Experimental Design is an elective semester-long science course in the Upper School that provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to craft a lab or field-based experiment drawing from the theoretical knowledge they gathered in Key’s core science curriculum. The rigorous course requires students to pose an essential question, research and create a hypothesis, write a proposal which is peer-reviewed, then perform a carefully designed experiment and analyze the results. Proposed experiments are approved by the teacher.

Through this construct, students truly experience the scientific process; engaging with dependent variables, replication, reducing bias, controls, error, and statistical analysis. Students are required to collaborate with both an off-campus mentor and the Key teacher who provide specific expertise and guidance. During their culminating presentation, students present their findings to a panel of Key faculty and their peers and facilitate discussion about the importance of their project.

This fall's Experimental Design Projects include:

  • Engineering a sensory-activated robotic arm through computer programming and 3D printing
  • An experiment in generating power through a newly designed alternator
  • The chemistry and biology of bioluminescence
  • A study of the physics of light using reflection and refraction of various lenses
  • Field studies on carbon sequestration, the impact of oyster beds on local environments, and small-scale migration patterns due to climate change
  • Android game design with C++
  • The study of acoustics and electricity
  • The building of highly efficient electromagnets