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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.

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Writing Center

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The Upper School Writing Center is dedicated to the teaching of writing across all departments and curricula, serving as a place where students and faculty alike may visit and discuss all aspects of reading and writing.

As students strive to put forth their best work, the Center provides support in a host of areas such as reading facility; note-taking strategies; decoding essay questions; brainstorming; outlining theses and assertions; using evidence; citing sources; proofreading for grammar and style; and understanding and integrating teacher feedback. In addition, workshops focus on elements of writing across the spectrum of classes comprising math, science, humanities, and performing arts.

The Writing Center is staffed by members of Key School’s faculty and by a select number of Key’s twelfth grade students, who, after a rigorous application process, have been designated as Peer Writing Tutors. Through their core knowledge of the Upper School curriculum and with guidance from Key faculty, these students support their peers with the processes they have found successful for their own writing.

Center Director Mary Truitt Hill, a veteran Upper School Humanities teacher, holds an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and has served as a professor of literature at the College of William and Mary and at George Washington University, where she supervised peer tutors in that university’s writing center.

Fostering excellence in writing as a tool to sharpen and define a student’s thinking has always been a hallmark of a Key education, and the Writing Center is a concrete manifestation of commitment.