How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

We are thrilled that your family is interested in pursuing a Key School education and we look forward to working with you throughout the admission process. 

Key School is proud to provide a paperless admission experience. By creating a family profile, you will be able to request more information, apply online and access all required forms to complete the application.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be submitted by January 23. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a space available basis.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.

First School

Key-Wee, Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten

Application
Parents submit the Application for Admission along with the $55.00 application fee to The Key School. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be submitted by January 23. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a space available basis. 

Student Visits
First School applicants are observed in a group setting by teaching faculty and division administrators. Each child will also complete a series of developmental exercises.

References
It is important for teachers to be able to share their insights after having worked with the applicant for an extended period of time.

For applicants with no school experience, submit the reference request form to one non-relative who is well-acquainted with the applicant.

Lower School

Grade 1

Application

Parents submit the Application for Admission along with the $55.00 application fee to The Key School. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be submitted by January 23. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Student Visits and Testing
Applicants to 1st grade are scheduled for a half-day visit. Integral to the admission process, applicant visits provide the opportunity for: 1) interaction with Key students and teachers within the classroom setting; and 2) individual work with a faculty member or administrator. Subtests of the Stanford Early School Achievement Test (SESAT) and the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL-4) are given.

References
It is important for teachers to be able to share their insights after having worked with the applicant for an extended period of time.

Grades 2-4

Application
Parents submit the Application for Admission along with the $55.00 application fee to The Key School. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be submitted by January 23. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Student Visits and Testing

Applicants to 2nd through 4th grade are scheduled for a full-day visit. Integral to the admission process, applicant visits provide the opportunity for: 1) interaction with Key students and teachers within the classroom setting; and 2) individual work with a faculty member or administrator. Subtests of the Stanford Early School Achievement Test (SESAT) or the Stanford Achievement Test, the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test, and a spelling test are given.

References

It is important for teachers to be able to share their insights after having worked with the applicant for an extended period of time.

Transcripts
Parents submit the Records Release Form to the applicant's current school to authorize the release of copies of transcripts to The Key School.

Parents of home school applicants are asked to submit: a syllabus and description for each course; a list of textbooks and readings; reports; assessment and samples of recent work; and student references.

Middle School

Grades 5-8

Application
Parents submit the Application for Admission along with the $55.00 application fee to The Key School. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be submitted by January 23. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Student Application

Key asks students applying to grades 5 through 8 to complete a brief student application. The student application affords applicants the opportunity to tell the Admission Committee, in their own words, why they believe Key is a good fit. The form also provides a space for students to list and rank their interests, activities and hobbies.

Student Visit and Interview
All students applying to our Middle School will interview with an admission counselor. Families typically opt to schedule the interview during their individual student visit, or after their private tour of campus. Integral to the admission process, student visit days provide the opportunity for interaction with Key students and faculty, and to experience a glimpse of life as an honorary Obezag. 

Testing
All applicants to grades 5 through 8 grade must take either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE - Key School's code is 210013), offered at several locations throughout the season including at Key School, or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

References
Teacher reference forms must be completed by the applicant's current English and Math teachers. If the applicant has the same teacher for both Math and English, only one teacher reference form is required. 

Transcripts
Parents submit the Records Release Form to the applicant's current school to authorize the release of copies of transcripts to The Key School.

Parents of home school applicants are asked to submit: a syllabus and description for each course; a list of textbooks and readings; reports; assessment and samples of recent work; and student references.

Upper School

Grades 9-12

Application
Parents submit the Application for Admission along with the $55.00 application fee to The Key School. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year must be submitted by January 23. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Student Application

Key asks students applying to grades 9 through 12 to complete a brief student application. The student application affords applicants the opportunity to tell the Admission Committee, in their own words, why they believe Key is a good fit. The form also provides a space for students to list and rank their interests, activities and hobbies.

Student Interview
All students applying to Grades 9 through 12 will interview with an admission counselor. Applicants to the Upper School typically opt to schedule the interview after their family's private tour of campus.

Testing
All applicants to grades 9 through 12 must take either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE - Key School's code is 210013), offered at several locations throughout the season including at Key School, or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT - Key School's code is 4355
).


References
Teacher reference forms must be completed by the applicant's current English and Math teachers. If the applicant has the same teacher for both Math and English, only one teacher reference form is required.

Transcripts
Parents submit the Records Release Form to the applicant's current school to authorize the release of copies of transcripts to The Key School.

Parents of home school applicants are asked to submit: a syllabus and description for each course; a list of textbooks and readings; reports; assessment and samples of recent work; and student references.

Visit Day
Due to the volume of applicants to our Upper School, visit days will be offered to admitted students in late winter and early spring, after admission decisions have been sent to the applicant pool.

International Student Admissions

Students for whom English is their first language, please refer to the application procedures above.

TOEFL Scores & Interview

TOEFL Scores
Applicants for whom English is not their first language:
The Office of Admission requires that both an official TOEFL report, as well as the Student and Parent portions of the application, be completed and submitted before an interview can be scheduled Additionally, an applicant’s TOEFL score must meet the minimum requirement for the indicated grade of entry to be eligible for an interview (see below).

Minimum TOEFL Scores by grade of entry
Grade 9: 80
Grade 10: 85
Grade 11: 95

Interview
Once the above criteria has been met, an interview can be scheduled. Interviews may be conducted in person or via Skype. To schedule an interview, please contact Makeba Barnes at 
mbarnes@keyschool.org

ISEE / SSAT
In addition to the TOEFL, all applicants to grades 6 through 12 must also take either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE - Key School's code is 210013) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT - Key School's code is 4355). The SSAT is more commonly administered internationally--test sites can be found at SSAT.org.