Parents are asked to schedule student testing and visiting by calling the Key School Admission Office. Testing and visiting procedures vary according to grade level. In all cases, parents should inform the Admission Office if the applicant has special needs that may be pertinent to the application process or to the school visit.
Pre-School applicants complete a series of developmental exercises in individually scheduled sessions. Parents are encouraged to accompany their pre-schooler during this evaluation process.
Students applying to first grade are scheduled for a visit and are given subtests of the Stanford Early School Achievement Test (SESAT) and the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL-3).
Applicants to grades 2-4 take subtests of the SESAT, the Stanford Achievement Test, the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test, and a spelling test.
Applicants to the Middle School and Upper School (grades five through twelve) may elect to register to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) offered at several locations throughout the season including at Key School on December 1, 2012, and February 2, 2013. Key School's code is 210013. In lieu of the ISEE, applicants may choose to schedule Educational Records Bureau testing by individual appointment at Key School. These applicants are also asked to complete a questionnaire and write an essay.
Day-long visits are scheduled for students applying to grades 2-12. Student visits―integral to the admission process―provide the opportunity for interaction with Key students and faculty. Beginning in December, applicants for the upcoming school year may schedule testing in conjunction with the school visit.