Learning Department

Key's commitment to address individual learning needs grows out of its Mission Statement. With the recognition that children learn in different ways, the School's goal is to determine the strengths and weaknesses in each child's learning profile at an early age so that academic needs can be effectively met at each stage of development.

The Learning Department is devoted to serving students' needs and does so through the employment of diagnostic testing, curriculum development, research and faculty professional development, and tutoring. As the School has grown, and as the benefits of attention to individual learning needs have been proven time and time again, Key has added to its Learning Department faculty.

Beginning in 1976 when the first learning specialist joined the School, the Learning Department now provides services to students in First School through grade twelve.

The Department provides services such as the Upper and Middle School Writing Labs and Math Labs and support for Language Training and Workshop (taught in grades two through eight). The Learning Department staff also provides diagnostic work across the Divisions, support for faculty instruction and methodology in terms of new ideas and materials, and enrichment opportunities for students as well as support for the School's Life Skills program and the new-to-Key mentoring program for teachers. Further initiatives include faculty professional development in curriculum design and assessment techniques.


  • Professional Development Day: It's About Fostering Grit and Curiosity

    School will not be in session for students on Friday, March 14, but the teachers will be quite busy! Members of Key’s faculty and staff will spend this professional development day discussing grit, tenacity and curiosity, qualities researchers have identified as predictors for success. David Meketon, a research coordinator from the Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, will be the morning’s Keynote Speaker. Afternoon workshops will involve faculty in discussions with outside professionals focusing on trends in family dynamics and student support. Divisional conversations will follow.

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VIDEO: Brain Research Motivation for Learning

Watch more videos from the March 2011 parent program, "Recent Trends in Brain Research."