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 Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve.
The Department provides services such as the Upper and Middle School Writing Labs and Math Labs, parallel first grade, 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.