Key School is founded upon the conviction that children are innately curious about themselves and the world; they want to learn, they want to discover, and they want to create.
Explore Our Divisions
Our First Schoolers delight in a caring, play-based introduction to school taught by experienced early childhood educators and specialists in science, language arts, music, art, PE, Life Skills, MakerSpace, and library. Each day at Key comprises new adventures – in and out of the classroom – with teachers who place the highest priority on building self-confidence and developing the whole child.
The excitement and enthusiasm for learning in our Lower School extends well beyond the classroom walls. Students are consistently encouraged to question, hypothesize, reason, problem-solve, and work with their classmates and teachers to grapple with new ideas – all while having fun. With an emphasis on experiential learning, students develop a positive attitude toward school, learning, and themselves.
Our Middle School students immerse themselves in our renowned academic program that emphasizes collaboration, inquiry-based learning, interdisciplinary studies, and a global perspective. At the same time, they experience meaningful connections with their teachers and peers, value and respect the differences of others, and forge a positive outlook on learning and their future. Key offers a community environment where excellence, self-confidence, empathy, and joy are nurtured.
Hands-on experiences both in and out of the classroom and a renowned academic curriculum propels Upper School students to unparalleled outcomes and instills in them the skills and confidence necessary to be leaders at Key School and in life.
The Key Difference
Learn what makes Key one of the most sought-after educations in Maryland.
Small class sizes in a tight-knit community allow teachers to know their students well and tailor learning to their strengths, needs and interests.
Foundational Curriculum, Innovative Approach
Key’s innovative approach to teaching and learning sets us apart from other independent schools.
Unparalleled Student Outcomes
Key’s renowned academic program emphasizes inquiry-based learning, interdisciplinary studies, and produces unparalleled student outcomes.
Diverse, Inclusive Community
Key School has a long tradition of welcoming and supporting students and faculty from all backgrounds and experiences.
In Their Own Words
"It’s truly the whole package of strong academics, the family experience, and a caring faculty."
CAMILLE CARR '16
“My job in tech is to create solutions to new problems - a skill I attribute to Key's multidisciplinary curriculum."
REID CHAPMAN '23
“I feel completely at home with my peers, teachers and coaches who support and guide me every day.”
Upper School Humanities
"I love the shared intellectual curiosity at Key; being constantly challenged to engage and grow."
Key by the Numbers