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Resourcefulness is KEY
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The 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.

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First School, 2.5 yrs old - Kindergarten

Each day of a child’s education should comprise new adventures with teachers who are excited to make discoveries with them. Key’s First Schoolers enjoy a happy and enriching introduction to school with adults who place the highest priority on building self-confidence and developing the whole child in a secure and caring environment.

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Lower School, Grades 1-4


Working together and thinking together, Key teachers and students grapple with ideas and forge new understandings. Our Lower School students’ excitement and enthusiasm for learning extend well beyond classroom walls because they are encouraged to question, hypothesize, reason and problem-solve every day.


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Middle School, Grades 5-8


Key School helps students develop the habits of mind that enable them to navigate a changing world. Our Middle Schoolers think critically, work collaboratively, solve problems, and embrace differing ideas and perspectives.


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Upper School, Grades 9-12


Many students want to make a difference in their community. Our Upper Schoolers gain the experience, skills and confidence to not only achieve success in their lives after Key, but also to leave their mark on the world.


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In Their Own Words

Current Lower School Parent, 2016 Parent Feedback Survey

"What I love about Key is that the faculty reinforces the endless possibilities for my son as a learner. Because they do not put limits on him as a learner, he does not put limits on himself."

Jerry Mathis '16, University of Notre Dame

“The well-rounded education and experiences that I received at Key not only taught me to appreciate how much there is to learn about the world, but also pushed me to be creative and to strive to reach out of the box and make the most out of my college experience.”

Beth Bafford '02, Director of Investments at the Calvert Foundation

"Key gave me my foundation, including the ability to critically think to solve major, complex problems (or at least attempt to do so!), the curiosity to look for learning opportunities in every situation, passion for making a difference in the world, and an understanding that I can leverage my education and career to leave the world better than I found it.”

Current Middle School Parent, 2016 Parent Feedback Survey

"My Middle Schooler has analyzed logo designs we’ve seen in the community, discussed with me the origins of conflict in the Middle East, and explained volume calculations she used to design a beverage can as part of a math project. Key has combined rigorous academics with practical application and social awareness."

Bea Gruskin ‘18

“Key School is a really special place because teachers take the time to forge connections outside of the classroom, and they all have a genuine desire to help students learn and pursue our curiosities. The projects and curriculum are never dull; there is always something new and exciting to be learned!"

KEY Highlights

98% of families would recommend Key to friends and colleagues




32% of families received need-based financial aid


80% of Key graduates received merit scholarships


75% of Upper School students play one of 15 varsity sports
79% of Upper School students participate in the performing arts
35% of Key graduates matriculated to STEM-focused programs