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Questioning is KEY

Key School offers a learning environment that emphasizes intellectual process as well as academic product and values probing questions as highly as thoughtful answers.

engagement is key
Engagement is KEY

At every grade level, Key teachers and students work and think together to construct meaning from information gathered.

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Discussion is KEY

In Key’s discussion-based classes, students gain a depth of understanding about complex topics and learn the importance of listening.

Resourcefulness is KEY
Resourcefulness is KEY

Key students are encouraged to think flexibly and value the lessons learned from their successes and failures as they tackle complex problems.

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The Right Start is KEY

Key instills a deep-rooted love of learning by engaging children in purposeful play and discovery, and by making the process of learning both challenging and rewarding.

Independent Thinking is KEY

Key School helps students develop the habits of mind that empower them to successfully navigate a changing world.

Experience is KEY

By getting out and seeing real-world connections to their curricular work, Key students deepen their understanding of its complexities.

Collaboration is KEY

Key students learn to think critically, listen carefully, solve problems creatively, and work together effectively.

Tenacity is KEY

Key students learn to draw on inner resources and find they are capable of greater physical and mental achievements than imagined.

Participation is KEY

All Key students are encouraged to broaden their horizons, lean into discomfort, and embrace new opportunities. 

Sportsmanship is KEY

Key School values lessons about competitive and cooperative effort and, therefore, encourages athletic participation by all students.

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.

Explore Our Divisions

First School, 2.5 yr olds - 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

11% of Class of 2019 earned National Merit Scholar recognition

90% of recent graduates were accepted to one of their top choice colleges.

80% of seniors accepted to college/universities ranked "Most/Highly/Very Competitive"
33% will attend Research 1 Universities to pursue STEM-related studies
75% of seniors received collegiate merit scholarships
Upper School Math Team placed 2nd overall in Anne Arundel County

(of 22 public and private schools)

Middle School Math Team placed 2nd overall in County MATHCOUNTS Foundation Competition Series; 4 students finished in top 10

8 students honored as Finalists and 1 named State Runner-Up in Maryland Humanities Council Letters About Literature Contest
2 Middle Schoolers qualified for the National History Bee in Atlanta
4 Championship appearances; 3 Championship wins
25 Obezags earned All-Conference Honors; 16 named All-County Athletes