Why Key

What makes Key different from most schools is our approach to teaching and learning - where critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and resourcefulness are valued above the volume of content covered.

Established in 1958, Key is the oldest pre-school through grade twelve nonsectarian independent school in Anne Arundel County. Our rigorous academic program emphasizes experiential learning, interdisciplinary studies and a global perspective while building the habits of grit, tenacity and resourcefulness.

Our exceptional faculty, evolving interdisciplinary curriculum, and meaningful connections are why Key students thrive and why we are one of the most sought-after educations in Maryland.


98%

of recent alumni/ae/x families surveyed would recommend Key
to a friend, colleague or family member


 

Key Facts

664

students

115

faculty

16

avg. class size

6:1

student/faculty ratio

Student Body Snapshot

73

zip codes

260

sending schools

12

countries

37%

students of color

Campus

16

buildings

15

acre campus

70

acre athletic park

4

miles from downtown

Student Activities

40+

club and activity offerings

79%

participate in performing arts

75%

play on an athletic team

34%

seniors engage in independent study


2019-2021 OUTCOMES

1395+

25% scored 1395 or higher on the SAT

35%

matriculated to STEM-focused programs

1300

SAT average (Maryland private school average is 1221)

41%

matriculated to Research 1 Universities

80%

received merit scholarships (not including financial aid)

14%

recruited to play collegiate athletics


 


Key School is accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and approved by the State of Maryland. We maintain active memberships in AIMS, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST), Educational Records Bureau (ERB), National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Business Officers Association (NBOA), Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP), Association for Experiential Education (AEE), Independent School Experiential Education Network (ISEEN), Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), and the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM).

Key School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, race, religion, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring practices, admission policies, financial aid and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.