Key Facts

Key School engages children from 2.5 years of age through grade 12 in a progressive, coeducational, college-preparatory program on its picturesque 15-acre campus located 4 miles from downtown Annapolis.

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

Head of School: Matthew Nespole

Enrollment: 655 Students

Geographic reach: 73 zip codes; 12 countries; 260 sending schools

Student teacher ratio: 6:1

Average class size: 16

Students of Color: 37%

115 faculty members; 68% with advanced degrees, including 6 with doctoral degrees

Transportation available from Bowie, DavidsonvilleCrownsville, ArnoldLargo, Odenton, Southern Anne Arundel County, Upper Marlboro, West Annapolis

French grades 1 – 12; Spanish grades 6 – 12; Latin and Arabic grades 9 – 12

Orff Schulwerk music program, grades 1 - 6, is the most comprehensive in the country

Extensive Outdoor and Environmental Education Program, integrated with academic studies, involves all students

More than 40 interscholastic sports teams at Varsity, JV and Middle School levels; 75% participation in the athletics program; 42% play 2 sports or more

16 buildings on 15-acre campus in Hillsmere Shores; 70-acre Fusco Athletic Park in Annapolis Roads

Financial Aid Budget: $2.5 million

Families Receiving Need-Based Financial Aid: 32%
Average Award: $11,500
Endowment: $19 million

Accreditation: Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) and approved by the State of Maryland

Active membership 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 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.

Outcomes - Classes of 2019, 2020 & 2021

Over 80% of graduates received merit-based scholarships

7% earned National Merit Scholar Recognition (national avg. < 1%)

41% will attend Research 1 Universities

25% scored 1395+ on the SATs

1300 average SAT score (national private school & Maryland private school avg. is 1221; national avg. is 1051)

35% intend to pursue STEM-related studies including engineering, computer science, marine and environmental science, pre-health/vet, and architecture

14% were recruited to play collegiate athletics

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

For a complete list of college acceptances and matriculations for recent graduating classes, including Key's Class of 2021, visit