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: 645 Students; 51% girls/49% boys

Geographic reach: 71 zip codes; 12 countries; 257 sending schools

Student teacher ratio: 6:1

Average class size: 16

Students of Color: 35%

114 faculty members; 61% with advanced degrees, including 7 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 - 8, 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: $2.2 million

Endowment: $15.5 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 2019

Over 82% of the Class of 2019 received merit scholarships

81% will attend “Most/Highly/Very Competitive” colleges/universities

25% scored 1430+ on the SATs; Class mean 1313

11% earned National Merit Scholar Recognition (national avg. < 1%)

24% will attend Research 1 Universities

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

98% of alumni parents surveyed would recommend Key to a friend, colleague or family member

For a complete list of 2019 college acceptances and matriculations , visit

Highlights 2018-2019

Upper School Math Team finish year 2nd overall in AACo (coming in ⅓ of a point behind Chesapeake Science Point Charter School).

52 students participated in Key Theater performances of The Government Inspector, Chicago, and Alice in Wonderland, in addition to an evening of student-written and directed plays.

Key hosted the AIMS Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference, welcoming more than 400 students and teachers from across Maryland to campus for a day filled with speakers and student-led workshops focused on educational equity, diversity and inclusion.

Lower School students launch Key-TV

Lower School faculty win grant from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association for Renewable Energy Science Kits.

Upper School Polar Plungers raise over $3,400 for Special Olympics

Middle School Robotics Team participated on FIRST Lego League Tournament

Four students earned Scholastic Art Award recognition for the Northeast Art Region-at-Large

Sixty-five Middle School students competed in this winter’s Spelling Bee with one student progressing to the Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee.

Key’s Board of Trustees enable Upper School student-led Activity KEY Investors to manage a discrete pool of capital from the School’s endowment.

Middle School student advances to the National Geographic GeoBee State competition.

Middle School Math Team competes in Maryland State MATHCOUNTS competition at Johns Hopkins.

Fusco Athletic Park opens for Obezag athletes.

Two seniors sign to play sports at Haverford and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Fifth grader honored for her writing as one of only 26 students named by the World Artists’ Experiences Writing Project.

6 Middle Schoolers named finalists in the 2019 Maryland State Letters About Literature contest; 1 named Level 1 (Grades 4-6) Runner-Up for State of Maryland.

6 Middle Schoolers progressed to the History Bee National Competition in Chicago.

75% of Upper School students play a sport at Key...42% play 2 or more.

6 Championship appearances: V. Field Hockey; Boys’ V and JV Soccer; Boys’ V Basketball; V. Tennis; V. Sailing (fall); 3 Championship Wins: V. Field Hockey, V. Tennis; V. Sailing (fall)

27 All-Conference Athletes; 14 All-County Athletes