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; 53% girls/47% boys

Geographic reach: 66 zip codes; 10 countries; 247 sending schools

Student teacher ratio: 6:1

Average class size: 16

Students of Color: 35%

113 faculty members; 61% with advanced degrees, including 7 with doctoral degrees; 45 faculty and staff at Key more than 15 years

Transportation available from Arnold, Bowie, Crofton, Crownsville, Davidsonville, Largo, Odenton, Severna Park, 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; 78% participation in the athletics program

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

Financial Aid Budget: $2.1 million

Endowment: $13.5 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, 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 2018

Over 75% of the Class of 2018 received merit scholarships

9% earned National Merit Scholar Recognition

80% will attend “Most/Highly/Very Competitive” colleges/universities

33% will attend Research 1 Universities

33% intend to pursue STEM-related studies including engineering, computer science, marine and environmental science, pre-health/vet, and architecture

100% taking Advanced Courses during junior year scored 4 or 5 on the AP exam (Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Latin, Spanish Literature)

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

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

Highlights 2017-2018

Middle School Math Team advanced to State Competition of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation Competition Series

Upper School Math Team finished year in 5th place overall among independent and public schools in Anne Arundel County; Key senior named sixth highest scoring individual in the County

8 Middle Schoolers honored as Finalists and 1 named State Runner-Up by Maryland Humanities Council in the Letters About Literature Contest

11 Terrapins successfully raised and released into Chesapeake Bay after year-long partnership between Key’s Lower and Upper School science students and the Terrapin Institute

16 Upper Schoolers attended Penn Model Congress in Philadelphia with members of Key's delegation recognized as "Outstanding Team in Courtroom" for work on the "Supreme Court", Best Delegate in Committee, Outstanding Delegate in Full Session, and Honorable Mention in Full Session

100% of Middle Schoolers supported Linda's Legacy Giving Back Program by stuffing 300 backpacks with warm clothing and toiletries for homeless men, women and children in Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis while also independently earning funds to fully fund 50 backpacks

Key senior named MVP at Apple Valley Waste Senior All-Star Classic

Key junior, sponsored by Upper School Art Department, successfully completes “Museum Makers Program” at National Gallery of Art

Obezag athletics had 4 Championship appearances and 3 Championship wins: Girls’ Varsity Swimming and Boys’ Varsity Basketball with Consecutive Championships and Boys’ JV Soccer

25 All Conference Athletes and 16 All-County Athletes