Key 360°

Just as a compass always follows true north, Key School strives to live up to our mission and values in all that we do. Our true north is the purposeful alignment of our programs, resources and practices with our mission to more effectively meet the evolving needs of our students.

Key 360° will help us navigate a path to tomorrow for our exceptional School, and, most importantly, support and empower each student on their personal learning journey.



About Key 360°

Key 360° isn’t your typical strategic framework. Like a compass, Key 360° will guide the path forward, not determine the destination or prescribe the way to get there. It is up to us, the Key Community, to choose the best route and adjust course along the way, secure in the knowledge that we will achieve our goals if we steer towards the priorities outlined in Key 360° and center our decision-making around the needs and well-being of our students above all else.


Key 360° Framework

Executive Summary

The development of Key 360° was led by the Key School Board of Trustees and created with input from the entire Key Community (students, parents, alums, board members, faculty and staff, and parents of alums). A community survey (600+ respondents) and six listening sessions with stakeholders were a part of the plan’s development and refinement.

Priorities & Goals

Key 360° focuses on five priorities encompassing all aspects of the Key experience, from academic programming and faculty growth to our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, the physical campus, student citizenship, community well-being, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of school resources. Each priority is equal in its importance to the School’s future success. Below you will find the major bullet points. For more detailed examples of each priority, please see Key 360°: Navigating a Path to Tomorrow.



Key School students are supported and challenged to excel educationally and personally and be confident, courageous critical thinkers prepared to engage with the world.

Enhance and align adaptive program offerings to meet the needs and interests of all Key Students, providing an experience that empowers students to pursue continuous growth.

Explore options for innovative program offerings that foster academic excellence, exploration and self-discovery.

Continue to leverage elements of curriculum and instructional practices that are unique to Key School, including differentiated instruction, experiential learning and outdoor education.

Cultivate students’ critical and creative thinking to prepare them for success in a diverse and evolving world.


Key School teachers are recognized as leaders and role models who are supported in striving for continuous growth as professionals.

Continue to attract, engage, retain, and grow world-class faculty and staff who excel in delivering holistic programming for Key School students.

Provide time and resources for faculty to collaborate with colleagues, leading to continuous improvement and mutual support.

Designate time and resources for faculty professional development to improve professional practice, ensure effective teaching, and accommodate differentiated learning styles.

Encourage and enable teachers to test and apply new pedagogies and curricula, including transdisciplinary approaches in measurable, mission-consistent ways.


The Key School campus is intentionally designed and utilized with spaces and methodology reflecting our mission and supporting our students, faculty and community.

Optimize the use of Key School’s outdoor spaces to continue to support innovative teaching and learning

Plan and provide for high-quality classroom environments with optimized space and conditions for teaching and learning


The Key School path is supported by an intentional focus on revenue generation and resource allocation, ensuring long-term sustainability and strength for current and future Key students.

The budget process is structured to support and drive the School’s strategic priorities to provide a sustainable program of excellence for current and future students.

Monitor finance and budgeting and establish multi-year targets to ensure a sustainable, high-quality learning environment and that resource growth matches or exceeds the School’s capital and operational needs.

Invest in our human, facility and financial resources to further our academic goals.


Key School students and graduates are continuous learners and ethical global citizens who strive to positively impact a diverse and evolving world.

Set and reinforce expectations of what it means to be a Key School citizen in an inclusive and diverse community – as a student, Alumni/ae/x, faculty member, or parent – building on the foundation of respect, responsibility and honesty.

Curate new opportunities for all community members to engage with a broad range of diverse and respectful views.

Provide a variety of opportunities for Key School students to engage with our city, country and world to establish networks that will nurture their educational and personal aspirations, engagements beyond the walls of Key School and the positive impact they will have as Key School graduates.

Enhance our commitment to the development and implementation of programs that balance the emotional, physical and intellectual well- being of students.