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Lower School Admission

Grades 1-4

Our Lower School students cultivate growth mindsets by embracing difficult tasks, overcoming challenges, collaborating, and reflecting on progress.

Key's Lower School offers:

  • Small classes and a 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Caring, experienced teachers who receive ongoing professional development in neuroscience research and child development
  • Instruction by specialists in science, language arts, music, art, physical education, Life Skills, MakerSpace, Spanish, technology, and libraries
  • Hands-on projects and games encouraging visual reasoning and problem-solving
Kristen Addison

Lower School Division Head

Four elementary school girls stand outside giving peace signs by a sign pointing to the Lower School Garden
Two elementary school boys laugh as they sit next to each other at a table with food
Four elementary school girls smile with arms around each other while standing outside on a green field
Two elementary school boys and one African American elementary school girl sort through baskets containing river creatures
Two elementary school girls smile at the camera outside, one on a swing
Two elementary school boys sift through seaweed in a net while crouched on the sandy beach
Two African American elementary school girls read a book aloud while sitting in chairs
An African American elementary school boy has a surprised look on his face while his teacher sitting next to him is smiling
Two elementary school girls smile while sitting at a table using a game to understand math
Nine elementary school boys stand together outside in a line with their arms around each other smiling
Three elementary school boys sit on top of monkey bars looking down and smiling
Three elementary school girls stand together smiling outside with coats on

How to Apply
Application Deadline
January 5, 2024

Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a rolling basis contingent on available space and waitlist depth. We recommend families contact our Lower School admission counselor to learn more about availability in your student’s grade. 

Tour Campus
We encourage all families interested in the Lower School to schedule a private tour of campus with your admission counselor.

Apply for Admission
Submit an application through the Admission Portal. All necessary forms and application checklist items can be accessed through your account. 

Lower School applicants are required to submit: 

  • A teacher reference (homeroom teacher)
  • School Administrator or Guidance Counselor Evaluation
  • Transcript

A $60 application fee will be charged upon submitting the application.

Admission Testing
Key will conduct in-house testing for First Grade applicants. Applicants to grades 2, 3 & 4 must complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

  • ISEE School Code: 210013
    December 9, 2023 and January 13, 2024 test dates available at Key School
Important Dates
  • September 1, 2023 - 2024/2025 applications open online
  • October 16, 2023 - Lower School Information Session
  • October 24, 2023 - Upper School Fall Information Session 
  • November 4, 2023 - First & Middle School Open Houses
  • January 5, 2024 - 2024/2025 application form due
  • January 12, 2024 - Financial aid forms due
  • January 19, 2024 - Application files due
  • February 15, 2024 - Admission decisions released

Your Counselor

Makeba Barnes