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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


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