The First School Experience

Virtual Open House

In lieu of in-person open houses this fall, Key offered a virtual opportunity for families to become better acquainted with the School. The following recorded sessions from our November 2020 Virtual Open House provide valuable insight about life at Key to assist in your search for the independent school that is the right fit for your student and family.

Key's First School includes grades Key-Wee (age 2.5), Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten.


(7:46) Director of Enrollment and Outreach Tom Rossini provides an overview of the First School open house program

Admission Process

(5:16) First School Admission Counselor and Director of Financial Aid Cheryl Martin covers the admission process for the First School


(14:22) Pre-Kindergarten teachers Jeannette Seipp and Mary Mix discuss the Pre-Kindergarten program at Key

Inquiry Based Learning

(2:27) An overview of the inquiry based learning approach at Key

Head's Message

(5:51) Head of School Matthew Nespole welcomes prospective students and families to the First School open house program

DEI in the First School

(1:44) Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Jenifer Moore discusses DEI work within the First School program


(27:10) Pre-School teachers Enita Moore and Ali Purvis cover the Pre-School program at Key


(3:32) A brief look at life in our First School

Division Overview

(9:13) Head of the First School Becky Fetters provides an introduction to the First School division at Key for prospective families


(29:32) Kindergarten teachers Sherie Coates, Vicki Bushmann and Renee Sherwood discuss the Kindergarten program at Key


(23:56) Key-Wee teacher Angela McKinley reviews the Key-Wee (age 2.5) program for our youngest students 

From Our Faculty

Hear brief overviews of Key's program and culture, shared by faculty members. Additional videos will be added over the course of this academic year.

Life Skills

(1:34) School Counselor Erin Weiss discusses the Life Skills program in the First & Lower Schools

Outdoor Education

(4:05) Outdoor Education Department Head Paul Bayne discusses Key's Outdoor Education Program for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12

Visual Arts

(4:16) Visual Arts Department Head Andy Katz discusses the progressive visual arts curriculum for grades K-12

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

(2:45) Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Jenifer Moore on the School's DEI initiatives and goals

Physical Education

(2:54) Physical Education teacher Jonnie Jenkins discusses his playful and purposeful approach to PE in the First and Lower Schools