The Middle School Experience

Grades 5-8

Open House

Key School looks forward to welcoming prospective families to our in-person Fall 2021 Open Houses on November 6 (for Middle and Upper Schools) and November 13 (for First and Lower Schools.)

In lieu of in-person open houses in the fall of 2020, 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.


(4:20) Director of Enrollment and Outreach Tom Rossini provides an introduction to Key School

Student Panel

(22:03) Associate Director of Admission Rosalind Calvin speaks with a panel of current Middle School students, faculty and staff


(14:47) Humanities Department head Jane Zanger and faculty member Alice Drayton on the Middle School humanities curriculum


(3:40) A brief look at life in our Middle School

Division Overview

(6:24) Division Head Dave Magnus provides an overview of Key's Middle School


(11:31) Science Department head Kate Junkins and faculty member Lew Van Wambeke on the Middle School science curriculum

STEM at Key

(2:27) An overview of STEM at Key and how STEM elements are incorporated throughout the Key-Wee - Grade 12 curriculum.

Head's Message

(7:13) Head of School Matthew Nespole welcomes prospective students and families


(8:50) Math Department head Jen Holt and faculty member Cara Riedel speak about the Middle School math curriculum

Inquiry Based Learning

(2:09) An overview of the inquiry based learning approach at Key

From Our Faculty

Hear brief overviews of Key's program and culture, shared by faculty members.

Learning Department

(1:32) Middle School Learning Department Head and Learning Specialist Sarah Judd on the Learning Department in the Middle School

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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


(1:42) Key Theater Director Nick Olson on the importance of theater for Middle School students

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