Key School offers free Before School Care for Key students in Kindergarten through Grade 4, weekdays beginning at 7:30 a.m., each day school is in session.
Key faculty members staff the program and the maximum enrollment is limited to 30, therefore registration is required. Children participating in Before School Care must arrive between 7:30 - 7:45 a.m. and, due to allergy precautions, no food or drink can be consumed during Before School Care. An array of arts activities is available as is space for quiet work and/or reading. All students are escorted to their divisional offices at 8:00 a.m.
Prospective families interested in more details can contact our Admission team directly.
Key-Wee, Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten families may opt for the full day program by extending their children's day from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. two, three or five days a week. Students who stay at Key beyond noon, remain in their classroom, with their classroom teachers until the After School Program begins. Cost details are available under Tuition & Affordability.
The After School Program provides students in First, Lower and Middle Schools with an age-appropriate variety of indoor and outdoor activities including art, sports, music, storytelling, drama, and dance until 5:30 p.m. (with an option to extend to 6:00 p.m.) each day school is in session for a full day.
A nutritious nut-free snack is served “family style,” each afternoon. Monitored homework time provides Lower and Middle School students with a quiet and structured setting in which to study. Students who do not have homework can use this time for reading or drawing; children are encouraged to bring books to read every day.
Students are divided by grade levels with First School students remaining in the First School building; depending on the season, Lower School students gather in either Katharine Hall or the Arts Building; and Middle School students meet in the Ford K. Brown Library in the Barn.
Key's After School Program is licensed by the Maryland Department of Education, Office of Child Care. The After School Program staff bring a diverse and rich pool of talent to the program and are committed to creating an engaging atmosphere where students enjoy participating in creative learning and meaningful play, each day. All staff members are certified in basic first aid and CPR. Students must be registered to attend Key's After School Program.
Throughout the year, Key offers a series of After School Enrichment Activities for students in Lower and Middle Schools, beginning immediately after dismissal. Recent offerings have included Chess, Coding, Yoga, EcoAdventures, Drama, and Art. Key also offers an after school Drivers' Education course for Upper School students each spring.