Keys School

2890 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306-0943
Tel: (650)328-1711
Grades: K-8 | 324 students
Mission: Keys School challenges students to develop a keen intellect and a generous spirit, to advocate for themselves and others, and to honor curiousity and relfection in an increasingly hurried world.  Keys Students • Know themselves and treasure relationships • Pursue intellectual challenges • Reason, communicate, and persuade with conviction • Play, perform, and create with enthusiasm • Utilize technology to advance innovation, design, and collaboration • Explore the natural world and its complex systems • Seek and embrace the diverse perspectives and experiences of our global community • Thrive in high school and life

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Educational Records Bureau
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded 1973

Student Body

Total Students 324 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Keys School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 18 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 16 / Jan. 23
Yearly Tuition Cost $26,250
Tuition Notes We offer 3 payment plans. Tuition Assistance available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Jennifer Tyler
Admissions Associate Elyssa Bishop


Total Sports Offered 7 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
SoftballTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Cartooning Club, Chess Club, Crocheting Club, Fencing Club, Hindi Club, Homework Club, Mandarin Club, Math Club, Science Adventures Chess Club, Fencing Club, Hindi Club, Homework Club, Mandarin Club, Math Club, Cartooning Club,
Crocheting Club,
Science Adventures,

School Notes:

  • What Does Keys School Offer? • A challenging and engaging academic program that prepares students well for secondary school and beyond • A dedicated and inspirational faculty that teaches to the whole child • Specialty teachers in art, music, drama, physical education, Spanish, Mandarin, science, technology, dance, speech, self-science • Outstanding Outdoor Education Program (K-8) • After School Athletics Program (4-8) • Integrated learning activities • Development of each student's individual talents • Safe, closed campus where everyone is known and respected • A warm, inclusive, family-oriented environment • Commitment to diversity • Opportunities for parent education and participation • Before and After School care • Extensive use of local resources for field trips and assemblies • Technology lab with multimedia computers and Internet access • School counselor and Self-Science Program to develop emotional intelligence • Commitment to community service at every grade

Profile last updated: 08/21/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Bear Hollow School (1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Torah Academy (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Stratford School - Palo Alto (0.7 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Palo Alto
    Torah Academy
    All-boys (Jewish)
    Grades: 4-5 | 6 students
    0.4 miles
    3070 Louis Rd
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Palo Alto
    Grades: PK-5 | 300 students
    0.7 miles
    870 N California Ave
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Palo Alto
    Achieve Kids
    Special Education School
    Grades: UG | 53 students
    1 miles
    3860 Middlefield Rd
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Palo Alto
    Grades: 3-12 | 30 students
    1 miles
    3790 El Camino Real # 365
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Palo Alto
    Grades: K-9 | 390 students
    1.1 miles
    3880 Middlefield Rd
    Palo Alto, CA 94303

School Reviews

Keys can be challenging at times but it is a wonderful school filled with amazing teachers and students. They have a great support system for each student especially the ones with disabilities and provide a nurturing, hands on educational program. It is truly spectacular.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 05/21/12

Reviews should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Email: (we will not reveal your email)

Your review:

Would you recommend this school?

 I give permission to post this review online for other visitors to read.
Area Statistics
Rental Market Monitor
Recent Articles
November 19, 2015
Myths, urban legends and just plain misinformation abound concerning private schools. We shed some light on the facts you may not have known.
October 04, 2015
This A-Z list is designed to make you aware of the many things involved in choosing the right school for your child.
September 20, 2015
It is easy to fall into the trap of not keeping your skill-set current. There's no time and no need anyway. We look at why you need to keep things current and offer some suggestions as to how to proceed.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
First name:
Middle name:
Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Palo Alto, CA is $20,962 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).