Key School engages children from 2.5 years of age through grade 12 in a progressive, coeducational, college-preparatory program on its picturesque 15-acre campus, located 4 miles from downtown Annapolis. Key is renowned for its rigorous academic program which emphasizes inquiry-based learning, interdisciplinary studies and a global perspective while building the habits of grit, tenacity and resourcefulness. 25% of the Class of 2019 scored 1430+ on the SATs; Class Mean of 1313
Over 82% of the Class of 2019 received merit scholarships (this does not include financial aid awards)
81% will attend "Most/Highly/Very Competitive" colleges/universities  24% will attend Research 1 Universities
35% intend to pursue STEM-related studies including engineering, computer science, marine and environmental science, pre-health/vet, and architecture
11% earned National Merit Scholarship Recognition (national avg. < 1%)
98% of alumni parents surveyed would recommend KEY to a friend, colleague or family member
For a complete list of 2019 college acceptances and matriculations, please visit keyschool.org/Classof2019

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 667 students
  • Acceptance rate: 44%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 19

Top Rankings

Key School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Maryland for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded
1958
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost Notes
https://www.keyschool.org/program/summer-at-key
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
667 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
37%
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade
Key School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
115 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
67%
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
11 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Advanced Biology, Advanced Biology, Advanced Calculus (AB and BC), Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Latin (Vergil), Advanced Spanish Literature, American History, English Literature and Composition, French, Physics, Statistics, Studio Art
Average SAT score
1315
Average ACT score
29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Key does not subscribe to a formal dress code. Students are expected to make decisions that are consistent with the School values of respect, civility and responsibility and achieve a balance between individual choices and the needs of the community.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 19
Tuition Notes
$8,545 to $18,765 - Key-Wee through Pre-K; $18,765 Kindergarten; $25,010 Grades 1-4; $27,675 Grades 5-8; $29,200 Grades 9-12
% on Financial Aid
33%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$12,000
Acceptance Rate
44%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Tom Rossini
Admissions Associate
Rachel Sweeney
Endowment Size
$15 million

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School Notes

  • Key School's greatest strengths are its students, its faculty, and its program. Key students are curious, lively, articulate, and self-confident. Key teachers are noted for their experience, their intellectual vitality, and their concern for students. The program includes courses, materials, and experiences intended to instruct, stimulate, challenge, and engender a delight in learning while developing a sustaining degree of intellectual curiosity. The School emphasizes the learning process, promotes individuality, and encourages the expression of ideas and points of view in both academic and non-academic areas. The general tone of the campus is egalitarian, informal, academically focused, creative and caring. The Key School is founded upon the conviction that children are innately curious about themselves and the world; they want to learn, they want to discover, and they want to create. The School's role is to nourish and guide this natural exuberance, energy, and delight in the search for meaning, so that each student may develop into an informed, thoughtful and constructive member of society, with a lifelong commitment to learning.
2019 Outcomes:
  • 25% of the Class of 2019 scored 1430+ on the SATs; Class Mean of 1313
  • Over 82% of the Class of 2019 received merit scholarships (this does not include financial aid awards)
  • 81% will attend "Most/Highly/Very Competitive" colleges/universities
  • 24% will attend Research 1 Universities
  • 35% intend to pursue STEM-related studies including engineering, computer science, marine and environmental science, pre-health/vet, and architecture
  • 11% earned National Merit Scholarship Recognition (national avg. < 1%)
  • 98% of alumni parents surveyed would recommend KEY to a friend, colleague or family member
  • For a complete list of 2019 college acceptances and matriculations, please visit keyschool.org/Classof2019
Profile last updated: 08/11/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
5  
The Key School has been an amazing educational experience for my children. The environment encourages hands-on exploration, the lessons elicit their thoughts on how things work and cultivate them forming their own self-concept and ability to articulate the world around them. The blending of life skills and current wellbeing trends in education and programs for parents make it an amazing partnering journey where your children can unfold comfortably and explore who they are and where they want this journey to take them.
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5  
Key has been a wonderful choice for our middle school son. I'm just amazed at how Key is turning these children into critical thinkers and expressive communicators. The teachers have been wonderful and supportive and the entire Key Community has been wonderful. Highly recommend.
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5  
Great, unique experience that helped shape who I am today.
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5  
I loved my time at the school, the teachers are great and friendly, the community is close knit and nice and the campus is beautiful
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5  
The Key School is a unique institution that not only prepares students for the rigors of college, but also equips them with skills and values to become successful and thoughtful members of society.
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5  
Great experience there - close-knitted community, nice teachers, and amazing trips.
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The Key School provides an excellent education for my children. The Middle School has teachers who care and promote self-advocacy for the students. The school is a "community", where students feel safe, can express themselves, and become independent thinkers. I would highly recommend the school if you are looking for a place where your children will grow academically, culturally, and morally.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked MD School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 667 students
  • Acceptance rate: 44%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 19

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