Key School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1958
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students650 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradeKey School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers113 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses11 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced 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,
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(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.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 17
Tuition Notes$8,295 to $17,960 - Key-Wee through Pre-K; $18,220 Kindergarten; $24,280 grades 1-4; $26,870 grades 5-8; $28,350 grades 9-12
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,400
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTom Rossini
Endowment Size$13.5 million


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
EquestrianField Hockey,
GolfIndoor Soccer,
TennisTrack and Field,

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.

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    15.6 miles
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    15.6 K-12
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    0.9 miles
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    10.6 miles
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    3.1 9-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
Great, unique experience that helped shape who I am today.
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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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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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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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