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. 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

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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 Cost Noteshttps://www.keyschool.org/program/summer-at-key
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students650 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
35%
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
64%
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,
Average SAT score1315
Average ACT score29
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. 15 / rolling
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
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant$12,000
Acceptance Rate
38%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorTom Rossini
Endowment Size$15 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered16 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
EquestrianField Hockey,
Indoor SoccerLacrosse,
SailingSoccer,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWinter Track,

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

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    Grades: K-12 | 948 students
    15.6 miles
    109 Burns Crossing Road
    Severn, MD 21144
    (410)519-5300
    15.6 K-12
    948
  • Severna Park
    Grades: NS-12 | 844 students
    10 miles
    201 Water St
    Severna Park, MD 21146
    (410)647-7700
    10 NS-12
    844
  • Annapolis
    Grades: NS-8 | 250 students
    0.9 miles
    3112 Arundel On The Bay Road
    Annapolis, MD 21403
    (410)263-8650
    0.9 NS-8
    250
  • Crownsville
    Grades: PK-12 | 570 students
    11 miles
    680 Evergreen Road/1130 Anne Chambers Way
    Crownsville, MD 21032
    (410)923-3660
    11 PK-12
    570
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    Grades: 9-12 | 497 students
    3.1 miles
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    Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410)263-3294
    3.1 9-12
    497

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
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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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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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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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