Key School

534 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis, MD 21403

Founded by several tutors from nearby St. John’s College who were determined to bring strong teachers and able students together, the school soon established a program combining experiential learning with a rigorous, essentially classical curriculum. Originally serving 18 pupils in grades 1-3, Key added one grade in each ensuing year until the 1970s, when the program ran from prekindergarten through grade 12 and enrollment had grown to 360 students. Ongoing plant renovations and new construction in the 1980s and 1990s enabled the school to meet the needs of a larger student body and an expanding educational program. Boys and girls in the middle school (grades 5-8) take part in various multidisciplinary experiences and hands-on activities. Key’s Orff Schulwerk music program, which begins in preschool and continues through middle school, is nationally recognized. All boys and girls in the program engage in the daily study of speech, rhythm, instruments, singing, creative movement and dance, drama and improvisation. Students also learn to read music while gaining an understanding of basic theoretical concepts. The college preparatory upper school curriculum (grades 9-12) features extensive modern and classical language and fine and performing arts programs. Instructors place emphasis on writing, critical reading and analytical thinking, and the curriculum incorporates experiential education and interdisciplinary learning techniques wherever possible (such as in the three-year core humanities sequence that commences in grade 9). Although Key does not explicitly follow the Advanced Placement curriculum, advanced courses in most disciplines prepare students for AP exams. Extensive field trips (such as outdoor education camping excursions) are integral to school life.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address534 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis, MD 21403
Telephone410-263-9231
Fax410-280-5516
Year Established1958
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorMarcella Yedid
Applications DueRolling
Total Enrollment691
Day Students691
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