We left the Key School and are so glad we did. Our only regret is that we didn't leave sooner. What a waste of money. To be fair, the music program is excellent, but the rest of the academics are just average. But the biggest reason we left is that the kids have no structure and are undisciplined.
... Read more The kids have all the control and they know it. In the lower grades, the kids are called "friends" buy their teachers- just to give you an idea of who is in charge! Some kids are really wild and out of control. In the upper grades, this gives the kids have a ridiculous sense of entitlement and an unrealistic sense of self worth. No wonder local businesses are hesitant to hire these kids. They have been so mislead- the kids really don;t think its "fair" to have to work on a friday or saturday night. And don't even get me started on some of the tramp outfits the girls are allowed to wear to school (I was told kids are encouraged to express themselves. So no dress code- even when ridiculous amounts of skin are showing). Its too bad, the school really could be great, but as it stands, it is really overpriced (unless of course you want a spoiled, entitled kid with no real world exp) Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/16/12
This school does an excellent job marketing itself in all areas. In reality, it is way too expensive for what it does offer. The best thing about it is that the the buildings and grounds are attractive. However, it does not have strong academics in either lower, middle or high school, with the middle
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Posted by a parent on 04/01/12
The Key School has its ups and downs. The lower and upper schools are very strong, while the middle school and pre-school grades are quite lacking in comparison. The middle school lacks focus and is not very rigorous compared to a good public school - it certainly isn't worth the money. The upper school
... Read more is extremely academical invigorating, and prepares students well for college. In general the Key school community is small, tight knit and very liberal. I would not recommend sending your child here if you are a conservative on any issue. At the same time, the focus on personal development and environmental awareness is admirable. The music and arts programs are unusual, but generally effective. The Orf Program is used in the lower and middle schools - it works for the younger kids, but pretending to be trees and playing recorders in middle school tends to look ridiculous. The upper school is very involved in vocal groups and musical theater. Sports are certainly not a strong suit, but poor teams allow for more kids to participate. My overall recommendation is that the upper school is the only division that is worth the money - but just barely. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/14/11
Key School is excellent! I transferred my child from a highly rated NW DC school and feel Key is as good if not better (for his learning style). My child currently in K has grown so much in the last couple of months. His reading has skyrocketed and he loves going every day. I do not agree with some
... Read more of the reviews because they do have a schedule (structure) and he is learning tons. Coming from a house of educators HOMEWORK does not equal LEARNING. (Although Key has assignments that come home almost daily, they just don't need to be turned in...) Most schools that have "homework" which I use loosely for very young children, the parents are doing it. It is a "hippie / green / granola" type of school, which I love. I'm not necessarily like that but it fosters creativity. Children are taught how to think (out the box), to explore and have questions. I pay for my child to go to this school not to socialize as a parent, and not to just learn ABCs, any school can do that. I believe this school promotes and encourages the very best of children, CREATIVITY, INDEPENDENT/CRITICAL THINKING, COMMUNITY & A LOVE FOR LEARNING. That combo is very special and does not come around often! Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/10/11
The preschool is not worth the money. We paid full tuition. There is no structure to the day or emphasis on the basics such as letters and numbers. On good weather days they stay outside for extended periods of time because it is easier on the teachers. On any given day the nurses office has atleast
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Posted by a parent on 10/29/11
My wife and I are immensely pleased with Key School, where our daughter attends upper school. The main reason we are so pleased is because we see Key's positive influence on our daughter. She is intellectually challenged, stimulated and, unlike too many students today, writes numerous and worthwhile
... Read more papers. Although we had heard people say things like Key is a "hippie" school or lacks rules and values, nothing could be farther from the truth. The academic program is extremely rigorous and students do learn self-discipline, respect for themselves and others, and moral values! Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/16/11
I completely agree with post dated 12/13/08, 3/27/06 and 1/13/05. If you are looking for strong academics for your child, do not send the to any classes in the Preschool Building at Key. I am half way through the school year and I am disappointed with my daughter progress. It is plain to see that K is
... Read more treated more like daycare than an academic school which I guess I should have realized when I was told she would not have homework and would be placed in the Preschool building. Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/27/10
If you are interested in establishing a partnership with the faculty, then Key School is an excellent place for you to send your child. Key is a collaborative environment, where the sky is the limit. Learning possibilities are endless. Students hold personal responsibility for their success.
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Posted by a parent on 02/01/10
Key is awsome. you get to meet so many different people. Everyone has fun as well as getting a fabulous education. Key is a very relaxed school compared to the other private schools that I have gone to and the students have a voice. Key school is great.
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Posted by a student on 10/17/09
My school is the greatest because the class are small and very challenging. There is also an outdoor education program which realy gives a lot of hands-on experience. I love this school and the structure of the whole program.
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Annapolis schools — Key School is located at 534 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis MD 21403. 534 Hillsmere Dr is in the 21403 ZIP code in Annapolis, MD Key School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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