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Key School

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534 Hillsmere Drive Annapolis MD 21403 United States
PK to 12th


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I felt especially prepared for the academic rigors of university due to the constant demand of homework, projects, tests, and other assignments. Not only were there a bunch of assignments, but there was a high demand for excellent quality. One thing I liked about Key School was they did not accept mediocre work. They required a student's best work and in turn it fully prepared the student for higher learning. The school's teaching philosophy was primarily a discussion based curriculum. I believe this kept me focused and in a weird way entertained. It made me look forward to my classes and enjoy interacting with my peers. As far as class size, I thought it was perfect. No class size was bigger than twenty. This allowed every student to feel like a priority and not a number. Also, Key School had labs such as Math Lab, Writing Lab, and Language Lab which were designed to give students extra help in difficult areas of a certain subject. I utilized math lab in ninth and tenth grade. Then, in eleventh grade I excelled in my math course and regained my confidence.

College Counseling

I first made a list of colleges with my school's advisor at the beginning of....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

As far as the admissions process goes, I would highly recommend a campus visit and....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

I think the overall quality of student life is excellent. There is little to none physical bullying and cyber bullying is kept to a minimum. Compared to other schools, I would say our student life is amazing. Students actually look forward to coming to school. I think the school's approach to discipline is very advanced. There is no set rulebook that has specific consequences for specific acts of misconduct. There is a disciplinary committee comprised of students and teachers that evaluates each act separately. I think that is helpful for students that make....

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