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Key School

Student rating 4.8/ 5 by Pepperdine University student
534 Hillsmere Drive Annapolis MD 21403 United States


Key Schoolreview by Pepperdine University student. 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

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  • "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

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  • "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 transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "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. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

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 a mistake in their judgement. It makes them feel apart of the community instead of being ostracized. The ethnic and socio-economic background is very diverse. There are students that can afford any sports car and house on the market, and there are students that can barely afford any luxuries. Key School does a great job to make all students feel welcome and at ease. There is no sense of competition at the school and most students are confident in their own image. It is astounding how a group of different students get along so well. But I think this can be attributed to the wonderful environment Key School strives to create and maintain.

I feel the school does a good job of balancing student life with other activities. It promotes academics as the main priority but it doesn't promote it as the only priority. I liked how their were numerous activities to do after school like sports. I played soccer, tennis, and basketball. I also started a ping pong club at my school. I think staying well-rounded is important especially for college admissions. There were other multicultural activities also like the Black Affinity Club and the Hispanic Affinity Club. Community service is a huge part of Key's environment. There are scheduled service activities throughout the semester. For instance, during my senior year we went to Baltimore and installed insolation in poorly constructed homes. Habitat for humanity is the junior class's philanthropy, so to speak.