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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. The school is brilliant because it resembles college education. There is a certain element of freedom with choosing classes but obviously there are mandatory classes that have to be taken. The school emphasizes a lot on writing. There are laboratories designed specifically to assist students in certain subjects like math or writing. While there is a lecture based component to almost every class, it is mainly for conveying information. The desired form of teaching involves many discussions with peers. Class participation is a large part of your grade in many classes. Graduating students leave with advanced writing skills, a general knowledge of math, one foreign language, history, and numerous different sciences. Not only do they leave with those skills but they also leave with determination, respect, and survival skills. Since attending Pepperdine, I have been even more determined to excel and I have never felt more equipped to do so. Key taught me to utilize time-management skills and delayed gratification. By practicing those two skills, I have successfully completed 3 years of college, with good grades.

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

While it is not the best, the school certainly tries hard to recognize diversity and introduce different backgrounds and cultures. The school is in Annapolis, which is a nicer part of Maryland. That being said, there are students from many different backgrounds. There are many different religions, socio-economic statuses, sexual orientations, political opinions, etc represented in the student body. Students are very willing to contribute to the community in areas they are passionate about. There are numerous clubs and activities on campus to get involved with. Academic integrity is HUGE at Key School. While collaboration is encouraged for projects and homework assignments, there is a large emphasis placed on producing your own work. This translates very well in college, where there is also zero tolerance for cheating. Discipline is taken very seriously, as there is a committee that handles many different situations. There are appropriate procedures in place to handle everything. While some would say some of the rules are a tad bit strict, for instance behavior at a school dance, having rules leads to appropriate behavior in college.

Extracurricular activities are a big part of Key School. From clubs to athletics, they can be seen throughout the week included in a student's schedule. While academics is obviously the number 1 priority, other elements of the school are promoted. It is common knowledge that most universities do not want a student that simply goes to class and does their work and then returns to their dorm at night and stays there. They want balanced students that can go to class, play intramural/club sports, have a part-time job, be involved with a school club, and have a social life. This is the exact attitude that Key School promotes. A well-rounded kid will most likely survive in any environment. More than half the students at Key School are involved in a sport or club. While we are not the best at sports, simply due to the fact that we are a smaller private school, we still have fun and stay active. There are an abundance of activities at Key School that help students grow and contribute to society. For instance, Key designs activities for every grade to do on Earth Day. Key also offers a Community Service course for Seniors to take. The school shows students that the most successful and impressive individuals in life are people who can do more than simply attend class. This attitude is seen in the classroom, on the field, at the job, and in the community. This is another reason Key School excels.