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History

Keys School began with a vision of a home-like place where curious students could become thoughtful, responsible, and self respecting individuals. That vision continues to blossom today in an environment that is built on close relationships, a hands-on curriculum, high academic achievement, and balanced whole child growth. Keys graduates enter the finest high schools in the area as confident problem solvers, exceptional communicators, and with a perceptive awareness of interpersonal dynamics.

From its humble beginnings in 1973, with seventeen students and three teachers, Keys School has grown into a kindergarten through eighth grade school of more than two hundred students learning on two campuses. As Keys has matured, it has never lost sight of its core values and mission. In support of the mission, Keys has adjusted its instructional methods to reflect the latest educational research. Our program reflects a unique opportunity for student to be actively engaged in learning. Over time, the changes included staff expansion including a full time counselor, and specialists for all students in science, music, art, Spanish, library, and physical education. Technology education is now an important part of the Keys curriculum, with a technology curriculum specialist on staff.

Keys has retained many features of its early roots such as a vibrant after school program, outdoor education, dramatic communication through class plays, and even ice skating instruction in physical education. As a K–8 school, a rarity on the Peninsula, Keys develops the warm relationships between older and younger students, further promoting the home-like atmosphere envisioned by the founders. A Keys education gives students the opportunity to participate actively in their own learning through hands on activities like field trips, plays, presentations, and group endeavors.

The Strategic Plan of 2008 guides the future of Keys School by enhancing our core values and also responding to a changing global environment. As of September 2009, the Keys community enjoys modern up-to-date facilities that include a new gymnasium, performing arts area, middle school library, science labs, art studio, and after school program space. Additionally, student enrollment will continue to expand by adding a second class to each grade level. Concurrent with the expansion, the plan commits Keys to uphold its core values. The continuing refinement of the curriculum will place a priority on a global emphasis and 21st century skills, and attracting and developing top-flight faculty. Finally, the plan addresses marketing, fundraising, and financial management to ensure the school's long-term health and permanence.

From simple beginnings, Keys School has matured by using its beginning principles to guide the school's vibrant, caring community. Today, Keys School is a modern school that provides an exceptional education in a unique environment.

Keys School - Lower Campus · 2890 Middlefield Road · Palo Alto, CA · 94306
Keys School - Middle Campus · 3981 El Camino Real · Palo Alto, CA · 94306

Phone: 650-328-1711