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High School Search Process

The high school search is an exciting process of discovery. Working under the careful guidance of our High School Search Consultant and the support of our Head of Middle School, eighth graders articulate their passions, reflect upon their challenges, and ultimately come to identify a set of schools that will enable them to thrive in high school. Among the many advantages of a K-8 school is this period of reflection and the opportunity to consider high schools that are potential ‘best matches’ once a student has achieved greater self-awareness and maturity.

The process begins in the spring of seventh grade with an informational meeting for parents and students. Between late spring and early fall each family has the opportunity to meet individually with the High School Search Consultant to share information about the student and family including the goals and hopes for the high school experience. Information about testing options, school fairs, open houses and campus visit days is offered. To prepare students for their high school visits, eighth graders participate in mock interviews during which they are asked to think deeply and broadly about how they would like to be challenged for the next four years.

After careful research and exploration families complete applications to schools that best fit their students needs and desires. When admissions decisions become available, families often seek counsel from either the High School Search Consultant or the Head of Middle School. Once all members of the class know where they will attend high school, support remains for students to ensure a successful transition.

Public and independent schools enthusiastically enroll graduates of Keys School because they are well prepared, confident, and able to think critically.





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