9 Month Term

The typical Key School student is of average or above average intelligence and suffers from one or more learning differences. Key School’s Nine Month Term is a full, rigorous academic program with an emphasis on individual progression. Our average 4:1 student/teacher ratio gives our students the educational advantage needed to reach, and in some cases exceed, their academic goals.

We make a strong effort to keep each class both practical and stimulating. Our instructors teach in a multi-sensory format strategically designed to ensure the greatest potential for learning. Concepts are built by first reinforcing students’ present skills and then, once confidence is gained, introducing new ones.

Study skills and organization, which are fundamental to the program, are taught and included at all levels. As basic academic skills are mastered and educational deficiencies are minimized, the student’s academic focus is directed into a comfortable transition to a traditional school setting.

For more details on the curriculum of our nine-month term click through the courses below.

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Key School teaches a four-part approach to character development. The four components of our approach are both individually taught and encouraged, as well as, integrated into all aspects of Key School.

The four KEYS are:

  • Key Life Principles
  • Key SMART
  • Key Leadership Academy
  • Key Knowledge

Key Life Principles

Key Life Principles are overarching life traits for success with a focus on one trait each month of the school year.  We spotlight individuals on staff and in the student body who are exemplars of each trait.



Key SMART is our time management and work/study skills strand. On SMART days, students focus on ways to prioritize, manage tasks, explore study and work skills, and organize their materials in ways that work for and are meaningful to them. SMART stands for Students Making Academics Relevant and Trenchant. This strand focuses on students taking ownership of their learning.


Key Leadership Academy

Key Leadership Academy focuses on helping our students develop their leadership skills and potential with the focus on being servant leaders. They will be using the YELL curriculum designed for just such a purpose. YELL stands for Youth Empowered through Learning about Leadership. The students (and teachers) begin by looking at and deciding what makes a leader a leader and then identifying actions to take to become a positive leader.


Key Knowledge

The final strand is Key Knowledge. It is based on the idea that through reading we can infinitesimally increase our knowledge base.  Through reading we can improve our vocabulary, ideas, content knowledge, imaginations, and ourselves. The focus is on getting students to explore a variety of print and text material that interests them and helps them discover reading as a lifelong passion.