2017 Summer Program

Our Summer Program is designed for students entering grades kindergarten – 12 who struggle in school or those who need the benefit of getting an academic boost for the coming school year.

Since its beginning in 1966, Key School has taught reading, phonics, and math to thousands of students, enabling them to dramatically improve academic performance. Continuing this tradition of academic excellence, Key School assists students needing remediation, reinforcement, and enrichment. Middle and High School credit classes are also available and scheduled on an individual basis.


Unique to Key School, our reading classes are taught by Certified Academic Language Therapists. These literary education experts are specially trained to offer this intense and in-depth form of phonics-based intervention.

Tuition rates vary based on the courses selected. The class schedule and tuition costs are listed with each class description. To reserve class space, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required. Remaining balance is due on the first day of classes (June 5, 2017). Financial Aid is not available for the Summer Program.

Reading / Phonics / Spelling

June 5 – 28, 2017

Grades: 1-5
Time: 7:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $935

Grades: 6 – 12
Time: 7:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $935

Parent Meetings:
Grades 1-2: May 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Grades 3-5: May 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Grades 6-12: May 20 at 11:00 a.m.


Key School is perhaps best known for its approach to reading instruction. Key School’s reading classes are taught by Certified Academic Language Therapists who have received extensive training in the Orton-Gillingham method.

This approach to reading is recommended by experts for students who are dyslexic or have been diagnosed with a reading or language based learning problem.

The Reading, Phonics, and Spelling classes are ideal for either those who want to give their child an academic boost for the coming school year, or for those who are struggling and experiencing difficulty with reading.

Students are placed in classes based on their reading level, which is measured during a skills inventory during the Parent Meeting (dates above). Our logical and multi-sensory approach involves instruction in the foundations of the English language utilizing phonics and word-attack skills that eliminate guesswork.

Dramatic improvements can be obtained when a reluctant reader utilizes a practical approach to decoding words. The same lessons regarding the phonetic structure of the language are then applied toward spelling improvement.

Our reading classes require that students complete supervised homework. Assignments will include daily review of drill cards, oral reading, and (in some classes) handwriting practice. Classes are limited to 10 students.