This is a program for four year old children from the Key School neighborhood whose families are identified as low income (below $82, 161). It is much like a public school version of the federal Head Start program. Applications are available from Mr. Tony DiIorio or the main office at Key School.
Montessori at Key is for 3 year old to 5 year old children. The entry age is three year olds. Applications may be obtained from Mr. Tony DiIorio or the main office at Key School. Children who enter Montessori are expected to stay in Montessori through the end of their kindergarten year. They may then continue at Key in the immersion program at the first grade year.
Gifted Talented Services Teacher
Key School/Escuela Key has a full-time gifted resource teacher (RTG) working directly with gifted students to ensure these students receive the challenging assignments and learning tracks appropriate to their abilities. Gifted teachers also work in larger classroom settings to spot potentially gifted students and provide differentiated instruction to the larger population.
English for Speakers of Other Languages/High Intensity Language Training is for English Language Learners (ELL) who are enrolled at Key School. These teachers serve ELL children during the language arts guided reading period of the day in English and may push in or pull out to work in small groups with children based on their education and language needs.
Music and Art
Key School~Escuela Key has enrichment and regular art and music programs, including a Chorus and Band with fully dedicated instructors. We have an art facility with a wide range of art supplies and mediums and a music room for band and orchestra practice. Depending on grade level, students attend music and art 1 to 3 times a week. Key School/Escuela Key partners with local humanities and arts groups to offer visiting artists, art assemblies, and enrichment programs. In addition, there is an annual Key School Arts Festival.
Chorus & Instrumental Music
All children at Key School take 45-60 minutes a week of Vocal or General Music. Fourth and Fifth grades have the option to sign up for instrumental music that operates as a "pull-out" program and meets by like instruments.
Students have physical education (PE) classes two or three times each week. They should wear comfortable clothing and white rubber-soled athletic shoes for PE. The State of Virginia recommends that each kindergartner have 20 minutes of physical education three times a week. At Key depending on the schedule, this may be two sessions of 30 minutes or 45 minutes. We have two full-time teachers and one part-time PE teacher. Generally speaking two classes will have PE at the same time.
For working parents, the county provides an Extended Day program for Key School/Escuela students with coverage from 7 AM until 6 PM daily at the school where students do homework, work on school projects, play games, or do art and craft activities under the supervision of Arlington County School staff.
Instructional Programs / After School Clubs/Enrichment Activities
Virginia Young Readers Program
Accelerated Reader Program for 4th & 5th graders
A-Z Reader Program for K-2 Students
Exemplary Project - Science Lab
Writers Workshop for all grades
Arbor Day, Earth Day
Spanish Language Arts
Dedicated Language Arts block during English class
Odyssey of the Mind
School and PTA-Sponsored Social and Community Events
Our school and PTA host many events designed to support school spirit, bring the Key School/Escuela community together, as well as raise money for enrichment activities. These include Mad Science, Karate, Comite de Padres Latino, and Sculpture classes.
Key Schoool/Escuela Key has a student exchange for 5th graders with Escuela Americana/The American School in San Salvador, El Salvador. In addition, we have Partnerships with, SRA, US Department of Energy, Everybody Wins, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Hilton Garden Inn