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KEY Academy empowers students academically, socially and emotionally to prepare them for a future filled with choice and opportunity.  We encourage our middle schoolers to grow as citizens and scholars beyond the classroom by engaging them in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Upon completion of eighth grade, KEY Academy students have the choice to move onto DC Legacy College Preparatory or other competitive high schools in the District.

  • Established

    2001
  • Grades Served

    5-8
  • Enrollment

    390

"At KEY Academy, students thrive in motivating and rigorous learning environments, where they take pride in their academic success. We firmly believe that schools are responsible for developing students academically, socially, and emotionally to prepare them for a future filled with choice and opportunity."

Rashaand Sass Principal, DC KEY Academy

"My goal is to spark curiosity about math at an early age. I want to show you that math isn't just about numbers; it's the key to understanding how things work in the real world, from science and technology to art. When students learn how to solve problems, they open doors to a world full of amazing opportunities."

Katy Hogan, Math Teacher, DC KEY Academy

"I always say to our teachers and staff ‘It takes a village,’ because it truly does. It takes everyone doing what they need to do so our kids can grow successfully."

Mark Sands, Parent, DC KEY Academy

Values

  • Build Team
  • Pride
  • Work Hard

Academics

KEY Academy fosters rigorous and supportive learning environments that prepare students for academic success in high school, college, careers, and beyond.


Students are engaged in a diverse curriculum of not only English, math, social studies, and science classes, but also orchestra, dance, and physical education.


Teachers at KEY Academy are committed to supporting the social-emotional development of their middle school students by developing close relationships with their students and families—ensuring a smooth transition into adolescence.

Extracurriculars

KEY Academy encourages their middle school students to grow as citizens and scholars beyond the classroom by engaging them in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Current afterschool offerings at KEY Academy include fashion, hair club, boys and girls basketball, gaming, DC SCORES, flag football, dance team, cheerleading, Techbridge Girls, Code4Life, track, and more.

KEY Academy offers the YMCA before and after care.

Awards & Recognition

2019: KEY Academy is recognized as a  by EmpowerK12


2018:KEY Academy is recognized as a by Empowerk12.


2017: KEY Academy is named by  a Bold Performance School.


2007: U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.