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Key School Summer Program 2021

The Key School Summer Program is designed for students entering grades K – 12 who struggle in school or those who need the benefit of an academic boost for the upcoming school year. Since its beginning in 1966, Key has taught reading, phonics, and math to thousands of students, enabling them to dramatically improve academic performance. 

Continuing this tradition of academic excellence, the Key School Summer Program assists students needing remediation, reinforcement, and enrichment. Unique to Key, our Reading, Phonics, & Spelling classes are taught by reading specialists and/or Certified Academic Language Therapists.  These professionals have received extensive training in structured literacy that is in-depth and scientifically research-based.

June 14 - July 2, 2021
Students entering grades K - 12

Summer Program Curriculum

Click on the subjects below to learn more about the classes offered during the 2021 Key School Summer Program. Tuition rates vary based on the courses selected. The class schedule and tuition costs are listed with each class description. Full payment is due at the time of registration.

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
Grades: 3 – 8
Time: 9 to 10am
Cost: $725

Reading and writing are fundamentally about thinking and communicating. This class focuses on improving students’ reading comprehension and academic writing. Specifically, in reading comprehension, students improve their recognition and recall of literal information and critical thinking. In writing, students focus on developing organized drafts of their writing in narrative and informational formats after they create a clear “map” of what they want to express in their writing. 

This class is limited to 8 students.

Comprehension Skills Explored:
• Finding the main idea
• Selecting ideas that support a main idea
• Sequencing events
• Providing support for inferences
• Distinguishing between fact and opinion
• Using context clues

Writing Skills Explored:
• Prewriting organization of thoughts
• Organizing Paragraphs
• Expressing Ideas (first draft)
• Editing of ideas, structure, and gramma

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021

Grades: 5 – 12
Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm
Cost: $725

The Key Summer Program’s highly-structured approach teaches the traditional concepts of basic grammar to students in grades 5-12.

The goal is to help students develop a level of grammar proficiency that will enable them to improve their writing so that their sentences reflect correct usage and punctuation. Students will receive extensive drill in the following areas:

  • Identification of subject and predicate
  • Eight parts of speech and diagramming
  • Finding phrases and clauses
  • Verb-Subject agreement
  • Capitalization

This class is limited to 8 students. 

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021

Grades: 7 – 12
Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm
Cost: $725

This course is specifically designed to help students explore how spending, saving, and value impact their finances. They will learn how to create SMART goals and make decisions using a six-step DECIDE process. Using these strategies, they will develop their own plan to manage cash flow. 

Areas of study taught through application in personal finance include:

  • sources of income
  • budgeting
  • banking
  • consumer credit
  • taxes
  • savings accounts
  • buying a vehicle
  • living independently

Through project-based learning activities and tasks, students will apply mathematical concepts in realistic scenarios and actively engage by applying the mathematics necessary to make informed decisions related to personal finance. This class is limited to 8 students. 

This class is limited to 8 students. 

The Key School Summer Program’s approach is to teach the fundamentals not only for the student who needs added guidance and support in understanding algebraic and geometric concepts, but also for those who would benefit from pre-instruction and early preparation prior to enrollment at each course level of algebra, geometry, and SAT math preparation.

Each class is limited to 8 students.  

Algebra I

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
Grades: 7 – 12
Time: 8 – 9am
Cost: $725

Algebra II

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
Grades: 7 – 12
Time: 12:15 – 1:15pm
Cost: $725


Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021
Grades: 7 – 12
Time: 9 – 10am
Cost: $725 

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021

Grades: Entering Kinder
Time: 8 – 10am
Cost: $925

This kindergarten readiness class is designed specifically to prepare children who are entering kindergarten. Early exposure to the skills needed for reading, math, and handwriting sets up students for success. Near the end of the session, a parent teacher conference will be scheduled to discuss the student’s progress, observations, and recommendations. 

This class is limited to 8 students.


  • Letter recognition
  • Alphabet sequencing
  • Auditory discrimination of sounds
  • Blending consonants and vowels


  • Number recognition and sequencing
  • Rote counting
  • Basic addition
  • Recognition of coins, days, and months


  • Activities to develop gross and fine motor coordination
  • Letter formation and shape recognition
  • Tracking and tracing

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021

Grades: K – 8
Time: 9 – 10am, 10:15 – 11:15am,  11:15am – 12:15pm
Cost: $600

Story Stage is an active educational adventure that builds speaking, listening, and literacy skills from the bottom up. Students will puzzle and pretend with friends to write their own one-act play. 

Area of study include:

  • Determining cause and effect
  • Predicting outcomes and next steps
  • Brainstorming alternate solutions to problems
  • Asking and answering relevant questions
  • Retelling stories using temporal and causal vocabulary
  • Using dialogue to build vocabulary about characters, settings, and feelings
  • Building grammatically complex sentences
  • Drawing inferences

Hallmarks of the Story Stage evidence-based approach:

  • Student-Driven Content – student plays can be about anything that interests the student, which increase students’ freedom of expression and engagement
  • Retelling as Revising – there is no frustrating erasing and re-writing because students act out their play numerous times before they ever write a word
  • Students are given the tools to solve their own problems – increasing independence builds confidence and self esteem

This class is limited to 8 students. 

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021

Grades: 1 – 12
Time: 10 – 11:15am
Cost: $725

This mathematics course is offered at all elementary, middle, and high school levels. The curriculum builds on the students’ present knowledge base by reinforcing and then systematically introducing new skills in order to achieve the greatest degree of improvement.

Instruction for specific mathematical concepts which must be mastered for standardized testing will be offered at each skill level. Motivating games and concept building activities are included in this program to help reinforce the grade-level math standards.

This class is limited to 8 students.

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021

Grades: 9 – 12
Time: 12:15 – 1:15pm
Cost: $725

Many students benefit from receiving explicit instruction to become effective and efficient readers.

This course assists students in improving both their reading rate and understanding the different forms of writing. Students will improve in the following areas:

  • Predictions
  • Inferences
  • Finding the main idea and considering context clues
  • Measuring reading speed
  • Recognizing key words and important details

This class is limited to 8 students. 

Dates: June 14 – July 2, 2021

Grades: 1-5
8 – 10am or 11:15am – 1:15pm

Grades: 6-12
 8 – 10am
Cost: $985

Skills Inventory Schedule: Please sign up for a brief 15 minute reading inventory on Saturday, June 5 between 9am and noon at Key School. Sign up link will be sent once class registration is completed.

The Key Summer Program is best known for its approach to reading instruction. Key’s reading classes are taught by reading specialists and/or Certified Academic Language Therapists who have received extensive training in the development of oral and written language.

Teachers use a structured, sequential, multi-sensory approach in teaching reading which is recommended by experts for students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia or a related disorder.

The Reading, Phonics, & Spelling classes are ideal for 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. Our logical and multisensory 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.

Students will be required to complete homework and may need parental assistance. Assignments will include daily review of drill cards, oral reading, and (in some classes) handwriting practice. 

Classes are limited to 8 students.