June 8 - 26, 2020 | Students Entering Grades K - 12

Summer Program

Registration begins Monday, February 3 for the 2020 Key Summer Program

The Key Summer Program is designed for students entering grades kindergarten – 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 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. 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. 
Financial Aid is not available for the Summer Program.

June 8 - 26, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
Students entering grades K - 12

Summer Program Curriculum

Click on the subjects below to learn more about the classes offered during the 2020 Summer Program. 

Dates: June 8 – 26, 2020

Grades: 7 – 12
Time: 7:45 – 9:00 a.m. or 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $725
Register: Online registration begins Monday, February 3

*These classes are for enrichment only. Students can not earn high school credit.

Most educators consider algebra to be the cornerstone for development of higher-level math skills.

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

Algebra I-A and I-B
These courses include algebraic concepts that are covered in the first two semesters of Algebra I curriculum. The following concepts are taught:

  • Integers
  • Proper orders of operations
  • Factoring and graphing
  • Inequalities
  • Equations with two or more operations
  • Powers and radicals

Algebra II-A
This high school level class includes an overall review of basic algebra and provides an extensive, high-level drill of the concepts presented in the first semester of Algebra II. This course will include the following concepts:

  • Graphing
  • Systems of Equations
  • Powers
  • Factoring
  • Word problems
  • Radicals

Algebra II-B
Like Algebra II-A, this course covers the content presented in the second semester of Algebra II. This course will include the following concepts:

  • Imaginary units
  • Parabolas
  • Circles
  • Hyperbolas
  • Ellipses
  • Matrices
  •  Sequence and Series
  • Logarithms

Dates: June 8-26, 2020

Grades: K – 12
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  or
           10:15 – 11:15 a.m. or
           11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Cost: $600
Register: Online registration begins February 3

A child’s brain lights up through the magic of music!

B Sharp Youth Music & Drum Circle will provide students with the opportunity to learn fundamental musical skills that could open doors to new interests, passions, and future endeavors.
Students will also have an opportunity to perform regularly on different types of percussion instruments to create songs, to focus on life skills, and to build community.
B- Sharp Youth Music & Drum Circle is designed to introduce students to engaging musical content, to enhance teamwork skills, and to build self-confidence through music. Students will have the opportunity to learn from Teaching Artists from the B Sharp Youth Music Program.

Dates: June 8-26, 2020

Grades: 3 – 8
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $675
Register: Online registration begins Monday, February 3

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 20 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 grammar

Dates: June 10-28, 2019

Grades: 9 – 12
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $675
Registration: Online registration begins Monday, February 3

*This class is for enrichment only. Students can not earn high school credit.

This course is ideal for students who would benefit from either pre-instruction prior to enrollment in high school geometry, or to serve as a review for those who have already completed the class. The focus of this one-hour session is to teach the geometric terms and concepts necessary for developing clear understanding of geometry.

As necessary, three dimensional models and manipulatives are included as multi-sensory components. The following concepts are taught:

• Perimeter, area, and volume
• Perpendicular Lines
• Circles, lines, triangles, polygons, and angles
• Formulas and theorems
• Parallel Lines
• Postulates

Dates: June 8-26, 2020

Grades: 6 – 12
Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $675
Registration:Online registration begins Monday, February 3

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

A grammar evaluation will be administered on the first day to guide group placement.

Dates: June 8-26, 2020

Grades: 5 – 12
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $500
Registration: Online registration begins Monday, February 3

Our multi-sensory methodology is ideal for teaching elementary, middle school and high school students keyboarding. By utilizing auditory, visual, and hands-on reinforcement, all learning channels become engaged.

While this class is designed to give students the ability to type school assignments competently, it also serves as a means of reinforcing language skills. This enables those whose handwriting is slow and tedious, such as students with dysgraphia or disorders of written expression, to develop a more efficient means of writing.

This class is limited to 10 students.

Dates: June 10 – 28, 2019

Grades: Entering Kinder Fall 2019
Time: 7:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $925
Registration: Online registration begins Monday, February 3

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 10 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 8-26, 2020

Grades: 1 – 12
Time: 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Cost: $725
Registration: Online registration begins Monday, February 3

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.

Students are administered a Pre-Test on the first day of instruction to determine class placement. Lessons are then structured around the academic needs of each student, with a Post-Test being given during the last week of the Summer Program. The Pre-Test and Post-Test will be sent home on the final day of class to inform families of the areas of improvement and areas that may need continued strengthening.

Dates: June 8-26, 2020

Grades: 9 – 12
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $725
Register: Online registration begins Monday, February 3

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

Dates: June 8-26, 2020

Grades: 1-5
Time: 7:45 – 10:00 a.m. or 
11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $985

Grades: 6-12
Time: 7:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $985

Registration: Online registration begins Monday, February 3

Skills Inventory Schedule: Saturday, May 30
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Please bring your student to Key School for a brief 15 minute reading inventory. No appointment is necessary.

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, which is measured during a brief 15-minute skills inventory on Saturday, May 30 (see details above). 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 supervised homework. Assignments will include daily review of drill cards, oral reading, and (in some classes) handwriting practice. Classes are limited to 10 students.