Keys Grade School was founded in 2006 by seven committed educators who wanted to continue and expand the progressive education initiated by Explorations Preschool. Three of the founders were graduates of Bank Street College of Education in New York. The vision was to create a school where children learn-by-doing and reflecting, curriculum was inquiry-based, the learning environment valued each child’s unique developmental journey, and learning contributes to social change. In its first year, Keys opened its doors to 16 students. Today in 2014, enrollment stands at 280 students in grades K-10, evidence that Keys delivers on its promise to provide a solid educational program where learning is active, collaborative, and relevant.
In 2013, Keys Grade School was renamed Keys School Manila, to accommodate its expansion plan of providing a complete K-12 program. We are continuously adding classroom space, providing continuous professional development for our teachers, and implementing current, effective teaching practices aligned with our beliefs about how children learn best.
Keys advocates reaching out to educators and spreading reseach-based and effective teaching practices. Referred to as an exemplar of progressive education and the Bank Street approach by teacher education institutions, we welcome graduate and undergraduate students from universities such as De La Salle Univeristy, University of Asia and the Pacific, University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, Silliman University, to observe or work and gain teaching experience as part of their practicum. In 2014, we established the Keys Institute for Education, the teacher-training arm of the school, aiming to grow the community of like-minded educators who are geared towards continuous improvement.