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San Antonio, TX
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119 East Craig Place
San Antonio, TX 78212

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(210) 735-4022
(210) 734-5508
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September 30, 2014
Keystone is such an amazing place! My son has been here for 2 years and has grown tremendously since enrolling at Keystone. The classes are small, the teachers are supportive and nurturing, and the curriculum is challenging and engaging for the students. A fantastic combination for a great school community. We are so happy with our Keystone experience!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
I worked as a sub here, and my children expressed interest in attending. The school is for bright, moderately high achieving students. If your child is highly or profoundly gifted, this is not the school for them. The staff aren't not trained in gifted education, and the school simply accelerates one academic year. It is a niche, but for educators and parents who truly care about GT kids, this isn't the place for them. They throw around the term "best practices" but then don't have a clue about what that means for gifted children. But to be fair, they don't really market themselves as a school for gifted kids. They have classes in high school which are billed as humanities courses, but are merely PSAT/SAT prep classes. Not sure if the children are learning how to think critically or follow their passions, but they are learning how to take a high stakes test. The biggest positive it that students are not required to wear uniforms, which for some reason all of South Texas loves a uniform.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2013
Hi can anyone comment on the College scholarship potential gained from attending Keystone. I am a grandparent and wonder if continuing to invest in a Keystone education is the best best use of our contribution to the grandson's education because there is a pretty good chance that excelling at Keystone could mean a full scholarship to let's say a great school in Texas? The other option is to start pouring funds into the college fund because the likelihood of attaining a full or significant scholarship is slim to none if his family is middle/upper income. Hope to hear from some past graduates or their families.

- submitted by a community member
July 29, 2013
I have to agree with an earlier post regarding the AP Biology class at Keystone. Our son was in this class last year and it was marked by total confussion by the students. There was no organization to the class and very little lecturing by the teacher. For the most part, the class turned out to be self taught. This is not something I would expect from a quality school like Keystone. This became evident after taking tha AP exam where my son did poorly. He did not feel that the material in class did much of anything to prepare him for the exam.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
I know I speak for quite a few families when I say that Keystone is the sole reason we have stayed in San Antonio. This amazing school -- with its masterful faculty, intellectual culture, and nurturing community -- has been nothing short of a godsend for my two children. Students are celebrated and appreciated for their unique gifts and strengths. The level of critical thinking that is taught and therefore expected - even at the youngest ages - is just incredible. Keystone's teachers are most concerned with teaching kids how to think, how to evaluate information, how to solve problems, and how to express themselves effectively and creatively. It's not about regurgitation, and it's not about prepping for standardized tests (which Keystone kids routinely perform very highly on, but it's a natural byproduct of the wonderful teaching that takes place every day). Keystone's unique size (about 30 students per grade), shared values, and extraordinary faculty make for a meaningful developmental progression from K through 12, with a focus on not only academics, but also social/emotional growth, ethical leadership, and community involvement. Keystone is a very special place!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
Keystone School is a sanctuary for bright, inquisitive children who are eager to learn, but find school frustrating. At Keystone, they will find peers equally curious about the world around them. My son's love of learning was diminishing and, by the time he was in 5th grade at a local public school, we knew we had to make a change. Wow, what a difference. After moving to Keystone in the 6th grade, his natural curiosity and love of leaning was piqued. His teachers encouraged open, and often diverse, classroom discussions; his peers enjoyed learning about others' views; and the knowledge he gained about other cultures and religions has prepared him well for the world he is entering. My son recently graduated, with honors, from college and I believe the education and nurturing environment he found at Keystone School played an integral part in his college success.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
I am a parent of two children who attend Keystone School. One of my children is in the Lower School and one has just completed her first year at The Little School of Keystone. This is the first year that Keystone has had a Pre-K program and we loved our experience! Keystone provides an amazing foundation for social, emotional and academic growth. The small class sizes provide a quality program where each child can feel comfortable in their learning environment. My children started Keystone without knowing anyone and they quickly made new friends. As a parent, I found the community to be very welcoming. I highly recommend Keystone School to anyone looking for an amazing educational experience for their child.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
I am a parent of 3 kids at Keystone and totally happy about the school. My kids all entered during the middle school years and learned the skills of acquiring knowledge and organizing their study independently. They are well prepared at high school and are ready for colleges. The teachers are helpful, the fellow students are stimulating, and the the Head Master who started a couple of years ago is a strong leader. Keystone is not for everyone, especially not for the students from a weaker school in the middle of high school years. It would be way too hard for them. But for the right fit, it is an excellent choice. This year, 12.5% of the graduating students were accepted by ivy universities, 25% were National Merit Finalists. As a parent, I am so proud!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
As the parent of a child at Keystone, you should be aware that the AP Biology course is a self-taught course at this school. You will receive little to no help from the teacher and material that you are tested on is not reviewed during the class period. The course material is very difficult, often medical school level material (not really a complaint) but you will have to learn the information on your own. In medical school, you will learn this material through lecture, but not at Keystone. Our daughter had to access online medical journals to find out the answer to many of these questions. Additionally, many of the questions were above the education of the teacher and were asked incorrectly. There should be a disclaimer on this class and any others that are self taught. Discussions with those at the school had no effect on how the class was taught.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I am a grandparent with three grandchildren, in lower school. I am also a retired teacher, who has taught from pre-school through 12th grade. I am currently a college professor. My oldest grandchild attended three schools, before she found her niche at Keystone in second grade; she is now in 4th grade. My second grandchild started in Kindergarten and gleefully attends school every morning with the anticipation of learning something new. The youngest, my grandson, displays much energy that needed to be molded in the right directions. He started in kindergarten at Keystone, with a label of best behaved in pre-school. I disagreed with this evaluation and so did the teachers at Keystone. Within six weeks, Keystone faculty, with parental help, had shaped-up my grandson, to be a real leader and scholar. In first grade, he has learned to respect adults and to respectfully play with his peers. The Keystone School is quaint in setting and gives students responsibility with individual attention to help them to develop their personal skills and talents.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
I would not recommend you sending your child here unless the only aspect of education that you care about is the grades themselves.

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July 10, 2012
I am currently a senior at Keystone. I left public school halfway through my senior year to attend Keystone. I am very unhappy with it overall. They are very disorganized, very unhelpful, and it's taking me way too long because the course load is too much to handle. However, Keystone's excuse for the unbearable course load is that I am an underachiever and that I need to challenge myself. This is not the case at all. I was in all AP college level classes for two years before joining this program. I have felt like I am being judged by the teacher's and by the other students. I usually have A's and now I'm dropping down. An English test I was required to take made me feel the worst about myself. I answered one of the essay questions correctly and in full length. The teacher however stated, "Before continuing with this class, please make sure you understand what a well-developed paragraph is, as well as an essay." I am a senior in high school with very high academic achievements. I am not a first grader learning what a paragraph is. Obviously, I am perfectly capable of writing a well constructed paragraph. Also, the operators are very unhelpful. I just do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2012
My son is happy to go to school again! This school is one of the strongest K-12 academic institutions in the southwest, without doubt. I have seen the light come back into his eyes with regards to learning. He comes home happy and I am amazed daily by what he has learned that day. The environment is one of small classes and high standards. Couple that with professional educators and motivated students and it cannot be beat.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
I would think carefully before enrolling your child in Keystone. I have often been given innacurate or incomplete information from the 'representatives' who answer the phones. The misinformation I was given was detrimental to my child's education. Sometimes the staff also has a dismissive and condescending attitude toward the parents. My son is a straight A student and a pilot in training so my issue has nothing to do with with his ability to succeed. I've also noticed some online cliqueness. Personally, I would rather my son spend his time away from his studies on activities that require face to face interaction so this part is not an issue for us. I have heard from other students that it is a problem for them.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
I am currently am an 8th grader at Keystone, I am have made awesome friends(: Keystone is an AMAZING school but extremely challenging! For example two nights ago I have 4 and a half hours of homework! Yes Keystone is an amazing school but very hard!!!!!! If you want your child to go here make you sure you let them know it is hard for new kids to make friends and that they need to be prepared for many pop quizzes haha(: Please take it into serious consideration before sending your child to Keystone, it is like geek school THERE ARE NO NERDS BECAUSE WE ARE ALL NERDS!!!

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2011
I am currently a 7th grader at Keystone School. Though this school has many great aspects, the fact of popularity does still run throughout each grade level, though not as much as other schools. Each child is certainly happy and receives good academic lessons. In every school there are people that look down on others, including Keystone. Look, the point that I'm trying to make is that Keystone could be better by having a stronger academic goal to shape the students, eliminating all of the bad factors of Keystone. Overall, my experience at Keystone has been well...the teachers are nice and understanding, and they really know what each child needs.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2011
At Keystone, the students all want to be there, are motivated and bright, and have families that value education. Keystone provides an environment that is supportive, diverse (racially, culturally and economically) and most importantly values academic excellence (not popularity, who drives the flashiest car or carries the newest designer purse, family prominence, football or cheerleading). The focus is clearly academic acheivement and ethical growth. The Head of School is young, smart, and dynamic and his children attend meaning he's got personal buy-in. His administration goes to great lengths to minimize the distractions for the teachers, allowing them to focus on educating the students. The instuctor to student ratio is among the best in the city. All KS grads go to college, including the best in the country. I have two daughters there and this school enables them to excel, enjoy school, and feel proud of being smart, not derided for being the geeky nerd, or the smart girl. This is the school to be where it is cool to be smart.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The academics are the best in the city if not the state. I love the fact that many of the faculty have advanced degrees. The Head of School is second to none. The parents are unpretencious and care about their children and the Keystone community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2010
I am currently a 7th grader at Keystone School. My school has always been known for it's acodemics, but our athletics are starting to catch upas we have a weight training program and lots of free time during the school day to play sports.

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2009
Hi, I'm currently a sophomore at Keystone, and I think the school is excellent. I've been going here since kindergarden and have loved every moment of it. Sometimes the atmosphere can seem a little small, but most of the time it is the best. The curriculum may push you to your limits sometimes, but it really is worth it. The friends that you make at Keystone you will most probably keep for the rest of your life. Yes, there may be some minor dents in the beauty of Keystone, like there not being much support for athletics, but as being an athelete myself, it definately sustains one's want to be in a sport. Just don't expect to get a scholarship or anything like that for athletics.

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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
This is our second year at Keystone. We have found the school very responsive to our child's needs. They have a wonderful curriculum, very attentive teachers and staff. It is a warm, wonderful environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
This is our second year at this school, and we love it. What a breath of fresh air - the diversity is great and the program is demanding but is a wonderful preperation for college. They are choosey on who gets in and it is not for everyone, but if you can get in, and you enjoy a unique atmosphere with a challenging program, this is SA's hidden treasure!

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no rating January 10, 2009
I am currently a freshman at Keystone School. I have been attending the school since 4th grade. When I first came I realized the school was excellent, with many unique ways, and great students and teachers. It is academically advanced and has taught me wonders. Upon entering high school I've realized it is not anything like what it used to be, and has a poor social enviornment. The sports teams are not so great and there aren't many outstanding social clubs. So if you want your child to have good people skills and experience a good social life, then Keystone is probably not for you.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 17, 2008
I am a student @ Keystone, and i think that Keystone is a very good school academically, but socially it is not as strong for the school has a mere average of 36 kids in every grade. I have been going to this school since kinder, and now i am in 9th grade. One other downside may be the expense of the school, but as long as you have the money, and make sure your child does activities outside of school to help their social abilities Keystone is right for you!

- submitted by a student
no rating November 14, 2008
I went to this school, K-12 as did both of my older brothers and to be honest, it ain't what it used to be. A child no longer has to be gifted to be accepted; as long as his parents are willing to pay, anybody can get in. I can't rate the lower or middle school teachers since most of the teachers that taught me have left, but I can say that most of the high school teachers are very, very good. Keystone used to be awesome because it was so laid-back and unique and it still it is, kinda. The current administration has been pushing to make it more mainstream which I feel is ruining the unique atmosphere that makes Keystone great.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2008
Have been a parent at this school for over 10 years with experience in lower, middle and upper. School recently has undergone some major revisions, which have upset and alienated some, but stasis and stagnation invite sub-par performance. The teaching staff are gifted, the curriculum is strong. The weakest link right now is the middle school, which has very little flexibility for the extraordinarily gifted student. Overall, one of the strongest schools in the entire country for college prep. Currently also NOT a school for the wealthy, encouraging matriculation for students who are capable and not just with big bankrolls.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
I am current parent at Keystone (2008) and I am more than pleased with this school. Other reviews of teacher turnover and headmaster issues are off base. For the 2007 school year all teachers that were offered a contract accepted, same with 2008 except for an upper school teacher who decided to retired. The headmaster had to make some difficult choices and the current teaching staff is gifted. The new head of lower school is from Vermont, and she has brought good ideas to the school. There are 14 kids in our class and he loves to go to school everyday. My daughter is at Saint Mary's Hall and I prefer Keystone in all aspects except performing arts.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2008
It could be a wonderful school. This school is for those that can afford it, not the academically gifted anymore. It does not address the gifted students needs within the lower school. Once you are in, it is difficult to get out...we have no other options in SA.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
The best school I have ever attended at which I am encouraged to learn everything I can. You compete with your fellow classmates for good grades. This would never happen at any ordinary school.

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2008
Keystone used to be great but the headmaster forced out too many excellent teachers and alienated many devoted alum and parents.

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December 01, 2007
I am a current student at Keystone and it is an incredible place. It has a true community of students, their families, teachers, and administrators. We get a lot of rigorous work, but our teachers are always there to help us with anything we might need. We also have so much freedom as well as opportunities and encouragement to develop ourselves as individuals.

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2007
This is a school for the elite group of people in San Antonio. Three of my children have attended this school from kindergarten through 12th grade and have already graduated and are currently attending Yale, Princeton, and UCLA. I highly recomend this school. I do agree that the school is very harsh and puts alot on your plate at once, but I know that it is all worth it in the end. Thank You.

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- submitted by a student
June 30, 2007
Good place for academically-minded students, but no mechanism to move students ahead in a subject in which they excel. New headmaster can be unpredictable and seems inexperienced in dealing with children. The teachers are very good overall. The children are welcoming to new students. Class size is smaller than at public schools. Math program is behind the accelerated math in public high school as well as at least one other private school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
The headmaster hurts this school greatly. It lacks good leadership. The turnover is incredible with administrators, teachers and kids in the lower school. The headmaster does not deal with problems. Instead he targets the teachers, parents and kids for elimination. This once was a nice place, but it is no longer. The lower school does not do a great job teaching highly intelligent children. It's basically just like a good public school education.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2007
Academically the school is great, but I question its lower elementary program. Since, my child has been at this school each academic year came with a new teacher, different learning strategies for handling the core subjects, specifically, math, and changes in the Head of Lower Elementary. There is no flow of the subject matter from one grade to the next with each teacher focusing on the core subjects in a different manner. Although, my child is striving academically with all the turmoil, I highly recommend you monitor your child s academic progress specifically in math, reading, and writing, and wait until middle school to come here and get the most out of your dollars.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2007
Teachers are excellent with few exceptions. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the kindergarten program and there were many opportunities there for us to be involved and participate. The academics can't be beat and the small number of students makes for a wonderful community. The new administration does not seem to fully support the staff and the school has lost good teachers due to this. Buildings could be better maintained and discipline handled by administration more strictly.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
Quite simply...the best school; for the brightest and most driven kids. Parent involvement is uniquely inviting...no pressure;very welcoming. Everyone at Keystone is part of a wonderful community. If you have a child that does not respect education and learning..this is not the place for him/her. Students,faculty along with parents have a great mutual admiration and respect for one another. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
Academically very rigorous, but dedicated teachers assist students who are motivated enough to hang in there and keep trying. We know our children will be well prepared for any academic experience and will have a strong work ethic. We also love the diversity of the student body and the richness it adds to campus life. No school like it in the STATE, and the best education available for dedicated and/or gifted students.

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- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2006
Excellent academic programs! Superior teachers and activities available. Small enrollment allows parents to become involved in many aspects of school.

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April 11, 2006
Great school. This school is not for the average student. Don't send your child there unless they are very dedicated to homework and learning. Your child will struggle.

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August 21, 2005
Excellent curriculim taught at an accelerated pace. Great sense of community between parents, teachers, and administrators. Small class size allows for personal attention to students.

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June 29, 2005
I love the small class sizes and I feel it's the best environment for my gifted child.

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June 07, 2005
Great school if you can get your child in.

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June 05, 2005
I am a current student at Keystone School and I love it. I highly recommend it to any families considering enrollment.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2004
My son attended Keystone after goofing off in high school due to his boredom. He is graduating from UT School of Law only because he gained self-esteem and self-confidence from this wonderful school! He only went to Keystone for a summer and a semester and then wanted to return to public school and sports, but that experience changed his life. Thank you, dear teachers at Keystone. Thank you, Headmaster, for giving him that opportunity to prove himself.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2004
Keystone is a one of a kind school for the academically gifted child. It is not for everyone but for those who fit, it is wonderful. The student body is diverse. The teachers and staff are exceptional. The curriculum is limitless. We have several children enrolled and each one's special needs are met. We are fortunate to be able to live anywhere in the country and one of the main reason's we choose to remain in San Antonio is this school.

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Keystone School
119 East Craig Place, San Antonio, TX  78212
(210) 735-4022
Last modified Keystone School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Keystone School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top