Parking at Key School

During school hours, there is NO parent parking permitted in the Key School parking lot, even in the spots marked “Visitor”.


Parking at Key School: 

The parking situation at Key is somewhat different than at most other schools in Arlington. The school lot is small relative to the size of the school population and street parking is scarce. The dearth of parking is an unavoidable challenge that accompanies the many benefits of our school being located in a truly urban area. (Try getting to McKinley via Metro! No Five Guys and a flick within walking distance of Nottingham!)

Every spot in the school’s lot is used by a teacher or staff member.  The construction of the office building on Wilson Blvd. has meant that there are 10 fewer spaces available for our staff.

As far as street parking, you are likeliest to find a spot along Veitch Street. Should you park along Veitch, do be sure to pay the appropriate fee using the kiosks in the middle of each block. Arlington police are known to ticket.The Courthouse area also offers a number of other parking options within a short walk of Key. The map below highlights these. The map can also be viewed, printed, and downloaded at

Drop Off:

Students should be dropped off no earlier than 8:35 AM unless they are in extended day.  Parents should use Key Blvd. behind the school to drop students off.  Patrols will help students out of the car and make sure they enter the building safely through door 5 by the gym.

Pick Up:

No cars should enter the Key School parking lot from 3:30-4:00.  School buses will be entering the lot at the Veitch St. entrance during these times and cars will be stuck there until ALL buses have departed.  Please pick up students along Key Blvd., the same as drop off.  Dismissal begin at 3:41.

The Key School parking lot is one-way. Please be sure to enter through Veitch St. ONLY and exit to Adams St. ONLY.