Our teachers know that, at age 4, children enter our First Year Kindergarten with significant experience and knowledge. Teaching, planning, and interactions with each student are guided by this understanding and innate curiosity is allowed to flourish.
Children learn in different ways and they develop and grow at different rates. The role of Park's teachers is to recognize and encourage each child’s particular strengths, while supporting growth in all areas.
Central to The Park School educational philosophy is the notion that positive expectations produce positive outcomes. Individual student's needs and the latest pedagogical research guide our teachers' approaches.
At Park, the arts are an essential part of our daily lives. They frame our experience of the world, serve as vehicles for personal expression, and enhance our exploration of all of the academic disciplines.
To fully understand a complex time in history, third graders learn the points of view of colonial settlers, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans through extensive research — including building shelters modeled after those of Eastern Woodland Indians.
The reading experience begins when young children find themselves immersed in a literary world. In the Lower School (K-5), we teach our students to use multiple reading strategies so that they become strong, joyful, independent readers.
...so declared a seventh grade math teacher dressed as Pythagoras. Following his lead, all seventh graders now research, understand, and “become” famous mathematicians for a day – yielding indelible, enriched experiences.
Park's motto, A Sound Mind in a Sound Body, manifests itself throughout the Middle School curriculum. The eighth grade physical education program is elective-based — allowing students to explore their varied interests, including canoeing on Park's pond.
Park's Upper School curriculum provides opportunities for advanced study in every discipline. Elective courses allow students to follow their curiosity, explore topics in depth, and pursue rigorous investigation. Pictured: Acoustics, The Physics of Sound.
Park students raise questions, engage in research, and collaborate with scientists and policy-makers from around the world. Follow the links to learn more about our students' ongoing permafrost and toxicology studies in the Arctic.
Emphasis on choice and responsibility for one's own learning is in full evidence throughout students' final year. Senior Projects, pictured here, call on students to create and develop projects that require intense use of their individual talents.
"The Work We Do is more than educating, more than learning. For teacher and student alike, it is LIVING. But it is living with an unusual emphasis." Posts by Park teachers, students, graduates, and more…
The unique F. Parvin Sharpless Faculty and Curricular Advancement Program provides time and resources to develop, refine, and innovate curricula while providing inspired professional growth for teachers…
The Park School of Baltimore is an independent, coeducational, non-sectarian, progressive school where students age four through grade twelve learn to think. Since our founding in 1912, a passion for critical inquiry, a commitment to innovation, and the spirit and practice of inclusivity have guided our teaching and fostered a community of life-long learners. It is our belief that for children to prepare for lives of achievement, of generosity, and of joy, their development must be supported in all realms — the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and physical.
The school accepts applications for all grades. Main entry points are First Year Kindergarten, Second Year Kindergarten, and Grades 1, 6, and 9. Children must be four years old by September 1 to apply for First Year Kindergarten.