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 fifth grade theme curriculum focuses on the acquisition of social and cultural understanding of the medieval world through authentic research and the application of multiple disciplines, including engineering.
Appalachian Challenge is Park’s nationally-recognized outdoor education program that is constructed, maintained, and led by students. Middle Schoolers take Challenge as a P.E. requirement, and many become Challenge Leaders.
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.
At the end of each year, calculus students choose a problem that intrigues and challenges them for presentation at an open forum. A deep understanding of both problem and solution is required to present findings to guests of any experience level.
Join us on one of our "Tours with Principals" for parents of children entering pre-K–12. Visit us during our "Open House." Hear from our Head of School, tour Park's academic settings, meet the principals…
"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…
Award-winning short story writer and 1993 Park graduate Jess Row's debut novel, Your Face in Mine, will be published this week. He will be reading at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on August 20. Read the New York Times' review here:
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.