Park was founded by forward-thinking, public-spirited citizens, who understood their responsibility to provide the best possible education for their children. Generations later, we are proud to have sustained that vision and to continue that important legacy, embracing the challenges and joys of becoming learners for life.
“The activity of learning is an expression of positive energies, fulfills natural impulse, and enriches life.”
— Excerpt from The Park School Philosophy
Beginning with our youngest learners in the Park Pre-K, our students participate in taking responsibility in their educational journeys: exploring, making choices, sharing, and following emergent pathways. This process continues throughout the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School — building upon experience, and affirming the core notion that we are all learners for life. In the culminating years of a Park School academic career, students express ownership of their education in increasingly evident ways: choosing electives, initiating co-curricular activities, developing independent studies, applying interdisciplinary knowledge, reaching out into the community — ready, willing, and able to pursue future academic and professional opportunities.
The adults in the Park community — teachers, administrators, parents, grandparents, alumni, visiting scholars, and our civic partners throughout Baltimore — model and demonstrate the enrichment that comes from being curious, engaged, and committed to growth.
Our inspired and inspiring faculty members bring their full selves to our classrooms. Their life experiences, varied interests, and commitment to their profession support connections with our students, inform their curriculums, and model a passion for learning. Park teachers are playwrights, athletes, musicians, naturalists, readers, community volunteers, actors, poets, hikers, woodworkers, and more.
FACA: The endowed Faculty and Curricular Advancement Program (FACA), Park’s innovative program for professional development, provides teachers time and funding for intensive study that directly benefits Park students. Projects address a range of curricular and guidance issues identified as priorities for the school. Faculty work collaboratively, draw on the expertise of outside professionals, read, research, write, and discuss.
A passion for learning runs throughout the Park community. Our parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends, colleagues, and civic partners, all contribute to a growth mindset. We create opportunities to learn together — reading great books, participating in workshops, engaging with guest speakers, sharing cultures, and pursuing new interests.
Community Programming for Lifelong Learners
The Park Community School
Over the course of the year, we are pleased to offer classes, events, and discussions that are free and open to all community members.
Watch our events calendar for current offerings: course descriptions, dates, times, and registration links.
Night School at Park School is a wonderful opportunity for adults in the Park community, including parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, prospective parents, and other friends, to experience Park School teaching and learning.
Watch our events calendar for current offerings: course descriptions, dates, times, registration links, and fee information.
Film Screenings, Discussions, and More
In addition to Community School and Night School programming, Park regularly features film screenings (including our Cultural Diversity Film and Discussion Series presented by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and more. Watch our events calendar for opportunities to participate!
BRAIN sPARK is a uniquely Park program showcasing the talents and diversity of our community. This triennial event features presentations, conversations, and hands-on experiences designed to engage you in mind, body, and spirit. Over 70 presenters — all from the Park community — host more than 50 sessions covering politics, science, law, art, cooking, business, literature, sports, and more.
We look forward to sharing more information about our next BRAIN sPARK!
“Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself.”