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Readiness

Beginning with our K1 program (age four), the goal of education in the Park Kindergarten is to stimulate the healthy growth of each child's intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and ethical powers.

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Kindergarten Inquire
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We're Not Afraid to Get Our Hands Dirty — or Wet

The activity of learning is an expression of positive energies, fulfills natural impulse, and enriches life. Sometimes it is messy. And Wet.

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Park Philosophy First Grade
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"The world is like a puzzle." — Neel, Grade 2

The major themes of the second grade are people and place. Children develop an understanding of geography and geology, making connections across academic disciplines and reinforcing the development of core skills.

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Second Grade Self. Discovered.
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Inquiry-Based Approach

How do living things meet their needs? Using an inquiry-based approach students try to answer these questions through making observations, designing and carrying out experiments, having discussions, and using a variety of scientific tools.

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Experiential Learning

Park students learn and do. In mummifying garden-variety cucumbers, Park fourth graders delve into Egyptian history and culture as they apply an ancient chemical process.

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Multiple Approaches

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.

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Fifth Grade Discover Park
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A 100-acre Classroom.

Our 100-acre campus — featuring a pond, stream, meadows, and woodlands — is an ecological, botanical, entomological, microbial, astronomical, and physical laboratory accessible to all.

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Sixth Grade Special Programs
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Challenge

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.

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Visionary Arts

The arts are an essential part of our daily lives. Integrated into our curricula, they frame our experience of the world, serve as vehicles for personal expression, and enhance our exploration of all disciplines.

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Arts at Park Middle School Arts
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Collaboration

Through our varsity, junior varsity, and freshman/sophomore teams in the Upper School, Park emphasizes a balanced approach valuing teamwork, sportsmanship, and competitive spirit.

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Innovative Electives

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.

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Tenth Grade College Counseling
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Authentic Research

Park students raise questions, engage in research, and collaborate with scientists and policy-makers from around the world. Follow the link below to learn more about our students' ongoing permafrost and toxicology studies in the Arctic.

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Arctic Blog
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Culminating Activities

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.

Alumni Stories

Learn about Park alumni as they pursue further academic achievement, develop professional pursuits, and continue the process of choosing for themselves from the wide range of possibilities life offers.

Rachel Brown ’06

Founder of Sisi ni Amani; Genocide Prevention Fellow at the Simon-Skjodt Center, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Adrienne Tarver ’10

Law Student, Columbia University
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"I am a photographer." — Cecile, Kindergarten

Self. Discovered.

To understand the Park approach to education, the sense of community here at our school, and the opportunities to discover one's best authentic self, get to know a Park student.

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Our Kindergarten

The goal of the Park Kindergarten program (Pre-K – Age 4; Kindergarten — Age 5) is to stimulate the healthy growth of each child's intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and ethical powers.

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Athletics

In grades 4-12, our interscholastic athletes work to bring home championships, win rivalry games, and finish each season with records that make both team members and the community proud.

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Faculty gathered this July to report on summer work, to share ideas, and to implement new initiatives.

Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) at Park

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…

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Our Blog: The Work We Do

"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…

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Park's Second Century

Since 1912, Park’s core values have sustained an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers.

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Founded in 1912, The Park School of Baltimore is an independent, coeducational, non-sectarian, progressive Pre-K through 12 school located on a 100-acre campus minutes from the city. Park students are inquisitive, comfortable in their own skin, show and earn respect, and are mature beyond their years. They are bright, motivated, curious, and love to explore — always asking "What if?" and "How and why?" and "Why not?" By immersing students in a challenging curriculum and surrounding them with a dedicated, impassioned faculty, we create an environment that enables them to become their best authentic selves. Having experienced diverse perspectives and positive expectations, Park students venture into the world with the knowledge, the confidence, and the skills they need to become successful adults.

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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.

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