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Our First Year Kindergartners continually gather concrete information about their world. They're given ample space and time to manipulate objects and materials, and use all of their senses to explore, test, and experiment.


Positive Expectations

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.


"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.

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.


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.


A Literary World

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.

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Fifth Grade Park Library Inquire

We're Not Afraid to Get our Hands Dirty

Sixth graders study the interdependence among organisms in the aquatic communities living in the marsh region on their annual trip to Chincoteague Island.

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Sixth Grade Special Programs

"All is Number..."

...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.

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Seventh grade Math

Mind and Body

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.



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


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

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

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.

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Tours with Principals! Oct 8

Tour Park's academic settings on Thursday, October 8, 8:45–10:30 a.m. Hear from Head of School Dan Paradis and meet our principals, Lisa Sun, Joshua Wolf, and Nancy Dickson. Click below to register.

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Percentage of Applicants for Tuition Assistance by Household Income

Affording a Park Education

By supplementing family tuition contributions, our Tuition Assistance Program seeks to make a Park School education affordable for families from a wide range of economic backgrounds.

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"I have a lot of happy things going on in my life." — Mia, K2

Self. Discovered.

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

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The Hired Girl

New Book by Laura Amy Schlitz

Park School librarian Laura Amy Schlitz's latest book, The Hired Girl, was released on September 8! Lauded as a “master of children’s literature” by The New York Times Book Review, Laura is beginning…

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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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