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Learning to Think

Each year, Park's kindergartners monitor the eggs, the hatching, and the growth of resident goslings — honing their observational skills and laying the foundation for scientific thinking.

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Partnerships

Partnerships across grade levels — including Fourth Grade/Kindergarten Reading Partners — create bonds among students that can last throughout their time at Park and beyond.

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Kindergarten
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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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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.

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Philosophy Faculty Development
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A Literary World

The reading experience begins when young children find themselves immersed in a literary world. In the Lower School, we teach our students to use multiple reading strategies so that they become strong, joyful, independent readers.

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Third Grade Park Library Inquire
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Cross-curricular Studies

While “mummifying” cucumbers during their study of Ancient Egypt, fourth graders gain practice in the skill of experimental design, including the use of variables and comparison to a control, and writing a comprehensive conclusion.

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Fourth Grade
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Experiential Learning

Fifth graders construct and use catapults to run experiments in which they collect and analyze data. Science is not just description or information, but inquiry: children try to design experiments that will help them find out what they don’t yet know.

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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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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.

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Experiencing Music

The music department at Park is committed to making music a part of students’ daily lives. Students gain musical knowledge and are challenged to explore their musical potential through creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

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Arts at Park Music
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Winning with Humility and Integrity

Our interscholastic teams learn game fundamentals and strategies, work on conditioning and fitness, and understand the importance of perseverance, fighting against odds, and winning with humility and integrity.

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All is Number...

Upper School students can choose from an array of mathematics electives such as Calculus, Advanced Calculus, Advanced Discrete Mathematics, Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, and Topology and Knot Theory, and more.

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Math Eleventh Grade
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Thinking on Your Feet

Park's Mock Trial team has won four State Championships. Excelling in this head-to-head competition requires understanding of the law; excellent listening, speaking, reading, and reasoning skills; communication and cooperation; and focused determination.

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Twelfth Grade Mock Trial
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.

R. Eric Thomas ’99

Playwright

Nancy Zirkin ’64

Executive Vice President and Director of Policy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
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November 15 make-up performance scheduled for November 18 at 2 p.m.

Fall Musical – Hairspray!

Based on the John Waters movie, this musical comedy celebrates the ’60s Baltimore, our individual differences, and leads the way towards a more diverse and joyful world.

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Park Perspectives

Prospective parents considering a Park School education are invited to join us for information and conversation with parents, faculty, administrators, and students at the homes of Park parents.

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Tours: Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 6. Lower School Open House: Oct 6. Middle and Upper School: Oct 28.

Yes! Tours with Principals!

Tours with Principals provide parents with a glimpse of Park’s educational philosophy and academic settings in action. Join us this fall! The next Tours event is Thursday, December 6!

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In Kindergarten, we want to learn things and have fun and meet new friends. — Iva Mei

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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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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