Park at a Glance

Founded in 1912, Park School is a non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school for children in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Daniel J. Paradis was appointed the tenth Head of School in July 2008. The school’s core values, rooted in the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey, sustain an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. A fundamental commitment to inclusiveness and equity guides all programs and activities.

Quick Facts

GENERAL INFORMATION

Founded 1912
Grade Levels Pre-K (Age 4) through Grade 12
Coeducation Yes
Philosophy Progressive
• Learn more about the Park philosophy by clicking here.
• Learn more about the principles of progressive education by clicking here.
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian. From the time of its founding, Park has welcomed religious diversity. Many religions are represented in our community.
Dress Code Park School does not have a formal dress code. Students wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriately respectful of a learning environment. Casual clothes (t-shirts, sweaters, jeans) and a range of footwear (sneakers, sandals, etc.) are all acceptable.

Campus & Facilities

Location 2425 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
• Just off the Greenspring Ave exit from 695
• Minutes from I-83, the Jones Falls Expressway (Old Court Road exit)
• Located in Baltimore County, just three miles from the City line
Campus Features 100 acres including interconnected academic buildings, rooftop observatory, freestanding Kindergarten building and adjacent playground, 44,000 square foot arts center, 42,000 square foot athletic center, playing fields (including a state-of-the-art AstroTurf field), student-designed lower school playground, woodlands, tributary, pond, Appalachian Challenge ropes course, trails, gardens, and more. Additional acreage at the nearby Sugar Campus includes open meadows and athletic fields that include regulation NCAA baseball field maintained in partnership with Stevenson University.

Hours

School Hours 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Early Arrival Early drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.
After School & Extended Day Available until 6 p.m.

Student Body

Enrollment Total Enrollment: 841
  • Upper School Students (9-12): 364
  • Middle School Students (6-8): 197
  • Lower School Students (K-5): 280

Academic Administration

Head of School Daniel J. Paradis (2008)
AB Princeton University
MAT Brown University
Associate Head of School Priscilla Morales (2016)
BA Yale University
MA, The Klingenstein Center, Teachers College – Columbia University
Upper School Principal Nancy Dickson (2015)
BA Middlebury College
MA, The Klingenstein Center, Teachers College – Columbia University
Upper School Dean of Students Traci Wright (1997)
BS Towson State University
MA Bowie State University
Upper School Faculty Coordinator Patti Porcarelli (1998)
BA Syracuse University 
MA University of Maryland 
Middle School Principal Joshua Wolf (1994)
BA University of Pennsylvania
MA, The Klingenstein Center, Teachers College – Columbia University
Middle School Interim Dean of Students Jenny Brennan (2015)
BA Connecticut College
MEd Northeastern University
Lower School Principal Lisa Sun (2011)
BFA University of Illinois
MEd Lesley University
Lower School Assistant Principal Silvia Patterson (2004)
BS Florida State University 
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Courtney Rollins (2016)
BA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MA University of Mississippi
Director of Civic Engagement and Service Learning Rommel Loria (2011)
BS Georgetown University
JD University of Maryland School of Law

Faculty

Total Faculty
  • Full-time Faculty: 100
  • Part-time Faculty: 19
Advanced Degrees 73% hold advanced degrees
  • 87 hold master's or other advanced degrees, with
     6 Ph.D's, 1 Ed.D.'s, and 3 J.D.'s among them. 
Average teaching experience 20 years
Average tenure at Park 11 years
Diversity 19% of the faculty and nine administrators identify as people of color.

Academics

Number of Course Offerings
Average Test Scores Middle 50% SAT scores for 2015-2017:
  • Math 580-710
  • Verbal 620-720
Advanced Placement Scores for 2017:
  • 160 tests taken
  • 96% scored 3, 4, or 5.
A score of 3 or above is a qualifier for college placement out of a requirement or into an advanced-level course.
Average Class Size 15
Student-teacher ratio 7:1

Athletics

Teams 54 in Lower, Middle, and Upper School
Facilities The 42,000 square foot athletic center contains three basketball courts, the Lyn P. Meyerhoff Fitness Center, visiting and home team locker rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool. Two additional basketball courts are located in the Blaustein wing of the main building. There are five playing fields on Park's main campus – including a state-of-the-art Astroturf field – and four on the nearby Sugar Campus.
Mascot Bruin
Sports
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Field Hockey
  • Squash
  • Basketball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Baseball

Arts

Arts and Arts Integration Park offers experiences in theater, music, and visual art at all grade levels. In addition to Park's tradition of dynamic arts programming, we have a long history of integration of the arts into our curriculum, and we recognize the role creativity plays in all aspects of academic excellence.
Facilities The 44,000 square foot Wyman Arts Center includes two galleries, an outdoor amphitheater, Meyerhoff Theater, Macks-Fidler Black Box Theater, practice rooms, rehearsal space, ceramics, 3-D sculpture, woodworking, jewelry, painting, photography, digital graphics studios, recording studio, and keyboard lab.

Accreditation & Affiliations

Accreditation Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
Additional Memberships

Admission

Deadlines

 

  • Pre-Kindergarten (Age 4), Kindergarten (Age 5),
    and Grades 1-5- December 1
  • Grades 6-12 - January 1
Common Entry Points
  • Pre-Kindergarten (Age 4) and Kindergarten (Age 5)
  • First Grade
  • Sixth Grade
  • Ninth Grade

Financial Information

Tuition Assistance 44% of Park’s students receive tuition assistance.
  • 34% through the Tuition Assistance Program
  • 10% through the Employee Tuition Remission Program

Cafeteria

Highlights The Cafeteria prepares its menu using locally sourced, whole food ingredients when possible.
Upper & Middle Schools Students may purchase hot or cold lunches.
Grades 2-5 Children may bring lunch from home or purchase items from a limited menu.
First Grade First graders eat in their homerooms, but may purchase whole, 2%, or skim milk.

Transportation

Routes Park offers bus transportation to many neighborhoods in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Harford County.
• Park now offers a late-run bus option
Fees Transportation fees are based on one-way or round-trip travel, and the number of children per family being transported.
Carpool  Park offers a no-fee, web-based carpooling system to coordinate ride sharing.

 

Graduates

College Matriculations
  • 99% of our graduates enroll in a four-year college within one year of graduation.
College Selections
Total Alumni 4405