This school is a really unique place. Please don't let a handful of whiny parents turn you off this school. Park is not for everyone, and sadly, some kids just can't keep up. Parents would do better to spend their energy getting their kids (and themselves!) the help they so clearly need.
We have been very happy with Park School. The progressive education philosophy yields a well rounded young adult, based on what we see in the graduates. They are prepared for the future, well spoken, academically capable, and Good citizens. A Park education focuses on the whole child: not just academics, but also service, social, creativity, and wellness. They constructively address topics such as social development (including bullying), and health and wellness (including sex ed). We also love the Park community - many of our closest friends are Park families. The school has a diverse population including many families of teachers. From an outcomes standpoint, Park grads go on to some great colleges and universities, are very successful in a range of fields from engineering and science to writing and the arts.
The experience our kids are having reflects a more diverse range of experiences and the opportunity for a well rounded education. Our daughter excels in math but also is a great artist. Park has fostered that and encouraged both pursuits. Our son is an avid reader, and asked for reading on both sports (football and baseball) and World War II - Park's first rate librarians (they have a Newberry honoree and a couple of authors) "met him where he is" and found age appropriate materials for him. They are very different from each other, but have both thrived at Park. Furthermore, Park offers some unique and amazing experiences for students and innovative thinking from faculty and staff.
* Faculty innovation via a program called FACA. Each summer, Park faculty can lead projects to make improvements in the school - everything from upgrading the science program via a study benchmarking the best schools, to identifying the next innovative program for students.
* Middle school challenge course - Park's rope and challenge course is nationally known. It's a great way to bring that I students.
* Extensive intramural sports even in lower school, and continued opportunities for involvement in middle and high school
Overall - highly recommended! We are very happy.
My children have thrived at The Park School. The faculty manages at the same time to challenge and support students, while making space for deeper investigation of topics that students are interested in. Regular, written faculty reports reflect the depth of teacher-student relationships - they are written with thoughtfulness and detail for each student in each subject area. This is a school that really cares about the whole child - nurturing intellectual curiosity and emotional intelligence are both given priority. We have found Park School to be a very special place where our children have grown intellectually and personally.
The Park School of Baltimore has an effective and talented faculty, who are passionate about their students' learning. This is our 7th year at Park, and the school has met and exceeded our expectations. There are clear learning objectives and curricular goals throughout, and student success is measured in myriad ways. Students and parents receive in-depth written and oral reports about their strengths and weaknesses, and teachers pay great attention to the progress of each student. I always feel as if teachers know my children and their strengths, as well as areas for improvement, extremely well.
There is a focus on hands-on, experiential learning, such as using our 100-acre campus for science. Also, learning is often thematic and project-based, such as the Lower School curriculum for Ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages. Students at all grade levels are encouraged to "dig deep" on topics, pursuing their interests within a broader curriculum. In the Upper School, students have many electives from which to choose, offering many ways beyond the standard curriculum to deepen their understanding of a subject, reach their potential, and prepare for the rigors of undergraduate education. Our students enter college well-prepared, having been challenged in a rigorous curriculum and already developed the habits of mind necessary to be successful for life beyond Park. Park teaches our children to be scholars, not just students.
If you are looking for a school with a bewildering curriculum and grading system, few rules and entitled kids this is your place. Beware of students of faculty who attend for free and are held to lower standards academically, behaviorally and athletically.
A great place for children to enjoy learning. It is a calm place where childhood is embraced. The staff is amazing, the campus is beautiful, and the kids are bright eyed and full of smiles.
Academics are above average, and taylored to each individual child. This is the education all young children should be afforded.