Love love love this school. My children are truly learning-- learning to think critically, to analyze problems, to create solutions, to manage their time, to meet deadlines, to rise above expectations, to challenge themselves and others around them, and to engage in the process of learning in all aspects of life. Whether it is the progressive philosophy, the top quality teachers, or the stimulating environment, who knows-- but the pervasive theme running through the lower, middle, and upper schools is that kids thrive. They work hard, they play hard, and they become successful, lifelong learners. Thank you to the administration, staff, and faculty for doing such a great job!
I have never heard once from my children in the past 5 years that they have been at Park that they don't want to go to school - every day they are happy to attend, running into school! Teachers are superb and caring; they get to know each child well and his/her strengths and weaknesses. Teachers see and develop the potential in each child. The administration is extremely responsive and has the best interests of children and families at heart. The parents form a warm, supportive community. I can't imagine a better place to send my children in Baltimore.
We couldn't be happier about our decision to send our children to Park. The Lower School administration and faculty are superb. My children have grown so much not only academically, but also mentally and emotionally. They are excited about going to school everyday. We can't wait to see the wonderful experiences our children will have as they go through Park's Middle and Upper School. Would highly recommend Park to any parent looking for a private school for their child.
Enrollment numbers are in a state of extreme decline relative to other Baltimore schools. Faculty and administration turnover is extremely high. The environment is negative and hostile.
Rather than acknowledge that these trends indicate extreme problems with the faculty and administration, the response is to blame students for not meeting the Park Model, which itself is highly rigid and peculiar to the whims of however someone decides to define "progressive education."
Too many of the remaining students left (approximately 10%) are faculty children who go for free, creating an unbalanced environment that others are expected to subsidize.
I am the parent of two Park School students. Both began Park in the lower school and are currently in the upper school. Park has provided a top-notch education for my children. What is most impressive is the way that Park supports the education of the students. The structure that is felt in each classroom allows for a partnership between the teacher and student. The teacher acts as a guide on the students journey - teaching the students about inquiry, advocacy, exploration and both independent and group learning. All while the student is studying math, science, English, history, modern language and the arts. These students develop a passion for learning that goes far beyond the classroom environment.
My senior is getting ready to graduate after being at Park School since first grade. I am thrilled to see her go off to college, and have no doubt that she will get into one of the amazing colleges to which she is applying (stayed tuned for an update!). When she goes off to school, not only will I miss her, I will miss our family's affiliation with Park. Her time there has helped her grow into the thoughtful, insightful, self-advocating learner that is so common amongst Park School graduates. I highly recommend this school!
I have never been in a school that values student driven learning like Park School does. Whether in the class, or on the athletic field, students are encouraged to be the best they can be, to dig deeper.
Park School is based on the principle that positive expectations lead to positive behavior. When there is the infrequent occurrence that doesn't align with this expectation, the student is treated fairly. Punishment is not handed down, but consequences are given consistent with the infraction, and always, always, in the best interest of the student and their growth.