Welcome to Baltimore School for the Arts

We’re one of the top five public performing arts high schools in the country, and we combine a rigorous college prep program with pre-professional training in the arts. We offer programs in dance, film, music, stage design and production, theatre, and the visual arts.

Our students spend four hours a day in art classes, taught by working professionals, and four hours a day in academics. Sure, they’re becoming excellent artists. But they’re also building skills such as collaboration, time management, discipline, and grit. The result? Our high school graduation rate is close to 100 percent, and our six-year college graduation rate is 81 percent, well above the national average.

Our alumni can be seen on Broadway and television, in films, in major galleries, and in dance companies. Others can be found analyzing stocks on Wall Street, working in in well-respected hospitals, and running their own start-ups.

Core Values

Photograph of Elijah Cummings, and Chris Ford

School Leadership

As part of Baltimore City Public School System, we’re led by an administrative team including Director Chris Ford, Assistant Principal for Academics Tom Askey, and Assistant Principal for Student Support Mary Evans, as well as department heads in each of the arts disciplines.

We also benefit from the counsel and guidance of a Board of Overseers, who oversee our fundraising efforts.

Board of Overseers

About our Director

Our History

We were founded as part of Baltimore City Public School System in 1979, after a decade of hard work by a task force, the mayor, and Baltimore City’s arts and community leaders. We were established to provide pre-professional arts training to Baltimore’s children, and given a unique structure designed to help us meet our mission. Our founders also established a fundraising foundation to help us raise support for expenses beyond the normal operating costs for a BCPSS school.

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Photograph of the Baltimore School for the Arts theatre
Photograph of people attending a theatre performance at Baltimore School for the Arts

Community Connections

We’re deeply connected to Baltimore City. Our students have flourished in part thanks to generous partnerships with local organizations such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage, the Hippodrome Foundation, and the Walters Museum, among others. We also serve 415 students in the high school, 700 in TWIGS and bring thousands of children and their families to our campus every year for live performances.

Photograph of the Baltimore School for the Arts theatre

Our Facilities

Housed in the landmark Alcazar building and an historic brownstone on Cathedral Street, our facilities are specially designed to support the school’s mission of educating the next generation of the creative workforce. A recital hall, music practice rooms, art and dance studios, a film editing lab, costume and scene shops, and rehearsal spaces enable our students to grow in their art every day. A performance hall, a black box theatre, and a visual arts exhibition space provide professional-level showcases for performances and a venue for the community to enjoy a range of productions and exhibitions each year. In August 2014, the school opened its state-of-the-art Center for Collaborative Arts and Technology in the school’s library.

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