Kara Iwanowski ’19 Set to Compete for ‘Distinguished Young Woman National Finals’
The Class of 2019 valedictorian, Kara Iwanowski '19, is an exceptional artist and scholar. She has been commended by...
Designed to identify students with the potential for a career in the arts, admission to BSA is based solely on an arts audition and interview—no academic criteria are used. Every student gets a level playing field and a fresh start at BSA.
BSA is recognized as one of the top five public performing arts high schools in the country and as one of the best high schools in America for its rigorous college preparatory program. BSA students have earned National Merit Scholarships, NAACP’s ACT-SO Achievement Medals, and YoungArts Awards, among others.
Our extensive after-school and Saturday program offers free arts classes to Baltimore City children grades 2-8. TWIGS seeks to prepare its students for admission to BSA, and each year between 35-40 percent of the incoming first-year class have been trained through TWIGS.
High school and TWIGS students learn directly from working artists during their classes. And thanks to numerous partnerships with local arts organizations, our students learn from and perform with professionals at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Walters, Center Stage, the Maryland Historical Society, and JHU’s film program, to name just a few.
Baltimore School for the Arts seeks to prepare the next generation of the creative workforce by providing inspiring arts and academic training to high school students as well as opportunities in the arts to younger children and the greater community through its TWIGS and community outreach programs.
We are a public, urban high school that is part of Baltimore City Public School System. Additionally, 33 percent of our support is raised privately through our fundraising partner, the BSA Foundation.
The Bridges Program first put a viola in the hands of Jafre Chase ’19. A year later, he entered TWIGS. Eight years later, he has earned four full-ride scholarships to college, despite overcoming tremendous challenges.