It’s our third annual issue and our best yet. Flip through the pages, above, or read on to learn what’s inside.

Baltimore Guide to Independent Schools

Notes from the Editor

by Muffy Fenwick

WE ARE EXCITED to introduce the third edition of the Baltimore Fishbowl Guide to Independent Schools. Inside its pages, you will find some familiar content as well as new features.

In a city saturated with impressive independent school options, the choice of school can be daunting. Often the exploration begins early, with the right preschool. Here, we look at area preschool options, from local church preschools to Montessori schools and those attached to an independent school. We continue on the path to independent school by unveiling the admissions process through the eyes of the applicants — the kids who take the tests, sit for the interviews and tag along on shadow days. Their perspectives are invaluable.

Our popular School Spirit section captures the unique perspectives of
area independent school students, from enthusiastic lower schoolers to engaged middle and thoughtful upper schoolers. Many area schools have also brought new administrators on staff whose breadth of experience and innovative ideas about education will bring a fresh take on the independent school experience. New co-curricular programs often capture this fresh perspective, and local schools have not shied away from embracing 21st-century classroom practices — from robotics to leadership programs, independent school kids are engaged in exciting programs in and outside the classroom.

It goes without saying that in Baltimore, we are incredibly fortunate to have a wealth of independent schools. The challenge can be finding the one that feels like the best t. We hope we can offer some insights into the process. Ask questions, do your homework and, most importantly, explore. Delve deep into what these schools have to offer. We hope you will discover, as we have, that there is much more than you may realize.

Find copies of the Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools at Green Spring Station and Cross Keys starting tomorrow. The first issues will go to attendees at our launch party tonight at Johnny’s, 4800 Roland Avenue in Roland Park. Join us! Capacity is limited but we have a few spots left. Please register here if you plan to attend.