Imagine this: a school setting that has as one of its core values, “an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers.” Wow. And if it sounds ambitious (or even overly optimistic), you can add to your mental picture that this school has been nurturing and educating young people in this way for 100 years. That’s right—this progressive and thoughtful educational philosophy has been at work here in our own backyard for an entire century. Clearly, this philosophy works. Guided by the educational philosophy of John Dewey, the school offers non-sectarian learning with integrated experiences in athletics, the arts, and civic engagement. On Friday, May 1st, from 8:45-10:30am, interested parents are invited to “take a first look” to discover the remarkable teaching and learning that is distinctive to a Park education.
Park School’s “Take a First Look” event offers parents the opportunity to tour the school, meet some of the educators, and ask all of their burning questions—which is important since, when it comes to your child’s education, you probably have lots of them. You’ll see the school’s campus – a 100-acre laboratory – that includes woodland areas, a pond, ropes course, rooftop observatory, and so much more. You may encounter Upper School students working with original texts written by Park math teachers; Middle Schoolers combining physical activity, teamwork, personal discipline, and problem solving as they tackle Park’s Appalachian Challenge course; or Newbery Medalist (and Lower School librarian—how many elementary schools have celebrity librarians?) Laura Amy Schlitz, enchanting children with her stories. Since its inception, Park School has been dedicated to fostering not only an engaging and creative learning environment, but one that also emphasizes diversity and inclusivity. With such a deep respect for every child’s unique perspective and potential for learning, we’re not surprised that Park School has had such success over its long existence. But then, we also won’t be surprised if after a tour and Q&A with some of Park’s administrators, you find yourself asking if they ever accept adults. After all, it’s the kind of place that makes you wish you’d gone to school there; and though it may be (alright, it is) too late for you— “Take a First Look” is a great chance to take that first step toward giving your child that opportunity.
To attend “Take a First Look,” parents are asked to register in advance. Please visit www.parkschool.net/firstlook for more information and to register. Park School is located at 2425 Old Court Road in Baltimore.
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