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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Baltimore School for the Arts is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Baltimore, MD. It has 440 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.

Baltimore School for the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
165 responses
Average ACT
24
17 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$45,810
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,181
National
$949
Median Home Value
$252,415
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
  • Annual Expressions performance
    24%
  • Annual Nutcracker Performance
    19%
  • Senior year travel to London England
    19%
  • Junior Scene Night
    11%
  • student galleries
    8%
  • Senior year travel to Canada
    5%
  • Senior year travel to New York Opera House
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
440
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,235
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.2%
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$17,570/ year
National
$12,239
18%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
23%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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I can only speak to the experiences of a visual artist. The schedules are well thought out, centered around the students' interests, and we constantly have access to our studios and materials. The classes are somewhat rigorous, but nothing more than college-prepatory. Our teachers are constantly involved, and there is a healthy balance between emphasis on technical skill and creativity. Academics-wise, the school falters a bit. It feels like the curriculum is constantly in a struggle between trying to be college level and trying to step aside for the arts classes. The classrooms seem wholly underfunded, unorganized, and generally unkept. But, what BSA's academics lack in facility, they more than make up for it through the teachers and the range of classes available. There is generally good communication, a wide range of opportunities, free SATs, and a constant stream of help through mental support, academic support, and artistic support.
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My experience at the Baltimore School for the Arts has been good. I’m grateful for all of the training that I am receiving. Overall, it’s a great place! But, one thing that I would like to see improved is the precautions taken against bullying. Just because we are older, doesn’t mean bullying ceases to exist. Thank you!
Baltimore School for the Arts is an amazing pre-professional school. I love how many opportunities students are given to show their talent. While the workload can be difficult, it is worth it for students who are serious about their art. I would like to see more modern art incorporated into the curriculum, specifically in the music department. It is extremely important to be well rounded as an artist today, and while studying classical music gives you a good foundation, it is not enough to only study classical music. I would also like to see the mental health of students become a priority. Having to prepare for performances on top of regular school work is exhausting physically and mentally. I believe if students had more resources available to them to help cope with the stress, the environment in general would benefit.