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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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, alternative school located in Baltimore, MD. It has 394 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
Address
712 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone
(443) 642-5165
Website

Baltimore School for the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
128 responses
Average ACT
24
15 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$46,641
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,009
National
$949
Median Home Value
$153,200
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
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
90%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Annual Expressions performance
    27%
  • Annual Nutcracker Performance
    19%
  • Senior year travel to London England
    19%
  • Junior Scene Night
    8%
  • Senior year travel to Canada
    8%
  • Senior year travel to New York Opera House
    8%
  • student galleries
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
394
Free or Reduced Lunch
16%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,847
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.2%
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 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
$17,228/ year
National
$12,239
22%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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Baltimore School for the Arts Reviews

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I was a student in the TWIGS program there. I love the school because of the unique environment of artists. There is an overall positive vibe and limitless opportunities for collaboration. There is literally music in the hallways along with people dancing their way around school. As an acting major, I was able to act in a series of works. We studied and performed shakespeare along with other more contemporary playwrights. We also were able to write and produce our own pieces!
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Baltimore School for the Arts is an institution that has served the community for years. It allows kids from all over the city with diverse backgrounds and personalities to come learn in a safe environment. Some of the academic classes are great, but there is no mobility in the courses, so don't expect to choose your classes. The school day is long and there are no sports, clubs or activities beyond Yearbook.
As a dance major, I enjoyed my overall experience at BSA very much! I felt a strong sense of inclusion with my fellow classmates and teachers. The dance department is very strong and is definitely the best you will find around Baltimore. Having taken AP and honors courses, I feel as though the academic classes could have been more challenging and pushed me more as an academically minded individual.