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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, 92% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% 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
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
92%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
148 responses
Average ACT
25
16 responses
AP Enrollment
22%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$42,583
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,085
National
$949
Median Home Value
$213,873
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
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Annual Expressions performance
    24%
  • Senior year travel to London England
    21%
  • Annual Nutcracker Performance
    15%
  • Junior Scene Night
    12%
  • student galleries
    9%
  • Senior year travel to Canada
    6%
  • Senior year travel to New York Opera House
    6%

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%
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
24%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,166
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.2%
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 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
$16,699/ year
National
$12,239
20%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.20 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.20 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.20 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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I graduated from BSA in 2017 and can say it was one of the best decisions I've made in my life so far. The existence of this school is a really fantastic thing. I miss it often. The students at this school are given the opportunity to meet people their age who come from vastly different socio-economic backgrounds as themselves. Students of all different colors are allowed the opportunity to sing, dance, paint, design, act, and make music with each other. It's a beautiful representation of all of the greatest things about Baltimore. The only issues with this school stem from a lack of funding from the state, but there really is no place like the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Baltimore School for the Arts is a relatively good school with great resources for developing one's art. However, the communication system between academic staff, administrators, and art departments is highly inefficient and disorganized. The school seems to be focusing more on displaying the students for monetary gain than using the money to help the students. Our guidance counselor is amazing though.