• The Arts

         Roland Park Elementary/Middle School is a school of vision that recognizes the essential role the arts play in a child’s education. This kindergarten-through-eighth-grade urban public school serves a highly diverse population and ranks among the top schools in Maryland in academic achievement.  We maintain a strong focus on academic excellence, with high standards for students and faculty, believing that teaching “in and through the arts” helps to achieve that goal. A dedication to the arts in the curriculum both reflects accepted educational theory and engenders strategies that reward our children. Roland Park has been recognized as one of the top-performing schools in the Baltimore metropolitan area. We are living proof that engagement in the arts leads to excellence in critical thinking. We organize our arts programming along three related paths: Arts Education, Arts Experiences, and Arts Integration.
         Arts Education is fundamental to our school’s development as an arts-integrated school. Discrete classes in theater, visual arts, music and dance/movement provide a systematic and sequential curriculum in the instructional day of every student in all nine grade levels. Our fine-arts faculty of artist-teachers is highly qualified and holds advanced degrees in their fields. They are involved in action research and regularly present at regional and national conferences in their specialties.
         All children in the elementary grades have visual art, general and instrumental music, and physical education/movement classes every week. There are ongoing exhibitions and performances of their class achievements throughout the year.
         Children in the middle-school grades experience an arts rotation every semester that includes theater, the visual arts, and vocal and instrumental music. They have two to three fine-arts classes each week. It is the goal of the middle-school schedule that every student will have the chance to experience all of the fine-arts forms in 6th and 7th grades; they may also elect to do further study when they choose their fine-arts elective in the 8th grade. Roland Park has more students admitted to the Baltimore School for the Arts than any other school in the City. We think this is a testament to the challenging yet encouraging nature of our programs.
         The Arts program offers a sequential curriculum that develops artistic behaviors, critical and creative thinking, and production.