School Details

Baltimore School For The Arts

712 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 642-5165

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 375 students 15 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

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High School Assessments (HSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Beginning with the class of 2009, students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Baltimore School For The Arts is a public high school in Baltimore. 375 children attend Baltimore School For The Arts and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 0% of the Baltimore School For The Arts students have "limited English proficiency." 30% of the 375 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Baltimore School For The Arts is 15:1. Eager Street Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 55% 86%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 35% 8%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Multiracial 1% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 84%
Limited English proficiency 0% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I am a violin major at BSA and I must say that this is probably one of the best places to be if you like art. I can't speak for the other departments but for the music department at least I feel like there isn't much competition or pressure amongst the students because although everyone here is talented they are also connected by a bond that encourages students to be caring and supportive of each other. The teachers can be tough and the academics are pretty darn rigerous most of the time but every staff member is almost 100% willing to listen to you when you're struggling. We also have a great brand new technology center and incoming freshmen are getting more and more opportunities for fun field trips and experiences that I wish I had back when I was in 9th grade XD Overall the workload can get pretty heavy at BSA but you kind of adapt to it after a while so it's nothing to really fear. Great school great facilities great education great community!

  • (2 years ago)

    The person who suggested admission is based on 'who you know' is mistaken. My daughter knew nobody at the school and we came from another state for her to audition. Acceptance for admission is absolutely based on the audition. Unfortunately there are so very many wonderful and talented students with great potential competing for so few slots so not everyone who has talent can get in. Though our commute was a tough one and my daughter had many late nights leaving BSA after performances and rehearsals and learned to survive on little sleep these past four years she has grown so much as an artist and is very well prepared for the rigors of the BFA program she's about to enter. BSA offers a very supportive peer environment within their art majors. So glad my daughter had the opportunity to attend such a special well respected and highly rated arts school!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is really happy attending BSA. The BSA students are diverse in their fine arts studies their ethnicities backgrounds physical appearances and on.... The students are attending school there because they truly want to be there. And it's exciting for the parents to experience this with them.

  • (3 years ago)

    My goodness. Of course there are no sports academic teams etc. It is an ARTS school. The xtra time aside from academics is spent on the student's art. Seems that you misunderstand what this school is all about.

  • (3 years ago)

    an extraordinary school! Kids apply and audition to enter are judged entirely on the strength of their artistic potential not on grades. Once they are accepted they are helped to get where they need to be academically -- additional help tutoring guidance etc. Of course it is expected that they will work hard. Those that don't work hard generally leave the school. But the rewards are tremendous. The environment is about talent and support of it. No harrassment no bullying no violence.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a parent of a current freshman student and we LOVE BSA. It is definitely one of the best education based decisions that I have made for my son. I was afraid that BSA was far to focused on the arts and not enough on academics only to discover that I was WRONG. The advanced placement program is excellent and extremely challenging. The students are well behaved and help one another out a lot. They are like a family.

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to school here and it was the best high school experience based on my experience and what others have told me about regular academic high schools. All of the teachers are highly qualified and go beyond the call of duty for the students. Class sizes are small so everyone can reach their personal potential whether it be academic or in their arts field. Students are admitted based on their audition including their excitement to learn and their ambition and drive to succeed. It is not an "easy" school to go to and there is a evaluation that you must pass at the end of every year in your art field in order to go on to the next year. I would recommend this school for any student who is passionate about the arts and who can make the commitment to working many long hours to develop their skills. This school is perfect preparation for college when I went to my four-year school in the arts it was a piece of cake and there was no adjustment period as I was used to 4 hr studio classes and critiques. The teachers here don't baby you and I think that's what helped me develop and learn the most. I appreciated it.

  • (4 years ago)

    This School is My Dream School I Play Guitar I've Looked At Everything for this School and It's Just A Perfect school For Artists And i will be Auditioning

  • (4 years ago)

    BSA is definitely a fine arts school but there is a very strong culture which continually promotes some students giving other students only a minimal if any chance to be in the spotlight. Questions or concerns from parents are not well-received. It is interesting that extracurricular activities received a 4-star rating when actually there are no such activities--no sports no academic teams no clubs of any kind. Any after-school activities involve the student's art with participation mandatory in most instances.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a recent graduate of this school I can say with much confidence that BSfA is a very diverse school with excellent faculty. TWIGS students are admitted not because of the 'know who's who' philosophy but because it's a great program. The faculty is committed to pulling the most out of the students and rather than being offended some people must realize that they are doing their jobs. This school has been one of the greatest experiences for me and I'm proud to be a graduate.

  • (5 years ago)

    The individual who posted below that admission to BSA is dependent on 'who you know' is either simply sadly misinformed or is engaging in 'sour grapes' behavior. BSA is a true meritocracy the most qualified young artists are admitted via audition.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have to disagree with the parent who thinks the audition is all about who you know. I have a child who got into BSA but did not participate in TWIGS. As a public school employee I also work with many children who participate in TWIGS but did not get in. In fact of the 10 children I know in TWIGS who applied to SFA only two got in (for instrumental music). None of the actors got in and the rest of the musicians did not get in.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am sure this is a great school but it is all about who you know. It is really not about the audition. They say that you do not have to have experience. That is not true. Most of the students that are in the Twiggs Program that they offer are admitted. For this school to be in a very ethnic community the population of the school is not very diverse. The arrogance of the staff is unbelievable!

  • (6 years ago)

    i love this school it is so good for people who has talent

  • (6 years ago)

    I love the academics and they are above a lot of school's academic program. I am a music student and I am not only taught about things on my instrument but I also learn singing interpreting music and learning the history of music.

  • (6 years ago)

    I feel very blessed that 3 of my children have been accepted at BSA. 2 of my children were accepted in the visual arts program and 1 is in stage production. My daughter graduated 3 years ago and BSA fully prepared her for college. She stated that the rigorous program at BSA has helped her to breeze through her art classes at college. She was provided a very strong foundation in visual arts thanks to a superior staff of teachers. My sons also love the school. One graduates this year. He is a special needs student and the support he has received is incredible. My youngest is new to the school and says he feels safe and loves his new family (BSA). I love this school!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is fabulous! Everywhere I went there were students and teachers that were like one big family to each other. I couldn't imagine not going to the Bsfa!

  • (7 years ago)

    I've came in as a Sophmore in Theatre and everyone immedately made me feel like I was part of the family. All the teachers are behind you 100% in everything you do and they have many resources for academic help so you never have to feel like your on your own. I have found the best friends here. People wont judge you for what you wear or how you look but more on how you present yourself and respect others. The good vibe here is contagious and I have caught the BSA bug.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is having such a great experience in this his freshman year. He is studying visual arts and is thriving academically and artistically. Best of all he has made lots of good friends already. The student body is made up of such interesting kids--kids he would never have run across otherwise. We could not be happier with the school and his experience.

  • (7 years ago)

    I feel so fortunate that my son was accepted into the School for The Arts. My son is where he needs to be. He has learned to like classical music and is excited about school. The teachers are very motivating and he has learned so much and is doing much better academically than ever before. I think this school is awesome!

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