What will my child’s day look like?
The school day begins at 8:00 AM with first period. Every student, or Designer, as we like to call them, has four 90 minute classes each semester plus 30 minutes for lunch. The school day ends at 2:50 PM.
Where are you located?
We are located at 1500 Barclay Street, Baltimore MD, 21202 in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
Does the school require a uniform?
All students are required to wear their uniforms and IDs while in the building or while attending a school function, whether on or off campus. The school uniform consists of either the BDS T-shirt or a plain white or black polo shirt, with pants or a skirt of the students’ choice. Skirts must not be shorter than two inches above the knee, and pants must be worn at the waist. Pants and shirts should be clean, neat, and appropriate—torn or ragged clothing is not permissible, nor is sleepwear or loungewear. Students are encouraged to use their best judgement when making choices about footwear, and as such, flip flops, slippers, or excessively high heels are not permitted.
Do you offer foreign languages?
Yes, all students will have the opportunity to take at least one year of foreign language in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students will also take at least two years of foreign language in high school.
What transportation is available?
Students can be transported to school by parents/guardians or take an MTA bus. Baltimore Design School provides each eligible student with a free MTA student transit pass (S-pass).
Can non-city residents apply?
Please visit the Office of Enrollment Choice & Transfer for information regarding the Non-City Tuition Policy.
What is the approximate class size?
Each class has an average of 28 students.
What about the academic program?
If design students are going to be well prepared for college, they will need a rigorous academic program. In addition to their arts/design courses, all middle school students will take English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Physical Education, and Health. High school students follow a rigorous academic program, with opportunities to enroll in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, in their core subjects, and in design classes
Do you offer Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
For the 2016-2017 school year, BDS will be offering both Honors and Advanced Placement courses for students.
How much of the regular school day is spent in arts/design classes?
Every student at BDS currently has a minimum of 90 minutes of arts/design classes daily.
Who are your partners?
Baltimore Design School is guided by a Board of Directors that includes representatives of local architectural and design firms as well as a representative from Under Armour, Baltimore City, and local businesses. Morgan State University and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are significant partners for BDS. MICA has taken a leadership role in starting the school and developing its unique curriculum.
My child likes art, but why should he/she attend Baltimore Design School instead of the Baltimore School for the Arts?
The grounding in art and design that students will receive in the middle school years will prepare them for entry into either the Baltimore School for the Arts or Baltimore Design School high school programs. Here, they will have the opportunity to explore career options and experience working with projects related to design careers. Students who go to the Baltimore School for the Arts are prepared to pursue study to become artists. Our students will become designers. We are hoping to attract students who like inventing something new, have new ideas for fashion, architecture, and graphic design, who think three-dimensionally and like building things, and who have an eye for making things more interesting.
If my child enrolls in the BDS middle school program, is he/she automatically accepted into the BDS high school program?
No, acceptance into the high school portion of the program is based on a review of student portfolios. We help students develop their portfolios during the middle school years so they are prepared for the application process. Please visit our website to download an application and the portfolio requirement.
If my child chooses to go on to another high school, will he/she be prepared for success academically?
The academic education at BDS is rigorous and prepares students to do well in the high school of their choice. Also, they will have experience in creative problem solving and ways of thinking that should make them academically excellent students.
Will children from the community where the school is located get priority?
Please contact the Office of Enrollment Choice & Transfer for specifics on lottery priority. The school does provide slots for children within the Greenmount West Community.
Do parents have an active voice in the school?
The school is guided by a Board of Directors. Additionally, we have an active PTO and School Family Council that are always welcoming new members. We encourage parent involvement and want to make sure parents have a voice in the school. Please check out our calendar for upcoming PTO and SFC meeting dates.
How big will your school be, and what grades will it serve?
As of the school year 2016-2017, Baltimore Design School will serve grades 6 through 12 with a total of approximately 540 students.
Do you have physical education classes?
Yes, we have both physical education and health classes. All students will take at least one semester of physical education and health in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students will also take at least 0.5 credits of physical education and 0.5 credits semester of health in high school.