Fostering design in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Design School was founded in 2010 to bring design education to the students of Baltimore City.

Learn more about our mission and our students.

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Developing Creativity

It all started with a desire to provide city students with an outlet for design.

Our driving force is to develop creativity and critical thinking skills for Baltimore City students. BDS not only teaches basic art, design, and communication skills, but engages students in problem solving, finding solutions, and thinking critically. At BDS, all students–with engaging instruction, practice, and a passion for design–can learn and grow from the experience. We welcome all students who have a strong desire to succeed, and a particular interest in pursuing careers in graphic design, architecture, and fashion design.

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"I wanted to provide a place where talent and creativity could thrive, and where students gain access to an environment that gives shape to their aspirations. We must give them every possibility to develop their talents, which is not only our obligation to them but an investment in our community’s best interests."

- Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore and Founder of BDS

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Our Mission

Baltimore Design School fosters creativity and develops the academic and critical thinking skills of 6th through 12th grade students. It also prepares students for admission to college and careers in the design fields of architecture, fashion, and graphic design. BDS is a Baltimore City public transformation school that offers a comprehensive college preparatory program that integrates design throughout the academic curriculum and provides Career and Technology Education (CTE) pathways.

Our Guiding Principles

Educate

Educate graduates to see design as a way of living an ethical, productive, and rewarding life.

Prepare

Prepare students for admission to colleges, and careers in a variety of modern design fields.

Integrate

Integrate design thinking into every aspect of the academic curriculum.

Foster

Foster a caring community dedicated to every student’s academic and personal success.

Our Students

At BDS we have high expectations for our students. We are always seeking to foster an environment that is conducive to learning and achieving. We encourage our students to D.A.R.E. to be different by being Diligent, Accountable, Respectful, and Enthusiastic.

BDS is a Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support (PBIS) school. This is an incentive program designed to recognize when our students exhibit exemplary behavior.

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BDS Certifications

Our certifications put us at the forefront of modern education.

National Junior Art Society (NAHS)

Career & Technology Education (CTE)

National Honor Society (NHS)

SpringBoard ELA & Math Curriculum site for all middle school students

Maryland state-approved Teacher Professional Development Site (PDS) in partnership with Maryland Institute College of Art & Loyola University Maryland.

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