Baltimore School for the Arts
|Baltimore School for the Arts|
|712 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
|School type||Public, Magnet|
|Motto||"Where the Arts Change Kids' Lives"|
|School district||Baltimore City Public Schools|
|Director||Dr. Chris Ford|
The Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) is a public high school located in Baltimore, Maryland, and is part of its public school system. BSA offers art concentrations in vocal music, instrumental music, theater acting, theater production, dance, and visual arts. The school has produced numerous "Presidential Scholars" in the Arts and its students have gone on to attend major conservatories and Ivy League Schools.
In 1979, the President of the Board of School Commissioners authored a Charter creating the Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA). In the form of a resolution of the School Board, this Charter followed many years of effort to create an arts high school, including a 1978 recommendation of a special Task Force appointed and given strong support by then Mayor William Donald Schaefer, (1921-2011), [served 1971-1986]; [later Governor of Maryland, 1987-1995, Comptroller of Maryland, 1999-2007]. The BSA was created as part of the Baltimore City Public Schools system, however the charter provided the BSA with the structure and the authority to design and implement policies and programs necessary to be successful in its mission as a pre-professional arts high school. The charter stated "that it differ from other Baltimore city high schools by training students with potential for careers in the performing and visual arts."
The Baltimore School for the Arts is a school that intends to prepare its students for careers in the arts. The school provides qualified students with training in one of four arts disciplines: music (vocal/instrumental), visual arts, theatre (acting/theater production), or dance in combination with a comprehensive, college preparatory academic program. The theater and music majors are split into two groups each: for the theater department, there is both acting and theater production, and the music department is split into vocalists and instrumentalists.
A further mission of the school is to serve as an arts resource for the Baltimore community by offering performances, educational workshops and extensive after-school training in the arts to Baltimore children.
Today, BSA graduates go on to study at a number of colleges, universities and conservatories. BSA alumni also have careers in business, human services and education.
The Baltimore School for the Arts is a four-year public high school that provides young people with intensive, pre-professional training in the arts within the context of a comprehensive, college preparatory academic curriculum. Working with a distinguished faculty, students pursue any one of four disciplines—the visual arts, music (vocal or instrumental), theater (acting or theater production), or dance—in an environment that emphasizes professionalism and scholarship. About 320 students attend the school, coming from public and private schools in and around Baltimore. Students are accepted by a separate audition or portfolio review, though they only allow this for starting, 8th and 9th grades.
- The school in the film 2006 film Step Up was a fictionalized version of BSA, called The Maryland School for the Arts. There are some significant differences between the institution portrayed in the film and the real school, and some parts of the movie were filmed in the school.
- The Maryland School for the Arts also provided the setting for the 2008 film sequel to Step Up, Step Up 2 The Streets although again, most of the actual filming of the movie did not take place inside BSA.
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- Larry Gilliard, Jr. – Actor
- Stefania Dovhan, 1998 - Soprano