Facilities and Neighborhood
Two blocks west from Baltimore’s Washington Monument, The Wilkes School is nestled among Park Avenue’s row homes and churches, and adjacent to the notable Grace and St. Peter’s Church whose parish dates from 1802. The School occupies three buildings, including two historic brownstones that seclude our tree-lined playgrounds from Park Avenue’s bustle. Within these walls, children are actively involved in academic learning, science investigation, art and music appreciation and performance, technology exploration and application, and the “childhood business of play.” Small classes, a nurturing environment, and the residential flavor of our historic brownstones contribute to the intimacy of the school.
We are a dynamic school in the cultural heart of the city, where students learn both within and beyond our classroom walls. For Wilkes students, a wealth of opportunities lies conveniently within our reach. Our Mt. Vernon parks, the neighborhood architecture, and the Walters Art Museum provide the ideal setting and inspiration to begin exploring the wonders and influences of ancient cultures and our classical roots.
Weekly trips to the Enoch Pratt Library, which students think of as their very own, promote reading as a life long habit. By walking just a few short blocks, our students can enjoy a performance of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Student choristers enjoy performing for community members and seniors at the Waxter Center and other local venues. Aspiring scientists are only a short distance from the famed Maryland Science Center. Students participate in dance and physical education classes at the nearby Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center.
Taking full advantage of neighborhood riches and local events, including the Baltimore Book Festival and Flower Mart, our children develop a sense of civic pride and responsibility. There is much to see and do, both within and just beyond our classroom walls.