Thursday, June 30, 2011



New Baltimore City School to prepare students for future academic study and careers in Architectural, Fashion and Graphic Design

Baltimore Design School, a new transformation school that is part of the Baltimore City Public School system, will open to sixth and seventh grade students interested in exploring and developing skills in the design fields this August. The school seeks rising sixth and seventh graders to apply through Baltimore City School’s lottery system.

photoState Senator Catherine Pugh (left), co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Design School, is excited about the opportunity this new transformation school offers Baltimore students. “The success of products from companies like Apple Computer, as well as the increasing role fashion plays in pop culture, underscores the importance of design in so many aspects of our lives. This school will excite and prepare students for advanced study and careers in Fashion, Architecture and Design, as well as technology and other growing fields, in an environment that is safe, caring and dedicated to everyone’s success,” she said.

The Baltimore Design School, “Redesigning Baltimore one student at a time,” will focus on strong academics, supplemented with training in the areas of Architectural, Fashion and Graphic Design. Graduates (the school will grow to include sixth through 12th grades) will be ready to enter vigorous college programs and/or careers in these fields.

Winston Middle - 1101 Winston AvenueWhen it opens this fall, the school anticipates an enrollment of 75 sixth grade students and 75 seventh grade students with approximately 25 students per class. Temporarily located in the Northeast quadrant, at the site formerly housing Winston Middle School (right) at The Alameda and Beaumont Avenue, the school is expected to relocate to a specially designed facility in the new Station North Arts district in two to three years.

While there is a waiting list for sixth grade students, seventh grade spots remain available. Parents and students interested in learning more or applying can call the Baltimore City Public Schools Office of Student Placement at 410.396.8600; e-mail; “Like” the school on Facebook at “Baltimore Design School;” or follow the school on Twitter: BalDESIGNSchool.

photoJoseph Freed (left) has been named the school’s first principal. Freed has already begun work to finalize the curriculum, hire a diverse staff of exceptional teachers and prepare the school’s temporary facility for the arrival of the first class of sixth and seventh grade students this fall.

Freed was selected after a nationwide search and was approved by the Baltimore City Public School System at the May School Board meeting. His extensive experience most recently includes the Maryland State Department of Education, where he contributed to the design and implementation of professional development for principals statewide.

Notably, Freed served as a member of the founding team at Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore County which has one of the top arts programs in the country. He was later appointed Principal of Carver Center, a position from which he retired in July 2006.

Freed’s philosophy on education is based on the Chinese proverb, “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”