at 4915 Holder Ave, Baltimore, 21214 United States
Based on the Sudbury model of education.
Arts & Ideas is a 21st-century school in Northwest Baltimore where students ages 5 through 18 learn, explore and grow in a stimulating community. We believe in play, conversation, projects and personalized study in a working democracy.
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Overheard between two young School Meeting Members: Kid 1: Purple is the best color. Kid 2: No way! Red is! Kid 1: PROVE IT!!! Kid 2: Red is fluffier. And nicer. Kid 1: Well...purple is more....lighter.....so you can see it better! Kid 2: I guess that's true.
Overheard in the hallway: "Wouldn't it be funny if someone's REAL name was Swordfish Toilet?"
Overheard today: "BFF, I'm drowning in syrup! Quick, pull me out! BFF!!!"
Overheard 5-year-old playing Minecraft on an iPad: "I'm doing really hard work!" We agree!
An important distinction! "It is critically important that our school not interfere with the processes that occur in students as they mature, and as they learn to evaluate for themselves what they find interesting and worthwhile. This doesn't mean a staff member can never approach a student he or she has a relationship with and say by the way, I just read this book I think you might like. What it does mean is that we don't see it as the staff's role to approach a 6 year old who can't read, and say hey, want to work on your reading with me? It'll be fun!" -Entertainment, Boredom and Responsibility by Hal Sadofsky, Blue Mountain School (Copyright The Sudbury Valley School Press)
A few overheard gems today... "I'm dancing in an underground house!" "I'm a UNNNIIII-corn wearing a UUNNIIII-tard!" "I hope no one eats my brains today." "What does fracking mean?" "Do you want to share some dirt?"
We will be closed again tomorrow, Friday 3/6 due to the residual hazardous driving conditions from today's snow. Stay cozy!
Arts & Ideas will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 3/5 due to the snowy forecast.
A&I will be closing at 3 PM today due to concerns about afternoon road conditions. Liberal leave is in effect.
We had "liberal leave" today, which means that students can come to school but aren't required to due to inclement weather. One of our moms posted this: Me to 11 year old this morning: "if you want to go to school today, please go shovel the ice from the sidewalk and driveway." 11 yearr old: "OK!!! Thank you Mom!"
Liberal leave today 3/2
Have you heard of "attendance challenges?" These are popular programs that public and private schools use to encourage high attendance of students during the school year. Students who meet the challenge - often by attending school for a high percentage (90%+) of days in a given year or month are rewarded with a special assembly, certificate, or award. Here at Arts & Ideas, as we finish up our first month of school, we are happy to report that our average daily attendance is 95%. We don't have a school wide attendance challenge, we have no promise of assemblies or awards, we don't even really need to emphasize the importance of regular attendance to our community at the start of school. Arts & Ideas students love coming to school. On the first day, we heard from a parent that their daughter tried to convince them they could be dropped off at school at 7 AM (we open at 8:15). When the snow starts falling, we'll start to hear stories of kids shoveling the driveway so their parents will drive them into school. Brand new students are begging their parents to pick them up as late as possible, each day. On Fridays we hear moans and groans about the upcoming weekend - "why can't we have school every day?" Our students wake up and look forward to their days, and we think that's pretty important. No attendance challenge needed here!
Wednesday snippet -- Staff: Woah, cool fort! Student (10): It's not a fort, it's a CASTLE, and everyone in it is calling me "Dad."
Wednesday snippets... "It's funny here, because we're all so mature, but we're all so weird." -9 year old School Meeting Member "Why is there a skull on the couch?" -39 year old School Meeting Member (staff)
Happy first day of school at Arts & Ideas! Here is one parent's experience: The joy of Democratic schooling Miles was so motivated to get to school to see his friends today, he: 1) put himself to bed last night at 9:30 (he's been up until midnight most of the summer) 2) got himself up while we slept, took a shower, walked his dog, made his lunch 3) begged me to skip my coffee so I could get him to school just a few minutes earlier (that almost backfired on him but he stayed sweet and didn't demand) He was so excited to meet and greet the new kids who would be joining the school community and to see everyone who was returning. There is a way to educate without coercion and compliance. Intrinsic motivation is a powerful thing. And my nocturnal family is very thankful for flexible start times. He didn't "have to" be there until 11am but he organized his night and day to arrive by 9 - unhurried, unrushed, unstressed, all happy. We are beyond grateful to have a Sudbury school available to us.