We are a dynamic school in the cultural heart of the city, and our students learn both within and beyond our classroom walls. For Wilkes students, a wealth of opportunity lies conveniently within their reach. Taking full advantage of neighborhood riches and local events, our children develop a sense of civic pride and responsibility.



Enoch Pratt Central Library

  • Weekly trips to the library (Grades K – 5) promote reading as a lifelong habit.
  • Younger students enjoy story hours and browsing through the extensive collection
  • Older students find books for pleasure and use the library’s resources for researching academic subjects.
  • Our annual Greek Mythology Play, written and performed by 4th graders, is held in the library’s theater.

Walters Art Museum

  • Docent-led tours coordinate with Wilkes’ curriculum to extend student understanding.
  • The museum provides the ideal inspiration to explore the wonders and influences of ancient cultures and our classical roots.
  • Our classics program makes use of their resources in Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art.

Musical Performances in the Neighborhood

  • Students walk to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to attend the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s youth programs (Pre-K through 5th grade).
  • Students experience fully-staged opera performances at the Peabody Conservatory.
  • Students in chorus listen to live organ music while watching silent movies at the Garret-Jacobs Mansion.

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center

  • Student artwork has been featured in the Center’s exhibits, such as “Our Baltimore, Our Students.”

Our Mount Vernon Neighborhood

  • 3rd grade’s annual Egyptian Puppet Shows are held in Mount Vernon Park.
  • Wilkes students make ceramic hearts and distribute their creations to our neighbors. Look for them in nearby businesses!
  • French classes visit the monument of Marquis de Lafayette after learning about his accomplishments.
  • Social Studies classes tour the Washington Monument (and climb those many steps), having already built and designed their own original monuments.
  • World Religion classes visit various denominations’ houses of worship.
  • Wilkes School Chorus sings at nearby senior centers, at the Walters Art Museum, and the Maryland Historical Society.
  • Students and their parents march around the neighborhood during our Halloween parade.
  • In spring, it’s lovely to enjoy a lemon stick at the Flower Mart.


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