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
- Weekly classes in physical education take place here (Kindergarten through Grade 5), with instruction in yoga and athletics.
- 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.
- Community Service Art Club makes ceramic hearts and distributes 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.
- 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.