The GreenMount School began as the dream child of six adventurous parents devoted to a model for child-centered education. The school opened in 1993 as a one-room, church-basement parent CO-OP, and now GreenMount is a thriving school community inhabiting the entire building and grounds of the former Wyman Park Recreation Center in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore. We have nine grades of wonderful students in kindergarten through 8th grade, a talented team of teachers and administrative staff, and a dedicated cadre of parent volunteers.
The Mission of The GreenMount School
Our mission is to provide a creative education for grades K through 8—emphasizing multicultural, cooperative, and experiential learning and supported by strong family participation.
What Makes GMS Unique
Here are the four hallmarks of The GreenMount School learning environment.
GreenMount students hone their skills in a range of disciplines to investigate three thematic topics a year. Recent themes have included “India,” “Immigration, Industry, and Idealism: The Gilded Age in the U.S.,” “Road to Revolution”, “All the World’s a Stage,” “First Nations” and “From Caves to Canvas.” Each theme culminates in a school-wide event produced and presented by the students.
Global and Community Awareness
GreenMount students learn the value of being able to understand, appreciate, and get along with people from other cultures and backgrounds. While this can be a lifetime’s work, we move our students in this direction through cultural studies, character education, and community service. Eighth graders go on an Immersion Trip that takes them to the far reaches of the country or globe to fully explore another culture or environmental aspect.
GreenMount has several unique “Keystone Programs” that support our core academic mandates. These include Environmental Explorations, which center on ecological exploration and study. The program builds understanding and appreciation of the natural world through classroom time, hikes along a nearby creek, work in the school garden, environmental service projects, and overnight camping trips. Other Keystone Programs include Service Learning, the Eighth Grade Culminating Experience, and Community Day.
At The GreenMount School, parents are a vital part of the team. Beyond involvement with their own child’s education, each parent contractually agrees to contribute at least forty hours a year to some aspect of school operations.
Together, they create an educational approach that is academically challenging, multidisciplinary, cross-cultural, service-oriented, character-building, and creative.