ConneXions: A Community Based Arts School (#325), is a public charter school founded in 2002 with a mission to cultivate academic and artistic excellence, cultural identity and community awareness. While we started out with 6th grade only, we now have 360 students enrolled from 6th-12th grade including a LifeSkills Program and have graduated Seniors since 2010.
We are located at 2801 N. Dukeland Street (the former Lemmel Middle School) and share the building with two other city schools. ConneXions’ Main Office is located on the ground floor of the building and our entrance is on the North side of the campus (next to the adjacent daycare playground.
Following the Coalition Of Essential Schools model, ConneXions helps students learn to use their minds well, through a philosophy of “depth over breadth” and an inquiry based approach. A tone of decency and trust allows teachers to build relationships with students, providing them with a personalized education and follows the idea of student as worker and teacher as coach. Every student is expected to succeed and is required to prove their mastery through exhibition.
Aside from rigorous academics, ConneXions boasts a host of electives that include Performing Arts like Theatre, African Dance, Modern Dance, Ballet and West African Drum in addition to the Visual Arts of Painting/ Drawing, Printmaking, Design, Audio Visual and Photography. The Performing Arts Repertoire Company has gained a citywide reputation of excellence and has performed to rave reviews in both local and national venues. Students of the visual arts have exhibited work at The University Of Baltimore, The Creative Alliance and The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.