Baltimore’s Roland Park Country School (RPCS) is a school of many firsts. So, it makes sense that they are the first school to be highlighted in the Private Schools examiner series focusing on the institutions that make up the area’s independent school community. While you may know the basics about the K-12 girls’ school, whose team name is “the Reds,” here are a few more things you should know.
- RPCS was the first girls’ school in Maryland to be awarded a Cum Laude chapter in 1963. RPCS has long been known as an academically rigorous institution with a strong and varied curriculum offering 19 Advanced Placement courses.
- RPCS is the first independent school to offer MATlab – an engineering computer language. Speaking of language, it is the only girls’ school in Maryland to offer Russian, Chinese and Arabic language courses. Furthermore, RPCS was a Beta test site for AP Chinese and AP Russian.
- In 2000, RPCS became the first girls’ school in Maryland to initiate a laptop program in Grades 7 – 12. RPCS made a commitment to integrate personal technology into the curriculum by implementing a one-to-one laptop program. RPCS was also the first school in Maryland to launch a tablet laptop program.
- RPCS was the first independent school in Baltimore named a Governor’s Green School and the first K-12 School in the United States to Join Healthful Schools Program for Protecting Health and the Environment. From composting and recycling in the Dining Hall to our science-based cleaning products RPCS works to educate the girls about the importance of sustainability and believes the best way to go about it is to set a good example. The RPCS Athletic Complex which opened in 2008 was awarded prestigious LEED© Gold Green Building Certification and contains a vegetative roof.
- RPCS was the first Maryland high school with a crew rowing tank, giving girls the opportunity to train on campus. The addition of the rowing tank has resulted in greater participation in the sport. In fact, RPCS has placed first in crew for the past several years and many of our graduates have gone on to crew in college.
- RPCS was the first independent school in Baltimore to have squash courts so that teams could practice at a convenient nearby location. The RPCS squash program is growing with many Middle School students now playing the game. RPCS Varsity Squash won the Mid Atlantic Tournament this year and the Middle School won the MS Squash B Division Championship.
- RPCS is the first school in Baltimore to train all of its faculty in teaching from a neurodevelopmental perspective through the Schools Attuned program. The teaching incorporates current brain research into classroom practice so faculty have a dual focus on the rigor and challenge of the content while working with each student in the act of learning.
- RPCS offers the first and only known Chess Club for girls in Lower School through its Kaleidoscope Lifelong Learning Program. Over 120 semester courses for all members of the greater Baltimore Community are offered in fall, spring and summer.
Are you a RPCS student, alum, parent or faculty/staff member? Leave a comment above about what you think people should know about your school.