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At ConneXions School for the Arts, students in grades 6-12 experience a rigorous academic and visual/performing arts curriculum in a culturally relevant, safe, and respectful learning environment. ConneXions’ staff commits to working collaboratively and creatively towards a student-centered pedagogy that embraces the whole child and transforms students into artist scholars who excel in both academic and arts disciplines. Artist scholars will emerge into the global community with cultural awareness, a community-centered perspective, and the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently succeed and compete in college, work, and life in the 21st century.


Our mission is to cultivate academic and artistic excellence, cultural identity, and community awareness in our students.


Ustadh Ismail teaching some of his students at ConneXions

ConneXions School for the Arts (#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 335 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 Drama, African Dance, Modern Dance, and African Drum in addition to the Visual Arts of Painting/ Drawing, Printmaking, Design, Audio Visual and Photography. The Performing Arts Travel Squad 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.

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