The Baltimore School for the Arts has taught such famous students as Jada Pinkett Smith and Tupac Shakur. But, in addition to possible stardom, the diverse high school also prepares students for the academic rigors of top universities. The public arts high school is highly selective, with only 10 percent of applicants gaining admission after rigorous auditions. The students and faculty study visual arts, music, theater or dance and constantly look for ways to share their work with the public. "It's a creative environment that inspires me daily," one employee wrote.
In this photo: Samantha Ordaz leads a freshman dance class at the Baltimore School for the Arts.