Moravia Park Elementary is located on a multi-acre site off Frankford Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. Moravia Park Elementary currently has an enrollment of 1,020 students. The campus is made up of grades pre-k to 5. Also on the lower campus is a multi-room portable that houses an early childhood center. Additional demographic data about students and teachers is available at the site of the Maryland State Report Card: (http://mdreportcard.org/Demographics.aspx?K=300105&WDATA=School#enrollment).
Moravia Park Elementary is a school-wide Title I school with 94% of the student population meeting income criteria for Title I funding. The special education population is 15%, and the school offers several specialized education programs. Twenty-percent of the school’s students are English learners, and the diverse student population represents more than 20 countries and 26 spoken languages.
Southwest Baltimore Charter School (SBCS) was founded in 2005 by a group of parents and teachers who wanted to broaden the academic and social horizons of their Southwest Baltimore neighborhood, home to three of the lowest performing schools in Baltimore City. The initiative began with 60 children, in kindergarten and grade 1, who were taught in a few classrooms on the third floor of an underused elementary school. Today, Southwest Baltimore Charter School serves 425 K-8 students in its own building, with a mission to achieve authentic academic success by harnessing the kindness, cooperation, and trust of faculty, family, and community.
The school’s families are culturally and economically diverse and its students bring a variety of extraordinary talents and complex educational needs. The staff and faculty are driven to meet each child where he/she is and to move all children forward, in the belief that every child has the ability and deserves the opportunity to learn to think critically and communicate effectively. Expeditionary Learning, the school’s design model, teaches children to become critical thinkers by diving deeply into many subjects. Academic classes supported by field research and work with outside experts make learning challenging, exciting, and fun. At Southwest Baltimore Charter School, the arts and outdoor education receive the same rigorous attention as literacy, math, social studies, and science. Inside and outside the classroom, our students are encouraged to make well considered intrinsically motivated choices that lead to positive and productive action and relationships.
Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School is located in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood of South Baltimore. The school serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade 8, with an early learning program for 3-year-olds. The average class size is 23 students and all classes are taught by teachers who meet the “Highly Qualified” standards required under the No Child Left Behind Act. The school building was partially renovated in 2008, including the addition of a state-of-the-art computer lab and science lab. New computers were purchased for the computer lab and for every classroom in 2010 and 2011. A new playground was built in 2011.
In addition to the core subjects of reading, math, science, and social studies, which all students receive, the following classes and programs are also available:
Spanish, art, computers & technology, instrumental music (band and strings), physical education, dance, drama, algebra, robotics, advanced literature, and reading and math academies. There are also numerous extra-curricular programs, activities and events.