Baltimore City Public School System, Maryland

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Baltimore City Public School System is a school district in Maryland.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Maryland school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated July 30, 2012.

The good

  • Current budget information is available, as is information on the upcoming budget.[1]
  • School board meeting schedule [2] and minutes are available.[3]
  • General contact information is available for the district administration.[4]
  • Academic performance and testing information is available. [5]
  • Vendor contract information is available. [6]
  • Teacher contracts are posted. [7]

The bad

  • Individual contact information for school board members is not available. [8]
  • Information regarding background checks is not available.
  • Information on accessing public records is not posted on the website.
  • Information on local tax dollars is not available.
  • Although there is an audit office, the results of audits are not posted on the district website.[9]


Baltimore City Public School System publishes its annual budget on its website.[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $642,893,116 48.6% $307,806,236 23.3% $338,594,374 25.6% $21,432,573 1.6% $12,502,528 0.9% $1,323,228,827
Averages: $642,893,116 49% $307,806,236 23% $338,594,374 26% $21,432,573 2% $12,502,528 1% $1,323,228,827

Academic performance

Maryland measures academic progress each year by administering the Maryland School Assessment, the Alternate Maryland School Assessment (for students with disabilities), and the Maryland High School Assessments.[11]

HSA performance

The chart below details the percentage passing the following subjects:[12]

Grade Overall Algebra Biology English Government
Grade 12 99.7% 71.9 % 64% 73.0% 83.3%
Grade 11 69.8% 68.5% 62.2% 65% 77.1%
Grade 10 74.7% 64.3% 75% 55.1% 66%

MSA performance

The chart below details the percentage passing the following subjects:[13]

Grade Math Reading Science
Grade 8 39.2% 61.6% 32.1%
Grade 7 44% 65.8% -
Grade 6 58.1% 68.4% -
Grade 5 74.6% 82.3% 36.6%
Grade 4 83.4% 77.9% -
Grade 3 78% 76.7% -


Charter, information and transformation schools

Charter schools

Baltimore City Schools conducts a High School Choice process each fall where 8th grade students rank the high schools they would like to attend. There is an annual High School Fair that showcases all of the options for rising 9th graders. All high schools, including charter, innovation, and transformation schools, utilize this process for their 9th grade students.[14]

Below is a list of Baltimore City Charter Schools:

City Spring School (preK-8)
Wolfe Street Academy (preK-5)
Dr. Rayner Browne Academy (preK-8)
Hampstead Hill Academy (preK-8)
Rosemont (preK-8)
Collington Square School (preK-8)
Empowerment Academy (preK-8)
Midtown Academy (K-8)
The Crossroads School (6-8)
KIPP Ujima Academy (5-8)
ConneXions (6-12)
City Neighbors Charter (K-8)
Patterson Park (K-8)
Southwest Charter (K-5)
Inner Harbor East (Pre-K-7)
Northwood Appold Community Academy (K-5)
MATHS (Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences) (6-11)
The Green School (K-5)
Independence School Local 1 (9-12)
Bluford Drew Jemison MST (6-8)
Baltimore International Academy (K-7)
Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School (preK-5)
Afya Public Charter School (6-7)
City Neighbors Hamilton (K-3)
KIPP Harmony (K)
Baltimore Freedom Academy (6-12)
Coppin Academy (9-12)

Innovation schools

Baltimore City Schools led a reform effort in 2001 to redesign, transform, and revitalize Baltimore’s neighborhood high schools. This reform created six new small, independent schools. Two of the six created schools converted to charter schools. Each Innovation High School is operated by a non-profit governing board with the authority to oversee the implementation of the school’s approved model. Innovation High Schools have no entrance criteria and admit students through a lottery. The remaining innovation schools are: the Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE) (9-12), the Baltimore Talent Development (9-12) and Renaissance (9-12).[14]

Transformation schools

Transformation Schools are a direct response to changing secondary education in Baltimore. Six Transformation schools opened in 2008. Baltimore City Schools will open up to 24 Transformation Schools over the next four years. The schools will serve grades 6 through 12 and will be operated by experienced, independent education entities. Each school will have a specific theme and a unique curriculum and will either focus on college, career, or alternative programming. Transformation Schools have no entrance criteria and admit students through a lottery.[14]
Friendship Academy of Science & Technology (6-7, 9-10)
Friendship Academy of Engineering & Technology (6-7, 9-10)
REACH! Partnership (6,7 & 9, 10)
KASA (6,7 & 9,10)
CIVITAS (6,7 & 9,10)
Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (6)
NACA Freedom and Democracy II (6,9)
Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West (6)
Baltimore Liberation Diploma Plus High School (Ages 15-21)
Baltimore Antioch Diploma Plus High School (Ages 15-21)
Baltimore Community School (Ages 14-21)
New Era Academy (6 & 9-12)

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