The Community School strategy is a partnership facilitated by Family League together with Baltimore City Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office and Baltimore City Council.

A Community School (CS) is both a place and a set of strategic partnerships that promote student achievement, positive conditions for learning, and the well-being of families and communities.

 

The CS strategy is intentionally aligned with Out-Of-School Time (OST) programming. OST programs provide students with the opportunity to explore new ideas, build 21st century skills, find new talents, and experience success.

 

Through the work of a community-based partner, the Lead Agency (LA) leverages unique community resources to meet needs with a focus on children and families. A full-time Community School Coordinator (CSC) at each school coordinates resources and partnerships that transform a school into a hub of integrated service delivery, creating one seamless access point to critical supports.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ARE COMMUNITY HUBS

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PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS EVALUATION: A THREE-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE STUDY OF IMPLEMENTATIONS & RESULTS

In 2020, Family League commissioned Inciter to complete a three-year retrospective of its work in the City schools space. This report details findings from an evaluation conducted by Inciter of Family League-funded community schools in Baltimore City and school-specific programming including Out-of-School Time (OST) programs over three school years of implementation (School Year 2017-18, School Year 2018-19, and School Year 2019-20). Included in the evaluation are 44 community schools and 42 OST programs.

 

Key findings include:

OST programs are providing a safe and supportive environment for the students who attend them, based on the youth and school-age program quality assessment. Overall, students feel safe in their OST programs and report that their OST programs help them find better ways to fix their problems.

 

Chronic absenteeism, when examined by strength category, decreased among schools focused on Culturally Relevant programming, as well as Newcomer Integration.

 

Community Schools with strength in Early Childhood had the highest percentage of students demonstrating readiness in two of the three years of the evaluation period.

 

Rates of students not being promoted to the next grade generally improved over the evaluation period in all maturity categories and strength areas.

 

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IN BALTIMORE

Community Schools are guided by a bi-annual needs assessment and annually developed Action Plan, informed by the needs assessment, that is tailored to the unique needs of that school and identifies strategies for improvement in: Community Development, Family Engagement, Health and Social Supports, Youth Development, Enhanced Academics and Enrichment, and College and Career Readiness.

 

There are 44 Family League-funded Community Schools in Baltimore serving over 20,000 students in pre-kindergarten through high school.

 

BCPS # School ZIP code Phone Number Coordinator Lead Agency
220 +Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School
2601 Tolley Street
21230 410-396-3426 Liz Lounsbury Access Art, Inc.
251 +Callaway Elementary School
3701 Fernhill Avenue
21215 410-396-0604 Eric Campbell Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore
54 +Barclay Elementary/Middle School
2900 Barclay Street
21218 410-396-6387 Ebonee Nelson Child First Authority, Inc.
256 +Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School
5545 Kennison Ave *swing space
21215 410-396-0940 David Caldwell Child First Authority, Inc.
8 +City Springs Elementary/Middle School
100 S Caroline Street
21231 410-396-9165 Ahmad Collick Child First Authority, Inc.
61 +Dorothy I. Height Elementary School
2011 Linden Avenue
21217 410-396-0837 Porsche Johnson Child First Authority, Inc.
21 +Hilton Elementary School
3301 Carlisle Avenue
21216 410-396-0634 Geneen Godsey Child First Authority, Inc.
64 +Liberty Elementary School
3901 Maine Avenue
21207 410-396-0571 Magdalena Tsiongas Child First Authority, Inc.
142 +Robert W. Coleman Elementary School
2400 Windsor Avenue
21216 410-396-0764 Bertha Knight Child First Authority, Inc.
341 The REACH! Partnership School
2555 Harford Road (Fairmount-Harford Building)
21218 443-642-2291 Rhonda McKinney Civic Works, Inc.
164 +Arundel Elementary School
2400 Round Road
21225 410-396-1379 Tia Brisbon Elev8 Baltimore
159 ^Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School
801 Bridgeview Rd
21225 410-396-1392 George Buntin Elev8 Baltimore
97 +Collington Square Elementary/Middle School
1409 N. Collington Avenue
21213 410-396-9198 Stephanie Mack Elev8 Baltimore
28 +Sandtown-Winchester Achievement Academy
701 Gold Street
21217 410-396-0800 Norah Salamone Elev8 Baltimore
27 ^Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School
100 N Chester Street
21231 410-396-9300 Hannah Wallace JHU Center for Adolescent Health
211 +Gardenville Elementary School
5300 Belair Road
21206 410-396-6382 Harvey Miles Koinonia Baptist Church
234 +Arlington Elementary/Middle School
3705 W Rogers Avenue
21215 410-396-0567 Jimmy Mitchell Park Heights Renaissance, Inc.
223 +Pimlico Elementary/Middle School
4849 Pimlico Road
21215 410-396-0876 Malkia Pipkin Park Heights Renaissance, Inc.
327 +Patterson Park Public Charter School
27 N Lakewood Avenue
21224 410-558-1230 Liz Obara Patterson Park Public Charter School
237 Highlandtown #237 Elementary/Middle School
231 S Eaton Street
21224 443-642-2792 Dinora Mendoza Southeast Community Development Corporation
228 +John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School
6820 Fait Ave. *swing space
21224 410-396-9125 Margie Hatch Southeast Community Development Corporation
13 +Tench Tilman Elementary/Middle School
600 N Patterson Park Avenue
21205 410-396-9247 Rachel Kutler Southeast Community Development Corporation
214 +Guilford Elementary/Middle School
4520 York Road
21212 410-396-6358 Annie Weber Strong City Baltimore
53 +Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School
100 E 26th Street
21218 410-396-6509 Sabrinia Gay Strong City Baltimore
260 +Frederick Elementary School
2501 Frederick Avenue
21223 410-396-0830 Bon Secours Community Works
239 Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove
1201 Cambria Street
21225 410-396-1373 Kelly Oglesbee United Way of Central Maryland
130 +Booker T. Washington Middle School
1301 McCulloh Street
21217 410-396-7734 Mariel Pfister University of Maryland School of Social Work - Promise Heights
125 +Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue
21217 410-396-0882 Meaghan Tine University of Maryland School of Social Work - Promise Heights
122 +The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School
507 W Preston Street
21201 410-396-0783 Alexandra Gomez University of Maryland School of Social Work - Promise Heights
35 +Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
1401 W Lafayette Avenue
21217 410-396-0633 Danielle Harris University of Maryland School of Social Work - SWCOS
10 +James McHenry Elementary/Middle School
31 S Schroeder Street
21223 410-396-1621 Heidi Stevens University of Maryland School of Social Work - SWCOS
88 +Wildwood Elementary/Middle School
621 Wildwood Parkway
21229 410-396-0503 Oprah Keyes University of Maryland School of Social Work - SWCOS
23 +Wolfe Street Academy
245 S Wolfe Street
21231 410-396-9140 Leah Beachley University of Maryland School of Social Work - SWCOS
243 +Armistead Gardens Elementary/Middle School
5001 E Eager Street
21205 410-396-9090 Natasha Bentzen Y in Central Maryland
406 Forest Park High School
3701 Eldorado Avenue
21207 410-396-0753 Shanelle England Y in Central Maryland
85 +Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School
2710 E Hoffman Street
21213 410-396-9161 Justin Hunt Y in Central Maryland
450 Frederick Douglass High School
2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway
21217 410-396-7821 Y in Central Maryland
240 +Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle School
6300 O'Donnell Street
21224 410-396-9083 Anna Scribner Y in Central Maryland
229 +Holabird Elementary/Middle School
1500 Imla Street
21224 410-396-9086 Cynthia Rodriguez Y in Central Maryland
12 +Lakeland Elementary/Middle School
2921 Stranden Road
21230 410-396-1406 Ramona Dowdell Y in Central Maryland
105 +Moravia Park Elementary School
6201 Frankford Avenue (grades PK-2)
6001 Frankford Avenue (grades 3-5)
21206 410-396-9096 Renee McNair Y in Central Maryland
405 Patterson High School
100 Kane Street
21224 410-396-9276 Andrew Mitchell Y in Central Maryland
419 Reginald F. Lewis High School
6401 Pioneer Drive
21214 410-545-1746 Kenya Smith Y in Central Maryland
51 +Waverly Elementary/Middle School
3400 Ellerslie Ave.
21218 410-396-6394 Catrina Springer Y in Central Maryland

OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME PROGRAMS

In the Baltimore Community School Strategy, there is intentional alignment between Community Schools and Out of School time (OST). There are 46 Family League-funded OST programs attached to community schools serving over 3,000 students in pre-kindergarten through high school. When youth participate in high quality school or community-based Out of School Time (OST) programs, they are likely to benefit in a myriad of ways. They explore new interests, develop positive relationships with peers and caring adults, receive academic support, take on challenging leadership roles and build a sense of self-esteem.

 

Family League funded comprehensive OST programs operate at minimum 12 hours per week and have an appropriate 15:1 student to staff ratio. Youth participating in these programs have access to nutritious supper/snack, diverse enrichments (STEM, art, sports etc.) and academic enrichment. In addition, families are engaged in multiple ways including attending academic workshops, student showcases and volunteering. Finally, all programs participate in Continuous Quality improvement processes through Weikart’s Center for Youth Program Quality.

RESOURCES

RESOURCES & REMINDERS

This monthly newsletter provides updates and connects our Community Schools and OST partners with useful resources.

 

BALTIMORE CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS STEERING COMMITTEE

Family League, along with Baltimore City Public Schools(“City Schools”), co-chairs the Community School Steering Committee as a group assembled to oversee the formal designation process, partnership development, conflict resolution and evaluation of Community Schools.

 

Upcoming Meetings:

Quarterly Community School Steering Committee Meeting

Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members, attendees, and partners is paramount. Due to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Community Steering Committee Meeting scheduled for March 25th was postponed and will be held virtually on April 1st at 10 am. Those interested in attendance should contact Khalilah Slater Harrington, Chief Program Officer.

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 4:00PM.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 4:00PM

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 4:00PM

 

Past Minute Meetings

Minutes from the September 2019 and postponed December 2019 meetings of the Baltimore City Community Schools Steering Committee will be available soon.

 

December 9, 2020

 

April 1, 2020

 

January 29, 2020

 

June 20, 2019

The Community School strategy is a partnership facilitated by Family League together with Baltimore City Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office and Baltimore City Council. A Community School (CS) is both a place and a set of strategic partnerships that promote student achievement, positive conditions for learning, and the well-being of families and communities.

 

The CS strategy is intentionally aligned with Out-Of-School Time (OST) programming. OST programs provide students with the opportunity to explore new ideas, build 21st century skills, find new talents, and experience success.

 

Through the work of a community-based partner, the Lead Agency (LA) leverages unique community resources to meet needs with a focus on children and families. A full-time Community School Coordinator (CSC) at each school coordinates resources and partnerships that transform a school into a hub of integrated service delivery, creating one seamless access point to critical supports.