Wolfe Street Academy
A Baltimore City Public School with Conversion Charter Status and
a long term member of the Baltimore Community School Strategy
Wolfe Street Academy is a Community School and Conversion Charter School operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project. We serve students and their families in the Upper Fells Point neighborhood, providing high quality academic programming and helping families develop resources that allow them to overcome barriers to success.
Our school serves over 200 students from Pre-K to 5th grade on a site that has housed a succession of public schools since 1852. The buildings have changed but these schools have always served the most recent immigrant population who seek new and better lives in Baltimore. Over 80% of our students speak a language other than English at home and 96% of our students come from low-income households.
What is a Conversion Charter School?
In Maryland all charter schools are public schools but there are two basic types of charter schools, completely new charters and conversion charters. Both are afforded more flexibility and site-based management of budgets, curriculum and professional development. Both are required to follow all Maryland public school law, including the use of the local teachers' union.
A Conversion Charter School is a school that used to be a traditional public school which, at some point, sought the responsibility and right to take on the greater independence of charter status. But, unlike other charters who fill all seats by lottery, Conversion Charters maintain the enrollment zone that they previously served as a traditional school, serving all students in their zone regardless of lottery timelines. As a Conversion Charter School, once we have served all in-zone students, we can then fill empty seats through a lottery.
What is a Community School?
Community Schools are a strategy to ensure that students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. They are a place, and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.
A Community School's integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to:
Community Schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone.