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Annual Review

From a Portfolio Review to an Annual Review of Schools

City Schools’ primary goal is to make sure that every student has high–quality educational experiences that support their learning and their personal growth where our students will thrive and graduate from our high schools with the skills, knowledge and understanding to succeed in college, careers, our community and wherever their dreams will take them.  

For over a decade, City Schools has used a “portfolio” strategy to review, discuss, plan, and implement recommendations for physical and programmatic developments that best foster student learning and professional growth and have called this process “Portfolio Review.”

Words can be important indicators of what we value. While numeric data is an important component, consideration of the qualitative and lived experience of our school communities is essential to co-create quality schools for every child. Given we value a holistic approach we have decided not to call this process “Portfolio Review” any longer and for now are calling it the “Annual School Review”. We have also continued to expand and shift the review process to be more inclusive and centered in the communities we serve. To learn more about this – place read the Annual Review Report linked below.

The Annual Review results in a set of recommendations to the Board of School Commissioners each fall that can include: 
- Creating new traditional schools
- Relocating schools
- Changing grade configuration at schools
- Renewing contracts or charters for schools run by external operators
- Amending the 21st Century Schools Buildings Program
- Closing schools

To see this year’s recommendations, please review the summary table below and select the Annual Review Report link for details on this year’s process, ongoing work of the district that impacts all of our schools, and reports for COMAR recommendations (or recommendations that are for closure, surplus, or relocation). 

View the report

2021-22 Final Report

in English

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2021-22 Final Report Addendum

in English

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Annual Review Recommendations Report

2021-22

View the report

2021-22 Final Report

in Spanish

View the report

2021-22 Final Report Addendum

in Spanish

View the report

Annual Review Recommendations Report (Spanish)

2021-22

2021-22 review

On January 11 and 25, the Board of School Commissioners voted on the 2021-22 Annual Review Recommendations Report. A summary of the recommendations and votes appears below.

The Board of School Commissioners issued a written report documenting the decision to surplus the George W.F. McMechen building on February 8, 2022. The report can be found on this webpage and at the George W.F. McMechen High School building. Members of the public can appeal this decision in writing to the Maryland State Board of Education within 30 days of the date of the report, February 8. Appeals can be sent to Office of the Attorney General, Maryland State Department of Education, Attn: Jackie La Fiandra/State Board of Appeals, 200 St. Paul Place, 19th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. 

School / Building Program Recommendation Building Recommendation Final Report Community Letter Outcome Board Vote
Closures and Building Surplus    
Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary School #250 Original Recommendation: Close effective summer 2022 Original Recommendation: Surplus in summer 2022 n/a n/a Updated Recommendation: Rescinded recommendation n/a
Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School #11 Close effective Summer 2022 Surplus in Summer 2022 Final Report Addendum 
(pg.8)
Letter Approve with modification: close at end of 2022-23 school year In Favor-7 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-2
Steuart Hill Academic Academy #04 Close effective Summer 2022 Surplus in Summer 2022 Final Report Addendum 
(pg.17)
Letter Approve with modification: close at end of 2022-23 school year In Favor-8 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-1
Closure and Retain Building     
New Era Academy  Close effective summer 2023  Retain building  Final Report Addendum (pg.26) Letter Approve In Favor-7 Absent- Abstain- Opposed-2
School Relocation, Retain Building    
Claremont School Relocate program to new 21st century space on the Patterson High School campus Retain building n/a Letter Approved In Favor-9 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Building Surplus    
George W.F. McMechen High School n/a Surplus in summer 2022  Final Report 
(pg.7)
Letter Approved In Favor-9 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
21st Century Building Plan Amendments    
Dr. Carter G. Woodson building  n/a  Remove from Exhibit 6 and retain building n/a  Letter Approved In Favor-9 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Thurgood Marshall building n/a  Change surplus date from 2023 to 2025 on Exhibit 6 n/a Letter Approved In Favor-9 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
West Baltimore building n/a Add to Exhibit 6 and surplus in Spring 2022 n/a North Bend Community Letter Approved In Favor-9 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Other School Communities that may be impacted by recommendations
School School/Building w/Related Recommendation Final Report Community Letter/How to Engage
Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove New Era Academy Final Report Addendum (pg.26) Letter
Digital Harbor High School New Era Academy Final Report Addendum (pg.26) Letter
Dorothy I. Height Elementary School  Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School Final Report Addendum (pg.8)  Letter
Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School  Steuart Hill Academic Academy  Final Report Addendum (pg.17) Letter
Frederick Elementary School Steuart Hill Academic Academy  Final Report Addendum 
(pg.17)
Letter
Furman Templeton Preparatory Academy Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School  Final Report Addendum (pg.8) Letter
Harford Heights Elementary School Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr. Elementary School n/a Letter
Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School, The  Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School  Final Report Addendum (pg.8) Letter
Johnston Square Elementary School Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr. Elementary School  n/a Letter

2021-22 Operator Renewal Recommendations

School Renewal Recommendation Final Community Letter Final Renewal Report School Effectiveness Review Outcome Board Votes
Baltimore Design School 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved In Favor-9 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved  In Favor-9 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
The Belair-Edison School 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved with conditions In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
City Neighbors Charter School 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved with conditions
 
In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
City Neighbors Hamilton 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved In Favor-7 Absent-1 Abstain-1 Opposed-0
City Springs Elementary/ Middle School 3-year renewal Letter (Spanish) Report Review Approved
 
In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
ConneXions: A Community-Based Arts School 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved with conditions
 
In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Creative City Public Charter School 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved with conditions In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved
 
In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Frederick Elementary School     3-year renewal Letter (Spanish) Report Review Approved
 
In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved
 
In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
The Green School of Baltimore 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved
 
In Favor-8 Absent-1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0
Independence School Local I 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Denied: Non-renew and close at the end of the 2021-22 school year
 
In Favor-6 Absent-0 Abstain-0 Opposed-2
Southwest Baltimore Charter School 3-year renewal Letter Report Review Approved
 
In Favor-8 Absent 1 Abstain-0 Opposed-0

 

What factors are considered when making recommendations about schools or programs?

For traditional schools, the Board must consider 8 factors: student enrollment trends; age and condition of school buildings; transportation; educational programs; racial composition of student body; financial considerations; student relocation; and impact on community in geographic attendance area for school proposed to be closed and school or schools, to which students will be relocating. For more information please read the Annual Review Report linked above. Charter and other operator-led schools go through a separate review prior to renewal of contracts with external operators. For more information on this process see “Charter and Operator Renewal” section below and the Annual Review Report linked above.

What kind of recommendations are made about school buildings?

Recommendations about buildings can include things like moving a school to another facility or returning an unused building to the city of Baltimore. Factors including whether schools are too crowded, have low enrollment and are under-utilized, and building condition are considered. Frequently, these types of recommendations are related to the 21st Century School Buildings Program.

Find out more about renewal

Charter and Operator Renewal