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 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. Please read the Annual Review Report linked below to learn more about this.

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). 

2023-24 Annual Review

On January 23rd, the Board of School Commissioners voted on the 2023-24 Annual Review recommendations. To learn the details about the recommendations, please review the full report linked above or each school’s individual report linked in the table below. Please see letters communicating different parts of the process and other ways for school communities to engage.   

In February, the Board will issue a written report documenting COMAR decisions to close and combine schools.  For COMAR decisions, members of the public can appeal in writing to the Maryland State Board of Education within 30 days of the final COMAR report being issued. All reports will be shared on this website. If applicable, copies of the written report will also be available at related school listed in the table below. 

 The Annual Review process includes reviews of our traditional schools and their facilities, as well as operator renewal, which is a review of contract schools run by outside entities, such as charter, transformation, or contract operators. For more information, please visit our operator renewal webpage.

School / Building

Program Recommendation

Building Recommendation

COMAR report (applicable only for recommendations for closure, surplus or relocation)

Community Letter/How to Engage

Outcome

Board Vote

Schools Proposed for Combining and Closure 

 

 

Bluford Drew
Jemison STEM
Academy West

Close and combine high school program with Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts in summer 2024. Support middle school students in choosing another school for school year 2024-25

n/a 

Report | Spanish

Letter

Approved

 In favor: 7 

Opposed: 0 

Absent: 2 

Abstain: 1 

Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts

Combine high school program with Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West

n/a

Report | Spanish

Letter

Approved

See above

Charm City Virtual Program

Combine with Port Virtual Program into one school serving 6th through 12th grade in summer 2024. (Note: the grade reconfiguration is a CEO decision; the Board will vote on converting both programs into one school.)     

n/a

n/a

Letter

Spanish Letter

Approved

In favor: 7 

Opposed: 2 

Absent: 1 

Board Decision Letter

Carta de Decisión de la Junta en español

PORT Virtual Program

Combine with Charm City Virtual Program into one school serving 6th through 12th grade in summer 2024. (Note: the grade reconfiguration is a CEO decision; the Board will vote on converting both programs into one school.)    

n/a

n/a

Letter

Spanish Letter

Approved

In favor: 7 

Opposed: 2 

Absent: 1 

Board Decision Letter

Carta de Decisión de la Junta en español

21st Century Building Plan Amendments

 

 

Southeast Middle
building

n/a

Change surplus
date from 2025 to
2026

Report | Spanish

Letter | Spanish

Approved

In favor: 8 

Opposed: 2 

Absent: 2 

Other School Communities that may be impacted by recommendations

School

School/Building w/Related Recommendation

COMAR report (applicable only for recommendations for closure, surplus, or relocation)

Community Letter/How to Engage

Booker T. Washington Middle School

Proposed middle school receiving school for Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West 

Report | Spanish

Letter

Empowerment Academy

Proposed middle school receiving school for Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West

Report | Spanish

Letter 

Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School

Proposed middle school receiving school for Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West

Report | Spanish

Letter

Operator Renewal

School

Renewal Recommendation

Community Letter

Renewal Reports

School Effectiveness Review

Board vote

Baltimore International Academy West

3-year renewal

Letter

Report | Spanish

School Effectiveness Review

Green Street
Academy

5-year renewal

Letter

Report | Spanish

School Effectiveness Review

KIPP Harmony
Academy

3-year renewal

Letter

Report | Spanish

School Effectiveness Review