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Independence School Local I High School

1300 W 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211


School leader:

Ayanna McLean

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Independence High School Local 1 is a small public charter school located in the heart of the Hampden community. Founded in 2004, Independence School opened with the commitment of cultivating a nurturing and challenging 21st-century learning environment. Through project-based learning experiences, students deepen their understanding of content, develop their sense of citizenship, and prepare for college and career. Through academic conversations, small group instruction, and field experiences, our learning environment appeals to both the hands-on and the self-directed learner. Partnerships with local universities support our students with dual enrollment and internships. (Note: During the portfolio review in the 2017-18 school year, Independence School Local I received a one-year conditional renewal of its charter. On March 12, 2019, the Board voted to renew the charter for the balance of a three-year term, to end on June 30, 2021.)


Academic Approach

  • Project-based learning

Enrichment and Support


  • Community school