People have had mixed feelings about this school but i can tell you that after 3 years at that school we could not have been happier. This is a really good school, there is not need to send your little ones to another school, they will succeed at federal hill prep.
My school is an undiscovered gem in Baltimore. It is as close to a private school as you can get and still be public and free! We are small in size but large in accomplishments. We are teaching an urban population to become a global society. We not only touch the future we shape the future.
My children have excelled at this school. My oldest child has scored in the 99th percentile in Math on standardized test and high in reading too. My youngest has thrived in this school in terms of behavior and learning in a way he didn't when he went to a private preschool.
Federal Hill Prep is a great community school! I confess we were considering other options given what we'd seen and heard about the direction the school had taken, but with the new principal starting in 2013, the school has really changed for the better. I can see that our child is learning a great deal, and the teachers are passionate about their jobs and are very caring. Overall I notice an environment that fosters curiosity and creativity. And the very strong PTO and community involvement really makes the school welcoming. Plus, the school is so small it seems that teachers and staff know each and every student. Finally, they have a great deal of activities that make school fun: from the Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast, to Science Night, Bingo and more. I would recommend this school; a hidden gem.
Federal Hill Prep is a great place. We recently moved to Baltimore and have been extremely happy with the number of cultural activities, field trips and education opportunities that have been made available to our students. The teachers and administrators care about the success of each student and will listen to and address any concerns you have with instruction, environment, staff, etc. And they are getting a salad bar! It's a great environment with great teachers, students, parents and leadership.
I have two kids at Federal Hill Prep, and have been thrilled with the school. A new principal started in Sept 2013, and she is outstanding. I've also been very impressed by all the teachers my kids have had thus far. The school has done a suberb job rolling out the new common core curriculum this year. Federal Hill Prep takes a whole child approach, and recognizes that academics, while important, are only one part of a child's education. The school emphasizes arts integration and has great music and physical education programs as well. There's a well organized afterschool enrichment program, with a coordinator who arranges for programs such as language classes, yoga, art and various sports. The student body is very diverse, with kids from many race/ethnicities and income levels. The school only goes up to grade 5 now, so doesn't have the problems that come with middle school students. Federal Hill Prep partners with Experience Corp to bring more adults into the classrooms, and also has a coach from the Playworks program. My kids are thriving at Federal Hill Prep, both academically and socially, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Great school in a Great neighborhood very happy with staff/teachers/principal our child is happy and learning every single day, would like to recommend this school.
New Principal does a great job! School is changing for good, we have been very happily surprised by the new changes. School is in good hands.
The school is very poorly managed and operated. I feel sorry for the kids that are sent to this school with such a poor environment and a principal that doesn't take the time out of her day to call back, when messages are left.
I wish i can say that the school is good ,I have two kids in there my doughter was facing a bulling kids there ,and no action from the school to stop the bulling kids ,
I am very pleased with Federal Hill Prep this year. I have been a parent at Federal Hill Prep for 6 years so I have experienced the ups and downs over the past few years first hand. The changes in administration 3 years ago negatively effected the morale of the school and changed the curriculum by removing the Advanced Academic program. The new Principal is embracing the Common Core Curriculum and is moving the school forward in academics, morale, and in physical improvements to the school. Yes, there have been some additional rules placed on uniforms and visitation to the building, but these have been put in place to increase the safety of our children and to add structure to a program that had become lax over the past few years. I see the school returning to its former position as a great public school option for city residents.
I am a parent my girls have been going here for three years now I love the school and most of the teachers the principle I do not care for she is very mean and does not know how to talk to the children she has a very belittling demeanor about her my first issue with her is the children cant wear boots lady really its winter then they cant wear colorful stockings and they cant wear sweaters if no logo it winter kids get sick miss days then questions about wear they are. the last straw was combing the forth grade he is a young teacher most of the kids do not listen to him which will cause students to fall back that want to learn it is over thirty students in the class very disappointed my oldest daughter honor roll two years straight now her grades are dropping very disappointing I WILL BE CALLING THE SCHOOL BOARD
FHP is a pre-k thorugh 5th grade school in the heart of Baltimore City. With caring teachers and a very active PTO, it is a great local public school choice for parents choosing to stay living in the city.
I'm very disappointed in this school's decline. The new administration does not respond to parent concerns in the upper grades and many family who could leave have. Many teacher are very good but some are poor and the risk just isn't worth it in the upper grades. But the lower grade teachers are awesome! The principal does not seem to understand what it means to be an elementary school administrator and the test scores show it. My kids will not be back next year.
I have been more than pleased with the kindergarden program. My daughter loves the school and the teachers. The principal is very involved in the classrooms and always willing to talk to parents.
When we moved to Baltimore last summer, I almost chose to live in the suburbs to make sure my child could go to a great school. I'm so glad that someone told me about Federal Hill Prep! I have been amazed with this school! Amazing principle, teachers, and huge parent involvement. I would say it feels more like a private school education, minus the expense. My daughter has thrived in this environment and is now reading far above her grade level and loves learning here. Federal Hill is a great area and will continue to thrive with this level of commitment to its schools and neighborhood. We pay more to live here, but it is worth it to know that my kids can for sure attend this great school.
FHPS has a dynamic new principal who is keeping all of the best and reforming the rest. Federal Hill has always been one of the best school in South Baltimore and now Ms. Barnes is ready to shake off the dust and bring the school to the next level. This is a safe, rigorous, engaging neighborhood school with a caring staff and great facilities.
My observations as a parent are consistent with the MSA results: a slightly worse than average city school, a moderately worse than average Maryland school. #584 out of 831. http://www.schooldigger.com/go/MD/schoolrank.aspx?sortexp=LCITY&sortdir=a&findletter=B
I love Federal Hill Elementary because the staff is caring and understand the needs of our kids. My son grades have improved and he is now on hornor roll. I rate this school a five star:) Keep up the good work Federal Hill
This is one of the best schools in Baltimore City. The Principal is a no nonsense type of woman. She is firm and lovable. She runs a tight ship. The students are thriving. The PTO is excellent. My son is an honor student. Test scores are pretty goo. It's a multi cultural school. You have Black, White, Asian , and many students from other countries like Turkey, Greece, Ethopia and more, I LOVE THIS SCHOOL.
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