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Southwest Baltimore Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 422 students

 

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Posted October 1, 2013

Love this school. They have a calm, peaceful, and professional atmosphere. My son a 6th. Grader. And he absolutely loves it. He never really fit in to public school curriculum. Here, he can be and think different and be rewarded for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

All of my children are well taught at SBCS!!! I really love the fact that they are a "hands on" school with lots of educational field trips for all grades. Since they have moved into their own building with the independence to expand to a higher level of classes (middle school), it has been a good transition and convenient for families with children in different grades. The curriculum is awesome, and the activities really attract and keep the children attention. They offer valuable information and resources for families. The school discipline level have decreased since the move, but it takes parent involvement to help get it back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

My son is in Kindergarten at SBCS. It is not only a fantastic City School, it is a fantastic school for any location. The staff they have is outstanding, the leadership is obviously great as turnover is next to nothing. Teachers happily greet all students daily - even ones who are not in their class. There is such a family atmosphere in the school that all the children want to do their best to please not only their actual family, but their school as well. The children are happy, well adjusted, respectful and learning so much! There are many opportunities for working parents to stay involved in their children's lives at SBSC. The communication between teachers and parents is what the parent makes it. If the parent makes the effort to be informed and become involved, they will know what is going on! Keep it up, SBCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

I love this school I think they should start teaching pre k. I cant wait till they get there own building
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

My daughter is attending kindergarten this year and she loves it. They have a well balanced curriculm that challenges while making it fun. My daughter is looking forward to first grade
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2008

My daughter will be going to first grade this August 2008. The teachers and the curriculumn were a good challenge for her. She's done very well. The downside is that the teacher-parent communication could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2008

This is a school striving for it all, a great education, excellent school spirit and camaraderie (amongst students as well as teachers), and to lift the neighborhood. Parents must become involved to fully experience the full effect. I would recommend this school to anyone. My son is loving it.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
36%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
<=5%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 87% 36%
White 11% 43%
Asian 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 12%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Fax number
  • (410) 244-0410

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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1300 Herkimer Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
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