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Afya Public Charter Middle School

Charter | 6-8 | 348 students

Afya is best known for our focus on academic, physical, and emotional health
 
 

 
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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 21, 2014

Afya is awesome. The teachers really care and they are always accessible to parents at any time. The curriculum is geared to each student and parents are always kept abreast of their child's progress! I wish they would hurry and add a high school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

I can't say enough about this school my son had been here for all three as of this schools the staff ther are phenomenal. Mrs Siao especially. You have access to tthe teachers any time. The part I love is they don't just criticize they inform you when your child is doing well. The teachers really put their all into these kids and you don't find that in to many schools anymore. My daughter has been accepted there and I wouldn't want her to go to any other school. Thank you Afya!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

This school is Awesome. My daughter has excelled all around. The school offers several clubs and a free after school program. They monitor the students fitness progress at the beginning and end of each school year. The academics is very challenging. Proud Afya Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2012

Afya public charter school is a great middle school located in northeast baltimore. the school offers excellent academics, a greate physical education program every day, and excellent dedicated teachers. My son is in the 7th grade at Afya and he is doing great. I have access to his teachers at all times via emails or their personal cell phones. He has an excellent math teacher in ms Bowman and the principal and all staff are great. 95% of the 8th grade graduates from Afya have been accepted at city wide school (poly, city college high school, Dunbar, Cristo Rey, Mervo etc) I love Afya and would advise any parent lookin for a quality middle centered on excellence to try Afya.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

Afya is a great school! My daughter began the 6th grade there (the first ever class of Afya) and has done wonderfully academically. She's been on the Honor Roll every semester, scored in the 95% range on the State standarized test and won awards in the National Academic League. I believe Afya helped her achieve all that. My daughter was accepted to City College and she has classmates going to Poly, Western and other acclaimed high schools. Yes, Afya stresses health and fitness but their staff and academic programs are AWESOME as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

My son has only been at Afya for 2 months, but so far I have to say it is a very loving and caring school. The level of physical activity (lots of it every day) is perfect for my son, but I think that all middle school children would benefit from this. They understand that each child is different and work with them to achieve their best. The teachers may not have a lot of years of experience, but they have a lot of commitment. I am very happy that we have found this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

Afya is a very good school they treat everyone fairly. They dont just choose one child and say "oh shes a faliure i cant help her" They make sure the student gets the help they need. Make afya your choice
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2010

I find the review submitted by the "student" very untrue. I have volunteered at Afya off and on for the last 2 years and have seen nothing but students engaged in learning, having fun, and teachers who would give anything to see their students' succeed. I suggest anyone who wants to see a quality middle school in Baltimore City to stop by Ayfa or just compare their MSA scores to any other middle school.


Posted July 21, 2010

My son started Afya this past School year, and we both love it. I love the fact that the kids don't have to wait in order to have some sort of physical activity. They get to release that energy everyday, which then gives them the opportunity to focus on their school work. My son is doing great academically as well. All of his grades were 90 or above. I am so happy that we chose Afya!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

I don't like this school. The teachers are uncaring and very unfair. They treat one student better than the other. I have been attending Afya for 2 years now and i will be soon transferring too another school because of the unfairness and the lack of respect. The teachers don't really help a student in a subject if they know you need it. Also what i do like about this school is that the students are very nice and they also have some pretty awesome clubs that you can attend. But be warned of what you have to go through before you let your child attend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2010

My son started at Afya this year in and is in the 6th grade. He loves this school!! They focus on health and fitness. My son needs to stay active so it is a nice fit. They have PE everyday instead of PE once every two weeks like my younger son's elementry school in Baltimore City. The teachers are caring and well prepared and very responsive. Living in Baltimore City, it was a hard choice to find a great Middle school. We searched and attended many open houses. We are glad we ended up with Afya!!
—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 68% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 63% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 59% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 96% 35%
Hispanic 2% 12%
White 1% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 48%N/A51%
Female 52%N/A49%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • Debate
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Katie Marts
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (410) 485-0720

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • YMCA
  • Belair-Edison Neighborhood Inc
  • NFL Play 60
  • Park School of Baltimore
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Debate
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Academic League
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
108
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
300
Students typically come from these schools
Brehms Lane Elementary School
Sinclair Lane Elementary School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
City College High School
Dunbar High School
National Academy Foundation
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2800 Brendan Ave
Baltimore, MD 21213
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Phone: (410) 485-2102

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