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City Springs School

BCP assumed operation of City Springs School in 1996 when the school became one of Baltimore’s first New Schools Initiative (NSI) schools. As an NSI school, the chaotic atmosphere of City Springs was dramatically transformed into a productive and nurturing learning environment. The school quickly gained national recognition for its impressive academic gains.

City Springs School serves 561 students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. In 2005, the school completed its conversion from an elementary school to a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school – adding grade eight in 2005. Ninety-nine percent of the student body is African American, and 9.8 percent receive special education services. As a Title I school, 87.2% of the students are eligible for free/reduced price meals.

In February 2001, City Springs became only the second school in Baltimore's history to be removed from the Maryland State Department of Education's so-called "Recon List" of failing schools. Like all BCP Schools, City Springs began as a neighborhood school and continues to serve the population in its zone.

In 2005, BCP converted City Springs into a charter school.

City Springs Partners

  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • East Baltimore Mental Health Partnership
  • Johns Hopkins Institutions
  • Living Classrooms Foundation
  • Maryland Food Bank food pantry program
  • University of Baltimore School of Law Truancy Court Program

The Battle of City Springs Video

In September 1999, PBS broadcast "The Battle of City Springs," which documented some of the early challenges facing City Springs on its road to transformation and eventual success. A copy of this video can be purchased from BCP by calling 410-235-0015, or by e-mailing us at bcpinfo@baltimorecp.org. The cost is $15.00 and includes a follow-up "Epilogue" to the original broadcast describing some of City Springs' recent achievements.

City Springs School (#8)
100 South Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (410) 396-9165
Fax: (410) 396-9113
Rhonda Richetta, Principal



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