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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost is $15.00 and includes a follow-up "Epilogue"
to the original broadcast describing some of City Springs'
City Springs School (#8)
100 South Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (410) 396-9165
Fax: (410) 396-9113
Rhonda Richetta, Principal