Hampstead Hill Academy Exterior

Hampstead Hill Academy (HHA) is one of the Baltimore Curriculum Project’s (BCP) oldest and top-performing neighborhood conversion charter schools. BCP began working with HHA in 1996. When the Maryland charter law was established in 2003, HHA became one of the first conversion charter schools in Baltimore City–and is one of Maryland’s highest-achieving charter schools and one of the top public schools in Baltimore City.

HHA recently received an eight-year renewal term as a public charter school by unanimous vote by the Board of School Commissioners, Baltimore City Public Schools. Read more about this impressive achievement.

Hampstead Hill Leadership

Matt Hornbeck

Matt Hornbeck

Principal for 20 years at HHA

Mike Lucas

Mike Lucas

Assistant Principal, Levels 5 – 8; Chair, Diversity and Equity Committee

Amata Anderson

Amata Anderson

Assistant Principal, Levels PreK -1

Fanta Kamara

Fanta Kamara

Assistant Principal, Levels 2 – 4

HHA continues to grow, year after year. We’re part of a stabilizing force in Southeast Baltimore. We’re very diverse in language, income, and race. Our talented teachers, great content, hardworking kids, engaged parents, restorative practices and BCP make HHA the place to learn and work. I take pride in seeing our volleyball, basketball and soccer teams compete, middle school community circles, cheering on our chess champions, listening to the sounds of musicians practicing, hosting prospective families, and fist-bumping students on the green top each morning. We are so very, very proud of all of our students and staff.

Matt Hornbeck


Hampstead Hill’s Distinctions

  • 868 students, Pre-K-8 with ESOL for all grades
  • While the majority of HHA English Language Learners speak Spanish at home, HHA students also speak Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian. Highest 2022 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) scores of any charter school in Baltimore City and the state
  • For 2022 MCAP scores: HHA is: #1 in City Schools in middle school reading (69%) and middle school math (30%); #3 in elementary school reading (58%) and #7 in elementary school math (37%)
  •  4-star rating, Maryland State Department of Education 2023 Report Card
  •  All Pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms have a full-time teacher and tutor to teach and assist with students
  • Like all BCP schools, HHA chooses its own curriculum and faculty and staff and has control over its day-to-day budget decisions
  • 100% of HHA kindergartners are reading
  • Honors level classes for all middle school students and weighted courses in science and social studies
  • Most HHA students complete the 75 hours of community service required for a Maryland high school diploma by the time they finish eighth grade
  • About three-quarters of HHA 8th graders are admitted to their first choice high school
  • Curriculum includes PE, orchestra, band, art, library, nutrition class, drama, nature exploration and before and after-school programs
  • Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (eGATE) school recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education
  • Restorative Practices, part of BCP tenets; Watch WBALTV’s Nov. 2022 visit to BCP to see Restorative Practices in action
  • Robust student club, athletics, arts, and activities program including after school options, orchestra and band, middle school dances, spring musical, field trips for every grade
  • Active, engaged parent community and PTO that plans events from Family Academic Nights and Community Arts Nights to live outdoor music festivals

As one of six BCP schools in Baltimore City, HHA students receive:

  • Customized learning for each student through BCP’s Research-based, individualized Direct Instruction program
  • Restorative Practice for relationship-building and problem-solving
  • A safe, nurturing, fun environment where every child is known and loved

Hampstead Hill’s Partners

Staff, students, and parents enjoy the support of the following partners:

  • Audubon Society
  • BMore Athletics
  • Canton Community Association
  • Canton Railroad
  • CASA De Maryland
  • Creative Alliance at the Patterson
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Experience Corps
  • Friends of Patterson Park
  • Latino Economic Development Center
  • Living Classrooms Patterson Park Youth and Sports Center
  • Middle Grades Partnership
  • Outward Bound
  • Patterson Park Audubon 
  • Redemption City Church
  • Soccer Without Borders
  • Southeast CDC organization
  • Southeast Community Housing
  • St. Vincent DePaul Head Start
  • Strong City Baltimore
  • Strong Schools Maryland
  • Volo Sports
  • ESOL

Leaders Go Places

As part of its centerpiece Restorative Practices program, HHA created its singular Leaders Go Places program for middle school achievement and community-building in and beyond the classroom. The program has three components: Leadership, Scholarship, and Citizenship. HHA tracks students’ GPA, attendance, and community service, and as students achieve in these areas, they are awarded points and placed at either bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels.

The levels have various rewards like t-shirts and quarterly community-building trips to local colleges, Hersheypark or snowtubing. About 80% of HHA students reach a leadership level. The teachers and staff focus on the 20% not making the level to make sure they are supported and encouraged.

Pimlico - Sinai Partnership

Hampstead Hill Academy #47

VIsit HHA: https://hha47.org/

500 S. Linwood Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21224


About the Baltimore Curriculum Project

Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) is the largest operator of local neighborhood, public charter schools in Maryland. We create safe, supportive learning environments for children PK-8 by providing innovative, research-based educational strategies, intensive teacher training and extensive support for administration and staff. We support our local neighborhood needs by tailoring our resources and support through community partnerships.

As one of the longest-running charter operators in Maryland, our schools are regularly recognized as some of the most highly acclaimed neighborhood charter schools in the state. 

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