Four Baltimore City charter schools are moving to new locations for the next school year and last night the Baltimore City school board, which oversees charter as well as traditional schools, approved three of the relocations.
Two elementary charter schools, Baltimore International Academy and Monarch Academy, have outgrown their current buildings. A secondary school, MATHS, has to give way to another charter school operator, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), which is taking over the entire building on Greenspring Avenue that now houses a KIPP school and MATHS.
MATHS (Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences) is moving its grades 6-12 operation to a former middle school building on N. Dukeland Street near Park Circle.
KIPP will use the Greenspring Avenue building for both its grades 5-8 school, Ujima Village Academy, and its elementary school, Harmony Academy, now located on Shirley Avenue in Park Heights. By the 2013 school year, Harmony is expected to serve serve kindergarten through 4th grade.
The Baltimore International Academy, a foreign language immersion school that has outgrown its current northeast Baltimore space at the Maryland School for the Blind, will move about three miles southeast to the former Mother Mary Lange Catholic school building on Frankford Avenue.
The Monarch Academy, currently housed in the former St. Thomas More Catholic school building in northeast Baltimore, will spend the coming school year at the former William Pinderhughes school building in the Upton neighborhood.
The following year it will settle permanently at the former Coca Cola building on Kirk Avenue, about five miles south of its current spot. The school is slated to add 4th through 8th grades in the 2014-2015 school year.
The school board approved three of the relocations at last night’s regular meeting. (The relocation of KIPP’s Harmony Academy is the result of an earlier lease deal between the school system and KIPP.)