Our Impact in Public Education

Teacher Preparation and Development

We welcome hundreds of current and future educators to our campus each year to learn and grow.

We work with several local universities to be part of the growth and development of future teachers. We work with Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson University, Morgan State University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University, and others.

We also provide professional development for teachers from traditional, charter and independent schools through our mini-courses, our Progressive Education Summit, ongoing tours, and more. Learn more about professional development opportunities at City Neighbors.

Consultation and Support for Public Schools

We support and consult for other public schools looking to move toward best practices.

These opportunities include customized workshops and consultation.

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Our mission to create an environment where schools can thrive leads us to advocate for children and work with many diverse partners who share our goal for great schools.

We are founding members of the Maryland Alliance for Public Schools.  The Alliance brings together charter operators from across the state to advocate for  legislation, local policies, and practices that support the autonomy and potential of charter schools.

We helped to launch the Baltimore Education Coalition.Together we have protected more than $60 million in public education funding. Our physical renovations of the City Neighbors Hamilton campus serve as a model for the current 21st Century Building Schools initiative in Baltimore City.

National Work

In addition to welcoming educators from across the country, we are co-founding members of the National Coalition for Diverse Charter Schools – a small group of national charters committed to nurturing schools with diverse student populations.

We are highlighted in the book, A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education, as an exemplar of a successful and thriving innovative charter school. We presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Charter Schools Conference, the National Middle School Association Conference, Somerville Massachusetts Public Schools, Harvard University, the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, and more.

Re-Imagining Education:  The Convergence Center for Policy Resolution convened an extraordinarily diverse group of influential education leaders, thinkers, and practitioners for a sustained dialogue to re-imagine education for the 21st century. After 18 months of work, their vision is truly beautiful–competency-based, socially embedded, open-walled, contextualized, and relevant.  City Neighbors participated in this work of re-imagining and continues in the newly formed network of pioneers to grow the movement.

Events and Gatherings

City Neighbors Foundation works to create an environment for innovation and success for schools in Baltimore and beyond.  As part of this work, we host events like our Annual Progressive Education Summit and Education Ignite.

Network of Schools

The City Neighbors Foundation operates three public charter schools in northeast Baltimore City. We believe that all students deserve a rich, high-quality education, and we work to create great, high-demand schools to serve the more than 800 students who attend our schools. Each of our schools serves a diverse population, selected through a citywide lottery.

Through project-based learning, arts integration, and inspiration from Reggio Emilia, our students conduct long-term inquiries seeking answers to essential questions, creating deep understanding while producing high-quality work.

Learn more about City Neighbors Schools:

City Neighbors Charter School, Est. 2005, grades K -8, 226 students
City Neighbors Hamilton, Est. 2009, grades K -8, 234 students
City Neighbors High School, Est. 2010, grades 9 – 12, 410 students