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Southwest Baltimore Charter School

Updated May 6, 2015
1300 Herkimer Street - Baltimore MD - 21223
Type of autonomy arrangement: school charter/bylaws
Basic Profile

Opened In

2004

Grades

Kindergarten through 8th grade

Environment

Urban

Type

Chartered
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure and De Facto
De jure authority is granted via their charter contract with Baltimore City Schools. De facto teachers make many decisions in the area noted.

About the Learning Program

The following tenets have guided our development of curricula and school culture: Differentiated Instruction – a philosophy of teaching that aims to meet each child where he or she is and move him or her forward Expeditionary Learning - a curriculum that allows children to use all their senses to construct and retain knowledge through integrated units that allow for in-depth study of a topic from multiple perspectives Arts Integration – a way to foster students’ artistic skills and self expression through a multitude of art forms while deepening their understanding of academic content\ Choice Theory - an approach to behavior management that teaches children to be intrinsically rather than extrinsically motivated, and guides them in making choices that will lead to personal success