Our Mission

To develop, implement, and advocate for an innovative, sustainable, and replicable education model that improves student outcomes. In so doing, the Baltimore Curriculum Project will help to raise educational standards and opportunities for disadvantaged youth and Baltimore City schools.

The Baltimore Curriculum Project – The City’s Leader in Education Reform

The nonprofit Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) was founded in 1996 with a single purpose: to transform the educational landscape in Baltimore City with research-based educational strategies, intensive teacher training, and extensive support for principals.

More than 20 years later, BCP, in partnership with the Baltimore City school system, is the largest charter operator in Maryland with a network of some of the most highly acclaimed neighborhood charter schools in the state: Hampstead Hill Academy, Govans Elementary, Wolfe Street Academy, City Springs Elementary and Middle, and, new for the 2017-2018 school year, Frederick Elementary.

Over the years, many of BCP’s educational innovations have been adopted by other city schools and have drawn visits from a constant stream of educators from across the nation and the world. Such replicable programs—including Direct Instruction, Core Knowledge, and Restorative Practices, to name a few—have made a significant difference in children’s lives in Baltimore and elsewhere.

Neighborhood Charter Schools

We believe that all schools should be schools worth choosing. BCP always has focused on improving neighborhood schools to provide an outstanding education for all children. That is why we target neighborhood-based schools in some of the city’s toughest areas and provide students with the programs and support they need for success.

“I certainly have had a lot of experience working with the Baltimore Curriculum Project and can absolutely say it’s a wonderful organization and has done a lot of great things, even heroic, I would say, with the school system taking on places that no other charter operator would even consider.”

David Stone

Baltimore City School Board Commissioner

BCP works with, not against, existing school communities. All our schools have invited us to be their partner in a collaborative process that builds on the strengths already present in each school community.

All children deserve access to an excellent school in their neighborhood. BCP does not run lottery-admission charter schools. Because we convert existing schools into neighborhood charter schools, our schools continue to serve their neighborhood zones. Any child living or moving into the neighborhood may enroll at any time, without participating in a lottery.

A replicable model. Because we serve neighborhoods, we face the same challenges as any traditional public school. We know that if an education strategy works in our schools, it will work in any public school.

Strong Schools = Strong Neighborhoods. By investing in neighborhood schools, we strengthen neighborhoods; making them more attractive for young families and new businesses.

“BCP is the best operator because it offers phenomenal onsite curricular and extracurricular development and support. It delivers credible, talented consultants who work daily onsite, side-by- side with school staff to identify and solve instructional and personnel challenges.… BCP’s focus is on continuously improving teaching and learning for each student.”

Matthew Hornbeck

Principal, Hampstead Hill Academy

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Baltimore Curriculum Project






2707 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Fax: 410-675-7030






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We are excited to announce that Tom Hall, Host of MIdday on WYPR, will compete in the seventh annual "Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader?" Quiz Show on April 19, 2018 at City Springs Elementary / Middle. Purchase tickets at: bcp.givezooks.com/events/are-you-smarter-than-a-bcp-5th-grader-2018 ... See MoreSee Less

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In December Philanthropik & Sylvester's Saloon held holiday toy drives and the Hampstead Hill Academy Girls Scouts Troup made Christmas cards for families from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore.

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A partnership with The First Tee of Greater Baltimore is bringing golf to students at City Springs Elementary / Middle School. The First Tee National School Program gives gym teachers and physical educators the tools to get started. We provide the training, junior golf lesson plans, and equipment. Learn more at www.thefirstteebaltimore.org/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out this article in Baltimore magazine featuring City Springs Elementary / Middle graduate, Lorenzo Simpson. We are so proud of him! www.baltimoremagazine.com/2018/1/8/heavenly-bodies-form-meets-function-for-these-local-athletes ... See MoreSee Less

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BCP and Govans Elementary would like to thank Sonja Sohn for her inspiring presentation at the Govans Elementary School School Career Day on November 15, 2017. Ms. Sohn is best known for her roles as Detective Kima Greggs on the HBO drama The Wire and Detective Samantha Baker on the ABC series Body of Proof. She recently produced the documentary Baltimore Rising, which was inspired by the death of Freddie Gray, and currently starts as Laverne on the Showtime series The Chi. Ms. Sohn is also the Founder and CEO of ReWired For Change, a nonprofit organization that empowers at risk youth, families and communities living in underserved areas through media, social advocacy and the facilitation of community building resources. ... See MoreSee Less

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Core Knowledge is a language arts curriculum that covers what every child should know about literature, history, mathematics, science, and the visual arts. Mrs. Pieters' class at City Springs Elementary / Middle School recently completed a Core Knowledge domain titled “Classifying Animals.” Students were introduced to taxonomy, which is the science of grouping living things into different categories based on shared characteristics. For example, dogs and cats are very different, but they are both considered mammals because they have shared characteristics like hair and similar bone structures.

The students most enjoyed learning about the different groups of vertebrates. Vertebrates are animals with spinal cords (as opposed to invertebrates, which do not have spinal cords). Scientists recognize five groups of vertebrates: mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, and reptiles. The students learned that scientists classify animals to learn more about them and show relationships between them. They explored the difference between warm-blooded (animals that can make their own body heat) and cold-blooded (animals that cannot make their own body heat) vertebrates. They can now identify which of the 5 groups are warm-blooded (mammals and birds) and which are cold-blooded (amphibians, reptiles, and fish).

After learning about the system of taxonomy, students flexed their own classification skills. They listed the main characteristics of the animals in each group and described how these characteristics help the animals to survive. They also classified different kinds of breakfast cereal based on its characteristics. All of that classifying made them hungry, and they enjoyed a nice cereal snack at the end!

For information about Core Knowledge visit the Core Knowledge Foundation at www.coreknowledge.org/
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On December 19, 2017, the Baltimore City Public Schools Board of School Commissioners voted to renew Hampstead Hill Academy's charter contract with the Baltimore Curriculum Project as the charter operator for five years! ... See MoreSee Less

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SURPRISE!!!! An interactive visit from the Maryland Science Center today! @BaltCitySchools

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We’re #werkin on our fluency today with the comfort of #flexibleseating and partnership with peers. #📚#✏️… t.co/Tw4eUoLjZs

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