New Charter School Being Proposed for Sandtown

To be named The Sandtown Freedom & Democracy Public Charter School

(BALTIMORE – June 11, 2017) – More than two years after violent protests following Freddie Gray’s unnecessary death brought national attention to their struggling neighborhood, Baltimore’s Sandtown community continues its push for transformation. As everyone knows, improvement must come in many different areas, but especially in education.

Recently, Ames Memorial United Methodist – located in the northeastern quadrant of this historic West Baltimore community – recruited and partnered with the Northwood-Appold Community Academy (NACA) Charter School organization to open and operate a public charter school as soon as possible. It is to be called The Sandtown Freedom & Democracy Public Charter School. The earliest the school can open, once approved, is September 2018. It is currently before the Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) board for consideration.

To be located opposite the church on Baker Street, K-5 students will be served. Further, all teachers will be certified, and classes will have no more than 21 students so that each student will get the proper attention and support they need.

The school emphasizes rigorous academics and advanced character development, and puts an emphasis on the concepts of freedom and democracy. Further, the Sandtown Freedom & Democracy Public Charter School is partnering with a number of other deeply committed organizations including Little Flowers Early Childhood and Development Center, The Athelas Institute, Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church (NAUMC), and The Family Trees.

Supporters are encouraged to email and call BCPSS CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises along with the school commissioners. Please let them know that you want the children, families, and adults of Sandtown to have an educational institution that will finally serve the needs of the community.

According to Dr. Cecil Gray, Pastor of NAUMC, “Lives gone too soon are not in vain.” He added, “Those lives are seeds calling forth new life, and an academically strong and culturally-sensitive public charter school is an example of such new life.”

For more information, call Dr. Cecil Gray at 443.831.2527.

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