BENEFITING: Baltimore Curriculum Project Inc
Wolfe Street Academy (WSA) is an elementary school in East Baltimore that is doing everything right!
The school has a visionary principal, highly-skilled teachers, engaged parents, effective curricula, an award-winning community school strategy, and a holistic approach to education.
Wolfe Street Academy defies the odds!
WSA serves a student body where over 95% of the students come from low-income families and over 76% are English Language Learners. Research shows that poverty and limited english proficiency are two of the biggest barriers to learning; but WSA doesn't let these factors get in the way.
From 2005 to 2015 WSA moved from 77th to the 2nd highest performing elementary school in Baltimore City. WSA has won a National Award for Excellence from the Coalition for Community Schools; Title I Highest Performing School Reward Status from the Maryland State Department of Education; and consitently outranks most schools in attendance.
Funding Shortfalls Threaten After School Programming
State education funding shortfalls and sunsetting grants threaten to diminish some of the programming that has made WSA so great. The greatest need at this point is funding for WSA's outstanding after-school program.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation recently awarded BCP a Maryland Small Grant Program grant of $50,000 to support the After School Program.
This grant follows a two year Weinberg Foundation grant, which enabled WSA to serve additional and currently wait-listed students from low-income households during school years 14/15 and 15/16. The Weinberg Foundation also recently awarded BCP a $20,000 grant to support WSA's summer program.
WSA provides a well-rounded, rich, accelerated program to all of its students in its day school, after school and summer school programs. Two hundred twenty students are enrolled in the school and currently 168 (84%) participate in the after-school, extended day program.
ExpandED Schools (a New York based non-profit) and the Family League of Baltimore have worked with WSA to create an integrated extended day program through which students continue to learn and engage in enrichment activities that complement the in-school learning experience.
The school day runs from 8:00am to 5:40pm and both the school day and after-school provide academic insruction and enrichment in a seamless and integrated manner. The extended day program provides three hours of additional academic instruction per week taught by certified teachers and a variety of enrichment programs including music, STEM and athletics.
In order to continue providing After School Programming for all students who need it, we need your help.
We need to raise $40,000 to fill the funding gap. Your contribution will make a real difference in the lives of our students and support the next generation of leaders.