Midtown and Mt. Royal EMS hold their own in state school ratings

students listening to an adult readingBolton Hill’s two remaining public schools scored as well as in pre-pandemic measurements in the 2023 Maryland School Report Card ratings released at year end.

Maryland gives schools one to five stars based on both academic and nonacademic factors. This year’s ratings are the fourth time the state has used the rating system, which was paused during the pandemic. A school can earn up to 100 points based on a series of indicators, including academic achievement, academic progress, the proficiency of English language learners, chronic absenteeism, whether a school has a well-rounded curriculum, and a school survey.

Midtown Academy, the public charter school that serves some 200 K to 8th grade students maintained its three-star evaluation with 52 points. A detailed breakdown of the state’s findings can be found here.

Midtown, located at 1398 W. Mt. Royal Ave., is the oldest and smallest charter school in the city. It was established in 1997 in a building owned by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which previously operated a Catholic private school. The Archdiocese has indicated a desire to close or sell the building where the school is located, which could lead to re-location next year.

Mt. Royal Elementary and Middle School, which is a neighborhood public school serving children from pre-K to 8th grade, also drew three stars, with 48 points. It is located at 121 McMechen Street and serves about 800 students. More information on its performance can be found here.

Eutaw-Washburn Elementary at 1624 Eutaw Place, which had a one-star rating in the previous state ratings, closed at the end of the 2022-23 school year.

Baltimore City schools’ overall growth in the state ratings outpaced the state’s average. The most positive growth came in the lowest-rated schools, with 19 schools moving from one-star to two-star ratings. Still, 15 schools received a one star, the highest number in the region, and the city still has more one-star schools than it did before the pandemic. The proportion of three-, four- and five-star schools in the city rose from 25% to 35% this year.

For information on how other public schools performed, click here.