Our Community

Our schools are located in Baltimore City, which is home to over 600,000 people. Catherine E. Pugh, the city’s 50th mayor, was sworn in on December 6, 2016. Baltimore is known for many things, including the Orioles, the Ravens, crab cakes, and Fort McHenry. Many famous people are closely connected to the city’s history, including jazz musician Eubie Blake, the poet Edgar Allen Poe, Babe Ruth, film and television directors John Waters and Barry Levinson, Frederick Douglass, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Oprah Winfrey. Though a big city, Baltimore is often affectionately referred to as “Small-timore” because of how close knit and connected the people who live and work here are to one another and to the place they live.

ABI Schools are a part of the Baltimore City Public School System. Led by CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises, the Baltimore City Public School System currently includes 177 schools, including 34 charter schools, and enrolls approximately 82,000 students, about 14,000 of whom attend charter schools.

The student demographics for the school system are:

  • 80.6 percent African American; 7.9 percent White; 9.4 percent Hispanic/Latino
  • 64.7 percent low income (based on eligibility for Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance)
  • 5.6 percent English language learner

Visit Baltimore City Public Schools for more information about City Schools.


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