ABI Mission & Vision

ABI was born out of the need to implement improved school programming in areas of high need in Baltimore City. When starting our schools, we look for places around the city that need better opportunities for students to learn, grow, have fun, be safe and interact with peers in positive ways.

ABI is responsible for overseeing and managing the finances and facilities of our schools, while supporting the school leaders and teachers as they provide the children who attend Tunbridge PCS and The Belair-Edison School (formerly Afya PCS and Brehms Lane PCS) a healthy, balanced education. We recruit, hire, train and evaluate the highest quality school principals and leadership, and we ensure that the charters for our schools through BCPSS remain in good standing. ABI does these things with integrity, responsibility and transparency.

The word Afya is Swahili for health, and health is at the heart of what we do at ABI and in our schools. We focus on the health of our students in the following three categories across all of our schools: academic/intellectual health, physical/nutritional health, and social/emotional health. We believe that students need regular opportunities to think critically, be physically active, and interact constructively with peers to create and learn habits of mind and body that lead to their living healthy, balanced lives.

By making the healthy, balanced lifestyle a core part of our mission, we recognize and celebrate the connection between being fit and healthy and being smart with a love of learning. It is our goal to prepare our students for the high school of their choice with these things in mind.