Afya Public Charter School is located in Belair-Edison, a neighborhood with a strong social fabric and many well-built, renovated homes with space and yards for good price points. There is ample green space and easy access to Herring Run Park and Lake Montebello.
The school itself was once the home of The Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic School. Originally constructed in 1927, The Shrine of the Little Flower opened its doors to 275 students on September 15th of that year. In 1956, an expansion wing was added to the school building and during that time period enrollment rose as high as 1,700 students.
In 2007, ABI. worked with local funders to purchase and renovate the school which had since closed its doors. Construction on the building began in January of 2008 and Afya Public Charter School opened its doors on August 25th, 2008 to its first class of 115 sixth graders.