City Neighbors Charter School

City Neighbors Charter School logo

4301 Raspe Ave, Baltimore, MD 21206
County: Baltimore City
Grades: K - 8
Phone: 410-325-2627
Principal: Kate Seidl
School # 0326

What makes us unique:

At City Neighbors, our belief and experience is that when given a strong structure to support generative
thinking as well as meaningful activities to perform, all children and adults strive for excellence. Because
of this focus, CNCS' impact on the lives of students and families and the community will be powerful,
positive and long lasting. At CNCS our classrooms serve as individual model communities where issues are discussed, differences in perspectives are welcomed and children work cooperatively, rather than
competitively. Teachers employ a social justice lens to all content areas.

Students k-8 are encouraged to explore their own questions. These inquiries often guide a class’s project study. Expert teachers weave the common core state standards and requisite skills into areas of student fascination, from catapults to the solar system.


  • Arts Every Day School 4 years running (Stage 3 AED school)
  • DewMore Poetry project 3 years
  • Baltimore Outward Bound of the Chesapeake 3 years: Expeditionary learning and the Police Youth Challenge
  • Centerstage Baltimore: annual playwriting teaching residency
  • Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (Kennedy Krieger Institute) partner 3 years: special focus professional development for the Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Partnership with City Neighbors Hamilton for professional development and afterschool enrichment activities
  • Hosting DIY Professional Development for area schools
  • Great Kids Farm (BCPS) connection: field trips, cooking class demonstration, salad bar, school garden support
  • City Neighbors High School junior year interns site

Mission and Vision:

The mission of City Neighbors Charter School is to provide an extraordinary public school education with high academic achievement for all students. Our ultimate goal for our school is that through Project Based Learning, Arts Integration, parental involvement and community outreach, the students leave enlivened, with deep awareness of themselves, their families and the outside community, and with the capacity to be good citizens.


  • Advisory, 6 - 8
  • After School Programs (Parent led, staff led clubs and arts, Parks and People sports leagues)
  • Arts Integration (Arts Every Day partner school 4 years)
  • Experiential Learning/Project
    Based (Field work components, overnight field experiences, PBL)
  • Habits of Mind (City Neighbors Way Performance Values)
  • PTO/PTA (Parent Run School Board with 9 parent volunteer committees)
  • Responsive Classroom (Morning meeting in all grades)
  • Restorative Practices (Dean of Culture position cultivates positive culture and restorative practices, including peer mediation)
  • Student Service (Active community service work in grades 6-8)
  • Summer Programs (Summer camp K-4 + 5th CIT Summer bridge back in middle school)
  • Middle School Scholars (Challenged by choice accelerated additional learning in core subject areas)

​Lottery preferences:

  • Siblings of current students
  • Teachers and staff