Govans Elementary School

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900 Woodbourne Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212
County: Baltimore City
Grades: PK - 5
Phone: 410-396-6396
Principal: Bernarda Kwaw
School # 0213

What makes us unique:

Govans Elementary has many unique qualities. One of those qualities include a highly effective staff that have worked at Govans for most or all of their career. This longevity provides a quality education and consistency for students and their families.

Curriculum includes Direct Instruction, Eureka and Core Knowledge. Direct Instruction is another quality that sets Govans apart from traditional Baltimore City schools. Direct Instruction allows us to instruct every student on their individualized performance level. The Direct Instruction curriculum is a tool that we use to provide rigor and high-level instruction. Baltimore Curriculum Project is the reason we are able to use such a well written, researched based successful program.


Our Community Schools Coordinator, Sandi McFadden, recently coordinated an event where our students created Mosaic tiles for a memorial garden, along with Loyola students, for the DeWees park. She maintains partnerships that include Staples, Church of the Redeemer, Front Porch Church, Goldseker Foundation, etc.

Recently, Sara Moore and LaTasha Peaks (Govans/DAD staff members) took six students from our afterschool program to spend an afternoon with the residents of Broadmead Retirement Community creating intergenerational art projects.

Govans Elementary also hosts Leading Minds series, engaging professional educators. 

Mission and Vision:

To develop, implement, and advocate for an innovative, sustainable, and replicable education model that improves student outcomes. In so doing, the Baltimore Curriculum Project will help to raise educational standards and opportunities for disadvantaged youth and Baltimore City schools.


  • After School Programs: STEM based, Dragons After Dismissal, which includes enrichment programs such as Drama, Musical Instruments, Physical Activity, Robotics, etc. 
  • Community School & Coordinator
  • Direct Instruction: Reading and Language
  • Dress Code
  • Restorative Practices: The school utilizes Restorative Practices to build community and resolve conflicts.

Principal's Message:

I am most proud of my school community when...

  • Our students succeed academically and socially.
  • Our school hosts Leading Minds series engaging professional educators students, staff, and community members work toward a common goal. Our goals include academic success, community projects, school initiatives, just to name a few. 

Contact Information:

Carol Beck
Office of School Innovations
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
410-767-3678 Office