Southwest Baltimore Charter School

Southwest Baltimore Charter School logo

1300 Herkimer St, Baltimore, MD 21223
County: Baltimore City
Grades: PK - 8
Phone: 443-984-3385
Principal: Iffeisha Gordon-Toppin
School # 0328

What makes us unique:

Southwest Baltimore Charter School (SBCS) provides students with a rigorous academic program based on the Expeditionary Learning (EL) model. We teach and measure student achievement in three dimensions:  mastery of skills and knowledge, Habits of Scholarship (HofS), and quality work. Learning at SBCS is active, challenging, collaborative and meaningful. We integrate the arts into our curriculum, and have a robust Fitness and Adventure program. SBCS also emphasizes the natural world and our students have many opportunities for fieldwork in parks and other natural settings. 

Mission and Vision:

To create extraordinary learning experiences that inspire the thoughtful, courageous, compassionate citizen in every child.


  • Advisory
  • After School Programs
  • Arts Integration
  • Community School
  • Dress Code
  • Experiential Learning / Project-Based
  • Extracurricular Activities: Varies but may include Middle Grades lacrosse, volleyball and other sports teams, chess club, dance club, coach class, aftercare program, etc.
  • Portfolio Evaluations
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Restorative Practices
  • Summer Programs (occasional)


  • We share our facilities with other schools and groups for meetings, school plays, and instructional programs, community yoga, and athletic leagues
  • Southwest Partnership
  • Southwest Sports and Fitness Alliance
  • Sowebo Landmark 5K run
  • Gilman School, Middle Grades Partnership
  • University of Maryland in Baltimore for the CURE program for competitive and rewarding research, STEM, and health care career opportunities.

Lottery preferences:

  • Siblings of current students
  • Teachers and staff

Principal's Message:

I am most proud of my school community when I see our students using the skills they have learned to be kind, productive, involved members of our school community, the wider community, and the world at large.