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Year Published: 2016
This evaluation found that during the 2014-15 school year, students participating in Baltimore Community Schools’ out-of-school time programs saw improvements in their school day attendance and a significant decrease in being chronically absent from school. However, no effect was found on students’ reading or math Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) scores.
Program Name: Baltimore Community Schools
Program Description: First established during the 2012-13 school year, a partnership between the Mayor of Baltimore City, Baltimore City Public Schools and the Family League created 37 community schools working with 48 out-of-school time programs. Based on the Family League community school model, in addition to academics, Baltimore Community Schools offers students and families a variety of supports depending on the community’s need—such as food pantries, mental health services and job training—through a network of community partnerships. During the 2015-16 school year, the number of Baltimore Community Schools totaled 51.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Community Type: Urban
Grade level: Elementary School, Middle School
Program Demographics: Among pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students participating in the Baltimore Community Schools’ out-of-school time programs, 96 percent were eligible for the free and reduced price lunch. More than half of participants in the out-of-school time programs (53 percent) were girls. Eighty-eight percent of students were African-American and 10 percent of students were Hispanic. Sixteen percent of students were designated as special needs and 5 percent were English language learners.
Program Website: http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/Page/24452