Eastside Education

Families in Canton have a variety of choices when it comes to educating their children. Ranging from public to private, Catholic to charter, there’s a school for every student from pre-K through 12th grade.

Archbishop Borders School (PK3-8)
3500 Foster Avenue | www.abbschool.com
The only dual-language, community school serving grades Pre-K 3 through 8 in the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Baltimore Montessori (ages 18 mo-6 years)
1001 S. Potomac Street | http://www.thebaltimoremontessori.com
First private Montessori school in Baltimore City to be certified by both the Maryland State Department of Education and the Montessori Schools of Maryland
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (9-12)
420 S. Chester St. | www.cristoreybalt.org/
A Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory school, empowering students in Baltimore City to succeed in college, work, and life
Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School (PK-8)
100 N. Chester St. | www.thecjrschool.org/
A public school whose mission is to do everything in their power to equip our students with the skills, experiences, and the mindset to make good choices in life and to move students from Commodore to College – 100%!
Hampstead Hill Academy (PK-8)
500 S. Linwood Avenue | www.baltimorecityschools.org/Page/3333
Operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project, a local nonprofit organization celebrating nearly a decade of service and student learning in Baltimore
Highlandtown Elementary/Middle 215 (PK, K-8)
3223 E. Pratt St. | 410.396.9381
A public school
Highlandtown Elementary/Middle 237 (PK, K-8)
231 S. Eaton Street | 43.642.2792
A public school
Highlandtown Preschool (ages 3-5)
(The Naomi Gieser Memorial Highlandtown Preschool at Breath of God Lutheran Church)
141 S. Clinton Street | http://thehighlandtownpreschool.org/
A non-profit neighborhood preschool, which aims to provide a diverse, financially accessible, safe and stimulating education
Patterson High School (9-12)
100 Kane Street | www.baltimorecityschools.org/Domain/3940
A comprehensive public community high school with career-themed pathways designated as the Career Center School for Baltimore’s East Side.
Patterson Park Public Charter School (PK-8)
27 N. Lakewood Avenue | www.pppcs.org/
A community-founded school driven to academic excellence and devoted to a whole child philosophy in a diverse setting
St. Casimir School (PK-8)
1035 S. Kenwood Avenue | https://www.stcasimirschool.us/
A fully accredited private Catholic school serving the parish community of St. Casimir Catholic Church
St. Vincent de Paul Headstart (PK)
242 S. Patterson Park Avenue | www.vincentbaltimore.org/our-programs
Providing educational services for pre-school children to ensure readiness for school
The Crossroads School (6-8)
802 S. Caroline Street | http://thecrossroadsschool.wixsite.com/thecrossroadsschool
A public, tuition-free, charter middle school operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation
Wolfe Street Academy (PK-5)
245 S. Wolfe Street | www.wolfestreetacademy.org
A Community School and Conversion Charter School operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project
Here’s some feedback from a few area parents and educators about our local school options.
Sara B. Evjen, MSW Director at The Highlandtown Preschool has this to share about the new school that opened in January 2018. “The Highlandtown Preschool has enjoyed lots of community support and families have expressed how impressed they are with the quality and thoughtfulness of our programing. We are lucky to have two very strong lead teachers who have a strong background in working with young learners and who have a passion for teaching our students about the world around them. We have doubled in size since our opening day and look forward to continue to grow and serve our community.“
Sara adds, “Using a MSDE certified, play based curriculum, the Highlandtown Preschool integrates nature, music and art into educational activities that help to promote the young learners social-emotional development as well as math and literacy skills. The Highlandtown preschool aims to serve an economically and culturally diverse group of students and integrates the Spanish language into daily activities.”

Ashley Merson, a nanny who works in the area, has a  3-year-old at The Highlandtown Preschool. She chose the school because it’s cost efficient and came highly recommended by people she trusts. She loves the classroom, teachers and lesson plans. Ashley says, “I have confidence knowing that my son is gaining from being with such a great group of peers and amazing adults.”

Michael Glenwick, the Community School Coordinator at CJR, says, “Each day, we strive to provide all of our students and families with the opportunities and resources they deserve to reach their goals. We are committed to being both an inclusion-oriented school and a community school so that every student has the chance to go to (and graduate from) college.”
Teresa Groesch, a Butcher’s Hill Resident who has 3 children at Commodore John Rodgers notes the school has a caring staff and many opportunities for extracurricular activities.
One of the better known schools in proximity to Canton is Hampstead Hill Academy. We talked with Canton resident Rachel Douglas who is also a Kindergarten teacher at HHA and the parent of a 7-year-old who attends the school. When we asked Rachel what she thought about the school selection in and around Canton she said, “I think Hampstead Hill is the best option in this area and especially the zone. It has a strong faculty and staff, wonderful administration, involved parents, strong community involvement and has diversity. We are truly lucky to have this as our zone school.”
Rachel goes on to add “There are lots of strong options though so families should definitely visit and do research to find out what best fits their needs.”