We Love Our Partners!

City Springs works with a variety of partners to meet the diverse educational and emotional needs of our students. See the alphabetical list below for information on current partners. Also visit our afterschool program page for a list of partners that provide out-of-school time programming.

Art with a Heart

Art with a Heart brings interactive visual arts classes into schools, community centers, group homes, shelters, permanent housing facilities, hospitals, and senior housing facilities. Founded in 2000, Art with a Heart has experienced steady growth, from four small classes a week to 11,000 annually, with a proven track record for developing creative initiatives and accessible paths to success for individuals living in Baltimore’s most vulnerable communities. Art with a Heart currently offers art classes to City Springs students, pre-kindergarten through 8thgrade.

The Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is a major cultural destination recognized for engaging diverse audiences through dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational and community outreach programs. The BMA offers a program on art, mindfulness, and peacebuilding for fifth grade students at City Springs in collaboration with Beyond Conflict and Holistic Life Foundation. Throughout the six-week program, students learn mindfulness practices, explore artworks that tell important stories of peace and conflict, discover stories of peaceful conflict resolution, and create artworks that express ideas of peace and inclusion. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a mentoring program that makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18. Students develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on their lives. Bigs and Littles meet up at City Springs once a week to eat lunch together, play games, and share their lives.

Child First

Child First Authority’s mission is to develop youth by strengthening and reforming schools. Child First Authority is committed to closing the opportunity gap for children in Baltimore City by providing high quality after school and in-school programs.

City Springs is a community school, which means we provide additional supports that address the needs of students, their families, and their communities. Child First enhances our ability to operate as a community school by providing an on-site Community School Coordinators, making the school a hub of the community. Mr. Ahmad Collick is our Community School Coordinator. You can contact him via phone at 410-396-9165 or via email at acollick@childfirstauthority.org.

We are very happy have an after school program this year at City Springs operated by Child First Authority through a grant provided by the Family League of Baltimore. Please make sure you sign your child up early because a limited number of slots are available. This afterschool program serves grades Kindergarten-5th.

Expanded School Mental Health Program

This program sponsored by Behavioral Health System Baltimore seeks to implement a comprehensive system of services for children and adolescents with or at risk for developing, behavioral and emotional problems. The school-based program was built on a program initiated in 1991 by BCPSS and the City Health Department, which created funding mechanisms to place mental health clinicians in the schools.

The priorities of the program are:

  • Provide direct and indirect services to reduce the impact of mental health
  • Problems on school performance and attendance.
  • Coordinate and supplement existing resources for children and their families.
  • Build the capacity of systems to meet children’s mental health needs.
  • Provide a consulting resource for teachers and other school personnel.

Families interested in receiving services from the school-based clinician at City Springs should call (410) 396-9168.

Heroes on the Half Shell

Heroes on the Half Shell brings together volunteers from the Maryland Bar Association and the Oyster Recovery Partnership to offer school-based programs where students learn about the importance of keeping the Chesapeake Bay clean. Students explore how pollutants and trash can destroy the water of the Chesapeake Bay and discover the importance of oysters in keeping our waters clean. Students also participate in oyster shell recycling, working with local seafood restaurants to return empty oyster shells back to the Bay to help rebuild oyster reefs.

Holistic Life Foundation

Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care, HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. At City Springs, HLF provides a mindfulness room where students practice breathing and meditation techniques. HLF also facilitates breathing breaks for classes throughout the day and teaches students to lead their classmates in daily breathing exercises.

​Johns Hopkins University’s Adopt-a-Class

Johns Hopkins University sponsors an Adopt-A-Class/Career Day Program to introduce fourth graders at three local elementary schools to hospital careers and to expand their knowledge of career choices in general. Staff and faculty from different JHU departments are assigned to a 4th grade classroom at City Springs. Once a month from October through March, the teams visit the same classroom and deliver a one-hour presentation on healthcare-related topics and careers like surgery, nursing, and primary care.

Johns Hopkins University’s City Springs Science Outreach Project

Johns Hopkins University also sponsors the City Springs Science Outreach Project (CSSOP), a program designed to bridge Johns Hopkins faculty and students with the East Baltimore community through the presentation of monthly science outreach sessions at public schools. Monthly, hour-long science sessions are taught by Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering faculty about basic science principles, such as water tension and electricity, through simple and lively experiments and demonstrations. CSSOP has been partnering with City Springs since 2009, and serves several of our 5th grade classrooms.

Living Classrooms Foundation

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” The Foundation currently sponsors two afterschool programs that serve the City Springs community: the Under Armour House at Fayette and the POWER House Community Center. For our more information on these and other afterschool programs, click here.

Living Laboratory: What Lives in the Harbor

The National Aquarium’s Living Laboratory: What Lives in Your Harbor program brings middle schoolers from Baltimore City schools to help with citizen science projects. Students learn about the Inner Harbor’s environmental health and better understand the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This project strives to encourage students to pursue science careers while making them aware of how their actions can affect the watershed.

NewFit Kids

NEWfit Kids (NFK) offers programming based on holistic wellness through various, workshops, classes, summer camps and sports leagues. TEAMtime is a school-based program offered by NFK that offers structured recess game stations, free play activities, and organized game play for elementary & middle school students. NFK’s TEAMtime program offers daily indoor and outdoor activities for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

Parent-Teacher Organization

The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) was established to bridge the communication gap between the school and the parents. We are here to listen to all parent views, concerns, and suggestions. We are also here to provide information on school policies, input on budget, and other things that are going on in the school. Through us, parents are able to vote and have a voice. There are monthly meetings for parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators to communicate. The PTO also holds workshops on various topics throughout the year. Please contact the PTO President at (410) 396-9168 if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, and if you want to become an active member of the PTO.

School-Based Health Clinic

We are fortunate to have at City Springs a School-Based Health Clinic through the Baltimore City Health Department. In order for your child to be serviced through the clinic, they must be members of the clinic. This means that you must complete the membership forms required. Every City Springs child should be a member of the Health Clinic. Please be sure to complete and turn in the appropriate forms, so your child can receive the appropriate care from the Health Clinic if needed.

The School, Family, Community Council is a group made up of the Data Analysis Team members, a Charter School Operator Representative, two Parent Teacher Organization members, one student member, and two community members. All stakeholders are invited to give input for these monthly meetings. This group will play an active advisory role in the program and budget decision-making that will lead us to the realization of our vision.

Terrapins in the Classroom

The National Aquarium’s Terrapins in the Classroom Program brings Maryland students face to face with the state reptile, the diamondback terrapin. Hatchling terrapins are collected from Poplar Island and provided to schools for students to observe and study throughout the year. During the turtle’s stay, students collect growth data, observe behaviors, learn animal care techniques, and research the natural history of the species. At the end of the school year, students take a field trip to Poplar Island to release the terrapins back into their natural habitat. City Springs has participated in this program since 2014, and a different classroom is selected to care for the terrapin each year.

Urban Teachers

Urban Teachers prepares, certifies, and supports new educators to be highly effective so they can provide high-quality education for children by offering a master’s degree, coaching, mentoring, and job placement. Teachers who finish our program are committed to excellence, equity, and inclusivity, and have the skills and confidence to build lasting, fulfilling careers. They select the most talented individuals from a diverse pool of candidates and prepare them with intensive coursework and classroom experience. Once they become a teacher of record, UT guides them with support and feedback through the crucial first years of teaching.

PenPals with Seniors!

In library class, the children in Ms. Berlin’s class have become pen pals with Senior Citizens from the surrounding nursing homes. This is a new program in partnership with the Orleans’s branch of the Enoch Pratt Library. The children are connecting with the seniors through cards and letters. The children were so excited to receive their first cards from the seniors this week. They are composing letters in response to the cards and they will be sent out at the end of the week. At the end of March, the Enoch Pratt will sponsor a cookies and punch get together at the library so that the students and seniors can meet. Everyone is looking forward to meeting and getting to know their pen pal face to face!