An alarming discovery coming out of City Schools. Project Baltimore analyzed 2017 state testing data and found one-third of High Schools in Baltimore, last year, had zero students proficient in math.
But that’s not all we found. In the midst of that troubling number, there are some bright spots.
Most mornings, at Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, start the same way – with students chanting the school’s motto in the gym.
“There’s an urgency about the work we’re doing,” said Jack Pannell, the school’s founder.
That urgency was born out of need.
“Nine out of ten black boys in Baltimore City are not reading at grade level,” added Pannell.
That grim statistic, lead Pannell to open his north Baltimore school three years ago. As the name implies, in these halls, there are no girls.
“They tend to stay very focused on their studies,” he stated, with a smile.
The charter school also has no entrance exams. What it does have is a school day extended by one hour, a teaching staff that is 60 percent male and shorter class periods. All of it tailored to how boys learn.