School Details

Federal Hill Preparatory School

1040 William St, Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 396-1207
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 322 students 12 students/teacher (MD avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

58%
48%
74%
74%
56%
77%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Baltimore City Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
68%
86%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Baltimore City Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

30%
44%
73%
70%
74%
89%
31%
34%
64%

Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

In 2011-2012 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2014
  • Baltimore City Public Schools average
  • Maryland state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Federal Hill Preparatory School is a public elementary school in Baltimore. 322 students attend Federal Hill Preparatory School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 0% of the Federal Hill Preparatory School students have "limited English proficiency." 65% of the 322 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Federal Hill Preparatory School is 12:1. Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 66% 86%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 27% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65% 84%
Limited English proficiency 0% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    People have had mixed feelings about this school but i can tell you that after 3 years at that school we could not have been happier. This is a really good school there is not need to send your little ones to another school they will succeed at federal hill prep.

  • (10 months ago)

    My school is an undiscovered gem in Baltimore. It is as close to a private school as you can get and still be public and free! We are small in size but large in accomplishments. We are teaching an urban population to become a global society. We not only touch the future we shape the future.

  • (10 months ago)

    My children have excelled at this school. My oldest child has scored in the 99th percentile in Math on standardized test and high in reading too. My youngest has thrived in this school in terms of behavior and learning in a way he didn't when he went to a private preschool.

  • (11 months ago)

    Federal Hill Prep is a great community school! I confess we were considering other options given what we'd seen and heard about the direction the school had taken but with the new principal starting in 2013 the school has really changed for the better. I can see that our child is learning a great deal and the teachers are passionate about their jobs and are very caring. Overall I notice an environment that fosters curiosity and creativity. And the very strong PTO and community involvement really makes the school welcoming. Plus the school is so small it seems that teachers and staff know each and every student. Finally they have a great deal of activities that make school fun from the Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast to Science Night Bingo and more. I would recommend this school; a hidden gem.

  • (1 year ago)

    Federal Hill Prep is a great place. We recently moved to Baltimore and have been extremely happy with the number of cultural activities field trips and education opportunities that have been made available to our students. The teachers and administrators care about the success of each student and will listen to and address any concerns you have with instruction environment staff etc. And they are getting a salad bar! It's a great environment with great teachers students parents and leadership.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two kids at Federal Hill Prep and have been thrilled with the school. A new principal started in Sept 2013 and she is outstanding. I've also been very impressed by all the teachers my kids have had thus far. The school has done a suberb job rolling out the new common core curriculum this year. Federal Hill Prep takes a whole child approach and recognizes that academics while important are only one part of a child's education. The school emphasizes arts integration and has great music and physical education programs as well. There's a well organized afterschool enrichment program with a coordinator who arranges for programs such as language classes yoga art and various sports. The student body is very diverse with kids from many race/ethnicities and income levels. The school only goes up to grade 5 now so doesn't have the problems that come with middle school students. Federal Hill Prep partners with Experience Corp to bring more adults into the classrooms and also has a coach from the Playworks program. My kids are thriving at Federal Hill Prep both academically and socially and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school in a Great neighborhood very happy with staff/teachers/principal our child is happy and learning every single day would like to recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is very poorly managed and operated. I feel sorry for the kids that are sent to this school with such a poor environment and a principal that doesn't take the time out of her day to call back when messages are left.

  • (1 year ago)

    New Principal does a great job! School is changing for good we have been very happily surprised by the new changes. School is in good hands.

  • (1 year ago)

    I wish i can say that the school is good I have two kids in there my doughter was facing a bulling kids there and no action from the school to stop the bulling kids

  • (1 year ago)

    I am very pleased with Federal Hill Prep this year. I have been a parent at Federal Hill Prep for 6 years so I have experienced the ups and downs over the past few years first hand. The changes in administration 3 years ago negatively effected the morale of the school and changed the curriculum by removing the Advanced Academic program. The new Principal is embracing the Common Core Curriculum and is moving the school forward in academics morale and in physical improvements to the school. Yes there have been some additional rules placed on uniforms and visitation to the building but these have been put in place to increase the safety of our children and to add structure to a program that had become lax over the past few years. I see the school returning to its former position as a great public school option for city residents.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent my girls have been going here for three years now I love the school and most of the teachers the principle I do not care for she is very mean and does not know how to talk to the children she has a very belittling demeanor about her my first issue with her is the children cant wear boots lady really its winter then they cant wear colorful stockings and they cant wear sweaters if no logo it winter kids get sick miss days then questions about wear they are. the last straw was combing the forth grade he is a young teacher most of the kids do not listen to him which will cause students to fall back that want to learn it is over thirty students in the class very disappointed my oldest daughter honor roll two years straight now her grades are dropping very disappointing I WILL BE CALLING THE SCHOOL BOARD

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved at the beginning of the year last year and have been very happy with our decision to support the local neighborhood school. Our two children instantly made friends settled in and continued learning without missing a beat. The teachers have imparted a love for learning that is translated into everything my children do. They constantly refer back to the school lessons during our conversations and are learning to think deeply about a particular subject. Very pleased!

  • (1 year ago)

    FHP is a pre-k thorugh 5th grade school in the heart of Baltimore City. With caring teachers and a very active PTO it is a great local public school choice for parents choosing to stay living in the city.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm very disappointed in this school's decline. The new administration does not respond to parent concerns in the upper grades and many family who could leave have. Many teacher are very good but some are poor and the risk just isn't worth it in the upper grades. But the lower grade teachers are awesome! The principal does not seem to understand what it means to be an elementary school administrator and the test scores show it. My kids will not be back next year.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been more than pleased with the kindergarden program. My daughter loves the school and the teachers. The principal is very involved in the classrooms and always willing to talk to parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    When we moved to Baltimore last summer I almost chose to live in the suburbs to make sure my child could go to a great school. I'm so glad that someone told me about Federal Hill Prep! I have been amazed with this school! Amazing principle teachers and huge parent involvement. I would say it feels more like a private school education minus the expense. My daughter has thrived in this environment and is now reading far above her grade level and loves learning here. Federal Hill is a great area and will continue to thrive with this level of commitment to its schools and neighborhood. We pay more to live here but it is worth it to know that my kids can for sure attend this great school.

  • (4 years ago)

    FHPS has a dynamic new principal who is keeping all of the best and reforming the rest. Federal Hill has always been one of the best school in South Baltimore and now Ms. Barnes is ready to shake off the dust and bring the school to the next level. This is a safe rigorous engaging neighborhood school with a caring staff and great facilities.

  • (4 years ago)

    My observations as a parent are consistent with the MSA results a slightly worse than average city school a moderately worse than average Maryland school. #584 out of 831. http //www.schooldigger.com/go/MD/schoolrank.aspx?sortexp=LCITY&sortdir=a&findletter=B

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Federal Hill Elementary because the staff is caring and understand the needs of our kids. My son grades have improved and he is now on hornor roll. I rate this school a five star ) Keep up the good work Federal Hill

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