Toward the end of 2013, the Fund for Educational Excellence embarked on an intensive study of Baltimore residents’ views on their public schools. Over the course of four months in 2014, we heard from 859 Baltimore residents representing all 55 community statistical areas (CSAs) in Baltimore City through a series of intimate conversations about schools and neighborhoods.
In the Loch Raven CSA, we heard from 11 participants. We collected most of these responses via one-on-one conversations with residents of the CSA, along with one response via an online survey. All 11 participants chose to submit at least some demographic data.
Some of the themes that we heard most often from participants in our discussions included:
- Participants discussed the lack of community and parental involvement and suggested that schools establish programs to increase engagement.
- Respondents talked about activities and options for students, and requested that the district and/or schools increase the number of after-school and targeted enrichment programs.
- Participants also discussed transportation challenges, and called for the district to tighten after-school dismissal procedures and protocols.