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New charter school to open Sept. 21

Green Street Academy (GSA), a charter school for grades six through 12, will open at 125 N. Hilton St., for a public celebration Sept. 21 at 9 a.m.

The school, which cost $23 million to build, was constructed on the site of the former Gywnn Falls Junior High School, which was built in 1925.

U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, who attended Gywnn Falls JHS, will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. The Congressman has expressed his support of the school and its critical role in the revitalization of West Baltimore.

“The building is an actualization of the vision of this school — to be a driver of environmental, and more importantly economic, sustainability in this community,” GSA Executive Director Dan Schochor said.

The new school includes chicken coops, hoop houses and tilapia farms, the harvest of which sources local restaurants such as Woodberry Kitchen. Virtual reality labs take students through active construction sites and invaluable partnerships with the United States Department of Forestry and the University of Maryland Medical School will provide students with competitive internship experiences and industry certifications. A dramatic departure from traditional learning environments, GSA’s focus on science, technology, enginnering and math (STEM) curricula and project-based learning prepare students for 21st century careers in urban agriculture, construction management and design, health care and advanced technology.

Ultimately, the school envisions extending its reach beyond its students to include their parents and residents of the community. In a neighborhood where the median household income is $36,000 and nearly half of the residents have not earned a high school diploma, GSA believes that dual-generation education programming will be a critical element in supporting an upwardly mobile and economically sustainable community.