Neighborhoods Served: Belvedere, Cameron Village, Chinquapin Park, Evesham Park, Homeland, Kenilworth Park, Lake Walker, Mid-Govans, Rosebank, Woodbourne-McCabe
Students at Govans Elementary, a Baltimore Curriculum Project school, love to participate in the award-winning chess team and to enhance their literacy skills in the Ben Carson Reading Room. Nearby Atwater's provides healthy food education and partners at Loyola University, Towson University, and Morgan State University further supplement instruction.
Address: 5801 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
Bernarda Kwaw is the principal of Govans Elementary. The Baltimore native began her 25-year career with Baltimore City Schools as a teacher at Collington Square Elementary for 10 years before becoming a staff developer and later an assistant principal. She served as the assistant principal at Govans Elementary for three years before taking on her role as principal. “I’m enjoying my experience at Govans—like many families in Baltimore City Public Schools, the families here really care about their kids’ education,” she said. An involved staff and a sense of community are other highlights, she added. Principal Kwaw plans to push students to mastery through a teaching method known as direct instruction. Students are grouped based on ability so that all students improve academically and no one gets left behind. Principal Kwaw earned her bachelor's degree in education at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and her master’s in educational administration at Morgan State University in Baltimore. She lives with her husband and four children in Idlewood. When she is not focused on making Govans the best it can be or attending school events like the annual Back to School Bash or Winterfest you can find her at the beach.
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What I love most about my child's school
When we moved into the neighborhood, Govans Elementary was a failing school. It didn't matter to us, since we didn't think we'd live in Baltimore long, and we didn't think we'd have kids. Many years later, I stressed about getting through lotteries at every charter school in the City, just so we wouldn't have to send our child to Govans. But, two years at a charter school were torture. The school was poorly run and the staff threatened our 6-year old. Heels dragging, we toured Govans. Govans is wonderful. Every single person at the schools seems to love their jobs. Our child, who HATED school, is ready to walk to school ten minutes before the doors open. He comes home reciting stories he read and already looking forward to tomorrow. He loves his teachers. He went from six suspensions for bad behavior in K-1st to "outstanding" behavior everyday, because the teachers KNOW he can do it. They sneak education in everywhere. Additionally, parents are welcome. Families are celebrated. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the school we tried desperately to avoid.
To another parent considering this school
I was nervous about joining a Title 1 school. I thought of the old movies with bars on the windows and wardens pacing the halls. The income diversity at the school is tremendous. Tour the school.