Federal Hill Preparatory Academy

PREP is an International Baccalaureate, elementary-only public school.

At a Glance
1040 William Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 396-1207
Pre-K to 5
Bell Times
8:00 AM / 2:40 PM
Student / Teacher Ratio
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About Federal Hill Preparatory Academy

Federal Hill PREParatory School (PREP) is a premier neighborhood public school with room to accept out-of-zone students. PREP focuses on developing critical thinkers, respectful citizens and lifetime learners. PREP students benefit from learning alongside a diverse group of peers from 23 different Baltimore City zip codes! The school offers an innovative integration of all core subjects via a project-based approach to learning. PREP strives to offer learning opportunities for its entire community— from the Discover with Me and Let's Grow (3-year-old and pre-K inclusion programs), Title I programming for low-income students and a BCPS-recognized Gifted and Advanced Learners program. PREP features an enhanced physical environment that supports an arts integration program and a belief in a safe, comfortable and visually appealing learning spaces. A robust after school program gives PREP students easy access to extracurricular activities such as yoga, chess, Spanish, soccer, Lego robotics, Green Club and art. By serving only elementary students and keeping class sizes small, PREP maintains an intimate, small school environment. PREP has a full-time librarian and a strong music program which includes a musical theater production each spring. PREP students stay active with gym, Cowabunga Recess, Marathon Kids and a spacious playground area, in addition to both intramural and competitive sports teams. Its active PTO helps provide extra opportunities for students beyond what the school budget can cover. We invite you to visit and find a true community school in Baltimore!

Student Demographics

  • 60.7% African-American
  • 25.2% White
  • 7.6% Hispanic
  • 6.5% Other


  • Gifted and Advanced Learning Site
  • Intensive Literacy Site

Meet the Principal

Sara Long has been with Baltimore City Public Schools since 1999 and principal at Federal Hill Preparatory School (FHPS) since 2013. Long has held many roles in City Schools, including teacher, site-based professional developer, literacy lead, content seminar leader, International Baccalaureate coordinator and Assistant Principal— to name a few. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Baltimore and pursued teaching and administrative certification at The College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Over the past two and half years, culture and relationship building have been a large focus at FHPS. This focus has led to teacher retention, increased family and community engagement, a warm and friendly atmosphere and, most importantly, academic gains. Sara looks forward to her continued work with the students, staff, parents and community of FHPS.

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