Hampstead Hill Academy

Hampsted Hill Academy is a zoned charter school and received a 5 star rating from the Maryland Department of Education.

At a Glance
500 S Linwood Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 396-9146
Pre-K to 8
Bell Times
8:00 AM / 2:40 PM
Student / Teacher Ratio
Total Enrollment
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Neighborhoods in this School District

About Hampstead Hill Academy

Hampstead Hill Academy is a neighborhood public charter school, part of the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) family of schools. Its talented staff uses research-based curriculum to develop and implement rigorous lesson plans that continuously raise the academic bar for its students. Hampstead Hill's whole school community is dedicated to working together to challenge students to succeed in a fair, consistent, just and joyful learning environment. Staff believes in the importance of the arts and readies its students to be great communicators, listeners and writers. Programs of interest at Hampstead Hill include the Food for Life curriculum (and related garden) and Singapore Math (an innovative approach to teaching math skills). Hampstead Hill Academy boasts one of the most diverse student populations in the city, high levels of neighborhood engagement and a strong student retention rate.

Student Demographics

  • 16% African-American
  • 38.2% White
  • 38.5% Hispanic
  • 7.3% Other


  • Gifted and Advanced Learning Site
  • Honors Courses
  • ESOL Site

Meet the Principal

Prior to becoming principal at Hampstead Hill, Matt Hornbeck worked as an education consultant with large urban districts on resource allocation and principal training issues, as a senior associate on Capitol Hill with projects to improve high poverty schools, as an elementary school teacher and as an undergraduate admissions officer.

He holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Temple University, a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College.

Principal Hornbeck helped design Fair Student Funding for City Schools and was a member of the City Schools collective bargaining team that negotiated a landmark, performance-based contract with the teacher’s union. He also served as a principal representative in the superintendent’s cabinet. Principal Hornbeck attended elementary, middle and high school in Baltimore City. His wife is a psychologist in City Schools, his son attends high school in City Schools and his daughter—a 2014 City Schools graduate—attends college in New England. The family lives in Baltimore City.

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