Award Year: 2013

Charlesmont Elementary School

7800 West Collingham Driv
Baltimore, MD, 21222-2598

(410) 887-7004

Marsha Ayres, Principal at time of Nomination

Baltimore County Public Schools

School Website


To create a collaborative learning community to ensure that students can confidently reach their maximum potential as responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 72%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Charlesmont Elementary School is a "hidden gem" located in Dundalk, in the southeast area of Baltimore County. In this hardworking and proud community, families have remained for generations, many with connections to the steel and automobile industries that were once vibrant here, and most with connections to this school. The school, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, sits on the site of the Battle of North Point (from the War of 1812) and is nestled on Bear Creek leading to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

We serve an increasingly diverse body of students and provide them with specialized services as needed. Many students come from families with changing economic situations as reflected in the growing rate of transient students who often live in multi-family homes. Charlesmont continues to see increases in the number of bilingual students. Through the use of special education inclusion teachers who work directly with students in primary and intermediate classrooms, Charlesmont is able to provide the most inclusive learning settings for all students. A Title I ABC program at Charlesmont is geared toward teaching parents skills to help them prepare their young children for school.

The academic strength of Charlesmont Elementary is reflected by its test scores, awards, and innovations. Rigorous, cutting-edge instruction can be attributed to the high level of teacher collaboration during grade level data analysis meetings and is assisted through the abundance of technology in every classroom. Teachers and staff take pride in the historic location of the school and, this year, with the support of Maryland Public Television and Fort McHenry, the school launched an interactive website about the Battle of North Point.