school choice

Will Your Student be “IN” School?

More than 100 private schools in the Baltimore area are currently in the process of navigating through the decision to offer online or in-person learning for their students this fall. There are pros and cons to both offerings, and fortunately, many parents will have a choice for their students, as a growing number of these schools will accommodate both. Three things have become clear to me as the fall semester approaches: I do not believe there is a right or wrong choice here, especially for elementary and younger middle school students. Think about having to choose to send your child [...]

What is Maryland’s BOOST Program? Apply today!

Established in 2016, Maryland’s Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provides vouchers to low-income students to attend eligible nonpublic schools. Scholarships are provided to families eligible for the free/reduced-price lunch program, and are given based on household income, with lower incomes served first. BOOST is the nation’s 26th voucher program and throughout the state, and 10% of families with children throughout Maryland are income-eligible. During the 2018-2019 fiscal school year, the State of Maryland allocated $7.6 million for BOOST scholarships. There were 3,410 participating students during that school year as well. With about 176 participating schools, there […]

CSFB Celebrates School Choice by Visiting our Students

Celebrated every January, National School Choice Week is the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. School Choice means providing the best opportunities to help children succeed in school and in life. To celebrate National School Choice Week, CSFB Program Administrator Joanne Sanders visited CSFB participating schools to celebrate school choice with the students. We were able to sit down with her to talk about her experience and why this week is important to celebrate. Why is it important to celebrate National School Choice Week and acknowledge school choice? I feel that it’s an opportunity to be a voice [...]

Celebrating 20 Years of School Choice with CSFB

CSFB is 20! Milestones are important because they give an organization the ability to look back, quantify successes and consider change for the future. Looking back on the past 20 years, we celebrate: 7,648 students served 14,233,192 dollars of tuition assistance paid directly to schools in Baltimore 97 percent of our 8th-grade graduates who go on to graduate from high school 84 percent of our students who attend college 78 schools our students have attended 9 categories of affiliation – Catholic, Jewish, Christian (no specific denomination), Lutheran, Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist, Baptist, Islamic, Non-Denominational Numbers also paint the picture of dollars [...]