John Eager Howard School Design Process: January Update

The School Design process has been moving along steadily at John Eager Howard since the Community Visioning meeting back in October. Baltimore City Public School’s Ed Specs Team met with our architect from Cho Benn Holback, representatives from BCPS, and representatives from MSDE. The Ed Specs Team included a JEH parent, JEH staff, and community partner representation from RHIC and Child First Authority. This group reviewed the information drawn out of the Community Visioning meeting and applied that to physical spaces in the school.

The Ed Specifications and Feasibility study are still in the approval process, but given the projected enrollment (511 students) JEH is slated to be a “3-section school”. This means that there will be 3 classrooms per grade and guarantees a number of other spaces based on BCPS’s prototype, for example:

  • Science lab and storage
  • Art studio, storage, and kiln
  • Large and small music rehearsal rooms

JEH’s future building will further distinguish itself from the prototype as the community use space is defined, which will happen over the coming months. It is important to note that the State will no longer fund the building of stand alone auditoriums, which the current JEH building already has. For the most up-to-date building options, please stay tuned for details on the Community Review, expected to be held in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, the JEH-RHIC-Child First School Design Team continues to work on listening to community stakeholders so that the ultimate building is designed around community values and beliefs. One application of values on design is: we know the community believes students should be given as much experience and exposure to diverse academic and enrichment experiences as possible, and to maximize that potential it is important that the new building provide accommodating spaces. We are therefore pursuing creative options for retaining an auditorium space. It is important to note that we will not know what has been adopted until we hear feedback on the Ed Specifications and Feasibility Study.

If you have any questions about the School Design Process, please contact Erin Bowman at