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Bluford Drew Jemison Academy is founded on the belief that an education steeped in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum is essential to preparing scholars for high-achieving secondary and post-secondary education opportunities. BDJA first opened its doors in 2007 on Baltimore's East side and currently operates two STEM academies:

BDJ STEM Academy - East (founded 2007)
The Academy East began the first year of operation at its current location in East Baltimore with 135 6th graders, and for the 2009/2010 academic year, will be fully enrolled, grades 6-8, with 380 students.
BDJ STEM Academy - West (founded 2009)
The school will be housed in temporary school space, with the capacity to enroll 100 6th grade students. The following year, Academy West will move to its permanent location and add a 7th and 9th grade, with additional grades added until 2013 when the school will be fully enrolled, grades 6-12.


The BDJA culture is enhanced and supported through an atmosphere which encourages each scholar to excel, by adhering to the following:

School Day (required of all students)

  • Hours: 7am - 7pm
  • Instructional Day: 7:35am - 2:40pm (preceded by breakfast and a daily assembly)
  • Extended Day: 3pm to 7pm (includes dinner)
  • Extended Week: 9am - 12pm, three Saturdays a month
  • Extended Year: 9am - 12pm 5-week mandatory summer session focused on math and language arts
  • Total Days of Instruction: 220 (State of MD requires 180)
  • Curriculum: Language Arts (2 periods each day), Math (2 periods each day, with a daily assessment), Science, Social Studies, Technology, Library Media, Reading and Writing Skills, Foreign Language (Spanish), Music, Physical Education and Visual Arts
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Extended Day Program

  • Athletics
  • Chess
  • Civic Clubs
  • Debate
  • Environmental Science
  • Homework Assistance
  • Instrumental & Choral Music
  • Robotics
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