Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West
1500 Harlem Avenue Street[1]


United States
Coordinates39°17′49.66″N 76°38′27.87″W / 39.2971278°N 76.6410750°W / 39.2971278; -76.6410750Coordinates: 39°17′49.66″N 76°38′27.87″W / 39.2971278°N 76.6410750°W / 39.2971278; -76.6410750
School typePublic
School districtBaltimore City Public Schools
School number364
PrincipalRyan Durr[2]
Enrollment232[2] (2018)
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Navy, Gold, White
Team nameRockets[3]
WebsiteCity Schools Site

Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West, is an all-boy public middle/high school located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The school's focus is on Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.[2]


The school was an extension of the Bluford Drew Jemison Math Science Technology Academy initially opened in 2007 as a charter middle school, and named for African-Americans who had found success in STEM fields: Guion S. Bluford and Mae Jemison, and Charles R. Drew.[4] This original school was located at 1130 N. Caroline St. in the Gay Street neighborhood of Baltimore.[5] This original BDJ lost its Charter license in 2013 (becoming a traditional school) due to low academic performance and financial issues, before shuttering for good at the end of 2014.[6][7]

Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West was launched as a spin off in 2010.[8] Initially co-located within the Diggs-Johnson Middle School at 1300 Herkimer St, the school moved to the former Walbrook High School at 2000 Edgewood Street in the Fairmont neighborhood in 2010 when Diggs-Johnson was closed to make room for the Southwest Baltimore Charter School.[8] However, by November 2013, the school board had decided to empty the Walbrook campus entirely, and BDJ West was recommended for closure along with its predecessor.[9] Community protests kept it from closure and relocation, but the board did revoke its charter in December of the same year, announcing it would look for a new operator.[10]


  1. ^ "Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West 2017 - 2018 School Report Card". Maryland State Department of Education. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  2. ^ a b c "Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West". Baltimore City Public Schools. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  3. ^ "Bluford Drew Jemison Academy Football". MaxPreps. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  4. ^ Neufeld, Sara (2006-11-30). "13 Charter Schools Sought in City - Applications Received by the School Board Reflect a Range of Trends, Philosophies". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore.
  5. ^ Kane, Gregory (2008-05-17). "They Don't Have A Prayer". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore.
  6. ^ Green, Erica L. (2013-05-15). "City school system receives seven charter applications". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore.
  7. ^ Green, Erica L. (2013-06-11). "City school board approves three new charters". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore.
  8. ^ a b Bowie, Liz (2010-06-17). "Last day of Diggs-Johnson Middle School". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore.
  9. ^ Green, Erica L. (2013-11-12). "Edwards calls for 7 city schools to close". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore.
  10. ^ Green, Erica L. (2013-12-18). "City board votes to close six schools in 2014". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore.