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Education Building

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the Education Building is very special to all of us.

Seton High School alumna The Education Building, located at 2800 North Charles Street in Baltimore, was home to Seton High School from 1926-1988. Alumnae held a reunion there on March 2, 2024, just prior to the renovation’s start.

The 77,000-square-foot renovation will include redesigning 10 existing classrooms to provide more modern and shared spaces for students.

Celebrating its historical significance in the neighborhood, many of the Education Building’s features — grand staircase, stained-glass windows, and wooden doors and trim — will be preserved.

Study Rooms will offer dedicated, contemporary, and useful spaces for students to gather, learn, and collaborate with one another.

The Education Building: An epicenter for education, research, and community

One of the country’s top graduate schools of education, the Johns Hopkins School of Education is undergoing a transformation. To meet the growing and complex challenges in education, the school seeks to prepare a new generation of global education leaders in the field while creating and sharing research that is relevant and actionable.

To help fulfill this vision, the Education Building at 2800 North Charles Street in Baltimore will undergo exciting changes and improvements. The renovation will unite academic programs and research centers under one roof, and the school bounds the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus to the south. The new design will also include spaces for the surrounding community, foster innovation, and enhance collaboration.

The Education Building renovation project recognizes the building’s historic significance in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood. Built in 1908 for the St. Joseph’s School of Industry, the building was later the beloved home of the all-female Seton High School. Beginning in the spring of 2024, the renovation will preserve the building’s architectural features while designing useful contemporary spaces for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Baltimore community.

The renovation of the Education Building has been designed by Baltimore architect firm Hord Coplan Macht, which has a vast portfolio of academic buildings and facilities for student life. The renovation project is expected to be completed in 2026.

Building highlights:

  • Renovate 77,000 square feet of existing space, including 10,000 square feet that was previously under-utilized
  • Redesign 10 existing classrooms to accommodate larger class sizes
  • Create a recording and visualization studio for online and virtual learning platforms
  • Establish shared space for collaboration and community use
  • Retain and highlight the building’s historic features

In the news:

Celebrating a Cherished Space — School of Education Building renovation design maintains the former Seton High School’s classic features

Solving for Teacher Shortages — Educators discussed how to tackle the chronic, nationwide shortage of K-12 teachers at an event co-hosted by the School of Education at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center in Washington, D.C.

Chronic Absenteeism Challenges Schools — Data reveal unprecedented levels of chronic absenteeism in schools across the U.S. during the 2021-22 school year, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Education

Johns Hopkins Aims to Address Teacher Shortage with New Master’s Residency Option — The School of Education’s TeachingWell program will provide professional, financial support for applicants looking to start long-term careers in teaching

New Home for Johns Hopkins Graduate Education Programs — A 2006 Headlines@Hopkins article announces Johns Hopkins University’s new Education Building, formerly known as Seton Court, has officially opened its doors

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Jennifer K. Pelton, MA, CFRE, Associate Dean of External Affairs, Development and Alumni Relations, School of Education