The Baltimore Free School

The Baltimore Free School is a grassroots, collectively run and community-funded project, with a classroom inside Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse at 30 W. North Ave. Building upon a long tradition of horizontal organizing, collaborative learning and participatory education, we believe that the empowerment of people of all ages and backgrounds to share and learn is vital to the health of any community. To that end, we work toward creating a space where the exchange of ideas can occur without the exchange of money; a space where we can learn to relate to each other in new and meaningful ways. By building this infrastructure, we hope to form a microcosm of the world in which we want to live.

Click here to get started submitting a proposal. If you want to get involved with organizing the Free School, or have any questions about the project or the course process, please contact us at

Take a course

Every course offered through the Baltimore Free School is 100% free of charge to learners. Sign up online today!

Teach a course

Anyone can teach a course or organize a discussion or workshop at the Free School; propose one right now!

Support the BFS

Get involved as a volunteer organizer or make a tax-deductible donation to help us keep the doors open.

More info

Information on renting the space for private meetings, our consensus-based collective structure, our history and more.

Upcoming Courses

    • Thu, Dec 10 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Basic and functional Chinese

    In this one time workshop, I am going to introduce basic and functiaonl Chinese to people who are interested in the language.  There are some myths around Chinese language, and most of people thought it is a very difficult language.  However, it is not true.  Chinese language can be fun and easy to learn.  I am going to use a lot of visual aids, and you are going to do a lot of fun and hand-on activities.  

    The goal: After this class, you will be able to ask for other's phone number, introduce yourself, and invite other's out to do an activity. 

    Class date: December 10th

    TIme: 6p.m. to 7p.m. 

    • Sun, Dec 06 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Dec 13 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sun, Dec 20 @ 2:00 PM
    • and 2 more sessions
    (North Ave classroom)

    The Free School’s Sober Art Social

    Looking to avoid drinking this holiday season, but still need human interaction? Come to The Free School’s Sober Art Social every Sunday (Dec 6th-Jan 10th) and make some Holiday cards for the people you love. Or just draw some cartoons and hear the genuine IRL giggles they produce. Bring your favorite supplies, but some will be provided. All ages and skill levels welcome! 


    • Sun, Dec 20 @ 5:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    No Eat in ED: Eating Disorder Awareness

    ED class talk:

    In this class topics on eating disorders will be disussed. For example, the different types so that way people will be aware. The entire point of this class is to bring awareness about disordered eating, how to control it, and give insight on nutritional value. As we all know it, we have many problems on earth. We have breast cancer awareness, LGBT awareness, Aids/HIV awareness, the list can go on and on. Rarely, does anyone ever hear or know about what an Eating Disorder is.

    The class topics will inclue:

    1) The red flags of how to tell if someone has an Eating Disorder.

    2) How to help your loved one recover, show the proper support.

    3) Nutritional value and how proper eating is very important to a healthy body, mind, in other words: "Food for Throught."

    4) The Do's and Don'ts for a proper recovery.

    5) Working out.

    6) The harsh effects of an ED.

    • Sat, Dec 12 @ 3:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Love Letters to My Body

    The Baltimore Transgender Alliance in conjunction with the Monument Quilt are hosting a healing workshop in the Baltimore Free School.

    "In gearing up for Trans Day of Remembrance we'd like to do a series of writing workshops along the theme of "love letters to my body". A healing process for transwomen to appreciate their bodies, value and worth.

    This will be in conjunction with the Monument Quilt, those workshops will consist of putting these and other words of support for slain and abused transwomen of color."

    (These are closed workshops for Tans Women only and will be limited to the first 10 attendees. We will collect contact information for anyone who shows up after we've reached the limit and those women will be first on the list for the next workshop.)


    • Sun, Dec 06 @ 6:30 PM

    Baltimore DSA meeting

    • Mon, Dec 14 @ 2:00 PM

    Basic PC Maintenance

    Hands-on workshop-style course in which participans would bring their own notebooks to work on, and learn the skill and tools necessary for basic PC maintenance, improving performance on their own computer as they go. The skills learned would be applicable to most any Windows system, and all software is available for free.

    • Wed, Dec 02 @ 7:00 PM
    • Tue, Dec 15 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Revolutionary Feminism Reading Group

    Following from the Communist Research Cluster's initiative this year to coordinate reading groups across the country (and other countries), the topic would be "Revolutionary Feminism". Although the reading group would have no formal affiliation with the Communist Research Cluster, it would use a Reader on Revolutionary Feminism that they have curated and provided for groups to use. The Rev. Fem. Reader exists in .pdf and .epub form, so could be circulated for free to anyone with access to the internet and brought to meetings via a personal device, e-reader or a print-out. T

    You can find more information about the Readers and the network of reading groups here:

    • Sat, Dec 05 @ 4:00 PM
    • Sat, Dec 19 @ 4:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Human Stem Cells for Non-Scientists: Building a Better Mousetrap in the 21st century?

    This is a course designed to introduce non-scientists to human stem cells and their use in regenerative medicine. It will also address some of the current ethical issues affecting the field.

    • Sun, Dec 06 @ 5:00 PM
    • Sun, Dec 13 @ 5:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Scientific Revolutions: Ancient and Modern

    Discussion series on readings in the history of scientific theory and discovery from Lucretius and Aristotle to Darwin and Einstein.

    • Tue, Dec 01 @ 6:30 PM

    Learn To Debate

    This course will prepare particpants to engage in and apppreciate structured debate. While the course is designed for those who are new to debating in a structured way, more experienced particpants are of course welcome. The course will occur over 4 sections, each section is a standalone, but those who are able to attend each section will be more prepared to debate.

    • Wed, Dec 16 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
    • Wed, Feb 24, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

    Cooperative Study Group: Beginners Helping Beginners

    • Fri, Dec 04 @ 6:00 PM
    • Fri, Dec 11 @ 6:00 PM
    • Fri, Dec 18 @ 6:00 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Health and Society

    "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely   the absence of disease or infirmity"   -World Health Organization


    Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world and spending a great deal of money on healthcare, the health status of our nation is suboptimal. Why is that?

    In this course we will explore the interplay between the way our society is structured and our state of health as one explanation for this quesiton.

    • Fri, Dec 18 @ 7:30 PM
    (North Ave classroom)

    Black feminism and intersectionality

    Organized by the Baltimore branch of the International Socialist Organization

    The Baltimore branch of the International Socialist Organization is getting together to begin educating ourselves about Black feminism and Intersectionality. None of us are experts and nobody is "teaching" the class, but rather we will go through the material collectively. We invite anyone with any level of experience with this topic to join us and share your perspective! The way we structure the group is simply to ask for a volunteer to facilitate, and any Black woman who wants to facilitate is given priority, in recognition of the fact that there are very few spaces where Black woman's voices are allowed to be dominant. We spend time discussing reading that has been chosen by the group, but also leave space for open discussion about any relevant current events, media, blogs, etc. that members want to talk about. We see this group as being shaped by its members, so anyone can suggest readings or changes to the structure at any time. To get on the listserv for the group and receive the readings, please email Alana Davenport at We also have a facebook group called Baltimore Free School Black Feminism and Intersectionality.