About Us

Looking back on how it all began….1978

The Monroe R. Saunders School, currently the Center for Creative Learning, opened its doors in 1978 as one of the first minority African American accredited private schools in the state of Maryland. The school is located on 22 scenic acres of rolling green lawns in West Baltimore at 5150 Baltimore National Pike; the property was formally owned by the Samuel Ready School. Bishop Saunders Sr., in his youth, was employed at the Samuel Ready School when it was located on Harford Road and North Avenue.  Later, that school became a school for elite girls.  Bishop Saunders Sr. had a vision for this setting. The Samuel Ready property was purchased in 1978. His legacy continues through the accomplishments of current students and the thousands who have passed through these portals.

Students who attended Center for Creative Learning have gone on to successful careers in law, medicine, politics and various other professions. This prestigious institution has demonstrated excellence in academics and leadership in other institutions of learning. Parents, teachers, and principals have marveled at the acumen of CCL’s students. Center for Creative Learning’s staff, parents and students will be forever indebted to the sacrifice and dedication given by the founder, Bishop Monroe R. Saunders, Sr. His relentless pursuit for educational excellence was the catalyst for his determination to open a school second to none.


We believe early learning experiences contribute to developmental enhancement and higher levels of maturity in children. The program builds on the interests of each child in a nurturing environment, which will enable each child to become a successful learner. The education of young learners is viewed as beginning in the home and continuing through the early school years. An early learning program is child-centered and must provide for a wide range of experiences which promotes social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.


As a Christian school, our aim is to provide the necessary foundation upon which your child can gain a better understanding, awareness and identification with his/her family, church community and other individuals. This awareness will propel your child to a higher level which prepares him/her to meet the future challenges in a positive manner. Center for Creative Learning strives for excellence by providing an intellectual and stimulating curriculum at each level with the intent of producing children who will be ready for the next milestone in life.