Powerful Partnerships Supporting Baltimore City Students

“I really hope I can come back year after year after year and year to come, and maybe when I’m old enough, I can work as a staff member that helps out the students here for the summer. I really like it here.”

Our Success

Middle Grades Partnership increases opportunities for academically promising Baltimore City public middle school students through public and private school partnerships.

Since 2005, MGP has served more than 3,400 Baltimore City middle school students.

In 2015, MGP provided 150 hours of summer programming for 292 students in seven public/private school partnerships. Of the 292 students, 229 attended the Baltimore City Public School System while 63 attended area private schools.

Of all MGP students, 94% of our students were African American, 42% were male, and 87% of the students were eligible for free or reduced meals.

Our attendance rate is 92%, well-above the summer programming benchmark for excellence of 85%. Even more compelling? The majority of our students have to get up early enough to catch a public bus to their home school prior to boarding the bus to the private school.

Last year our overall retention rate was 78%.

Last year, 91% of our rising ninth graders were accepted into citywide academic entrance criteria public high schools. Another 5% were accepted into Baltimore School for the Arts, parochial or private schools. The citywide average for student acceptance into the top academic criteria public high schools last year was just under 23%. Experience in MGP makes our students four times more likely to be accepted into academically rigorous entrance criteria high schools than their non MGP peers.

Middle Grades Partnership