Powerful Partnerships Supporting Baltimore City Students

Afya -Now The Belair-Edison School & Park School of Baltimore

What Makes This Middle Grades Partnership

Each Middle Grades Partnership program is wholly designed by teachers from a Baltimore City public school and its partner private school. Because students differ from site to site, programs do too. However, all Middle Grades Partnership programs—designed to stimulate, not remediate—embody these principles:

  • Creative, exciting and experienced teachers from public and private schools leading each classroom
  • Rigorous and rewarding academic and enrichment activities during 150 hours of summer programming, with a strong focus on building skills in algebra, writing and reading
  • Projects during the school year that bring students from both schools together to better understand themselves and their city, and to make a difference in their communities.
What Makes This Partnership Unique

The curriculum encourages students to think beyond the classroom to connect coursework and daily life. This partnership focuses on the principles of collaboration, exploration, service learning and interdisciplinary study. Intensive examination of social justice issues is balanced with outdoor activities that promote challenges of a different kind and an appreciation of nature.

In addition to Middle Grades Partnership’s core focus on algebra, writing and reading, this partnership engages students in:

  • Music technology
  • Performing arts
  • Service learning
  • Leadership training
  • College visits
  • Fieldwork
  • Mentoring
  • Challenge course
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Shakespeare Studies
  • YouthWorks

“I loved Middle Grades Partnership so much this summer. I met new friends and tried brand new things while in the program.”

Recent Highlights

Students are researching social issues of interest to them, exploring their passions through literature and working with non-profits to better understand structural racism and activism in Baltimore.  Projects connect to global issues including Globalization and Sustainability, Development, Scientific Innovation and Cultural Expression. Students drew historical connections to current events through visits to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.