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:
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.
“I loved Middle Grades Partnership so much this summer. I met new friends and tried brand new things while in the program.”
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.
“A positive experience that I had at Middle Grades Partnership this summer was just to have a positive attitude towards others and to enjoy all of the activities. Everything was positive so therefore my whole summer at Middle Grades Partnership has been a positive experience.”