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:
A strong, positive role model can inspire and make a difference to both the mentee and the mentor. And that’s exactly what the City Springs Elementary/Middle School and Garrison Forest School partnership is counting on. This partnership provides a safe space for small groups of girls to discuss their lives, take on challenges and explore issues and events unique to them as young women. The connection between the two schools enables young women to see themselves as belonging to a community beyond their doorstep.
In addition to Middle Grades Partnership’s core focus on algebra, writing and reading, this partnership engages students in:
“There are many positive experiences I have had with Middle Grades Partnership this summer. One experience is when I was able to express myself what it was like growing in a community where there was a cultural difference between me and my peers.”
Students are discussing ‘Self Discovery, Identity and Leadership’ and creating oral history projects for self-expression. Shadow days at each other’s schools are an important aspect of this partnership. These discussions and visits allow students to explore their differences and commonalities. Student art works inspired by their experience together are exhibited at both schools.