Powerful Partnerships Supporting Baltimore City Students

City Springs Elementary/Middle School & The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

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

Collegiality, trust, and respect. These values are at the core of this year-round endeavor focused on shaping the lives of the young men who are a part of it.  This partnership borrows from Boys’ Latin’s expertise in “how boys learn”, using the concepts of competition, movement, application and personal ownership in all classes and activities. The emphasis on emotional health, social, interpersonal and life skills builds hope for the future and inspires academic achievement.

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

  • Poetry and writing
  • Storytelling
  • Team and trust building
  • Challenge course
  • Using geometry to plan cityscapes
  • Study of local history
  • Physical activity
  • Financial literacy
  • YouthWorks

“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.”

Recent Highlights

Each year the City Springs / Boys’ Latin students create, write, direct and choreograph their own music video, Pens of Power.

In English Language Arts classes, students learned about types of poetry and how to implement poetic tools into their writing.  At the end of summer, all boys created, edited, and presented their own poem.