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:
This all girls’ program is designed to help empower adolescent girls to develop, define, and express their strengths. In a world in which girls are taught that their external beauty is often greater than their internal drive and desires, this program focuses on female empowerment on social, cultural, and academic levels. There is also a building emphasis on the place of women in the larger world with an international focus.
“I enjoyed working every single day. This has been the best job that I’ve ever had. Middle Grades Partnership’s freedom as a director and teacher allows for meaningful moments in the classroom each day and teaching things that students see value in.”
This program allows students with a wide range of learning styles to grow and learn together through a variety of experiences. This partnership focuses on the principles of collaboration, exploration, problem-based learning, active engagement, and cross-disciplinary work. The directors find that this positively affects student learning by pushing them past the traditional curriculum and opening their academic horizons.