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:
“What if?” Asking—and answering—that question is at the heart of this partnership. Students engage in an experience designed not just to inform, but to create a deeper relationship with the world. Teachers from both schools unite to present learning as an endeavor and not just a way to amass a body of knowledge.
In addition to Middle Grades Partnership’s core focus on algebra, writing and reading, this partnership engages students in:
“Gaining a deeper understanding of quadratics was helpful because it helped me to get ahead for the school year. Making new friends was great.”
Social Justice questions such as what does it mean, who is privy to it and how to recognize social injustice are being explored by students. These issues are key to this partnership since many of the Hampstead Hill public school students are from recent immigrant families and the Friends private school students feel removed and therefore do not know how to engage in Social Justice conversations. Students are creating a quilt wherein each square speaks to them on these Social Justice topics.