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 study of urban gardens is an entry point to exploring science and ecology. Social justice issues are analyzed, as girls work together to better understand and take action on issues facing our city.
In addition to Middle Grades Partnership’s core focus on algebra, writing and reading, this partnership engages students in:
“A positive experience that I had at Middle Grades Partnership this summer was learning how to solve equations in math class. Even though I was still not the best at it, I tried it. It was very fun and very interesting to me.”
Students are working in urban gardens, study soil conditions, climate, plant and human nutrition, and Baltimore’s impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. When they were not in the garden, students are deconstructing media images of gender and race. Students filmed their positive images in a working television studio and are producing a documentary on food deserts in Baltimore.