Powerful Partnerships Supporting Baltimore City Students

Southwest Baltimore Charter School & Gilman School

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

Directors from both schools in this new partnership are inspired to create well-rounded programming that brings boys beyond their school communities to connect them to our area’s urban and natural settings.

“The boys had a blast during their first meeting of the school year. Together they challenged themselves to set lofty goals (ascending the Alpine Tower on Gilman’s campus) and supported each other, figuratively and literally, in the pursuit of those goals.”

Recent Highlights

Students are sharing the responsibility to help the communities in which they live through environmental projects and cleaning streams. They are also examining gender roles and expectations in areas including athletics, education and career choice.

Middle Grades Partnership