Middle Grades Partnership is designed to support academically promising middle school youth from sixth grade until they enter high school. We work with students over three and in some cases four, summers in public and private school partnerships. These partnerships use the resources of both schools to provide skills, stability, and access to opportunities that our low-income public school students might not otherwise have.
Research shows, students typically lose two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite their middle-class peers making slight gains. Studies show that more than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.
We hire only the most expert teachers from both the public and private schools; teachers who are effective at raising the bar for their students. Middle Grades Partnership grants these talented teachers the freedom to dig deeply into a subject, follow student interests and use the summer creatively. Each partnership focuses on both the particular needs of their students and the strengths of their schools. Core subjects like reading, writing, and mathematics are necessary for success in any high school program. Middle Grades Partnership partnerships go beyond the basics.
From music technology and dance to robotics and engineering, Middle Grades Partnership places an emphasis on the skills needed for future generations, increasing focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. It also means spending time on life skills, critical thinking, and personal development activities. Our autonomous partnerships are designed to ensure that students are regularly challenged. We are proud that much of what we offer are experiences outside the classroom and perspectives beyond the limits of a single city neighborhood.