Uniting Students, Education, and Communities

“I really hope I can come back year after year after year and year to come, and maybe when I’m old enough, I can work as a staff member that helps out the students here for the summer. I really like it here.”

Our Success

Middle Grades Partnership increases opportunities for academically promising Baltimore City public middle school students through public and private school partnerships.

Since 2005, Middle Grades Partnership has served more than 4,000 Baltimore City middle school students.

In 2019, Middle Grades Partnership provided 150 hours of summer programming for 440 students in eight public and private school partnerships. Of the 440 students, 308 attended the Baltimore City Public School System while 132 attended area private schools.

Of all MGP students, 77% of our students were African American, 39% were male and 87% of the students were eligible for free meals.

Our attendance rate is 91%, meeting the benchmark for excellence in summer programming. Even more compelling? The majority of our students have to get up early enough to catch a public bus to their home school prior to boarding the bus to the private school.

Our three-year retention rate is 78%.

Last year, 85% of our rising ninth-graders were accepted into citywide academic entrance criteria public high schools. Another 9% were accepted into Baltimore School for the Arts, parochial or private schools. The citywide average for student acceptance into the top academic criteria public high schools last year was just under 26%. Our students are four times more likely to be accepted into academically rigorous entrance criteria high schools than their non-Middle Grades Partnership peers.