Baltimore students brush up on academics during summer months

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Summer is here, but the learning does not stop at the McDonogh School in Owings Mill in Baltimore County.  While most students are relaxing and vacationing, some students from Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City are building their academic skills.

It's part of the Middle Grades Partnership.

"If you take great teachers from public and independent schools working side by side, setting the academic bar high in math, reading and writing and surrounding students with other opportunities, everybody benefits," said Beth Casey, with Middle Grades Partnership.

The McDonogh School teamed up with Baltimore City Public Schools to give students the academic boost they need to succeed.  The McDonogh site serves about 60 rising seventh, eighth and ninth graders from Mount Royal.

The summer program runs for five weeks.  It focuses on reading, math, spanish, technology, visual and performing arts.

"We want them to understand that learning is an investment and their opportunities don't stop because the school year ends. We want them to be ready and more prepared when school opens," said Stephanie Dennis, with McDonogh Middle Grades Partnership.

The enrichment programs put students on the right track to succeed in high school and beyond.
After a few weeks in class, students say they can see an improvement in their academic subjects.

"I think the program is very fun and you learn a lot here," said Shawn Brown, an eighth grader.

Students enroll in the programs as rising seventh graders and receive the support they need through three summers and two school years.  

Students have higher attendance rates, better reading and math skills and qualify for competitive high schools.

Middle Grades Partnership is a year round program.  It provides services during the summer as well as after school programs during the school year.  The program started in 2005.

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