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Free summer program for city students with high potential

Posted: 10:44 PM, Apr 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-30 09:23:07-04
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BALTIMORE, Md. — Baltimore City Schools and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth are offering a new and free summer program tailored to city students in West and Southeast Baltimore with high academic potential.

CTY Baltimore Emerging Scholars Summer Program is a six-week program for 180 students grades first through third. Enrolled students will work in small, interdisciplinary classes focused on writing, science, and math and will receive highly individualized attention as they explore hands-on learning.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to reach Baltimore City students this summer with advanced—and fun—curriculum,” said Amy Shelton, interim executive director and director of research for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. “Research shows that the younger we can provide this enrichment, the more likely we are to have a meaningful impact.”

A $400,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education is funding the program.

The grant will provide two free learning sites at Gwynns Falls Elementary School in West Baltimore and Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School in Southeast Baltimore. Officials say students who go to schools in these areas will be invited to attend the program.

Their hope is to close the excellence gap between low-income and higher-income students who possess high levels of academic performance in city schools.

The grant also plans to expand the partnership between the district and CTY, a free, 25-week school-based program dedicated to identifying bright Baltimore City elementary students and developing their academic talents.