Middle Grades Partnership

Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) is part of a city-wide initiative that partners independent schools with Baltimore public schools to provide learning opportunities for promising Baltimore City students. Funded by the Baltimore Community Foundation, MGP fosters strong collaboration between the participating partner schools to design and deliver the program. The program is year-round with the core of the MGP activities at GFS for five weeks during the summer.

Since 2007, GFS has partnered with City Springs School, located in East Baltimore. Garrison Forest Middle School students work with City Springs female Middle School students to address silos of race, class and opportunity through MGP.

Upper School GFS students may serve as mentors for the program. GFS’s MGP summer experience also includes a one-of-kind “Learn to Ride and Play Polo” program created and taught by GFS Polo Coach Cindy Halle, which teaches self-confidence and leadership skills as well as riding, polo and horsemanship. Read more.

How does MGP Work?

City Springs and GFS MGP students enjoy Shadow Days at each other’s schools throughout the year, as well as leadership development programs for each school. During the summer, City Springs students attend a five-week camp at GFS, focused on academic enrichment, connecting with GFS and former City Springs student mentors, taking field trips and enjoying arts and/or Polo and riding classes.


Contact the GFS MGP Coordinators

Shondra Cowling
Preschool and Lower School Counselor

Andrea Perry
Director of The James Center