An Update on Innovative High School Models in Baltimore

An Update on Innovative High School Models in Baltimore

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

This program will explore innovative models that bridge secondary education to college and careers within a high school model. We will learn about the strategies guiding the operation of three high school models in Baltimore and hear an update on how students are faring.

The Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) Early College High Schools model first came to Maryland in the 2016-2017 school year with the opening of programs at Carver High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. There are now 7 P-TECH schools in Maryland.  P-TECH was co-developed by IBM. In six years or less, P-TECH students graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, associate’s degree. Each P-TECH school works with industry partners and a local community college to ensure an up-to-date curriculum that is academically rigorous and economically relevant.

The first Excel Center was developed by Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana as free public high school for adults. While earning a high school diploma, students earn college credits and a variety of industry-recognized certifications. The Excel Center model has experienced incredible success, with measurable impact in the community, now operating 16 sites in Indiana. In 2013, The Excel Center expanded nationally and is now located in Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and Washington D.C. Maryland will get its first Excel School soon with the opening of a school in Baltimore by Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake.

Through a partnership with Bard College, students at Bard High School Early College Baltimore earn both a high school diploma and up to 60 transferable college credits and an associate in arts degree in four years. BHSEC provides a rigorous course of study that emphasizes critical thinking through writing, discussion, and inquiry. The school seeks to intellectually engage a diverse group of motivated high school students and prepare them for success in college and beyond. The curriculum is composed of a two-year college preparatory sequence in the 9th and 10th grades that segues directly into a two-year college course of study in place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades. BHSEC faculty members are experienced college professors. Our Speakers will be:

  • Sally Scott Marietta, Program Manager, IBM Corporate Citizen
  • Lisa A. Rusyniak, President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. 
  • Dr. Francesca Gamber, Bard High School Early College Baltimore

Lunch will be served. This program is for Maryland Philanthropy Network Members Only.


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