FAQs

  • What grades will you serve?

    The Lillie May Carroll Jackson School will serve grades 5 – 8. There will be two divisions, a 5/6 division and a 7/8 division.

  • When will you open?

    We will open in 2015 – 2016, enrolling girls at the 5th and 6th grade level. We will add a 7th and an 8th grade each year thereafter.

  • Why all girls?

    Research shows that girls learn best in a single sex environment. Girls attending an all-girls school demonstrate higher cognitive achievement, higher self-esteem, and higher internal controls than their counterparts in coeducational schools (Riordan, as quoted in Salomone Same, Different, Equal). Our approach will use the best of evidence-based research to empower girls by encouraging them to populate the full spectrum of roles in a rigorous academic environment—at LMCJS girls will be the best poet, the most inspired scientist, the most gifted athlete.  At the same time, populating that full spectrum of roles will also allow students to cultivate a sense of collective strength by mentoring and being mentored by other girls, in part as an antidote to a culture that often pits girls against one another.

  • Why Middle School?

    Early adolescence, approximately ages 10 – 14, is a critical period of development for students in terms of physical, emotional and intellectual growth that can best be served in a developmentally responsive middle school dedicated to the unique needs of the early adolescent student.

  • Where are you located?

    We are located in the Govans neighborhood of North Baltimore City. Located in between York Rd and The Alameda, we are on the 36 bus line.  The entrance of our school is directly on Woodbourne Ave.

  • What is the educational philosophy at the Lillie May Carroll Jackson School?

    Our school will be an Expeditionary Learning (EL) School. Expeditionary Learning is a not-for-profit organization that partners with charter boards to open new schools. The EL model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in school. At the Lillie May Carroll Jackson School…

    • Learning is active. Students are scientists, urban planners, historians and activists, investigating real community problems and collaborating with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions.
    • Learning is challenging. Students at all levels are pushed and supported to do more than they think they can. Excellence is expected in the quality of their work and thinking.
    • Learning is meaningful. Students apply their skills and knowledge to real-world issues and problems and make positive change in their communities. They see the relevance of their learning and are motivated by understanding that learning had purpose.
    • Learning is public. Through formal structures of presentation, exhibition, critique, and data analysis, students and teachers build a shared vision of pathways to achievement.
    • Learning is collaborative. School leaders, teachers, students, and families share rigorous expectations for quality work, achievement, and behavior. Trust, respect, responsibility, and joy in learning permeate the school culture.
  • What connection will Lillie May have with RPCS?

    The Lillie May Carroll Jackson School will be a fully independent charter school with close ties to Roland Park Country School and other independent schools. This will include joint activities among the girls at both schools, including presentations, field trips, intramural sports events and opportunities to serve both as mentors and mentees. Faculty will participate in joint professional development and in professional learning communities. Moreover, Lillie May will join a network of girls schools dedicated to meeting the unique needs of girls.

  • How can I apply?

    Please click here to obtain more information on our application process.

  • Can I get involved even if I don’t have a daughter for whom I would apply?

    Absolutely!  We welcome anyone in the larger Baltimore community who is interested in helping to transform lives through public education to join us in that effort.  Please contact us and let us know how you’d like to help.