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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.