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Bridges at McDonogh Program Announced

Head of School Dave Farace ‘87 has announced an exciting new program: Bridges at McDonogh. The Bridges program focuses on helping bright and talented students from Title I Schools in Baltimore City find consistent academic success from elementary through high school, in college, and on to fulfilling career pathways.

In a November 15, 2023 letter to the McDonogh parent community, Farace explained, “The program not only supports the School’s mission but also aligns with Greatest Good McDonogh and the effort to instill in our students the propensity to do the greatest possible amount of good in their communities and the world.”

Bridges at McDonogh will be a transformational program that works year-round with Baltimore City youth, ages 9 to 23, providing academic programming support and enrichment opportunities both after school and during the summer months. It will open in June 2024 with a summer enrichment offering for 35 fourth- and fifth-grade students from Baltimore City schools and volunteers from McDonogh’s Upper School. Each year, a new group of rising fourth graders will enter the 13-year program. McDonogh’s goal is to support the long-term success of 180 Baltimore City students annually.

The new Bridges program will also provide an opportunity for McDonogh’s upper schoolers to build relationships with the students the School is partnered with, learn about issues of unequal access to education in Baltimore, and be a part of creating a more inclusive and equitable society. It is anticipated that each year close to 90 McDonogh upper schoolers will engage with the program through tutoring and learning experiences.

In a letter to the Bridges Baltimore community, Executive Director Rob Paymer celebrated the fourth Bridges program location in Baltimore and noted that he and Farace had been working together for the past three years to make Bridges at McDonogh a reality.

Farace says, “I am so excited about McDonogh’s new partnership with Bridges. Supporting talented students from around Baltimore in their pursuit of academic success and providing our upper schoolers the opportunity to develop a commitment to civic engagement truly aligns with McDonogh’s mission—to provide life-altering educational experiences that inspire personal and intellectual growth. I could not be more excited for what is ahead.”