10/19/18—Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School, a public charter middle school for girls in Baltimore, MD, recently graduated its inaugural class of eighth grade scholars. Lillie May, opened in 2015, is a unique public-private partnership between Roland Park Country School (RPCS) and the Baltimore City School System. Lillie May is the result of a five-year process of visioning and planning conceived of and designed by faculty and administrators from RPCS and The Bryn Mawr School, sister all-girls schools in Baltimore.
The first class of graduates participated in a Passage Ceremony in June, where each girl reviewed her three years at Lillie May focusing on social and academic growth and how the knowledge they acquired will serve them in high school and beyond. Graduates are bound for their first-choice high schools.
Lillie May also celebrated the creation of an endowment close to $500 thousand thanks to a gift from a Bryn Mawr alumna and her family. The gift demonstrates the impact the public-private partnership has already generated in the independent school community.
In 2019, Lillie May is slated to move to a new location. With help from the Abell Foundation and The Reinvestment Fund, the school has purchased a former Baltimore City Public School building that will be renovated to become the permanent home of Lillie May. In three brief years, the school has become an integral part of the Baltimore education landscape for girls.