Six of the middle/high schools opened a few weeks ago. As I report today, the board approved the creation of nine more last night:
-- Two of the six college-prep schools will be run by the College Board, the organization behind the SAT and A.P. exams.
-- Two of the college-prep schools will be single-gender. The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women will be modeled after schools run by the New York Foundation. Bluford Drew Jemison, which already runs a Baltimore charter middle school for boys, will open a second all-boys schools. Both the single-gender schools will focus on math, science and technology.
-- A second existing Baltimore charter school, Northwood Appold Community Academy, will operate a new middle/high school, with a curriculum focused on freedom and democracy.
-- One college-prep school will partner with both the New York-based Institute for Student Achievement (to work in the high school) and the Baltimore-based Success for All Foundation (to work in the middle school). ISA has partnerships with high schools around the nation, but this will be its first middle school, which is why it recruited Success for All to help.
-- Of three new alternative schools, two will be run by the Boston-based Diploma Plus program, which operates alternative schools nationwide.
-- One alternative school will be run by One Bright Ray, which operates four alternative schools in Philadelphia.