Baltimore Emerging Scholars is the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth’s enrichment program for Baltimore students who show high academic potential. The CTY BES School Year program reaches nearly 480 students annually, offering interdisciplinary courses in high-interest topics that are not typically taught in traditional curricula.

School Year Program

In partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, CTY designed a 25-week advanced enrichment course to test students’ critical thinking skills and to further their academic interests through inquiry-based activities.

The Baltimore Emerging Scholars program incorporates professional development and training for the school-based teachers who serve as program instructors. Before the program’s start, teachers participate in a training workshop focused on how best to teach the CTY BES curricula. The training is led by the CTY Baltimore Emerging Scholars co-directors from Baltimore City Public Schools and CTY, who manage the program year-round. In addition, CTY’s research team focuses on assessing participating students’ cognitive abilities that may not be measured by standardized math and verbal tests.

Course Types

Courses are interdisciplinary in nature and revolve around high-interest topics not typically taught in traditional curricula, such as:

  • Beautiful Beasts, Best Friends and Bacteria: Zoey & Sassafras (grade 1) 
  • Shaping Our World: Early Architecture (grade 2)
  • Builders and Shakers: New Engineers (grade 3)
  • To Infinity and Beyond: Space and Astronomy (grade 4)
  • Uncovering Truths : Ancient Egypt and Cryptography (grade 5)

Participating Schools

Since 2014, CTY Baltimore Emerging Scholars has expanded to reach more than 20 schools across Baltimore City:

  • Belmont Elementary School
  • Cecil Elementary School
  • Commodore John Rogers Elementary School
  • Francis Scott Key Elementary School
  • Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy
  • Glenmount Elementary/Middle School
  • Gwynns Falls Elementary School
  • Hamilton Elementary/Middle School
  • Hampden Elementary/Middle School
  • Hampstead Hill Academy
  • Henderson-Hopkins School
  • Hilton Elementary School
  • Moravia Park Primary School
  • Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School
  • Midtown Academy
  • New Song Elementary/Middle School
  • North Bend Elementary/Middle School
  • Patterson Park Public Charter School
  • William Paca Elementary School
  • Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School
  • Woodhome Elementary/Middle School

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