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Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

June 7, 2004
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

Baltimore Talent Development High School
Names Principal

Veteran Baltimore City educator Jeffrey Robinson has been named principal of the Baltimore Talent Development High School, opening in September through a partnership between the Baltimore City Public Schools and the Center for Social Organization of Schools at The Johns Hopkins University.

Robinson has worked at all levels of the city schools for the past 11 years, most recently as an assistant principal at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

The school still has openings for first-time, fully qualified ninth-graders from throughout the city. The Talent Development High School is a city-wide, non-selective high school that will be located at 1500 Harlem Ave. in a building that also houses the Harlem Park Middle School. The school plans to open with about 180 ninth-graders and add a grade each year until it reaches its capacity of 600 students in grades 9-12.

Drawing on the Talent Development model developed at CSOS, the school will encourage and develop the individual talents of each student, nurturing their academic development in small classes with high expectations, extra instructional support where needed and strong interpersonal relationships among students, faculty and staff. In addition to a specially designed curriculum, the school will build in opportunities for community involvement, daily arts courses and a focus on college and career expectations. Upperclassmen will be able to tailor their course load toward career goals in arts and communications or science and technology.

Interested students should ask their guidance counselors for an application to the Baltimore Talent Development High School or contact Robinson or Gwendolyn Statham at the Talent Development offices, 410-516-5191. All incoming students will attend a two-week orientation during the summer. The dates and location of the orientation sessions will be announced soon.

The Baltimore Talent Development High School is one of two innovation high schools opening in the city this fall under the guidance of Johns Hopkins researchers. The other, the Academy for College and Career Exploration, is sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development. ACCE's mission is to help Baltimore high school students develop a love of learning, a constructive direction for their lives, and confidence in their own abilities to succeed. The school's educational philosophy blends standards-based curricula with "real-world" applications and experiences, promoting instruction that is individualized, competency-based, and focused on helping students plan for and achieve successful roles in society.

Members of the media who wish to speak to CSOS or IPS researchers should contact Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960.

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