BRIDGES at McDONOGH SCHOOL

Est. 2024

BRIDGES AT McDONOGH SCHOOL

Bridges at McDonogh School will open in June of 2024 under the direction of George Hutchins, a former Bridges Summer Institute Dean of Students. The first summer will begin with one class of rising fourth graders and one class of rising fifth graders. As the years progress, Bridges at McDonogh will continue to provide year-round supports to these students through college and beyond, and will recruit a new class of fourth graders to grow the program annually.

Baltimore City youth enter Bridges at McDonogh just after third grade and engage in a year-round, 13-year program that helps them to find consistent success from elementary school through college and into the start of their careers.

Upper school students from McDonogh engage with Bridges’ youngest students as tutors in the After-School Program and assistant counselors in the Summer Institute. The experience creates a space for McDonogh students to build close and caring relationships with Baltimore City students, learn more about issues of unequal access and opportunity in Baltimore, and be part of building a more inclusive and equitable society.

ABOUT McDONOGH SCHOOL

McDonogh is an independent, coeducational day and five-day boarding school that enrolls students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Providing life-altering educational opportunities that inspire joy in learning and promote personal and intellectual growth is at the heart of the McDonogh experience. The School’s talented and caring teachers prepare students to lead and to be a force for good in a rapidly changing world. In addition to state-of-the-art academic, art, and athletic facilities, McDonogh’s 800-acre campus provides countless opportunities for exploration. A unique highlight is Roots, a 10-acre farm where students experience hands-on learning and harvest produce for The Maryland Food Bank. McDonogh’s fleet of 20 buses serves Baltimore City and surrounding counties. The five-day boarding option allows Upper School students to experience activities, traditions, spirit, and community to the fullest.

Get Involved

Upper school students from McDonogh School have year-round volunteer opportunities in programs for Bridges’ youngest students:

  • Become an After School Tutor: The Bridges Elementary After School Program runs from September to May. Upper School volunteers commit to one season at a time and help guide enrichment activities and provide 1-on-1 homework help to their 4th and 5th grade buddies.
  • Become a Summer Counselor: The Bridges Elementary/Middle Summer Institute runs for five weeks in June/July. Volunteer roles for Upper School students last for two weeks and include assisting in the classroom, helping to chaperone field trips, coordinating special activities, and being an overall positive presence at Bridges.

Please contact Artemis Spuill at aspuill@mcdonogh.org for more information.

STAFF AT BRIDGES AT McDONOGH SCHOOL

George Hutchins

Site Director

A highly regarded educator with over a decade of experience teaching in the Baltimore City Public School System, George Hutchins brings incredible talent, energy, and vision to the important position of Director of Bridges at McDonogh.

Throughout the years, George has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to staying abreast of the latest learning approaches and crafting engaging lessons and experiences that foster positive student outcomes. He is known for his warm demeanor and commitment to building community — which is evident in the meaningful relationships he develops and maintains with students, parents, and colleagues.

In addition to teaching middle school social studies in Baltimore City since 2011, he has held numerous leadership positions, including the role of Dean of Students in the Bridges Summer Institute at Gilman School, Content Area Team Leader for the Academy of College & Career Exploration, and Lead Instructor for Johns Hopkins Stocks in Future Financial Education to name a few.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, George holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University.

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