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Defining the Well-Rounded Student at St. James Academy

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Chris Greenawalt, MD, never knows what each shift at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) will bring. As director of GBMC’s hospitalist program, he helps acutely ill patients navigate inpatient and outpatient care. He and the 30-plus physicians under his leadership use their medical expertise every day, but the qualities Greenawalt says he relies upon most weren’t taught in medical school.

“My integrity and accountability were set in motion at St. James Academy,” says Greenawalt, who attended the Episcopal, coed day school in Monkton, Md. when it was Kindergarten through 6th Grade. “The things I learned from way back are what I’ve carried forward.”

Today, St. James Academy is Prekindergarten through 8th Grade but still intentionally small. “St. James was a nurturing environment where teachers put an individual focus on my strengths,” adds Greenawalt, who graduated from McDonogh School and Wake Forest University for both undergraduate and medical school. “The school helped me to develop attributes I’ve used all the way through to being a leader at GBMC.”

Maryland Schools Are Cooking the Books on Standardized Test Scores

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The next time you hear Gov. Martin O’Malley boast that Maryland has the greatest public schools in the nation — and since he’s all but certain to run for president in 2016, you will no doubt hear it again and again — think twice.

The Washington Post recently brought up the embarrassing fact that Maryland schools exempted an unprecedented number of students with learning disabilities from taking a national reading test — a strategy that earned Maryland a second-place finish among fourth graders, and a sixth-place finish among eighth graders.

The Post figures that if Maryland hadn’t exempted their learning-disabled students, their ranking would have fallen to 11th place among fourth graders and 12th place among eighth graders.

The “Chalkboard Ceiling” in Maryland’s Public Schools

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Baltimore schools, which under CEO Andrés Alonso had been steadily improving their Maryland State Assessment scores since 2007, have started to stagnate and in some subjects drop in performance, results suggest. This means harder work for teachers and administrators, especially in the city, where schools are lagging behind the state average.

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