Loch Raven Technical Academy 8th graders experience day at Morgan State University


Twenty-six Loch Raven Technical Academy eighth-grade students along with a teacher and school counselor spent February 24 at Morgan State University engaged in classes and activities created for them, and led by staff from Morgan State as well as Baltimore County Public Schools’ faculty. 

The day on campus is part of the expansion of the school system’s College Gateway Partnership. A different group of Loch Raven students will visit Morgan’s campus each month throughout the school year. Morgan State University is the first four-year institution to join the partnership.

In preparation for campus visits, students participate in orientation activities led by Loch Raven school counselors that include identification of skills needed to be successful in college, how to create a class schedule, and the function of a course syllabus.


During campus visits, students are introduced to academic departments and staff members, listen to guest speakers, explore the campus with a student tour guide, and are given an overview of the school. Students discuss tuition for college, financial aid, housing accommodations, entrance requirements and exams.

Upon return from a university visit, students are able to identify the many characteristics of a successful college student. This experience has been extremely worthwhile for the students of Loch Raven Technical Academy.

Story by Stacey R. Johnson, principal, Loch Raven Technical Academy. Photos courtesy of Loch Raven Technical Academy.
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