Our History

In 1992, a group of farsighted leaders posed a thought-provoking question, “What kind of academic program would it take to prepare Baltimore City students for national competitions in mathematics, science, technology and related fields?” The answer came from the Abell Foundation, which established the Ingenuity Project as a champion for learning in science and mathematics.

The Project began by accepting a highly able group of sixth grade students at two middle schools who embarked on a rigorous program to accelerate learning and prepare them for high school. The high school program, at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, followed in 1997.  That program, for motivated students who excel in mathematics and science, has produced students who have qualified for the Siemens Westinghouse Competition and the Regeneron (formerly Intel) Science Talent Search finals.  Graduates have been successful at such notable institutions as the Johns Hopkins University, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

the Ingenuity Project’s outcomes were so impressive that it became a highly sought-after alternative

Over the twenty-five-year history of Ingenuity, programs have been launched- and some closed- at varied middle schools to meet the needs of students and the city.  The curriculum, faculty and staff have evolved to “raise the bar” in preparing highly competitive students for what is now called STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Over the past fifteen years, the Ingenuity Project’s outcomes were so impressive that it became a highly sought-after alternative to surrounding private schools for more upper and middle-class families, thus shifting the demographics over time.

In the fall of 2016, the Board of Directors and staff compiled and studied the outcomes and trends from the past five years.  They began a planning process to set forth new goals and targets for the year 2020.  Outcomes revealed the need to increase the number of under-represented minorities and students from underserved communities enrolled in The Ingenuity Project and accepted to selective colleges.

What's Happening

Student Achievements

November 2017

Ingenuity Seniors Claire Wayner and Mercedes Thompson were recent recipients… Read More

June 2017

Rebecca Brody was invited to San Diego, CA, to compete in… Read More

May 2017

We extend our best wishes to Dr. Goldenberg, Ingenuity Mathematics… Read More

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Application Timeline

November 1, 2018Ingenuity Online Applications Open
December 8, 2018Baltimore City Schools Choice Fair
January 12, 2019Ingenuity's Admissions Testing
January 26, 2019Ingenuity's Admissions Testing (SNOW DATE)
On or About March 29, 2019Offers for 6th and 10th Grade Awarded
July 2019Offers for 7th and 10th Grade Awarded

James McHenry Elementary School

31 S Schroeder St, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA

(410) 396-1621

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

1400 West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21209, United States

410-396-7026

Hamilton Middle School

6101 Old Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214, United States

410-396-6375

Mount Royal Middle School

121 McMechen St, Baltimore, MD 21217, United States

410-396-0864

Roland Park Middle School

5207 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210, United States

410-396-6420

Locations / Schools

James McHenry Elementary School
31 S Schroeder St
(410) 396-1621


Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
1400 West Cold Spring Lane
410-396-7026


Hamilton Middle School
6101 Old Harford Road
410-396-6375


Mount Royal Middle School
121 McMechen St
410-396-0864


Roland Park Middle School
5207 Roland Avenue
410-396-6420