Lead Higher Program Grant


The purpose of the Lead Higher Program is to increase the capacity of LEAs, campuses, and communities to provide all students access to a well-rounded education, improve academic outcomes by maintaining safe and healthy students, and improve the use of technology to advance student academic achievement. LEAs have identified high schools that partner with  Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) programs to identify low-income students and students of color that have potential and are missed in typical identification methods for AP/IB. The objective is to identify and remove systemic barriers, increase students’ measures of belonging, transform adult mindsets on who belongs and increase enrollments and participation in AP and IB courses meaningfully.

Funding of $280,000 will be provided for LEAs for Cohorts 4, 5, and 6. There is $10,000 in funding available for each participating school. The cohorts are as follows:

Cohort 4: Calvert County and Howard County

Cohort 5: Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Charles County

Cohort 6: Cecil County and Prince George’s County

Customer Service Support Sessions

The MSDE will provide customer service support to Lead Higher Program Grants applicants regarding the completion of the application on Friday, November 18, 2022. During this session, MSDE personnel will provide an overview of the grant funding, the requirements, and the application process.


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact the Program Monitor:

Susan Spinnato
(410) 767-0439 (office)

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following customer service support sessions

Application Submission Date:

December 14, 2022. No later than 5:00 pm EST