How is the Sharp Street Program funded?

Question#: 66


SHARP programs are community-school partnerships that support suspended students by assisting them with remedial academic needs. There are two SHARP programs in Montgomery County, B-SHARP and G-SHARP.  Both are funded by the Montgomery County Council.  The G-SHARP program also receives funding from the City of Gaithersburg.  For Fiscal Year 2013, the County Council approved $38,760 for a contract with Liberty Grove United Methodist Church (B-SHARP) and $38,760 for a contract with Youth Suspension Opportunities, Inc. (G-SHARP). The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) does not provide any funding to the SHARP programs.

SHARP programs are available only to middle and high school students from the schools that partner with the programs.  For example, B-SHARP, located at 15225 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, Maryland, partners with Montgomery Blair, James Hubert Blake, Paint Branch, and Springbrook high schools and Benjamin Banneker, Briggs Chaney, and White Oak middle schools.  The G-SHARP program, located at 202 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland, partners with Gaithersburg High School and Forest Oak and Gaithersburg middle schools.  G-SHARP also accepts students from other schools for a fee.