In 2000, A Bridge to Academic Excellence was formed to provide tutoring and mentoring for middle and high school students who were having some difficulty with various subjects. Today, ABAE offers tutoring in Algebra I and II, Calculus, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English/Writing, SAT Math, and SAT Verbal. ABAE’s main focus is on tutoring, which takes place on most Saturdays from late September to early May at the UM School of Pharmacy. For more information about the tutoring schedule see the calendar.

ABAE offers opportunities for middle and high school students to interact with practicing professionals from pharmacy, other health professions, law, and social work through career fairs, health fairs, internships, mentoring and company presentations. ABAE serves as a unique opportunity to enhance middle and high school students’ interest in pharmacy and the health professions, and is an opportunity to help increase the number of applications to the School of Pharmacy from urban students.

ABAE can serve as a model for other Schools of Pharmacy to involve their students in a community service project that may result in an enhanced interest in the health professions and an increased number of applications from urban students.

Read more about how ABAE was founded here, as featured on the School of Pharmacy’s home page.


A Bridge to Academic Excellence’s mission is to provide tutoring and mentoring for middle/high school students in the Baltimore Metro area.


Because of the interdisciplinary nature of ABAE, students are drawn from programs in pharmacy, law, medicine, physical therapy, social work, graduate and dentistry to serve as tutors. This unique opportunity to give back to the community also provides the tutors the chance to learn more about their own profession and the professions of the other tutors with whom they work and to meet pharmacy faculty and practitioners. ABAE goals are:

  • To plan, coordinate, and implement activities to enhance the interest in and success rate of applicants in the health professions, law and social work
  • To have professional school students serve as tutors and mentors to high school students
  • To reward middle/high school students for producing successful learning outcomes
  • To unite professional school students and student organizations on the University’s campus to work together in teams as they will as professionals