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Calculus Project

NSF Raises $35,000 for Calculus Project

Initiative Addresses Math Achievement Gap in Newton Schools

NSF launched its second donor challenge match to increase funding for the Calculus Project.  A generous donor once again matched up to $25,000 in contributions from the community during the month of March.

Since the program’s 2013 launch, the Newton Public Schools has seen significant enrollment growth in high-level mathematics among traditionally underrepresented student groups:

  • Hispanic student enrollment has increased 70 percent.
  • African-American student enrollment has tripled.
  • Low-income student enrollment has increased nine-fold!

Additionally, the enrollment rate of Calculus Project 9th graders in honors math exceeds that of total Newton Public Schools 9th graders, and is nearly twice the rate of 9th graders who were eligible for the Calculus Project but did not participate.  

Here’s how the program works: Calculus Project students attend intensive small-group summer classes to preview upcoming curriculum, boost their math skills, foster attitudes that support academic risk-taking and perseverance, and cultivate relationships among peers in the program. During the school year, students receive mentoring and after-school academic support.  The program also uses lessons and activities designed to improve self-perceptions about academic accomplishment. 

Currently serving 109 students in grades 7-10, the program will welcome a new cohort of 30 incoming 7th graders this summer.   New to the 2017 summer program:

  • Additional instruction in Computer Science.
  • Inclusion of the critically acclaimed movie Hidden Figures in the growth mindset curriculum.
  • College campus visits for rising 11th graders, with a focus on STEM majors and careers. 

At a cost of $1,000 per student for a full year of programming, the Calculus Project’s success depends on a public-private partnership between the Newton Public Schools, private foundations and corporate donors, and generous individuals like you to reach full capacity.  Donate today!