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Creating a new path to success in advanced mathematics

Benefits

  • Well-prepared students who achieve in honors and AP-level math courses
  • Increased engagement and enrollment in higher-level math for all students, including underrepresented groups
  • Better performance on math grades and state assessments
  • Improved parental involvement
  • Enhanced teaching capacity and teacher satisfaction
  • Greater numbers of students assuming leadership/peer-tutoring roles
  • Partnerships with external stakeholders to support the program and STEM education in general

"Upon meeting with the cohort of Wayland students who had completed their first summer session with The Calculus Project, I knew right away that the program was a success. I knew because the students gushed with enthusiasm for the program and its staff, and most importantly for the study of mathematics."

Paul Stein

Superintendent
Wayland, MA Public Schools

The Calculus Project (TCP) is a grassroots-style initiative to dramatically increase the number of students of color and low-income students who complete AP Calculus in high school. TCP is defined by its comprehensiveness, its very high expectations, its cultural sensitivity, and its commitment to sustainability.

  • TCP schools offer preparatory courses in the summer, and re-teaching/tutoring during the school year, supporting mathematics instruction from grade 8 through grade 12.
  • TCP schools intentionally group students of color and low-income students in the same class. Research shows this creates a more comfortable and productive academic environment for these students.
  • TCP schools offer after-school study groups with teacher support. This gives students the content knowledge, the skills, and more confidence to succeed in high-level math classes. The after-school study groups often evolve into student-run “beyond school” voluntary study groups, which is rarely seen with historically underperforming students.
  • The Pride Curriculum provides instruction on the historical accomplishments of STEM leaders of color.
  • TCP enables some students to become peer teachers during the 11th and 12th grades.
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