Before the Bell
While each day officially begins at 8 a.m., our doors open at 7:45 a.m. Students are warmly greeted, provided with a light breakfast and can participate in any number of optional activities, including playing games such as chess and mancala, going over homework or just plain socializing. The high school teaching assistants (TA’s) meet at 8:00 am with their college instructors (CI’s) to plan out their team’s day.
A half-hour assembly formally begins the day, with “Roll Call” promptly at 8:45 a.m. Assembly serves to create an environment in which academic achievement is celebrated and learning is seen as fun. Every day, accomplishments such as perfect homework scores are publicly recognized, with the majority of students being acknowledged on most days and no student going very long without recognition. Each assembly includes a short inspirational message designed to foster a feeling of love and safety for all participants. Funny skits, musical performances, storytelling, and anything else that our students might find entertaining are also routine parts of what happens in assembly.
Team Time, which follows the assembly, is one hour in duration and is conducted purely under the leadership of the college and high school students. Each team consists of 10 middle school students, led by a college student instructor (CI) and five high school teaching assistants (TAs). Team Time begins with the TAs reviewing the basics with their middle school students (each TA typically works with two middle school students) and in particular, going over the homework due that day. A variety of activities – including team-building activities, work on advanced topics, group problem-solving, and mathematical games – fills out the remainder of the hour. Above all, team time is designed to promote a bonding between students, wherein big brother/big sister relationships between younger and older students are fostered and flourish.
Courses and Curriculum
Every student in Math Corps receives formal instruction in basic mathematics and in advanced topics.
Lunch/Family Meal Day
Students are given a nutritious dining room lunch Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Thursday is Family Meal Day when students and staff are treated to a pizza picnic.
After Lunch: In the afternoon, the high school students take college-level math classes while the younger learners enjoy special activities and projects.
Students go home at 2:00 pm.