The Calculus Project Addresses the Math Achievement Gap in Newton Schools
Research shows a strong correlation between taking high-level math in high school and completing college. Prior to The Calculus Project, few Black, Hispanic, and low-income students were represented in advanced math classes in Newton’s four middle schools and two high schools.
Since the Calculus Project’s launch in 2013, your financial support has played a key role in the significant enrollment growth NPS has seen 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!
The Calculus Project in Newton currently serves 149 students in grades 8-12. At a cost of $900 per student for a full year of programming, its success depends on a public-private partnership between the Newton Public Schools, corporate donors, and generous individuals.