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Bridge to Calculus

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Program Overview

Launched in 1994, the Bridge to Calculus summer program offered by the Department of Mathematics primarily serves Boston Public High School students entering their junior and senior year in the fall and who intend to take Calculus. Bridge to Calculus is offered for free to those students who are accepted into the summer program and breakfast is provided. The program enrolls approximately 120-150 students each summer.

The classes are taught by experienced Boston Public High School teachers in collaboration with Northeastern University Mathematics PhD Graduate Student Mentors under the supervision of a Math Department Faculty member.

At the end of the program, students will receive both a certificate of completion and a fall placement recommendation by the Lead Instructor for Pre-Calculus, Regular Calculus, AP-AB or AP-BC Calculus, or N (no recommendation) if the student’s work or attendance does not meet program requirements. Recommendations will also be provided to their schools.

Bridge To Calculus 2019

The six-week Bridge to Calculus summer program will take place from June 24th to August 1stClass will meet 4 days/week Monday through Thursday for 2 hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. + optional 45 minutes for in classroom homework help provided by the Northeastern University PhD Graduate student mentors. The timing of the program allows for students who need to work for the rest of the day.

Teachers and Mentors
This year the Northeastern University PhD Graduate students who will mentor the high school students are:

  • Cancan Zhang
  • Changchang Liu
  • Chen Li
  • Hiu Ying Man
  • Jiewei Feng
  • Jieying Jin
  • Lei Yang
  • Mohamed Elbehiry
  • Tomas Skacel
  • Xuezhu Lu

Three mentors will be assigned to a Boston Public High School Math teacher in each classroom here on the Northeastern University campus.

This year’s Math teachers are:

  • Anthony Bernazzani, Boston Latin Academy
  • Phuong Cao, Boston Latin Academy
  • Noemi Famador, East Boston High School
  • Mike Sheehan, Boston Community Leadership Academy
  • Juan Tapia, John D. O’Bryant School

Oana Veliche, Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics and BtC Lead Instructor, will have oversight of the PhD Graduate student mentors and BPS Math teachers.

Bridge to Calculus is supported by the Department of Mathematics and generous donors. 

Contact Us

Balkys Sicard
Department of Mathematics
Business and Operations Manager