Math Corps, an educational outreach program with a powerful mentoring component, has worked to provide middle and high school students in the greater Philadelphia area with the kinds of educational and lifetime opportunities that all kids deserve. Since 2018, Math Corps Philly has operated out of the School of Education at Drexel University serving Philadelphia middle and high school students enrolled in local public and charter schools.
We actively work to provide students with more than learning opportunities: the camp is a place where students can experience a sense of “family”. Every student is supported emotionally, experiences mentorship, and builds meaningful and lasting friendships. We promote the values of kindness and integrity and hold our students to high standards – and ask them to have high expectations of themselves as they strive to find their greatness.
Lead support for Math Corps Philly is provided by the William Penn Foundation.
The Math Corps Philadelphia Summer Camp serves students who, in the fall, will be entering the 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. High school students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade serve as paid Teaching Assistants (TA’s).
Beginning July 6th, we will run a 4-week hybrid camp, 4-days a week, with 2 days of online instruction and two days of outdoor STEM related and social-emotion team building activities. All of this will take place on the campus of Drexel University.
Monday and Tuesday, middle school students will take a math class that will support their understanding of key middle school mathematics (including but not limited to, numbers and operations) and problem solving. High school students will work as TAs in the morning, tutoring middle school students and helping them to build understanding. In the afternoon, the high school students will take their own math classes taught by college students and faculty of Drexel University.
Wednesday and Thursday we will host an outdoor STEM activity day from 9:00 – 12:00 with STEM challenges, math-related games and homework support. We will also host community building games to provide the chance for kids to see and interact with each other in a socially distanced fashion on Drexel’s campus. We will provide a healthy lunch to take home and enjoy at the end of the day.
Schedule: Students in the program are expected to attend on time and fully all program dates.
Camp Dates: Monday, July 6th, 2021 – Friday, July 30th, 2021
Camp Hours: Camp will run 9:30 – 11:30 for middle schoolers and 8:30 – 12:30 for high school students. Tutoring will be available for middle schoolers from 8:30 – 9:30 every morning and 12:30 – 1:30 every day for middle school campers staffed by TAs and college students. Afternoon virtual activities will be available as well in partnership with other Math Corps sites (yoga, virtual reality, cooking classes, chess and more).
Tuition: Tuition is free for all students thanks to the support of Drexel University and the generous contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.
For a student to be eligible for our summer camp, he/she must be entering the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the Fall and must be a resident of Philadelphia currently enrolled in a public or charter school.
Valerie Klein, PhD – Executive Director & Site Director for Math Corps Philadelphia, Associate Clinical Professor and Program Director for Teacher Education, Drexel University.
Jason Silverman, PhD – Instructor and Minister of Humor for Math Corps Philadelphia, Professor and Program Director for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching, Drexel University
Information to join the Math Corps Philly Summer Camp Team will be forthcoming.
How much does it cost for students to attend Math Corps?
Tuition is free for all students thanks to the support of Drexel University and the generous contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.
My child participated in the Math Corps last summer. Is their acceptance guaranteed next year?
No. However, your child will receive priority consideration upon their reapplication to the program.
Where are courses for the Math Corps held?
In 2021, classes will be held virtually or on Drexel’s campus.
We have a family trip scheduled that conflicts with the Math Corps. Can my child be excused?
The Math Corps’ philosophy on attendance is this: one cannot learn if one is not present. Therefore, absences due to family trips, vacations, conflicts with other programs, or similar cases are not excused.
Is the Math Corps an “everyday” program?
During the Summer, Math Corps programs usually run Monday through Thursday, with Friday being an optional day of instruction for the students. During the Fall, Winter and Spring, Math Corps programs usually run on Saturdays only.
Who can apply to be in the Philadelphia Math Corps?
Our summer program is open to any current 6th – 11th grade student that is either living in Philadelphia and attending a public or charter school in the city.
My high school student needs help in math. Can they apply?
Yes! However, due to the special tutoring nature of the position that high school students occupy within the Math Corps, they must at least be proficient in 7th and 8th grade Mathematics. High school students will receive instruction and assistance in their Mathematics courses during the latter part of each program day.
What do you teach the students?
Each middle school student gets what we call broccoli and ice cream. One math class geared towards the fundamentals and another in an advanced topic. The afternoons have a rotating list of courses that are more hands-on, and feature applied mathematical concepts such as Mod Art and Polyhedra. Our high school students spend half their day tutoring and mentoring middle school students, with the second half of their day being spent in their own math classes.
What supplies does my child need to bring every day?
All necessary supplies are provided for every student in the Math Corps. These include: notebook, paper, pencil, journal folder, calculator (for new students only), and a Math Corps T-shirt.
Do students live on-campus during the program?
No, the Math Corps is not an in-residence program.
My child was placed on the waiting list last year. If they reapply for this year, will they be accepted?
Re-applicants are truly special, as it conveys determination and perseverance! While acceptance is not guaranteed for a re-applicant, their application is given higher consideration than one that comes to us for the first time.
Is transportation provided?
No. However, the Math Corps does provide student bus tickets and transfers for those who need them.
How important is my child’s essay?
Very! The essay can tell the Selection Committee a lot about the needs, self-esteem, and desire of the applicant to join the Math Corps. It is a very important document that is kept in the Math Corps files for years.
How can my child increase their chances of getting accepted in the Math Corps?
Because the Math Corps accepts such a wide variety of students at various skill levels, there is no definite answer to this question. However, there are two things that can truly give more weight to an applicant: an application that is on time, and 100% complete.
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