Pontiac

Welcome to the Oakland University Math Corps 

From the start, Math Corps has worked to provide children with the kinds of educational and lifetime opportunities that all children deserve. In cities where the obstacles to success are so daunting and where the public school system has been lacking for years, the Math Corps has from the beginning been about closing gaps, making a difference, and changing lives.

In 2020, Oakland University joined the Math Corps family and launched a summer camp to serve middle and high school students from Pontiac, MI. In the midst of a pandemic, the OU Math Corps was eagerly received by the community, and excitement continues to grow as they prepare for another year of helping kids realize their inner greatness. 

Join our Math Corps Family!

Summer Camp Information
For Parents
Eligibility
Local Staff
FAQs

The OU Math Corps Summer Camp serves students who, in the fall, will be entering the 7th, or 8th grade. High school students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade will serve as paid Teaching Assistants (TA’s). 

Each day the middle school students receive instruction from University faculty and enjoy a variety of learning activities led by the college and high school students under the supervision of middle and high school teachers. The high school TAs serve as natural role models for the middle school students, and engage in their own learning of both fundamental and advanced mathematics.

Students accepted into the program receive all necessary supplies to participate. 

Schedule: Students in the program are expected to attend on time and fully all program dates.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 12th, 2021 – Friday, August 5th, 2021

Camp Hours:

  • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm for 7th and 8th graders
  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 10th, 11th and 12th graders

Tuition: Tuition is free for all students thanks to the support of Oakland University and the generous contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.

As made apparent in Math Corps’ mission statement, parents and families hold a special and unique place in the Math Corps philosophy and are considered to play an integral role in the success of students.

Here in the Math Corps program, we believe that the key to student success more than anything else is the active involvement of our students’ families. As a result, we respectfully ask and expect that all of our parents/guardians will work to uphold the following high standards and expectations that we hold for all of our students:

  • All students are expected to attend every day. An absence caused by illness, family emergency, or other unforeseen and unavoidable event may be excused, if prompt notification of the circumstances is given to the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator has sole authority for deciding whether any absence should be excused or not. Family vacations, reunions, and other similar outings conflict with the program’s goals, and so will not be seen as reasons to excuse an absence. Any unexcused absence is grounds for dismissal.
  • All students must be on time every day. An incident of lateness caused by an unforeseen and unavoidable event may be excused, if prompt notification of the circumstances is given to the
    Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator has sole authority for deciding whether any
    lateness should be excused or not. Any unexcused lateness is grounds for dismissal.
  •  All homework assignments are expected to be completed and turned in on time. Failure to complete assignments as required is grounds for dismissal.
  • All participants are to treat each other with respect and courtesy and are to maintain proper behavior at all times, consistent with being part of a university program. Behavior that fails to meet the standards of the Math Corps at CSU is grounds for dismissal.

To be eligible for the OU Math Corps Summer Camp, students must be:

  1. Currently in the 6th, or 7th grade.
  2.  A resident of Pontiac.
  3. Enrolled in a public or charter school in Pontiac.

Anna Spagnuolo is the Executive Director of the Oakland University Math Corps, and is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Victoria Ochs is the Program Director for the Oakland University Math Corps

Who can apply to be in the Math Corps?
Any current 6th or 7th grade student, or 9th-11th grade student attending school in Pontiac may apply to be in the OU Math Corps.

How much does it cost for students to attend Math Corps?
There is no cost for students to attend the Math Corps.

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.

My child participated in the Math Corps last summer. Is their acceptance guaranteed next year?
No, all students must reapply, complete the application process and fulfill the criteria for eligibility. However, returning students receive priority consideration upon their reapplication to the 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.

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 a wide variety of skill levels, there is no definitive 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.

Is the Math Corps an “everyday” program?
During the school year, Math Corps programs run on Saturdays only. During the summer, Math Corps programs typically run Monday through Thursday. The summer closing ceremonies typically take place on a Friday evening.

Are there any after-school activities for my child to participate in?
During the school year, there currently are not any after school activities conducted by the Math Corps. 

We have a family trip scheduled that conflicts with the first day/first week of 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.

What supplies does my child need to bring everyday?
All necessary supplies are provided for every student in the Math Corps. These include: notebook, paper, pencil, journal folder, and a T-shirt, which must be worn every Thursday.

Do students live on-campus during the program?
No, the Math Corps is not an in-residence program. 

Where are courses for the Math Corps held?
In 2021, OU Math Corps classes will be held virtually.

Life at the OU Math Corps is just beginning, but the excitement is already here!