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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. 

If you have any questions, email

mathcorpsOU@oakland.edu

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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 11th, 2022 – Friday, August 5th, 2022

Camp Hours: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm for 7th and 8th graders , 9:00 am – 3:15 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, middle school campers 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.

To be eligible for the Teaching Assistant job at OU Math Corps Summer Camp, high schoolers must be:

  1. A current 9th, 10th or 11th grader.
  2. A resident of Pontiac or surrounding areas
  3. Enrolled in a public or charter school. 

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

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!

Join our Math Corps Family!

Summer Camp Information
Super Saturdays Program
Applications + Eligibility
Local Staff
Employment
FAQs

The Math Corps Summer Camp and High School Bridge Program 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) and Program Assistants (PAs). Each site includes 40 seventh-graders, 40 eighth-graders, 40 incoming ninth-graders and 80 high school students

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 and PAs 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: 

  • a light breakfast daily 
  • lunch every Thursday
  • school supplies
  • a calculator (in their first year of the program)
  • bus tickets, if needed 
  • a Math Corps t-shirt
  • access to WSU facilities such as libraries and computer labs 

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

Camp Dates: Monday, July 6th, 2020 – Friday, August 14th, 2020

Camp Hours:

  • 9:30 am – 2:30 pm for 7th, 8th and 9th graders
  • 9:00 am – 3:15 pm 10th, 11th and 12th graders

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

The Math Corps Super Saturdays Program was designed to serve as a compliment to the Summer Camp. It was developed to offer year-round programming and support to our students. Our Saturday Programs are limited to returning Math Corps participants only. 

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 either: 

  • A Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park resident

OR

  • Currently enrolled in a public school (charter schools included) in the city of Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park
  • Professor Steven Kahn – Director of the Math Corps 
  • Nicole Stokes – Math Corps Program Coordinator

Math Corps Detroit is not currently recruiting individuals to join our Summer Camp Senior Staff.

How much does it cost for students to attend Math Corps?

Tuition is free for all students thanks to the support of Wayne State 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?

Classes are held on Wayne State University’s main campus in midtown Detroit.

 

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 Detroit Math Corps?

Our summer program is open to any 6th – 11th grade student that is either a) living within the boundaries of Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park or b) attending a public or charter school within Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park. Our Saturday programs are limited to previous Math Corp students only.

 

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 WSU Math Corps.  These include: notebook, paper, pencil, journal folder, calculator (for new students only), and a Math Corps T-shirt.

 

Does my child have to bring money for lunch/food?

Only if you wish them to. The Math Corps provides a light breakfast during every program throughout the year.  For lunch, students have the option of buying various foods at Wayne State’s Student Center or bringing a sack lunch from home. Lunch is provided by the Math Corps at no charge to students every Thursday throughout the Math Corps Summer Programs. On those Thursdays, a sack lunch must be brought from home if the lunch selection is not to the students’ liking.

 

Do students live on-campus during the program?

No. They may arrive to campus as early as 8:30 am each morning and be under supervision. Middle students are dismissed at 2:30 pm, and high school students are dismissed at 3:00 pm every day.

 

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.