Launched in 2017, the UCPS intensive math tutoring program was originally offered to fourth and seventh graders at four elementary and two middle high-priority schools.
With a proven track record of increasing students’ math proficiency, the successful program was expanded this school year to include ninth graders at Forest Hills and Monroe high schools.
When Monroe High student Jade Robinson found out a math tutor would be available to assist students in her math class, she admits she wasn't fully on board with the idea. The high school freshman never liked math and wasn't sure if that would ever change.
Now, eight months later, Jade is thriving in her math class courtesy of the additional layer of support provided by math tutors. She has also developed a close bond with her tutors, who have taught her how to push and persevere through her frustration.
"I appreciate everything they have done for me. They have made a huge impact on me, more than they will ever know,” she said. “I used to always say that I’m never going to be able to do math but now I know that’s not true. This is not just about my grades – it’s about my attitude and my future.”