During 8th grade, the focus shifts to two critical milestones for later success: careful high school selection and completing Algebra 1.

BEAM boys write essays to prepare for high school

The elaborate New York City high school admissions system means that there can be a huge difference between attending a challenging school with advanced coursework and an environment of academic success, and a neighborhood high school with fewer resources and a low college attendance rate.  Hence, high school admissions is our top priority.

Completion of Algebra 1 is the second key milestone for staying on par with more affluent peers.  Without taking this course in middle school, the high school course schedule prevents reaching Calculus before college.  We offer an online Algebra 1 course and tutoring in our office hours to provide an avenue for all students to take the class, even if their middle school does not offer it.

BEAM visits Yale Splash

Although high school admissions and an Algebra 1 course (offered online with some in-person tutoring) takes up the bulk of our focus in 8th grade, we also begin our advising program with admissions help toward entering into other programs for advanced study (such as the Center for Talented Youth), a BEAM math team, and additional learning opportunities such as trips to Splash at Yale, Google’s New York City offices, a college day, and a career day. Such opportunities engage students and help them envision the options they have if they continue to pursue mathematics at a high level. Finally, the intellectual community established during the summer is sustained through these events and end-of-semester parties to celebrate successes.

High School Mentoring

When it's on to high school, every student has a unique situation: different schools, different courses, different backgrounds, and different interests.  To support that and to guide students through the college application, each student can sign up to get an individual advisor.  Learn more about our High School Mentoring.