BEAM has been serving students in low-income neighborhoods across New York City since 2011.
In 2011, the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving (SPMPS) was founded by Daniel Zaharopol with 17 students attending. These students came from nine partner schools across four boroughs of New York City: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Of the original nine partner schools, seven still partner with BEAM.
In 2012, SPMPS expanded to 38 students.
In 2013, 39 students attended the summer program, and SPMPS began to offer comprehensive year-round academic advising to alumni along with numerous activities to further their pursuit of math and science.
In 2014, the program doubled in size again, opening a second summer campus serving a total of 77 students with continued advising for all 171 alumni.
In fall 2015, the program name was changed to Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) to reflect the growing importance of year-round mentoring in addition to the original summer-only program.
In 2016, BEAM opened a new pilot program for 6th graders, BEAM 6. These 76 students spent four weeks studying mathematics in a non-residential program in NYC.
At this point, we rename our long-running 7th grade residential program to BEAM 7 as a complement to BEAM 6. BEAM 7 serves 80 students in 2016 at Bard College and Vassar College.
In fall 2016, BEAM's first cohort (class of 2011) enroll as college freshmen. We are in touch with 14 of 17 alumni. All 14 graduated high school, and 13 are enrolled in college (with the 14th taking a productive gap year). They attend institutions ranging from Bard College, Northeastern University, Manhattan College, University of Rochester, to SUNY Albany, in many cases with significant merit scholarships.
As of school year 2016-2017, BEAM partners with 35 schools, serving 180 6th and 7th grade students each summer, as well as 400+ program alumni in grades 8-12.