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 16 of 17 alumni. All 16 graduated high school, and 15 are enrolled in college (with the 16th working for an AmeriCorps program and starting his college applications two years later). They attend institutions ranging from Bard College, Northeastern University, Manhattan College, University of Rochester, to SUNY Albany, in many cases with significant merit scholarships.
In summer 2017, 95 students attend BEAM 6 and a total of 82 students attend BEAM 7, 40 at Bard College and 42 at Union College.
As of school year 2017-2018, BEAM partners with 35 schools, serving 180 6th and 7th grade students each summer, as well as 400+ program alumni in grades 8-12.
In summer 2018, BEAM 6 will open in LA, officially making BEAM a national program. Keep checking back for more updates!