Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Elements

Do students test into one of the three levels of Elements?
Courses are designed to be sequential; therefore, whatever school year the student is in, when they start Megsss they are first-year students. Students have 3 years of coursework available in afterschool.
 
Is the Elements coursework challenging?
Students will be working with college level math through the Elements curriculum. The coursework is intended to be challenging, but there are many means of support available. Most students will feel challenged by this coursework, which is why many students learn that their study habits need to be improved. Most students work on Megsss coursework without the help of their parents, so are facing this challenge alone. Their support comes once they have the ability to ask questions or otherwise seek help. A student who learns to ask questions has learned a lifelong skill.
 
Do students receive a participation grade?
Students are encouraged to participate in class, but participation is not required nor measured.
 
How much time should be set aside for class and homework?
Elements courses typically take place one night a week from 4:00pm- 6:50pm with a break. For 3 hours of class, plan for up to 3 hours of homework per week. It may be less for your student.

 

Questions About Elements Counting for High School Credit

Can enrollment in the Elements Program count as my students regular math class?

Based on the variance across the middle schools attended by Project MEGSSS students, there is no definite answer to this question as credit transfer policies are decided by the school or district. The short answer is: Elements enrollment will likely not be accepted by your child's school as a replacement for a required math course. However, is this a route that will benefit your child in the long run? While it is true that your child is engaging in classwork outside of the school day that is applicable to their educational pursuits, the work done in the Elements classroom is quite different than what takes place during the school day. A good way to view an Elements enrollment is enrichment, exploration, and an opportunity to engage with math concepts your child would not see until college math.

Is my student eligble for high school credit following the completion of the Elements program?

Again, based on the variance across high schools Project MEGSSS students go on to attend, there is not a direct connection between Elements completion and high school credit. However, as many of our students look to enroll in highly competitive high schools that will require admission testing or other academic credentials, completing all three Elements years or attending summer programs with Project MEGSSS builds several key skills assessed by most standardized tests and admission processes. Such as critical thinking, ability to engage in logic based problems, analytical skills, thinking in abstract math concepts, and finely tuned study habits as well as time management skills.

What is an option if my student runs out of eligible high school math options and they have completed Elements?

The options available to you will depend on your school and/ or school district. Many Project MEGSSS alum have chosen dual enrollment programs with the local junior college or online course enrollment with the permission and cooperation of their high school. 

 

Questions About Project MEGSSS Summer Courses

What courses should be taken for second year summer (both for returning summer-only students and afterschool students)?

There is only set summer requirements for entering first year students. Second year or third year students are invited to particpate in any of our summer programs that are of interest. 

Is there a difference between summer courses offered by Project MEGSSS and the Elements curriculum?

Summer course offerings provide students an opportunity to enage with logic, number theory, puzzles and programming, and other similiar math concepts then apply what they learn during hands on activities. While some of these concepts are also covered in our Elements after school program, summer course offerings last one to two weeks and are open to any interested student. Whereas our Elements program following a college seminar, flipped classroom model as students take a deeper dive into the material over three years. Our summer programs do not require admissionst testing (Unless a student is interested in joing Elements, where an admission test score and offer of admisisons is required to complete our summer prerequisites or to take Elements summer courses).