Frequently Asked Questions
Questions About Elements
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?