Junior Scholars Program

The math is getting much tougher.

Will your child sink or swim?

During middle school, math gets more and more difficult. Has your child been properly prepared for success in 6th, 7th and 8th grade?

Research has shown that teens’ attitudes toward school change noticeably at the middle school level. Many students actually get lower grades in middle school than they did in elementary. Middle schoolers are predisposed to put academics at a lower importance than they did earlier in their lives.

At the same time, students’ perceived proficiency and confidence in their own academic abilities has a tendency to decrease during the first year of transition from elementary to middle school. This is important because kids who think that they do well in school are more likely to perform well. Notably, the best students generally experience the biggest drop in belief about their abilities during the middle school transition.

The facts are clear:

  • Most children haven’t been properly prepared.
  • Many students haven’t even mastered basic multiplication and division yet.
  • Daily distractions are piling up – video games, iPods, cell phones, friends, not to mention homework.
  • It’s just difficult for “teenagers” to stay focused.