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A Bridge to Calculus—and to a Better World


Bridge to Calculus was founded by Northeastern professor Dr. Robert Case to empower children from Boston’s underserved communities to succeed in advanced math classes.

This program is built on the need to address racial and social justice issues as they affect Boston’s youth. What distinguishes this program from others is the collaboration between Boston Public School teachers, Northeastern faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni of the program—who all come together to craft and deliver the Bridge to Calculus


Colleges and universities in many cities once had a close connection with local high schools, and functioned as a natural path for students to access. Now, as higher education evolves, a need to address social justice in this area has arisen. Opportunities for Black and Latinx students, as well as immigrant scholars, must be not only accessible, but expanded. Bridge to Calculus offers a powerful model for universities and urban school systems to address this charge.


Employers in our region, especially those with co-op positions, require coding skills and mathematical modeling, as well as strong mathematical skills. Students participating in Bridge to Calculus gain an imperative competitive edge that makes them imminently hirable. And because BtC works to strengthen the school system, the success of the program contributes to the greater success of the Boston Public Schools.


Christopher Suplice

“If I didn’t get involved with Bridge to Calculus, I might not be here at Northeastern today.”


A Word

From Bob Case

“This program fits so well with the university’s mission in the city, the centrality of math as a civil rights instrument for city kids, and our long history.”


They came for the Calculus. They stayed for the competition.

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Teaching Boston's brightest

Launched in 1994, the Bridge to Calculus summer program offered by the Department of Mathematics primarily serves Boston Public High School students entering their junior and senior year in the fall and who intend to take Calculus. Bridge to Calculus is offered for free to those students who are accepted into the summer program and breakfast is provided. The program enrolls approximately 120-150 students each summer.

A Community of Mentors

The classes are taught by experienced Boston Public High School teachers in collaboration with mentors under the supervision of a Math Department Faculty member.

Celebrating Student Success

After a successful completion of the program, students will receive both a certificate of completion and a fall placement recommendation by the Lead Instructor for Pre-Calculus, Regular Calculus, AP-AB or AP-BC Calculus

Calculus Field Day

Hosted by Northeastern’s math department. Calculus Field Day is designed to challenge students’ knowledge in calculus, help them prepare for their AP Calculus tests in the spring, and nurture their passion for mathematics.

Math Question Center

Implemented in 2020 to support students throughout the academic year, Math Question Center is an open-door program that gives students opportunities to ask questions, network, and solve problems together.