Core Program:

Bridge to Calculus 2020/21


Bridge to Calculus prepares high school students to take AP calculus and other calculus courses, mainly through its signature program, an intensive six-week summer session on the Northeastern University campus. The program also includes annual events, like “Calculus Field Day,” where school teams of students come to Northeastern to participate in calculus and pre-calculus competitions. The success of Bridge to Calculus has been widely acknowledged by many, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and MA State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez.

To be considered for the next cohort of Bridge to Calculus, students must apply by Saturday, June 5, 2021, unless the application is accompanied by a strong recommendation from their math teacher.


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


BtC pushes for Boston students to receive a strong mathematics curriculum in their schools, focusing on expanding the capacity of the schools themselves.

BtC positions students for college acceptance through a partnership with the Bottom Line, a college preparatory counseling group focusing on low-income students and students whose parents did not attend college.

BtC prepares students for success in college by providing mentorship opportunities. Because mentoring led by undergraduate students plays a crucial role, two or more mentors are assigned to each classroom.

Boston high school teachers are the primary instructors, playing an integral role in all facets of BtC—and Northeastern University faculty offer support and guidance.

BtC is a dedicated, long-term partner with the Boston Public Schools and has received support from many other donors, including the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation, the Cabot Foundation, and the Mathematical Association of America.

Are you interested in becoming a mentor or in attending the 2021 Bridge to Calculus program?