Boston Middle School Enrichment Tutoring
For the middle school child who has overcome all
difficulties with math (
middle school enhancement),
there are two good areas to investigate.
First, it is a good idea, in the seventh or eighth
grade, to begin preparing for the SAT, which the child will take
in 11th grade or possibly earlier. For the child who likes a challenge,
the goal of scoring 800 on the math portion of the SAT is an excellent
and attainable goal.
Second, a child in the seventh or eighth grade
can enter one of the math competitions that are available through
middle school math departments.
The most widespread and highly developed
competition is called "Mathcounts". Math competitions
are held within a school, and between schools in a city or town.
There are regional competitions within the state, and followed by
a state-wide competition. Finally, in the spring, each state sends
a team of four "mathletes" to Washington for the national
One year I had the pleasure of tutoring the person
who became the captain of the team that Massachusetts sent to the
On other occasions I have tutored people who didn't
make it all the way to Washington, but who nevertheless had a great
deal of fun and enlightenment.
I recommend this kind of competition where
math is treated as a sport.