This site describes our free Math Coaching program for under-resourced middle and high school students. It is a ministry of New Life Church, Cupertino, CA.
All our leaders and coaches are volunteers.
This website is designed to:
To discuss any of this, please contact Tim Isbell.
When students improve in math, at least four things follow:
Our program is available to middle and high school students who want help in math, and meet one (or both) of the following:
In 2010, we began meeting once-a-week in the community room of an "affordable rental housing" apartment complex in west San Jose. Today we meet at the nearby New Life Church.
We live in a strong school system where most students come from professional families and routinely use professional tutors. But our kids' can't afford tutors.
Most of the work ranges from pre-algebra through algebra 2/trig. Sometimes we venture outside of math into the sciences, especially where we already have competent coaches. We've even done a little ESL, focused on the language needed to succeed with math word problems.
We like to have one for each student, though if there are multiple students in the same level of math we may put two of them together with one coach.
We meet one evening each week for 1.5 hours. If a student needs extra help, such as for a difficult test, a coach may meet with that student another time in the week (usually at the local library).
Occasionally we take the time to have dinner together, do an activity, or participate in a service project. We also work with our older students on college and career strategies.
For details, including a list of current coaches, click on Math Coaching Overview.
Math Coaching has always been a ministry of New Life Nazarene Church, Cupertino, CA. Several of our coaches are members of this church and our students all live near the church. Our weekly coaching sessions occur at the church.
We used to coach at the an apartment complex near the church. One benefit of moving to the church is that we can now expand our coaching to under-resourced students living in other housing, and we have far greater access to facilities for supplemental activities.