Project MEGSSS...in Rolla!

Project MEGSSS (Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students) bridges the gap between elementary and high school mathematics for mathematically talented middle school students.

Project MEGSSS is a math program designed to bridge the gap between elementary and high school mathematics for mathematically talented middle school students.  This program has been in place for over 35 years in the St. Louis area and was established here in 2014!  We currently have 28 students enrolled in the program and look forward to offering this opportunity to a new mathematically talented class. 

Project MEGSSS offers a curriculum written specifically for these mathematically talented students who are identified by means of a nomination process and accepted solely on the basis of ability determined by test score results.   Once accepted, coursework is available to MEGSSS-qualified students for up to 3 years.  MEGSSS accepts nominations of rising 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from educators and parents through the spring of each school year.

Parents are welcome to nominate their children (see link to the right).  Once the nominations are made, information will be sent to you via email regarding the test details.  Fee for the actual testing is $55 and two testing dates on April 15 or April 22 will be offered in Rolla.  Students receiving subsidized meals will receive a partial testing waiver.

Classes meet 3:30-6:30 on Thursday afternoons at Missouri S&T with study sessions available Monday – Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This opportunity is being offered through the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center here in Rolla.  We are excited to be working with the Project MEGSSS team in St. Louis and our local education community.

For additional information, please contact:
Jenny Maples -Kaleidoscope Discovery Center; 573-201-4588 (cell); rolladirector@megsss.org
Martina Baur – Kaleidoscope Discovery Center; 573-201-5189 (cell); martina21@aol.com

An Introduction to Project MEGSSS

For 35 years, Project MEGSSS has offered a curriculum written specifically for these students, who are identified by means of a nomination process and accepted solely on the basis of ability. Coursework is offered by a highly trained, professional teaching staff. MEGSSS programming is offered for up to three years, including two summer courses. It is an excellent middle-school math program designed for academically strong students wishing to move ahead in the mathematics area.

Many parents enroll their children in Project MEGSSS math classes because they are not sufficiently challenged in their middle school years (grades 5, 6, 7). In most middle schools, the traditional curriculum repeats the topics of elementary mathematics. Students with outstanding mathematical ability have already mastered theses topics and tend to become bored and indifferent to mathematics when they are required to go through “the same old stuff” once again. Project MEGSSS was created to deal with this challenge and engage students in elements of mathematics that are new and stimulating to them.

Many students who qualify for MEGSSS have never experienced the challenge of grappling with difficult mathematics concepts and building the discipline to master such concepts. Responses to student surveys indicate an improvement in students’ intellectual abilities as a result of participation in MEGSSS. Such improvements include:

  • Development of self-disciplined study habits
  • Better time management and organization of time
  • Transfer of logical problem-solving techniques to other academic areas
  • A more positive approach to school
  • Ability to participate in higher level mathematics coursework during high school

Nomination Process

Each academic year, Project MEGSSS invites all public, parochial, independent, and home schools and parents to nominate students who are generally at or above the 98th percentile in mathematics and the 95th percentile in reading on the school’s regularly administered standardized tests. Students should also display such traits as persistence, curiosity, perception, superior reasoning ability, originality, motivation, independence, social maturity, emotional stability, and enthusiasm for mathematics. A student who displays such characteristics, but who is not doing well in math (possibly out of boredom), may very well be an excellent candidate for this program.

Interested students may be nominated by their teachers or parents, and should be scoring in the top 5% in mathematics and reading on standardized tests and show a serious interest in math. Nominees who wish to be considered for admission take a three-hour “out of level” test, which consists of the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal, a test of problem-solving and logical reasoning skills, and a test of complicated arithmetic word problems. The testing fee is $55. Students receiving subsidized meals will receive a partial testing waiver. Students receive a detailed report of their testing results with comparison to national norms. Please email rolladirector@megsss.org

The program meets Thursday after school from 3:30-6:30 on the campus of the Missouri University of Science and Technology with optional two-hour drop-in tutoring sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Additional information can be found on the St. Louis Project MEGSSS St. Louis website along with a downloadable brochure and Project MEGSSS on YouTube! Additional student testimonials can be found here.

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