As many of the world’s fastest-growing careers – including healthcare, technology, and engineering – increasingly require higher proficiency in math, we were delighted to open our new dedicated math mastery center September 3, 2019. Named “The Math Center at Lauralton,” the space was dedicated September 4, 2019 when we welcomed Archbishop Blair to campus to celebrate Opening Week Mass and bless the new space on the third floor of Mercy Hall.
The Math Center serves the:
- Conscientious Lauralton girl who wants extra practice before a test
- Ambitious Lauralton girl who wants to prepare for high-stakes standardized tests
- Self-reliant Lauralton girl who needs occasional help
- Driven Lauralton girl who desires to be challenged beyond her coursework
- Multi-talented Lauralton girl who needs a little individualized help catching up after an illness or absence
- Intellectually curious Lauralton girl who wants to take an additional online math course
We deliver customized and one-to-one support that bolsters our students’ ability to achieve at their highest level. The warm and welcoming center is open and staffed from 7:20 am until 3:10 pm on all days school is in session. Our current math faculty – Gavy Duran, Danielle Kratter, Anne Noel, Alexis Lazarus, Tracie Serio, and Jill Waldron – staff the center on our block rotation schedule. Of course, as with any subject, a student’s math teacher is still available during Common Time and by appointment.
Why a dedicated math center? We aim to:
- Enable students to gain genuine confidence through mastery. Study after study points to girls’ lack of confidence in their math abilities.
- Provide a “go to” place for math support and enrichment during school hours. More than 60% of Lauralton students participate in school athletics, and many more are involved in clubs and extracurricular activities that limit time for afterschool help. In addition, a majority of our students commute by train and are subject to its schedule.
- Eliminate expense for tuition-paying parents hiring outside tutors.
- Buck the national trend that fewer girls enroll in the most competitive math classes, particularly AP Calculus AB, than do their male counterparts.
- Put more girls on the path to calculus and STEM careers. Students taking Algebra I as 9th graders are unlikely to go on to study calculus in high school. Increasingly, the more selective colleges where our students matriculate expect students to have studied calculus to be considered for competitive science, engineering, and business programs.
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the following donors for providing generous leadership gifts to the math center: Michael and Elizabeth Amato P’11; Jeffrey and MaryJo Dunne P’02, ’05, ’07; Anthony and Michelle Guzzi P’14; and Raymond and Kate Peloso P’14, ’16, ’21.