They may not have succeeded in earlier math classes, but high school students succeed with performance based math class opportunities. Some of the students have triumphed over tough odds.
By the time Caroline Janssen reached Bozeman High School, she felt like a complete math failure. She had failed geometry, and believed her teacher had put her down in front of her classmates. The Bozeman performace based math class from the Bridger Alternative Program felt right for her. With just seven students, a teacher and a spreadsheet listing the skills she needed to learn, she felt that it was managable.
“I got 100 percent on the first test!” Janssen said. “The teacher barely helped me. That was so huge for me. I finished math a month early, with 90 on the final.
“Performance-based instilled such a love of learning in me. It really brought me up in all areas of my life.”
As a senior Janssen is taking regular classes. She credits Bridger with her success, as she built confidence and relationships and felt like she mattered instead of hiding in the corner.
As a result of Bridgars success, teachers are expanding the program to Bozeman High School’s ninth grade algebra classes, as well as freshman English and world language classes. So far, the results are encouraging.