Commitment to Model  Selected schools agree to follow the Middle School Math Elements of Success model. The goal of the program is to strengthen the teaching of advanced mathematics in middle school, to increase enrollments in eighth grade Algebra I courses, and to prepare more students for successful completion of Algebra I in eighth grade, as evidenced by the number of students earning benchmark scores on the PSAT 8/9. 

Submission of Application   There are narrative and data portions of the application materials. An application is considered incomplete without receipt of both formats.  The application review process will take place during the fall, with some schools receiving site visits as well.  Preference will be given to schools that are in a position to initiate or dramatically increase access to advanced middle school math programs, particularly for underrepresented student populations. This may include large and small schools that are committed to strengthening their programs in mathematics.

Application Review and Site Visits   Submitted applications will be reviewed by the AdvanceKentucky staff, who will then select schools for site visits as part of the vetting process. These follow-up visits will allow our staff to brief the school team on details and answer any questions the school team may have.

Letter of Agreement   Following site visits, finalist schools will be invited to participate in AdvanceKentucky‚Äôs Access to Algebra program, contingent on available funding each year. Upon mutual understanding, a school may be invited to negotiate a Letter of Agreement with Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation to participate in the program with activities beginning the following school year.

Start-Up Activities/Timetable   The new Cohort is traditionally announced in the Spring prior to activities associated with the first full academic year in the program. These activities include recruiting students, scheduling for advanced math classes, and LTF teacher training over the summer.

Availability of Funding   Overall funding is limited each year in total amount and by donor guidelines that may restrict the use of funds.  We offer this early alert to applicants that while we work year-round on fundraising, we may not be certain of the total amount available to support new schools until the Spring. Because optimal start-up activities that provide a school with the best chance of success need to begin well before a school prepares its new-year schedule, we find it essential to conduct the selection process often before total funding is secured.

Application Materials
All interested schools may begin the application process by completing the application packet below. Questions and inquiries may be sent to Annette Williams at

Application Instructions (PDF)

Application Packet (Word)

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