Jaime Escalante Math Program


Jaime Escalante was a math teacher at Garfield High School who transformed their math department and changed the lives of many students by exposing and offering them Advanced Placement math courses, a rarity in inner-city public schools especially in the 1980s.

At VBGC, the Escalante Program provides thirty of our members between the ages of 10 and 12 with the mathematical skills/foundation they will need to be prepared for Algebra in the 8th grade and be successful in both high school and college.  The Escalante Program offers an integrated sequence of intermediate and advanced mathematics coursework, grounded on the commitment of each student and instructor to a rigorous schedule.  Classes are designed to cover one year of course work (two semesters) in six weeks and include standardized tests at the beginning and end of each session to ensure students master the concepts.​