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1110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


America Counts

About America Counts

America Counts is an after-school math tutoring program for fourth grade students. University of Maryland mentors work with groups of two to four students twice a week after school, providing homework help and engaging students in math "centers" that review difficult math concepts in an active, hands-on way.

America Counts runs Monday through Thursday, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Mentors typically work two days per week. Transportation is provided. 

Program Goals and Benefits

America Counts participants will: 

  • Experience enriching activities that develop a positive attitude about mathematics, increase motivation, and link basic mathematical concepts to everyday life skills
  • Boost their self-confidence and self-esteem in their ability to do mathematics
  • Be exposed to career possibilities that utilize mathematical concepts and skills, such as engineering, computer science and math education
  • Develop collaborative thinking and teamwork
  • Improve strategies for taking mathematics assessments and gain insight to solving complex problems

How Students are Selected to Participate in America Counts

Teachers and math specialists at our partner schools select fourth grade students who would most benefit from the America Counts program. Students participate on a year long basis.

Partner Schools

  • Adelphi Elementary School
  • Beacon Heights Elementary School
  • Bladensburg Elementary School
  • Calverton Elementary School
  • Lewisdale Elementary School
  • Mt. Rainier Elementary School
  • Springhill Lake Elementary School

Maryland Counts Day

Each year, approximately 250 PGC elementary school students visit the University of Maryland campus to celebrate the year's accomplishments and learn about college. 

On Maryland Counts Day, students experience the concepts of math in real world contexts through activities and demonstrations with various campus offices and departments. 

In the past several years, partners for this event have included the School of Architecture, Fire Protection Engineering, Maryland Athletics, the Adventure Program, the UMD Farm, TUSK, Alternative Breaks, and many more. 

More than 200 campus members volunteer to help make this event a success!