Math Academy



The purpose of the Community Math Academy is to help students develop a positive attitude toward math, increase their math skills and strengthen their math concepts


Our mission is to educate children with sound mathematical principles which will advance their skills and empower them to be lifelong learners. We exist to foster community partnerships with families and educators in which student success is paramount and each child is empowered to know, "I AM, I CAN, I WILL."

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Welcome to our website

We invite you to look around and get a feel for our program. We hope you take time to visit our sites at at one of our many locations during our summer academy. You will find that they provide exciting and engaging activities and experiences for students. The academy is currently equipped for rising grades 3 - 9. We partner with business, community, churches, education leaders, and policy makers who believe our education system can - and must - equip students with rigorous academic coursework and new kinds of knowledge that will position them to meet life's challenges. If you have any questions or would like to donate time or financial resources to the betterment of the program, please feel free to contact me directly as we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Tropzie McCluney Executive Director, Community Math Academy

Math Academy Summer of 2022

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James Love Elementary

Grades 3 - 4

Township Three Elementary 

Grades 4-5

Washington Elementary

Grades 4-5

Bethware Elementary

Grades 3-4

Shelby Middle 

Grade 7

Shelby Intermediate 

Grades 5-6

Jefferson Elementary  

Grade 4

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

220 N. Watterson St, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

422 Carolina Avenue Shelby, NC 28150

Shiloh Baptist Church

912 Frederick St, Shelby, NC 28150

Palmer Grove Baptist Church

1606 Kingston Rd, Kingstown, NC 28150

St. Stephens Gaston County

201 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052


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Grades 3 - 6

A three-week program for students struggling in math.


Grades 7 - 9

A three-week Advanced Math session.

S.M.A.R.T (Students Making Their Abilities Rise to the Top)

Grades 5 - 6

An extended weeklong program that encompasses Robotics, Science/Physics, Advanced Math, and Coding. 

High Risers Virtual Saturday Academy 

Grades  3-6

An 8-month Saturday Academy that focuses on the needs of students struggling in math. Targeted groups include past and present Math Academy participants,  as well as, students from Graham Elementary, the year around school. A student may be enrolled at any time. 

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High Risers Saturday Academy

Meeting Dates

2nd Semester

Saturday, January 14, 2023
Saturday, January 22, 2023
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Saturday, March 25,  2023
Saturday, April 15,  2023
Saturday, April 22,  2023
Saturday, May 13,  2023


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"I had fun in the Community Math Academy. I met my goal wiht my multiplications. I know them in two minutes." 

Community Math Academy Student


"Our collective commitment to the Math Academy is helping our children learn, grow and succeed." 

Principal Pam Merritt, Union Elementary School


"Now, I actually like math. I will do my best when I return to school and will listen to my teacher. I will study for my math tests so my brain is like a machine to me at school." 

Community Math Academy Student


"Students can use math as a brain sharpening tool that builds a foundation for a great career and build their self-confidence."

 Asst. Principal Michelle Twiggs, Shelby Middle School

Community Math Academy


400 W. Marion St.
Shelby, NC, 28150, US

About us

The Community Math Academy (CMA) is the most unique and cutting-edge math organization in North Carolina. It was founded and birthed in 2008 in Shelby, NC, to support the Close the Gap Initiative in Cleveland County. Test scores evidenced a significant gap between minorities and other ethnic groups. We have worked together with our public and private partners for 13 years. The Community Math Academy was birthed and founded in 2008 by community leaders who became aware of the enormous minority academic gap in Cleveland County schools. These revelations moved them to create a program to support students struggling in math and decrease the academic gap.

Our purpose is to help students develop a positive attitude toward math, increase their math skills and increase their math concepts. Over the past thirteen years, the CMA has served over 2000 Cleveland County students ranging from rising 3rd graders to rising 8th graders. The initiative was born from a desire to improve classroom and grade-level performance.

The CMA is held for three weeks during the summer before COVID-19. With a certified staff of teachers, social workers, and principals, we intend to return face-to-face in 2022. Cleveland County School staff selects students who struggle in math and advanced math opportunities, not CMA. These scholars are a very diverse group, and to date, 87.1%-90% are from families that participate in the free and reduced lunch program, and some are considered homeless.

Parents attend Family Engagement sessions. These sessions empower parents to take charge in their students' educational lives, as the Math Academy is based on engagement and holds high expectations for students and families.

Since its beginning, an additional week for students to participate in enrichment camps includes Robotics, Science and Physics, and Coding. Parents are supportive and active in their children's participation during enrichment camps.

With assistance from Cleveland County Cooperative Extension and produce donated by Cleveland County local farmers, 5th and 6th-grade students create a "mock market" with a given budget. Our 5th and 6th-grade students purchase items, assemble baskets, and deliver the LOVE BASKETS to food distribution centers and agencies within the county as a "Giving Back to the Community" effort. This program teaches children about budgeting, buying in quantity, and assigning a dollar value to what they purchase. In addition, 3rd and 4th graders collect canned goods as a part of their" Giving Back to the Community." In 2019, we collected more than 1550 cans to distribute to areas in need throughout Cleveland County.