Accelerated Championship (XC) Series (March/May, 2020)

Registrations to the Accelerated Championship (XC) Series (March/May, 2020) are now open!

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Who

The most advanced 7th to 10th graders in the nation: USAMO index (AMC10/12 + 10*AIME) of 180 or above are qualified to take our placement tests, students with stronger work in the placement test are invited to take this series.

What

Accelerated Championship Series (XC Series) consists of four components/courses: XC7, XC8, XC9, and XC10.

This series will not aim to teach these students math competition material, but rather improve their command of the core knowledge leading to higher studies in mathematics. Students will be surprised to discover that the school curriculum could be as challenging and as useful for learning Olympiad topics, if the right questions are posed, and more importantly, the school curriculum could and should be far more important, if learned with good depth and breadth.

Why

In the past 25 years, the Phillips Exeter Academy Red Lion (PEARL) math team, under the supervision of Zuming Feng, has become a dominant force in US high school math contests. From 2000 to 2019, students from PEARL have been USAMO winners 40 times and have won 25 IMO Gold medals, 11 Silver medals, and 8 Bronze medals. These students have diverse background, skillsets, and characters. What do they have in common? Well, almost all of them have studied Math Transition 3X (or 31X-40X-41X) and Math 431-511-521 with Zuming Feng.

Starting this spring, IDEA MATH is going to share these courses with the best 7th, 8th, and 9th graders in the nation via the XC series. While math contests are not the main focus for this course, this course cultivates young talented math students’ vision on the flow of mathematics and ability to reason and argue mathematically. Therefore, students’ achievements in math contests become a natural result.

When

XC7 and XC9 will be offered in the spring, 2020, and XC8 and XC10 will be offered in the fall 2020.

Workload

Each course consists of 10 units/weeks (one unit per week). In each unit, there are 4 hours (two 2-hour sessions: one on Saturday, one on Sunday) of live remote learning (via Zoom). Hence, there are 40 (online live) class hours for each course. We also expect students to spend 1 hour on homework or test in each unit -- this is 50 hours of total workload.

The tuition for each of these courses is $995 for 40 in-class hours (unit rate is less than $25 per hour) of teaching and homework/test grading.

Courses Offered
Courses code Course content Pre-requisite
XC7 IM7A, IM7G, IM8A, and contest extension (parametric equations, vector operations, 3-D geometry, advanced trigonometry) USA(J)MO qualifying index of 180 and placement test;
7th, 8th and 9th graders in general
XC8 IM8G (advacned 3-D geomery and vector operations), IM9A 9advacned Pre-Calculus), Introduction to Calculus an emphasis on proofs, and extensions to math contests XC7;
8th and 9th graders in general
XC9 Calculus AB with an emphasis on proofs and extensions to (college level) math contests XC8 and placement test for younger students, USA(J)MO qualifying index of 200 and placement test for 10th and 11th graders;
9th and 10th graders in general
XC10 Calculus BC with an emphasis on proofs and extensions to (college level) math contests XC9;
9th, 10th and 11th graders in general

Calendar
Course Time Dates
XC7 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (US EDT) March 28, 29; April 4, 5; 11, 12; 18, 19; 25, 26; May 2, 3; 9, 10; 16, 17; 23, 24; 30, 31, 2020
XC9 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (US EDT) March 28, 29; April 4, 5; 11, 12; 18, 19; 25, 26; May 2, 3; 9, 10; 16, 17; 23, 24; 30, 31, 2020
XC8, XC10 Coming in Fall, 2020 Coming in Fall, 2020
Tuition
Register and Tuition Pay By Tuition Amount Hourly Rate
March 26, 2020 $995 ~$25/hour
March 29, 2020 $1095 ~$27/hour
Tuition Refund Policy
Withdraw Request Made by Refund Amount
After tuition being paid before March 27, 2020 Paid Tuition - $100
After March 28, 2020 before April 4, 2020 Paid Tuition - $225
After April 4, 2020 before April 11, 2020 Paid Tuition - $350
After April 11, 2020 No refund

Mr. Ivan Borsenco

Dr. Zuming Feng

Mr. Xiaopeng Gong

Dr. Luyan Wang

Mr. Steven Xu


Withdraw Request Made by Refund Amount
After tuition being paid before March 27, 2020 Paid Tuition - $100
After March 28, 2020 before April 4, 2020 Paid Tuition - $225
After April 4, 2020 before April 11, 2020 Paid Tuition - $350
After April 11, 2020 No refund

Mr. Ivan Borsenco

Dr. Zuming Feng