2020 -2021 Online Program (Contest Edge)

Who?

Programs are intended for students from the 5th to 12th grades

What

The IDEA MATH 2020-2021 year-round program offers four types of series during the school year. These four series are:

  • School Enrichment series builds students' understanding of the concepts they are likely to encounter in general school curriculum with extra depth and breadth.
  • Extra Curricular series is designed for students pursuing extracurricular mathematics far beyond general school curriculum and provides extensive preparation for contests such as MATHCOUNTS, AMC, AIME etc.
  • Accelerated Championship Series (XC Series) intends to improve top level young students' command of the core knowledge leading to higher studies in mathematics.
  • Contest Edge series provides additional preparation opportunities for various math contests such as (MATHCOUNTS School/Chapter/State/National, AMC 8/10/12, AIME, ARML, HMNT, AIME, HMMT, and Math Olympiads).

Students may enroll in combinations of the courses depending on their learning goals. In particular, students can also consider the Contest Edge series as a supplement for any of the other three series.

This web page is intended for the Contest Edge series.

The Contest Edges series for students focusing on various contests such as MATHCOUNTSs and American Mathematics Contest (AMC). All coureses in the Contest Edges series feature test preparation materials and problem solving strategies tailored to all these exams. By working on these materials and discussing them with their peers afterwards, the students will not only improve their test-taking performance, but also further their mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills.

Despite the program's intensity, we wish to emphasize that the Contest Edges series is not a viable substitute for the other (year-round, online or summer) IDEA MATH programs: the contest preparation program is meant to complement the other programs, not replace them. Due to the limited time we have, the Contest Edges series will not be as comprehensive or holistic as the other programs, and will instead be more focused on contest-taking. Thus, we strongly advise students of the Contest Edges series to also enroll in either the year-round programs or the summer program.

Program Setup and Workload

The IDEA MATH 2020-2021 Contest Edge series will offer a full range of courses (CP1 to CP8) via remote learning -- Zoom based LIVE classes. Each course consists of two sessions: session 1/fall session and session 2/spring session, and session 2 is a continuation (not a repetition) of session 1. Each session has 15 class hours (so each course has 2*15 = 30 total class hours). In each session, there are 10 class days and each class day has a 1.5-hour class. (Therefore, for each course, we have 2*10*1.5 = 30 total class hours.) In the Contest Edge series, we intend to cover our materials via our classroom activities with no additional homework assignment.

The tuition for each of these courses is $450 for 15 in-class hours (unit rate is $30 per hour) of teaching and homework/test grading.

For more details on class setup, please check here

Why?

IDEA MATH provides in-depth enrichment in important mathematical areas, particularly in the fields from which contests problems are drawn: algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory. We believe students learn best by discovering, rather than simply memorizing, essential theorems and techniques. Our process puts students at the center of the classes, as students work together to develop their ideas. Our instructors lead this process by teaching vital ideas, giving meaningful examples, and guiding students through the problem-solving process.

How?

We apply seminar-style teaching in our classes. Class sizes are small to ensure that students receive plenty of individual attention. Students are expected to work as a group and present their solutions and ideas to the class.

What are some unique strengths of IDEA MATH that distinguish it from other (summer/winter/online/weekend) math programs?

The unique strengths of IDEA MATH can be summarized as follows:

  1. Comprehensive and well-tested teaching materials, modeled after the training materials of the Phillips Exeter Academy math team. (Check curriculum)
  2. Strong team of instructors, consisting of front-line teachers, coaches, and top former students. (Check Staff Page)
  3. Emphasis on student leadership and the development of an attitude conducive to learning.
  4. Focus on schools and the local math community.

For more details, please visit our FAQ page.

Contact IDEA MATH

As always, we welcome parents' specific academic questions about our curriculum and teaching styles, as well as students' class-work and preparation. Please contact info@ideamath.org -- make sure to include the following info in your email subject: student's full name, 4-digit IDEA MATH ID, and intended program.

Courses Offered

IDEA MATH Contest Preparation program is designed to sharpen the students' skills for upcoming nationwide middle school and high school mathematics competitions. We offer a series courses for students of varying mathematical backgrounds. As the winter program spans but a week, the courses will have a focus on the application of mathematical concepts and problem-solving to competitions. To that end, the different levels of courses will be aligned with the AMC/AIME/USAMO competition series; through participation in and discussion of mock exams of these difficulty levels, students will develop contest-taking habits along with mathematical knowledge and problem-solving.

Course  
CE1*
Sundays**
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)***
Goal: A pleasant start on AMC8 and MathCounts school/chapter round;
General scoring reference: AMC8 score 10 or above;
Recommended pairing course: CE1 is a good supplementary course for PC1 (Extra Curricular series) or Algebra 1 (Enrichment series).
CE2*
Sundays**
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)***
Goal: A solid job on AMC8 and MathCounts school/chapter round;
General scoring reference: AMC8 score 16 or above;
Recommended pairing course: CE2 is a good supplementary course for PC2 (Extra Curricular series).
CE3*
Sundays**
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)***
Goal: A pleasant start on AMC10 and a solid job on MathCounts chapter/state round;
General scoring reference: AMC8 score 20 or above and/or AMC10 score around 90;
Recommended pairing course: CE3 is a good supplementary course for PCX (Extra Curricular series) or Geometry (Enrichment series).
CE4*
Sundays**
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)***
Goal: A solid job on AMC10, a pleasant start on AIME, an excellent job on MathCounts chapter/state round.
General scoring reference: AMC10 around 100;
Recommended pairing course: CE4 is a good supplementary course for UC1 (Extra Curricular series) or Algebra 2 (Enrichment series).
CE5*
Sundays**
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)***
Goal: A solid job on AMC10/12, a solid job on AIME, an excellent job on MathCounts state round.
General scoring reference: AMC10 score around 110 and AIME score around 6;
Recommended pairing course: CE5 is a good supplementary course for UC2 (Extra Curricular series).
CE6*
Sundays**
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)***
Goal: An excellent job on AMC10/12 and AIME;
General scoring reference: USAJMO/USAMO index (AMC10/12 score + 10* AIME score) are consistently above 190;
Recommended pairing course: CE6 is a good supplementary course for UC3 (Extra Curricular series).
CE7*
Sundays**
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (ET)***
Goal: An excellent job on AMC10/12 and AIME and a pleasant start on USAMO;
General scoring reference: USAJMO/USAMO index (AMC10/12 score + 10* AIME score) are consistently above 210;
Recommended pairing course: CE7 is a good supplementary course for XC series students who have completed UC3 and/or MO1 (Extra Curricular series).
CE8*
Sundays**
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (ET)***
Goal: A solid job on USAJMO/USAMO;
General scoring reference: good score on USAJMO (50% ranking);
Recommended pairing course: CE8 is a good supplementary course for XC series students who have completed MOX or MO2 (Extra Curricular series).

* Each course will only be offered when a minimum number of students have enrolled.

** Check calendar.

*** All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone.

Placement and Placement Test

The course list consists of projected courses we will offer in this program. Two of the major strengths of our program -- a strong academic team and a full range of materials -- allow us to provide proper new courses/groups to meet the needs of the students body. Therefore, the schedule is subject to change based on actual enrollment and staff availability.

Targeted course CE1/CE2 CE3/CE4 CE5/CE6 CE7/CE8
Corresponding Placement Test T1 T2 T3 T4

It is important for each applicant to input accurate, complete, detailed, and up-to-date academic background information (i.e., age, grade level, math courses taken, official contest scores, etc.) in the applicant's IDEA MATH student account. We review this information to make initial course placement/placement test level decisions.

If a placement test is needed, we will ask the student to take the placement test in one of our open online/onsite placement test sessions. We will find the most appropriate course placement based on the information entered in the student’s IDEA MATH account and (if applicable) placement test work. Please note that our academic team will make the final decision on your course placement based upon your academic background and your work in the placement test. (Further course placement adjustments can be made, by our academic team, based upon your class work.)

Please click this link to register for the placement test. The placement test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. An extra charge may be applied if a student wishes to change testing dates after registering and paying for the placement test. If you would like to request a different placement test, please email us and an additional charge may be applied.

Placement Test Schedule

Session 1 Placement Test Schedule (Class Time: Aug. 2020- Dec. 2020)
Placement Test Date/Time* Placement Test Location Registration By** Test Fee***
Aug. 30, 2020/1:00 PM (ET) Online (Click here to register) Aug. 26, 2020 $50

Session 2 Placement Test Schedule (Class Time: Jan. 2021 - May 2021)
Placement Test Date/Time* Placement Test Location Registration By** Test Fee***
Nov. 14, 2020/1:00 PM (ET) Online Nov. 9, 2020 $50

* Each placement test for the Extra Curricular series is 90 minutes long. Students should arrive at the testing location (onsite or online) 10 minutes prior to the test.

** $75 will be charged for registration after this date.

*** The placement test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable -- that is, it cannot be transferred from one applicant/student to another applicant/student, and it also cannot be transferred from a registered/chosen test session/date to another placement test session/date for the same applicant/student.

Registration

Returning students: Students who have attended an IDEA MATH program in the past academic year (i.e., have participated in our 2019-2020 year-round program, 2019-2020 online program or 2020 summer program) can register for the 2020 - 2021 year-round program (with the recommended class from the IDEA MATH academic team) directly by logging into their account and registering. For questions regarding course placement recommendations, please contact info@ideamath.org. It is important for returning students to review and update their academic background information at least once a year.

New students: New applicants who wish to register for the year-round program should create an account and enter information about their mathematical background. New applicants can then check the placement test schedule and sign up for a placement test before registration. All new students are welcome to contact the IDEA Math staff at info@ideamath.org for information or any questions on which placement test to take.

It is important for each new applicant to answer all questions accurately and provide detailed information. In particular, age, high school graduation year, detailed math background -- courses taken, official contests taken and official scores (rather than ranks) should be included.

Registration and Tuition Payment Schedule

Note that registration is only the first step of towards enrollment. Enrollment (for each session) is completed only after the tuition is paid in full.

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Session 1 Tuition Schedule (Class Time: Sept. 2020 - Dec. 2020)
Registered By* Tuition Paid By* Tuition Amount**
Spet. 8, 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 $450 ($30/hour)

Session 2 Tuition Schedule (Class Time: Jan. 2021 - May 2021)
Registered By* Tuition Paid By* Tuition Amount**
Dec. 22, 2020 Dec. 22, 2020 $450 ($30/hour)

For students who are new to our program, please make sure you sign up for the placement test. Click here to check the placement test schedule and sign up.

*The tuition payments may be stopped earlier than this published date if the program has reached to its upper capacity. After the tuition payment deadline date, a late fee ($150 or more) will be applied to the tuition and admission can only be given if space is available.

**The tuition payment is independent to student's course placement because the tuition is for the program, not for a specific course. The IDEA MATH staff will work with students on course placement by reviewing their academic backgrounds, assigning placement test levels, reviewing placement test work, and more. IDEA MATH staff make the final decision on students' course placements. (Please see our Course Placement Policy section for details.) All tuition refund for withdrawing will be processed based on the refund policy.

Pay Tuition

Please log in to your account to pay the tuition online.

Calendar

For class schedule, please check course schedule

Session 1 Class Dates (Sept. 2020 - Dec. 2020)
Course Time** Dates
CE1 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays:
Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 13 (2020)
CE2 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays:
Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 13 (2020)
CE3 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays:
Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 13 (2020)
CE4 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays:
Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 13 (2020)
CE5 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays:
Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 13 (2020)
CE6 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays:
Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 13 (2020)
CE7 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (ET) Sundays:
Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 13 (2020)
CE8 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (ET) Sundays:
Sept. 13, 20, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 13 (2020)
Session 2 Class Dates (Jan. 2021 - Apr. 2021)
Course Time** Dates
CE1 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays
Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 (2021)
CE2 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays
Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 (2021)
CE3 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays
Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 (2021)
CE4 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays
Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 (2021)
CE5 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays
Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 (2021)
CE6 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET) Sundays
Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 (2021)
CE7 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (ET) Sundays
Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 (2021)
CE8 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (ET) Sundays
Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 14, 28; Mar. 14, 21; Apr. 4, 11, 25 (2021)

* Please Note: for the 2020–2021 year-round program, for the fall term, courses will be offered via remote virtual learning. For the spring term, courses will tentatively be offered via remote virtual learning, however, we will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments accordingly.

**All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone. Each course will meet 10 times per session. Check calendar .

Tuition Refund Policy For Each Session

Withdraw Request Made by Refund Amount
After tuition being paid before 1st class day of the program Paid Tuition - $100
After 1st class of the program and before the 3rd class day of the program Paid Tuition - $300
After 3rd class No refund

Please note that only tuition is refundable per the above policy. Other fees such as the application fee, the registration fee, and the placement testing fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.

To request a refund and withdraw your student, please send a complete request in writing to info@ideamath.org. You must include the payee name and mailing address matching the information in the student's account in order for your request to be deemed complete and submitted. Please include "Refund Request" and the student's name in the subject line. The amount of the refund will be based on the time that a complete request is submitted; incomplete requests will not be deemed to meet deadlines for withdrawal.

If the student is ill and chooses to withdraw from the program, we can offer prorated credit (proportional based upon the first refund policy: paid tuition deducted by $100) towards a future program. A note from a licensed physician is required. The same policy applies if the IDEA MATH staff determine that your student must withdraw due to illness in order to protect the health and welfare of other students.

For all purposes related to this refund policy, a day shall be deemed to begin at 12:01am local time of US Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST).


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