2021 June Online Summer Program

Registrations to the 2021 June Online Summer Program are now open!

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2021 Summer June Program and July Program registrations are open!
Join the first program info session Zoom Meeting on 2021/03/14 (Sunday) starting at 8:00 PM (Eastern time).
Join the second program info session (presented mainly in Chinese) Zoom Meeting on 2021/04/02 (Friday) starting at 8:00 PM (Eastern time).
Join the third program info session Zoom Meeting on 2021/05/09 (Sunday) starting at 8:00 PM (Eastern time).
When? 

June 14 - July 2, 2021 (15 academic days, 60 online class hours, weekdays only)

Who*? 

Programs are intended for students from 4th to 12th grade

Why?

IDEA MATH provides in-depth enrichment in important mathematical areas, particularly in the fields from which contest 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.

Program Setup

IDEA MATH will offer its full range of courses via remote learning -- Zoom based LIVE classes. Each course has 60 class hours. Students will take a 2-hour class during the day (either morning or afternoon, pending on the schedule of each course), and a 2-hour class during the evening -- 4 hours per day on weekdays, 20 = 4*5 hours (5 weekdays) per week, and 60 = 4*5*3 hours for whole program (3 weeks). We intend to cover our materials via our classroom activities. Hence daily HW amount is limited, if there is any.

The tuition for each of these courses is $1245 for 60 in-class hours (unit rate is $20.75 per hour) of teaching and homework/test grading.

Why

IDEA MATH provides in-depth enrichment in important mathematical areas, particularly in the fields from which contest 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.

ZOOM Class Policies

To protect students' privacy, we ask our students to:

  1. Always use student's full name along with IDEA MATH ID to join ZOOM classes. Only enrolled students is allowed to join our LIVE classes.
  2. Turn on video and audio during the class.
  3. No recording or taking photos is allowed.

For more detailed online class policy please visit here.

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 once used by our academic director Dr. Zuming Feng in his work with the Phillips Exeter Academy Red Lion (PEARL) math club/team and Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP). ( Find more references on curriculum info. )
  2. Strong team of instructors, consisting of front-line teachers, coaches, and top former students. ( Find more staff info. )
  3. Emphasis on student leadership and the development of an attitude conducive to learning.
  4. Focus on schools and the local math communities.

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

In order to meet the needs of students with different mathematical backgrounds, IDEA MATH projects the following course offerings: PC0, PCA, PC1, PC2, PCX, UC1, UC2, UC3, MO1, MO2, XC7, XC9. When enrollments allow, we will also offer new courses such as MO3 and MO4 etc.

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. The course list shown below 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 create new courses/groups to meet the needs of the students body. Therefore, the course list (and course schedule) is subject to change based on actual enrollment and staff availability.

Please visit detailed curriculum grid for a more complete reference of IDEA MATH course curriculums.

Course Schedule
Course* Day Class Time*** (US EDT) Evening Class Time*** (US EDT)
PC0 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
PCA 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
PC1 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
PC2 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
PCX 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
UC1 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
UC2 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
UC3 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
XC7 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
MO1 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
XC9 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)
MO2 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (US EDT) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US EDT)

* Each course will only be offered when a minimum number of students have enrolled. Some courses might run multiple sections. To maintain the high standard of our student's learning experience, class sizes will remain small---about 6 to 15 students for PC0/PCA courses, about 8 to 20 students for other courses.

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

Placement and Placement Test

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. Please see below the projected course offerings and their (main) corresponding placement levels. We highly recommend each applicant new to our programs (who is not currently enrolled in one of our programs and/or has not completed a program with us recently) to take a placement test. (See detailed process in the Registration section below.)

Targeted course PC0/PCA PC1/PC2 PCX/UC1 UC2/UC3 MO/XC Courses
Corresponding Placement Test T0 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.

In general, each applicant new to our programs shall take a placement test in one of our open online/onsite placement test sessions. (See detailed process in the Registration section below.) 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

Placement Test Date/Time Placement Test Location Registration By* Test Fee**
April 11, 2021 4:30 pm (ET) Online April 5, 2021 $50
April 25, 2021 4:30 pm (ET) Online April 19, 2021 $75
May 9, 2021 4:30 pm (ET) Online May 3, 2021 $75
June 6, 2021 4:30 pm (ET) Online May 31, 2021 $100

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

** 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 & Tuition
Early
Registered By Tuition Paid By** Tuition Amount
April 1, 2021 April 30, 2021 $1245 (<$21/hour)
Regular
Registered By Tuition Paid By*** Tuition Amount
May 1, 2021 May 15, 2021 $1375 (< $23/hour)

** If the tuition is not paid by this date, your registration will be considered as regular registration.

*** The tuition payments may be stopped earlier than the published date if the program has reached to its upper capacity. After the tuition payment deadline date, a late fee ($120) will be applied to the tuition and admission can only be given if space is available.

Tuition Refund Policy
Withdraw Request Made by Refund Amount
Before May 20, 2021 Paid Tuition - $100
Starting from May 20, 2021 Before May 30, 2021 Paid Tuition - $300
Starting from May 30, 2021 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 $200) 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).

Academic Director

Dr. Zuming Feng

Instructors