2024 Summer Online Math Challenges Program

(All contents on this program page are for reference only. We reserve the right to make changes.)

Summer Program Information sessions (ZOOM meeting ID: 94578394448) will be held at 8:00 pm ET on
February 4 (Sunday), March 1 (Friday) - presented mainly in Chinese, and April 5 (Friday), 2024.


Programs are intended for rising 4th to 12th graders.


This is an online program.


From July 15 to August 9, 2024 (7:00 PM to 9:30 PM US Eastern Time on weekdays, 20 academic days, 50 total online class hours). To enhance students' learning experiences, we do expect HW for this program. For details, please see below.

Program Setup

IDEA MATH will offer Math Challenges A/1/2/3/4/5/6 courses via remote learning---Zoom based LIVE classes. Each course has 50 class hours. Math Challenges A/1/2/3/4/5/6 coursed cover the more challenging materials from PCA/PC1/2/X and UC1/2/3 courses respectively.

Students will take a 2.5-hour class in the evening (7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, US Eastern Time) on weekdays, 12.5 = 2.5*5 hours per week (5 weekdays), and 50 = 2.5*5*4 hours for whole program (4 weeks). We expect one hour of HW on most of class days.

Students are welcome to enroll to multiple programs (for example, two online courses from two different programs, or one from online program and one in-person program, or two summer in-person programs, etc.) depending on their learning goals. Please note that each course from each program operates independently. A student may only attend the classes of the course associated with the programs the student is enrolled in. For example, a student who is enrolled in the PCA course from any in-person or online program may not attend classes of a PCA course from another in-person or online program that the student is not enrolled to.


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.


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 are 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 details on our online class policy, please visit here.

What are the 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). (Go here for more references on curriculum info. )
  2. Strong team of instructors, consisting of front-line teachers 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.


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, IDEA MATH ID, and intended program.

Courses Offered

In order to meet the needs of students with different mathematical backgrounds, the projected IDEA MATH July program course offerings are: Math Challenges A/1/2/3/4/5/6 and GEO. Math Challenges A/1/2/3/4/5/6 courses cover the more challenging materials from PCA/PC1/PC2/PCX/UC1/UC2/UC3 courses respectively. To a certain extent, Math Challenges A/1/2/3/4/5/6 are condensed versions of PCA/PC1/PC2/PCX/UC1/UC2/UC3.

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* Class Time** (US ET)
Math Challenges A (MCA) 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US ET)
Math Challenges 1 (MC1) 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US ET)
Math Challenges 2 (MC2) 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US ET)
Math Challenges 3 (MC3) 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US ET)
Math Challenges 4 (MC4) 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US ET)
Math Challenges 5 (MC5) 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US ET)
Math Challenges 6 (MC6) 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US ET)

* 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 students' learning experience, class sizes will remain small---about 8 to 16 students for PC0/PCA courses, about 8 to 20 students for other courses.

** All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone. Each course will have 20 meetings (2.5 hours per meeting, one meeting on each weekday, three weeks), for a total of 2.5*5*4 = 50 class hours in this session. One hour of HW is expected following most of the meetings. Check calendar here.

Course Placement and Placement Test

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. Our courses are intended for able students who wish to expand their mathematics knowledge beyond regular classroom settings. We emphasize study skills (such as taking notes, oral and written presentations, listening, observing, organization, etc).

In general, each applicant not recently enrolled (that is, who has not completed an IDEA MATH course this spring) in our programs shall take a placement test in one of our open online/onsite placement test sessions. (For more details on our placement test/course placement process, please visit here.)

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. We will find the most appropriate course placement based on placement test work and general academic information in the student account. 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.)

Placement test levels and dates are shown below. Please click this link to register for the placement test. The placement test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Test Levels and their corresponding courses
Test Level Targeted Course
S0/T0 Extra Curricular Series: PC0/Pre-Algebra 1 and PCA/Pre-Algebra 2
Holiday Contest Prep program: CW0
S1 School Enrichment Series: Algebra 1
S2 School Enrichment Series: Geometry
S3 School Enrichment Series: Algebra 2
T1 Extra Curricular Series: PC1-ALG1 and PC2
Fall and Winter Contest Prep: CE1A/CE1B and CE2A/CE2B
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW1/CW2
T2 Extra Curricular Series: PCX and UC1
Fall and Winter Contest Prep: CE3A/CE3B and CE4A/CE4B
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW3/CW4
T3 Extra Curricular Series: UC2 and UC3
Fall and Winter Contest Prep: CE5A/CE5B and CE6A/CE6B
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW5/CW6
T4 XC Series: XC7, XC9, and XC10
MO Series MO1
Fall and Winter Contest Prep: CE7A/CE7B and CE8A/CE8B
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW7/CW8
T5 MO Series MO2 and MO3
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW9/CW10
Spring Placement Test Schedule
Placement Test Date/Time* Placement Test Location Test fee paid by Test Fee**
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, March 8, 2024
(US Eastern Time)
Online March 5, 2024 $50
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, April 5, 2024
(US Eastern Time)
Online April 2, 2024 $50
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, May 5, 2024
(US Eastern Time)
Online May 2, 2024 $75
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, May 19, 2024
(US Eastern Time)
Online May 16, 2024 $100
Special Placement Test Session
Online contact info@ideamath.org
for availability

*Each placement test is 90 minutes long. Students should arrive at the testing location (onsite or online) 10 minutes prior to the test. All test times are in the US Eastern Time Zone.

** 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. Special test sessions (test fee of $150 or more) can be arranged depending on staffing availabilities. Please contact info@ideamath.org for inquires on special test sessions.

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. 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 withdrawal will be processed based on the refund policy.

Tuition Payment Schedule

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

Early Enrollment
Register by* Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
April 15, 2024 May 15, 2024 $1695 ($33.90 per class hour)

Regular Enrollment
Register by* Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
May 15, 2024 June 15, 2024** $1895

Note: We offer a $100 tuition scholarship/discount to each full day program student who meets any one (or more) of the following(please note one discount per person per program):
    2023 or 2024 MATHCOUNTS National Round Participants
    2023 or 2024 USAJMO qualifier
    2023 or 2024 USAMO qualifier
A copy of proof is needed. Scholarship check will be given to each qualified student upon his or her completion of the program.

* 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 ($200) will be applied to the tuition and admission can only be given if space is available.


For the class schedule, please check the course schedule.

Course Time* Dates*
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
(US Eastern Time)
July 15 to August 9 (weekdays)

** All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone. Each course will have 20 meetings (2.5 hours per meeting, one meeting on each weekday, four weeks), for a total of 2.5*5*4 = 50 class hours in this session. One hour of HW is expected following most of the meetings.

Tuition Refund Policy

Withdrawal Request Made in Writing Refund Amount
Before June 15, 2024 Paid Tuition - $200
On or after June 15, 2024 before June 30, 2024 Paid Tuition - $400
On or after June 30, 2024 No refund

Please note that only tuition is refundable per the above policy. Other fees (including, but not limited to, fees for the placement test, bus, lunch, application, etc.) are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Credit cannot be transferred between different type of programs---summer, year-round, contest edge, winter contest prep, etc.

For programs of a similar type (e.g., between summer programs), we will follow the withdrawal/refund policies posted on our website. For example, after tuition is submitted and before date X, we will apply the transfer in the following way (assuming space is available for the intended program): switching programs/series is considered a withdrawal from one program/series and an enrollment to another program/series, and any difference in tuition rates will apply.

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 after the refund deadlines, we can offer prorated credit (proportional based upon the second refund policy: paid tuition deducted by $400, then prorated per day) towards a future program. A note from a licensed physician is required. The doctor's note should clearly assert that the student's current medical status does not allow the student to complete the remainder of the program. The date when the doctor's note is submitted to IDEA MATH (via info@ideamath.org) is considered the initial date for the prorated refund (credit) calculation. The same policies apply if the IDEA MATH staff determine that the student must withdraw due to illness in order to protect the health and welfare of themselves or other students.

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

Academic Director

Dr. Zuming Feng


Mr. Ivan Borsenco

Dr. Barbara Currier

Mr. Michael Curry

Ms. Junhua Duan

Ms. Claudia Feng

Mr. Josh Frost

Mr. Xiaopeng Gong

Mr. Chris Jeuell

Mr. Ertan Kaya

Mr. Ray Li

Dr. Yanfei Li

Mr. George Reuter

Mr. Albert Roos

Mr. Alex Song

Mr. Tao Tu

Mr. Luyan Wang

Mr. Zhun Xu

more to come soon

Junior Academic Staff

Mr. Kevin Cong

Mr. Zachary Feng

Ms. Luana Liao

Mr. Jack Younger

Mr. Marc Scarfo

Mr. Vincent Xu

more to come soon