2024 Summer Online Program for Advanced Studies

(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.

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


Programs are intended for students in the 7th to 12th graders.


This is an online program.


Each course in this program is scheduled to meet from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm (US Eastern Time) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from June 23 to August 8 (no class on July 4), 2024. Each course will meet for 20 times for a total of 50 class hours. To enhance students' learning experiences, we do expect HW for this program. For details, please see below.


This program offers three courses: XC9 from our Accelerated Championship (XC) Series, MO1 and MO2 from our Math Olympiad (MO) Series. XC courses intend to improve top level young students' command of the core knowledge leading to higher studies in mathematics. MO courses intend to guide top level young students' in their preparation for Math Olympiad contests.

From 2000 to 2022, the Phillips Exeter Academy Red Lion (PEARL) math club/team, under the supervision of IDEA MATH academic director Dr. Zuming Feng (joined by IDEA MATH staff member Ivan Borsenco more recently), has become a dominant force in US high school math contests. In this period, students from PEARL have been USAMO winners more than 45 times and have won 27 IMO gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 8 bronze medals. The materials in the Math Olympiad (MO) Series build upon materials that Zuming and Ivan have used for PEARL math club activities and the US Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) entry level courses.

Program Setup and Workload

Each course in this program is scheduled to meet from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm (US Eastern Time) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, for total of 20 times. Meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings focus more on developing concepts and knowledge, and meetings on Sunday evenings focus more on HW review and additional practices. Therefore, for each course, we have 20*2.5 = 50 total class hours. We expect three hours of HW per week.


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.

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.


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

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.

Courses* Date** Class Time**
XC7 Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US Eastern Time)
XC9 Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US Eastern Time)
MO1 Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US Eastern Time)
MO2 Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (US Eastern Time)

* 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 (two and half hours per meeting), for a total of 20*2.5 = 50 hours in this session. 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 April 30, 2024 $1995 ($39.90 per class hour)

Regular Enrollment
Register by* Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
April 30, 2024 May 15, 2024** $2195

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*
XC7/XC9/MO1/MO2 Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
(US Eastern Time)
June 23, 25, 27, 30;
July 2, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30;
August 1, 4, 6, 8 (2024)

** All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone. Each course will have 20 meetings (two and half hours per meeting) for a total of 20*2.5 = 50 class hours.

Tuition Refund Policy

Withdrawal Request Made in Writing Refund Amount
Before May 15, 2024 Paid Tuition - $200
On or after May 15, 2024 before May 30, 2024 Paid Tuition - $400
On or after May 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 team

Academic Director

Dr. Zuming Feng

Academic Team

Mr. Ivan Borsenco

Mr. Kevin Cong

Dr. Zachary Franco

Dr. Ray Li

Dr. Yanfei Li

Mr. Alex Song

Mr. Luyan Wang

and more, to be updated soon.