Our year-round program offers three types courses during the school year. Students may enroll in combinations of the courses depending on their learning goals. Math Enrichment courses build students' understanding of the material they are likely to encounter in the standard school curriculum. Math Challenges/Extracurricular courses are for students pursuing extra-curricular mathematics beyond the school curriculum and who are interested in competitive mathematics. In addition, focused contest preparation courses are also offered prior to AMC 8/10/12 and AIME competition.
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.