Summer Program at San Jose FAQ

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Here are some questions that are frequently asked. If you have additional questions, please email

Question 1: What is the typical schedule of a day?

Please refer to here for a detailed daily schedule.

Question 2: How much is the tuition for the summer camp, and are scholarships and/or sibling discounts offered?

For the precise tuition, please see: here

We offer a $100 scholarship to students who are USA(J)MO qualifiers or MathCounts national qualifiers during the current or previous academic year. This scholarship will be given to enrolled students at the beginning of the program.

We do not offer sibling discount.

Question 3: Are the meals included in the program?

The West Valley college cafeteria will be open and provide lunch for our students. The cost is $100 for 10 days. To sign up for the lunch program, you can log into your account, go to "My Registration", click on "check details" for 2019 summer program at San Jose/Cupertino/Saratoga Area. Click "Edit Registration" then select Lunch option.

Question 4: What do students do during lunch time (besides eating lunch)?

Students have lunch first (two shifts). After the lunch, they have some recreational activities (tag football, playing varies card games and board games. All activities are under staff supervision.

Question 5: Are calculators and other electronic devices allowed in the camp?

We do not stop students from bringing electronic devices to IDEAMATH. However, we still forbid inappropriate uses of these electronic devices for instance, playing online games on one's computer will constitute as an inappropriate usage. The staff will enforce these rules at their discretion. Needless to say, the usage of any electronic devices during class will be strictly forbidden by the instructors.

Nevertheless, we highly encourage students to not bring their laptops or other high-powered devices to camp, as they tend to distract the students from learning, instead of aiding the students.

Question 6: Will there be transportation for day students to go to program daily?

As this is a day program, we do not provide transportation or living arrangements.

Question 7: What is the half-day program?

Our program is intended for full day program. For each course, we have 4 main subject areas - Algebra, Geometry, Counting, and Number Sense. In each morning class, students work on two of those topics areas, and the other two in the afternoon. Therefore, in the case that a student has some scheduling difficulties or is not ready for studying math for a full day, the student can choose half-day program (morning or afternoon program), they work on two topic areas instead of four.

Sometimes, a student has scheduling difficulties and can only participate the first week. If there are space available, we will allow this too. The rate will be the same as that rate of half-day program. However, we do admit full day program students first, and we do our best try to admit half-day program students.

Question 8: What is the lunch options?

Click here to check the lunch menu.

Question 9: How do I sign up for lunch program?

Log into your account, go to My Registration, click check details for 2019 Summer Program at San Jose, CA. Click Edit Registration and select lunch option.