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2017-2018 IDEA MATH Education programs at Plano/Frisco


Location? Suite 208, 4670 McDermott Road, Plano, TX 75024

When? We have two programs:

1) The Weekday Enrichment Program, which will be held after school during the school year. This program runs from September 2017 to May 2018.
This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring Session ( click to check calendar for each session). Note that we have regular classes scheduled on all the weekday nights on this calendar (including 9/4 labor day and 10/9 Fall break day).

2)The Weekend Extracurricular/Contest Program to be held on Sundays during the school year. This program runs from September 2017 to May 2018.
This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring Session (click to check calendar for each session). Note that we have regular classes scheduled on all the Sunday afternoons on this calenda

Who? Programs are intended to students from the 4th to 11th grades.

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. IDEA MATH programs intend to help able and interested students develop systematic methods for problem-solving and build a solid foundation for their future studies. We believe students learn best by discovering, rather than simply memorizing, essential theorems and techniques. Our program puts students at the center of the classes, as students improve their problem-solving skills individually as well as in group settings. Our instructors lead this process by giving meaningful examples, guiding students through the problem-solving process, and assisting students to summarize critical points.

How? We apply seminar-style teaching in our classes. Class sizes are small (usually around 15, and rarely more than 18) 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.

What are unique strengths of IDEA MATH that distinguish it from other math programs?

1. Comprehensive and well-designed teaching materials, modeled after the training materials of the Phillips Exeter Academy math team, and enriched from real in-class teachings from years of IDEA MATH summer, winter, and weekend programs.

2. Strong team of instructors, consisting of front-line teachers, coaches, and top former students with extensive experience.

3. Emphasis on student leadership, engagement, originality, and the development of both an attitude conducive to learning and lifelong study habits.

4. Working with schools and the local math community to best serve the interests of the students. For more details, please visit our FAQ page

Weekday Academic Enrichment Program

This program supplements and enriches the school math classes for students interested in further academic development. Our instructors and materials help students learn more in-depth and advanced math material, furthering their mathematical knowledge. By the end of the program, students are ready for more rigorous school math classes.

In order to meet the needs of the students with different mathematical backgrounds, this program provides an extensive curriculum.

Courses Offered

IDEA Education Weekday Academic Program at Dallas area offers the following courses: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Integrated Math 2.

Pre-Algebra

Intended for: Grades 4-6

Prerequisites: Solid commend on arithmetic operations and interests in problem solving

Course Offering Time: There are two parallel tracks (Monday track and Thursday track) * for this course. Monday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm or Thursday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Course Description: Feng's Math Pre-Algebra, and more

Sample materials: SamplePreAlgebra

*Students must register for one of the two tracks and may not switch between class days (e.g., if you sign up for the Tuesday class, you cannot attend the Thursday class one week because you have, say, a basketball game on Tuesday)

Algebra 1

Intended for: Grades 5-7

Prerequisites: Solid completion of Pre-Algebra (or equivalent), and approval from the IDEA MATH academic team

Course Offering Time: There are two parallel tracks (Monday track and Wednesday track) * for this course. Monday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm or Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Course Description: IDEA MATH Algebra 1 part 1, IDEA MATH Algebra 1 part 2, and more

Sample materials: SampleALG1part1, SampleALG1part2

*Students must register for one of the two tracks and may not switch between class days (e.g., if you sign up for the Monday class, you cannot attend the Wednesday class one week because you have, say, a swim meet on Monday)

Geometry

Intended for: Grades 7-8

Prerequisites: Solid completion of Algebra 1 (or equivalent), and approval from the IDEA MATH academic team

Course Offering Time: There are two parallel tracks (Tuesday track and Wednesday track) * for this course. Tuesday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm or Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Course Description: Feng's Math Geometry 1, Intro and Intermediate Geometry from AMC 8 and MathCounts, and more

Sample materials: SampleGeometry 1, SamplePC2G

*Students must register for one of the two tracks and may not switch between class days (e.g., if you sign up for the Monday class, you cannot attend the Wednesday class one week because you have, say, a birthday party on Monday)

Integrated Math 2

Intended for: Grades 8-9

Prerequisites: Solid completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry 1 (or equivalent), and approval from the IDEA MATH academic team

Course Offering Time: Thursday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Course Description: Feng's Math Geometry 2, IDEA MATH UC1 Algebra and IDEA MATH UC1 Geometry, and more

Sample materials: SampleGeometry 2, SampleUC1A, Sample UC1G

Algebra 2

Intended for: Grades 8-9

Prerequisites: Solid completion Algebra 1 and Geometry 1 (or equivalent), and approval from the IDEA MATH academic team

Course Offering Time: Tuesday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Course Description: Feng's Math Algebra 2

Sample materials: SampleFeng's MathAlgebra 2

Registration and Tuition

The Weekday Enrichment Program, which will be held after school during the school year. This program runs from September 2017 to May 2018.

This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring Session ( click to check calendar for each session). Note that we have regular classes scheduled on all the weekday nights on this calendar (including 9/4 labor day and 10/9 Fall break day).

Materials covered in the Spring Session are a continuation of the materials covered in the Fall Session. Each course meets 15 times in each session, and each meeting is two hours long. Each course is designed for a total of 15 * 2 + 15 * 2 = 60 class hours. See academic calendars for Fall Session and Spring Session.

Class Day & Section Time Tuition Availability
Pre-Algebra Monday (A*) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $675 per session** Open (click to register)
Pre-Algebra Thursday (B*) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $675 per session** Open (click to register)
Algebra 1 Monday (A*) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $675 per session** Open (click to register)
Algebra 1 Wednesday (B*) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $675 per session** Open (click to register)
Geometry Tuesday (A*) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $675 per session** Open (click to register)
Geometry Wednesday (B*) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $675 per session** Open (click to register)
Algebra 2 Tuesday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $675 per session** Open (click to register)
Integrated Math 2 Thursday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $675 per session** Open (click to register)

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.

*A and B are different sections of the same course. Students will only register for one track and will not be allowed to switch between class days.

** The tuition payment is due on Aug. 25, 2017. Enrollment after this date will depend on space availability and a late fee ($50 or more) will be applied.

*** contact info@ideamath.org to inquire about availability.

Placement

Important notes for course availability/selection and placement:

The above lists consist of projected courses we 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 provide proper new courses/groups to meet the needs of the student body. Please note: the schedule is subject to change based on actual enrollment and staff availability.

Starting in early August (in particular, during our Warm-up program), we will review enrolled students' background and work with them on placement and/or projected placement levels. The purpose of the placement test is to group students with similar backgrounds together, and our teachers will find proper materials to work with each group/section.

If you are not certain about the exact course you should take, make sure that the detailed academic background information is updated in your account and register for a course that is relatively fit your background and needs. After you are enrolled (admitted and tuition paid in full), our academic team will work with you to find the best fitting course for you to study at our program.

Weekend Extracurricular Program (Contest Extension Program)

This program prepares and trains students eager to compete in various competitions, like the MATHCOUNTS, AMC8/10/12, AIME, ARML, etc. Our instructors and materials will help students learn important problem solving and critical thinking skills. By the end of the program, students will be much more comfortable with these competitions.

In order to meet the needs of the students with different mathematical backgrounds, this program provides an extensive curriculum.

Courses Offered

Contest Math 1, Contest Math 2, Contest Math 3, Contest Math 4.

Contest Math 1

Intended for: Grades 5-7

Prerequisites: Solid commend of Pre-Algebra, some familiarity with Algebra 1 (or equivalent), and approval from the IDEA MATH academic team

Course Offering Time: Sunday 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Contest references: Introductory AMC8 and MathCounts

Course Description: IDEA MATH PC1 (Geometry, Counting, and Number Senses), and more

Sample materials: SamplePC1Combinatorics, SamplePC1Geo, SamplePC1NT

Contest Math 2

Intended for: Grades 6-7

Prerequisites: Solid completion of IDEA MATH PC1 (or equivalent), and approval from the IDEA MATH academic team

Course Offering Time: Sunday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Contest references: Advanced AMC8, MathCounts (school/chapter), Introduction AMC10

Course Description: IDEA MATH PC1 Algebra Extension, IDEA MATH PC2, and more.

Sample materials: SamplePC2Algebra, SamplePC2Counting, SamplePC2Geo, SamplePC2NS

Contest Math 3

Intended for: Grades 7-8

Prerequisites: Solid completion of Contest Math 2 (or equivalent), and approval from the IDEA MATH academic team

Course Offering Time: Sunday 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Contest references: MathCounts (chapter/state), Intermediate AMC10

Course Description: Feng's MATH MathCounts 1, IDEA MATH PCX, and more

Sample materials: SampleMATHCounts1, SamplePCXAlgebra, SamplePCXCounting, SamplePCXGeo, SamplePCXNS

Contest Math 4

Intended for: Grades 7-9

Prerequisites: Solid completion of Contest Math 3 (or equivalent), and approval from the IDEA MATH academic team

Course Offering Time: Sunday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Course Format: 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Fall Session, followed by 15 two-hour weekly meetings in the Spring Session

Contest references: MathCounts (state/national), Intermediate/Advanced AMC10, Introduction AIME

Course Description: Feng's MATH MathCounts 2, IDEA MATH UC1, and more

Sample materials: SampleMATHCounts2, SampleUC1Algebra, SampleUC1Counting, SampleUC1Geo, SampleUC1NS

Registration and Tuition

The Weekend Extracurricular/Contest Program to be held on Sundays during the school year. This program runs from September 2017 to May 2018.

This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring Session ( click to check calendar for each session). Note that we have regular classes scheduled on all the Sunday afternoons on this calendar.

Materials covered in the Spring Session are a continuation of thematerials covered in the Fall Session. Each course meets 15 times in each session, andeach meeting is two hours long. Each course is designed for a total of 15 * 2 + 15 * 2 = 60class hours. See academic calendars for Fall Session and Spring Session.

Class Day Time Price Availability
Contest Math 1 Sunday 1:30 pm 3:30 pm $675 per session* Open (click to register)
Contest Math 2 Sunday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm $675 per session* Open (click to register)
Contest Math 3 Sunday 1:30 pm 3:30 pm $675 per session* Open (click to register)
Contest Math 4 Sunday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm $675 per session* Open (click to register)

*The tuition payment is due on Aug. 25, 2017. Enrollment after this date will depend on space availability and a late fee ($50 or more) will be applied.

*** contact info@ideamath.org to inquire about availability.

Course Placement and Placement Test Policies

Important notes for course availability/selection and placement:

The above lists consist of projected courses we offer in this program. Two of the major strength of our program -- a strong academic team and a full range of materials -- allow us to provide proper new courses/groups to meet the needs of the student body. Please note that, though unlikely, the course offering is subject to change based on actual enrollment and staff availability.

We review enrolled students' background and work with them on placement and/or projected placement levels. The purpose of this process is to group students with similar backgrounds together, and our teachers will find proper materials to work with each group/section.

There are 5 placement test levels.

Test T1 (mainly for PC1/Contest Math 1 and PC2/Contest Math 2 courses);
Test T2 (mainly for PCX/Contest Math 3 and UC1/Contest Math 4 courses);
Test T3 (mainly for UC2 and UC3 courses);
Test T4 (mainly for R-series courses);
Test T5 (mainly for M-series courses)

Our placement test problems are selected from our core curriculum. For example, test T2 problems are mainly chosen from our PC2 and PCX materials, and some from UC1 materials. Based on students work, we can see which of PCX or UC1 is a proper place for the student. If the student's score is abnormal, then we will look at the student's background further and consider options such as PC1, PC2, UC2, etc.

Incoming students: joining the program in the beginning of session 1/fall session

Returning IDEA Math student with course placement recommendation will be placed into the course based on the recommendation unless the student request a placement test. (Course placement info for a returning student can be accessed from the student's account. )

Other students will be placed into proper courses by their academic background and placement test work. If you are not certain about the exact course you should take, make sure that the detailed academic background information (age, grade level, math courses taken, and official contest scores -- if any, etc.) is updated in your account and register for a course that is relatively fit your background and needs. After you are enrolled (admitted and tuition paid in full), our academic team will work with you to find the most proper course placement or placement test. In the later case, you are required to take a mandatory placement test.

For questions regarding course placement recommendations, please contact info@ideamath.org -- please make sure to put the email subject in the following form:

Student Full Name (ID number) Inquiry

(For example, John Doe (ID 1234) Weekend Program Placement)

Incoming students: joining the program in the beginning of session 2

A student seeking to join IDEA Math in the middle of an academic year program without having been enrolled the previous session should create an account (returning student should use his original account), submit up to date information about his/her mathematical background, and then contact the IDEA Math staff at info@ideamath.org. Applicant is required to take a placement test (the test fee is $50 or more).

Placement test (for session 1/fall session) schedule and fee

The placement test is scheduled on Friday, 9/1/2017, from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at our site.

As an enrolled student (that is, tuition submitted by 8/28), your placement test fee is covered. In this case, if we need to place you in a course (after reviewing your placement test work) at a different time slot (switching between 1:30 - 3:30 slot and 4:00 - 6:00 slot) and your schedule does not allow you to do so, you may withdraw for the refund of $625 ($675 - $50 placement test fee/processing fee).

If you have not enrolled in our program -- that is, you have not submitted the tuition payment by 8/28, there is a $50 non-refundable placement test fee. Please submit the test fee at our front desk prior the test starts on 9/1 night. In this case, the tuition balance remains to be $675 and we can only offer admission if there is space available in the course you will be placed.

Course placement decisions

IDEA MATH staff makes the final course placement decisions.

It is important to understand that we put a thorough effort in our pre-program placement process to ensure students are in the most proper courses in our program so they can gain the most from our program. By past experience, there are limited moves in the between the courses during the program.

During the entirety of our program, our instructors are continuously and closely reviewing students' work and will contact the students and parents if a student is encountering difficulties in the program (particularly with regards to their mathematics, study skills, or general attitude). Based on our knowledge of the students' work, it may be in the best interests of a student to realign his class assignment, whether during a session or between sessions. Consequently, instructors will make recommendations to the students and parents if necessary to ensure that each student is in the most appropriate class for him. In addition, if during any session of our program a student wishes to move between courses, the student should first contact the IDEA Math staff either in person or via email at info@ideamath.org; we will discuss the move with the instructors immediately.

If we agree that a move to a lower course is appropriate, we will act immediately.

If a student has consistently turned in outstanding mathematical work and shown great leadership in class, our instructors will discuss with the student the possibility of moving him or her to a higher course. If the student is willing to give a try, the student will go through the following process to ensure a smooth transition: obtain a few sets of additional materials from us, complete and submit the work on those materials to us. Only after a careful review of the students' work will we make a decision about the most appropriate place for the student.

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.

Tuition Refund Policy For Each Session

Withdraw Request Made by Refund Amount
After tuition being paid before 1st class day of the program Paid Tuition - $100
After 1st class of the program and before the 2nd class day of the program Paid Tuition - $300
After 2nd class of the program and before the 3rd class day of the program Paid Tuition - $485
After 3rd class No refund