2017-2018 IDEA MATH Education programs at Plano/Frisco

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

When? We have three programs:

1) Summer Warm-up Program on August 7, 8, 9, 10, 2017. This is a transition program to help students get prepared for the upcoming school year and our two school year programs.

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

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

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

Summer Warm-up Program

After a restful summer break, this program will help students readjust to the IDEA MATH curriculum and classroom setting and get ready for a new school year. Each course in this program is designed to help students transition to a regular course in our upcoming Weekday and Weekend program. (The code "T" stands for transition. For example, Algebra 1T is a transition course for Algebra 1, Contest Math 2T is a transition course for Contest Math 2, etc

Courses Offered

Pre-algebra T, Algebra 1T, Algebra 2T, Geometry 1T, Geometry 2T, Contest Math 2T, Contest Math 3T, Contest Math 4T

Class Dates Time Price Availability
Contest Math 2T Aug. 7 - Aug. 10 9:15 am - 4:45 pm* $555 Open (click to register)
Contest Math 3T Aug. 7 - Aug. 10 9:15 am - 4:45 pm* $555 Open (click to register)
Contest Math 4T Aug. 7 - Aug. 10 9:15 am - 4:45 pm* $555 Open (click to register)
Pre-Algebra T Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $135 Open (click to register)
Algebra 1T Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $135 Open (click to register)
Geometry T Aug. 7 and Aug. 9 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $135 Open (click to register)
Integrated Math 2T Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $135 Open (click to register)
Algebra 2T Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $135 Open (click to register)

*Half day programs are available ($285)

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

Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Integrated Math 2.

This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring Session. 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 Price 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)

**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.

This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring Session ( click to check calendar for each session).

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: SampleFeng's Math Pre-Algebra

*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: SampleAlg11, SampleAlg12

*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: SampleGeoemtry 2, SampleUC1A, Sample UC1Gb>

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

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 Academic (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.

This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring Session. 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 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)

This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring Session ( click to check calendar for each session).

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.

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, SamplePCXA, Sample PCXC, Sample PCXN

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, SampleUC1A, Sample UC1C, SampleUC1G, SampleUC1N

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 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: 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.