Weekend Extracurricular Program

What?  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.

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

When? The Weekend Extracurricular 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).

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 contests 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.

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.

Courses Offered

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

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

Class Time Price Session 1 Session 2
Contest Math 1 Sunday
1:30 pm 3:30 pm
$675 per session* Registration is closed Registration is Open
Deadline - Jan. 2, 2018
Contest Math 2 Sunday
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$675 per session* Registration is closed Registration is Open
Deadline - Jan. 2, 2018
Contest Math 3 Sunday
1:30 pm 3:30 pm
$675 per session* Registration is closed Registration is Open
Deadline - Jan. 2, 2018
Contest Math 4 Sunday
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$675 per session* Registration is closed Registration is Open
Deadline - Jan. 2, 2018

*After registration, the students will be informed with tuition payment schedule. Extra charge may apply if tuition is paid after the deadline.

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.

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

Returning IDEA Math student with a 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 latter 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).

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 have been limited moves 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 student 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