2017 IDEA MATH California Bay Area Summer Program at San Jose, CA. This program is a day program.

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Location? Queen of Apostles School, 4950 Mitty Way, San Jose, CA 95129

When? July 24 - Aug 4, 2017 (no classes during weekends, total of 10 academic days)

Who*? Students entering grades 6 to 12 in the 2017 - 2018 school year.

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. 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 to ensure that students receive plenty of individual attention. Students areexpected to work as a group and present their solutions and ideas to the class.

What are some unique strengths of IDEA MATH that distinguish it from other (summer/winter/online/weekend) math programs?

The unique strengths of IDEA MATH can be summarized as follows:

1. Comprehensive and well-tested teaching materials, modeled after the training materials of the Phillips Exeter Academy math team

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

3. Emphasis on student leadership and the development of anattitude conducive to learning

4. Focus on schools and the local math community

For more details, please visit our FAQ page.

Courses Offered

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum.

In order to meet the needs of the students with different mathematical backgrounds, IDEA MATH projects** the following course offers: PC1, PC2, PCX, UC1, UC2, UC3, RCX (selected topics mainly from UC3, RC1, RCT), RCY (selected topics from mainly from RC1, RC2, RCV), MO1, MO2, MO3 (selected topics from our advanced E series)

PC1: Modules:PC1M1, PC1M2. Sample lectures:SamplePC1Algebra, SamplePC1Combinatorics, SamplePC1NT, SamplePC1Geometric, SamplePC1PracticeTest

PC2: Modules:PC2M1, PC2M2. Sample lectures:SamplePC2Algebra, SamplePC2Comb, SamplePC2Geo, SamplePC2NT

PCX: Modules:PCXA, PCXC, PCXG, PCXN, PCXT, Sample lectures: SamplePCXAlgebra, SamplePCXComb, SamplePCXGeo, SamplePCXNT, SamplePCXPracticeTest

UC1: Modules:UC1A, UC1C, UC1G, UC1N, UC1T, Sample lectures: SampleUC1Algebra, SampleUC1Comb, SampleUC1Geo, SampleUC1NT, SampleUC1PracticeTest

UC2: Modules:UC2A, UC2C, UC2G, UC2N, UC2T, Sample lectures:SampleUC2Algebra, SampleUC2Comb, SampleUC2Geo, SampleUC2NT, SampleUC2PracticeTest

UC3: UC3A, UC3C, UC3G, UC3N, SampleUC3Algebra, SampleUC3Comb, SampleUC3Geo, SampleUC3NT

RCV: Modules:RCV, Sample lectures:SampleRCV

RCT: Modules:RCT, Sample lectures:SampleRCT,

RC1: Modules:RC1, Sample lectures:SampleRC1Algebra, SampleRC1Comb, SampleRC1Geo, SampleRC1NT

RC2: Modules:RC2, Sample lectures:SampleRC2Algebra, SampleRC2Comb, SampleRC2Geo, SampleRC2NT

MO1: Modules:MO1M1, MO1M2, Sample lectures:SampleMO1Algebra, SampleMO1Comb, SampleMO1Geo, SampleMO1NT

MO2: Modules:MO2M1, MO2M2, Sample lectures:SampleMO2Algebra, SampleMO2Comb, SampleMO2Geo, SampleMO2NT, SampleMO2PracticeTest

** 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.

Some courses might run multiple sections -- we do our best to make sure our classes are small sized classes.

Starting in late May, we 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 fit course for you to study at our program.

Daily schedule:

   9:00 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.    Students arrive
   9:30 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.    Morning math classes
   12:45 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.    Lunch break
   2:00 P.M. - 5:15 P.M.    Afternoon math classes
   5:15 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.    Students depart

To apply for our program, please click here.

Payment Schedule


  Application Completed by* Application Fee Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Full Day April 15, 2017 $30 May 15, 2017 $1585
Half Day April 15, 2017 $30 May 15, 2017 $895


  Application Completed by* Application Fee Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Full Day May 22, 2017 $30 June 15 2017** $1785
Half Day May 22, 2017 $30 June 15 2017** $985

Note: We will offer a $100 tuition scholarship/discount (full day program only) to each student who meets any one (or more) of the following (please note one discount per person per program):
    2016 or 2017 MATHCOUNTS National Round Participants
    2016 or 2017 USAJMO qualifier
    2016 or 2017 USAMO qualifier
A copy of proof is needed. Scholarship check will be given to each qualified student upon his or her completion of the program.

* The application is ONLY considered completed when the application fee (applied to all students) is paid in full.

** After this date, a late fee will be applied to the tuition: full day program tuition starting from $1885, half-day program tuition starting from $1085.

Please log in to your account, then click the tuition button to pay the tuition online.

Tuition Refund Policy

Please note $30 application fee/registration fee is non-refundable.

Withdraw Request Made by Refund Amount
Before June 25th, 2017 Paid Tuition - $100
After July 5, before July 15th, 2017 Paid Tuition * 80% - $100
After July 15, before 1st day of classes Paid Tuition * 50% - $100
After 1st day of classes No refund