2017 IDEA MATH Summer Program at the Greater Boston Area

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Location? Rivier Univerity, 420 South Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060

When? Residential students arrive on July 1st and departure on July 16th, 2017. (There are 12 full academic days in this program. See Schedule Section below for details.)

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 are expected 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 an attitude 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: PC1M1, PC1M2, SamplePC1Algebra, SamplePC1Combinatorics, SamplePC1Geometric, SamplePC1NT, SamplePC1PracticeTest

PC2: PC2M1, PC2M2, SamplePC2Algebra, SamplePC2Comb, SamplePC2Geo, SamplePC2NT

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

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

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

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


RCT: RCT, SampleRCT,

RC1: RC1, SampleRC1Algebra, SampleRC1Comb, SampleRC1Geo, SampleRC1NT

RC2: RC2, SampleRC2Algebra, SampleRC2Comb, SampleRC2Geo, SampleRC2NT

MO1: MO1M1, MO1M2, SampleMO1Algebra, SampleMO1Comb, SampleMO1Geo, SampleMO1NT

MO2: MO2M1, MO2M2, 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.


Residential students arrive on July 1st and departure on July 16th, 2017. The classes starts on July 2nd.

There are 12 full academic days in this program, they are:

  • 1st Academic Block: July 2 5, 2017
  • 2nd Academic Block: July 7 10, 2017
  • 3rd Academic Block: July 12 15, 2017

The following is the daily schedule on an academic day:

   7:30 A.M. - 8:45 A.M.    Breakfast
   8:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.    Day students arrive
   9:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.    Morning classes
   12:15 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.    Lunch and free time
   1:45 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.    Afternoon classes
   5:00 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.    Dinner and supervised activities
   5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.    Day students depart (buses depart at 5:30 P.M.)
   7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.    Supervised recreational and academic activities
   9:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.    Social gathering
   10:45 P.M.    Lights out

Day students who wish to attend supervised evening recreational and academic activities at the residential program may do so for an additional fee. The cost will be $200 (including dinner and all activities).

We offer school bus transportation from Lexington and Westford to IDEA MATH Program site. Extra charge will apply and space is limited.

For day students, we provide buses with the following stops:
Bus Stop #1
Location: Lexington High School, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421
Departure Time: 8:00 am on class day, and 8:30 am on break day
Bus Stop #2
Location: Muraco Elementary School, 33 Bates Rd, Winchester, MA 01890
Departure Time: 7:45 am on class day, and 8:15 am on break day
Bus Stop #3
Location: Westford Valley Plaza (160 Littleton Road), Westford, MA 01886)
Departure Time: 8:20 am on class day, and 8:45 am on break day


To apply for our program, please click here.

Payment Schedule


  Application Completed by* Application Fee Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Residential March 31, 2017 $30 April 30, 2017 $3185
Day March 31, 2017 $30 April 30, 2017 $1595


  Application Completed by* Application Fee Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Residential April 30, 2017 $30 May 30, 2017** $3485
Day April 30, 2017 $30 May 30, 2017** $1795

Note: We will offer a $200 tuition scholarship/discount to each residential student ($100 tuition scholarship/discount to each day 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: residential program tuition starting from $3685, day program tuition starting from $1895.

Tuition Refund Policy

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

Withdraw Request Made by Refund Amount
Before June 10th, 2017 Paid Tuition - $100
After June 10th, before June 25th, 2017 Paid Tuition * 80% - $100
After June 25, before 1st day of classes Paid Tuition * 50% - $100
After 1st day of classes No refund