The Greater Boston Area Summer Program FAQ

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Please visit main program FAQ page for general program information such as teaching method, class size, core courses, admission, placement, etc.

Here are some questions that are frequently asked. If you have additional questions, please email info@ideamath.org

Question 1: What does my average day look like, when we have class? What about when we don't have class? What do we (in particular, a residential program student) do during free time?

On days with classes, please note that classes and evening study sessions take up a significant portion of the day. There is still ample time, however, during allotted free times throughout the day for students to spend time with each other. Frisbee, for example, has been a popular sport among the students.

Furthermore, we will like to emphasize that while classes and evening sessions take up a lot of time, it will not consist of monotonous lectures. Class consists of a variety of activities, ranging from lectures, individual problem-solving, and solution presentations that will keep the students active and interested.

Please refer to here for a detailed daily schedule.

On days without classes, we have arranged field trips and other recreational activities for the students to enjoy.

Question 2: How much is the tuition for the summer camp, and is scholarship and/or sibling discount offered?

For the precise tuition, please see: here

We offer a $200 scholarship to each residential student ($100 to each day student) who is USA(J)MO qualifiers or MathCounts national qualifiers during the current or previous academic year. This scholarship will be given to enrolled students at the beginning of the program. For details, please visit here

We do not offer sibling discount.

Question 3: Are the meals included in the program?

Lunch is included for full day/residential program students.

Breakfast and dinner are included for full residential program students. Dinner is included for day program students who signed up for evening activities. (For residential program students, dinner is included on the arrival day, breakfast is included on the departure day.)

Our meals are from the university dining service.

Question 4: What do students do during lunch time (besides eating lunch)?

Students have lunch first (two shifts). After the lunch, they have some recreational activities (tag football, playing varies card games and board games. All activities are under staff supervision.

Question 5: How will my child (in particular, who is enrolled in the residential program) receive proper attention at camp, away from home?

The well-being of the students is our priority. Well-being is defined in the largest sense possible, encompassing physical health, emotional comfort, and growth as an individual.

Each student will be assigned to a counselor, who is responsible to look after the student and make sure he/she adjusts well to the camp, both academically and socially. Medical problems will receive prompt attention, by a camp nurse or a hospital, when appropriate.

Please notify us (info@ideamth.org) of any dietary restrictions, special needs, or any other information that will help us accommodate your child.

Question 6: Are calculators and other electronic devices allowed in the camp?

We do not stop students from bringing electronic devices to IDEAMATH. However, we still forbid inappropriate uses of these electronic devices—for instance, playing online games on one's computer will constitute as an inappropriate usage. The staff will enforce these rules at their discretion. Needless to say, the usage of any electronic devices during class will be strictly forbidden by the instructors.

Nevertheless, we highly encourage students to not bring their laptops or other high-powered devices to camp, as they tend to distract the students from learning, instead of aiding the students.

Questions relate to the Day Program

Question 7: Will there be transportation for day students to go to program daily?

We provide bus routes to take students from various Massachusetts locations to our program site. Details of routes and charges can be found at here

Question 8: What are the evening activities? I (the student) am a day student, can I participate the evening activities? If so, how.

Evening activities cover dinner, recreational activities between dinner and the study hall, and study hall supervised by instructors and/or assistants. Yes, you may. Details can be found here.

Question 9: I (the student) am a day student, do I need to register to the program on the arrival day of the residential program.

No you do not. Day students register to the program on the first class day.

Question 10: I (the student) am a day student, can I join the (residential) program (recreational) activities on the non-academic days? If so, do I need to pay extra fees?

Yes, you are welcome to join the (residential) program (recreational) activities on the non-academic days, and there is NO extra fees required.

Questions relate to the Residential Program

Question 11: If I (the student) am travelling by air and arrive at the Boston Logan International Airport, how will I be picked up from the airport? At the end of the program, how will I be dropped off at the airport?

We will offer shuttles to take students from Logan international airport to our program location from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. IDEAMATH staff members wait for the students at the airport, group them according to arrival time and put them on the shuttle. We will charge extra $25 if the students arrives after 6:00 pm but before 8:00 pm, after 8:00 pm, we will charge $60.

At the end of the program, students will be grouped and shuttled to the airport per their departure time.

In both cases, the students will be fully supervised by IDEAMATH staff. Please indicate on your registration form the travel itinerary (i.e. the arrival time and the departure time) so that our staff is fully informed.

Questions 12: I (the student) am very young, can I fly alone?

Different airline has different age limit for flying along. Please make sure to check with each individual airline on this issue before you purchase your ticket. If you are indeed flying in (to either Boston, MA or Manchester, NH) as an unaccompanied minor, please make sure to set up the arrangements with the airline AND inform us all the detailed arrangements THREE WEEKS prior the program starts. An additional charge may apply.

Questions 13: I (the student) am an international student and I need visa coming to US, do you provide visa invitation and/or I-20 form?

We provide invitation letter to assist you get the visa. We do not offer I-20 form.

Questions 14: What is the check-in time for residential students on arrival day? What is the check-out time for residential students on departure day?

The residential students can check-in on the first day (arrival day) of the program from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The residential students can check-out on the last day (departure day) of the program from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

Question 15: What is the living situation for residential students? Do they have roommates?

The residential students stay in the dormitories on IDEA MATH summer program campus. Students by default are assigned roommates, two to a room, unless they have special needs.

If this is the case, please notify us before hand, and we will review each request and give permissions accordingly. Additional charges may apply in that case.

Question 16: Are there local hotels around Rivier Univeristy?

Here is the list of hotels that around Rivier University:
https://www.rivier.edu/about.aspx?id=717&act=50

Academics

Question 17: Are calculators and other electronic devices allowed in the camp?

We do not stop students from bringing electronic devices to IDEAMATH. However, we still forbid inappropriate uses of these electronic devices—for instance, playing online games on one's computer will constitute as an inappropriate usage. The staff will enforce these rules at their discretion. Needless to say, the usage of any electronic devices during class will be strictly forbidden by the instructors.

Nevertheless, we highly encourage students to not bring their laptops or other high-powered devices to camp, as they tend to distract the students from learning, instead of aiding the students

Recreation/Daily Life

Question 18: What do we do during free time? What does my average day look like, when we have class? What about when we don't have class?

On days with classes, please note that classes and evening study sessions take up a significant portion of the day. There is still ample time, however, during allotted free times throughout the day for students to spend time with each other. Frisbee, for example, has been a popular sport among the students.

Furthermore, we will like to emphasize that while classes and evening sessions take up a lot of time, it will not consist of monotonous lectures. Class consists of a variety of activities, ranging from lectures, individual problem-solving, and solution presentations that will keep the students active and interested.

Please refer to here for a detailed daily schedule.

On days without classes, we have arranged field trips and other recreational activities for the students to enjoy.