IDEA MATH 2018 - 2019 Year Round Program at Merrimack Valley (Andover, MA)

Application    Placement    Payment    Course    Calendar    Staff   

Location?  Great Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Road, Andover, MA 01810

When?  The Weekday Enrichment Program runs from September 2018 to May 2019. This program has two sessions - Fall Session and Spring 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 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

Courses Offered*

School Enrichment Courses

 Courses  Date  Time
 Integrated Math 1  Thursday  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 Integrated Math 2  Thursday  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 Integrated Math 3  Sunday  3:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Extra-Curriculum Courses

 Courses  Date  Time
 Math Roots  Sunday  3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
 Math Buds  Sunday  3:45 pm - 5:45 pm

* All classes will only be offered when minimum students enrolled.

Placement and Placement Test

The course list consists 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. Therefore, the schedule is subject to change based on actual enrollment and staff availability. Please note: the schedule is subject to change based on actual enrollment and staff availability.

The IDEA MATH academic team 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 so that our teachers can 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 seems to roughly 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.

Please click this link to register for placement test. It is important for each new applicant to answer all questions accurately and provide detailed information. In particular, age, high school graduation year,detailed math background -- courses taken, official contests taken and official scores (rather than ranks).

Placement test fee is non-refundable. An extra charge may be applied if a student wishes to change testing dates after registering and paying for the placement test. If you would like to request a different placement test, please email us and an additional charge may be applied.

Registration and Placement Test Schedule

Students who have attended an IDEA MATH program in the past academic year(i.e. have participated in our 2017-2018 year-round program, 2017-2018 online program or 2018 summer program) can register for the 2018 - 2019 year-round program (with the recommended class from IDEA MATH academic team) directly. Other students should register for placement test before enrolling into the year-round program.

Note that registration is only the first step of towards enrollment. Enrollment (for each session) is completed only after the tuition is paid in full.

Session 1 Registration and Placement Test Schedule (Class Time: Sept. 2018 - Dec. 2018)

Placement Test Date Placement Test Time* Placement Test Location Registration By** Test Fee
June 10, 2018 3:45 P.M - 5:45 P.M Great Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Road, Andover, MA 01810. Register June 8, 2018 $50
Sept. 9, 2018 1:30 P.M - 4:30 P.M Lexington High School, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421. Register Sept. 5, 2018 $50

Session 2 Registration and Placement Test Schedule (Class Time: Jan. 2019 - May 2019)

Placement Test Date Placement Test Time* Placement Test Location Registration By** Test Fee
Dec. 9, 2018 4:00 P.M - 5:45 P.M Great Lawrence Technical School, 57 River Road, Andover, MA 01810 Dec. 6, 2018 $50

* Placement Test consists of 75 - 150 minutes session (depends on test). Students should arrive the testing location 10 minutes prior test.

** $75 will be charged if registered after this date.

To register to the placement test, click here .

Tuition Payment Schedule

Session 1 Tuition Schedule (Class Time: Aug. 2018 - Dec. 2018)

Tuition Paid By* Tuition Amount**
Sept. 13, 2018 $885
Sept. 16, 2018 $935

Session 2 Tuition Schedule (Class Time: Jan. 2019 - May 2019)

Tuition Paid By* Tuition Amount**
Jan. 3, 2019 $885
Jan. 10, 2019 $935

*The tuition payment is due on this date. Enrollment after this date will depend on space availability and a late fee ($50 or more) will be applied to the tuition.

**The tuition payment is independent to student's course placement because the tuition is for the program, not for a specific course. IDEA MATH staff work with students on course placement by reviewing their academic backgrounds, assigning placement test levels, reviewing placement test work, and more. IDEA MATH staff make the final decision on students' course placements. (Please see our Course Placement Policy section for details.) All tuition refund for withdrawing will be processed based on the refund policy.

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.

School Calendar

Session 1 - School Enrichment Courses Class Dates

 Course  Dates
 Integrated Math 1
(Thursdays)
 Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2018, Jan. 10, 2019 ((bad weather makeup date: Jan. 17, 2019)
 Integrated Math 2
(Thursdays)
 Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2018, Jan. 10, 2019 ((bad weather makeup date: Jan. 17, 2019)
 Integrated Math 3
(Sundays)
 Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, Dec. 2, 2018 ((bad weather makeup date: Dec. 9, 2018)

Session 1 - Extra Curriculum Courses Class Dates

 Course  Dates
 Math Roots
(Sundays)
 Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, Dec. 2, 9, 2018 ((bad weather makeup date: Dec. 16, 2018)
 Math Buds
(Sundays)
 Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, Dec. 2, 9, 2018 ((bad weather makeup date: Dec. 16, 2018)
 Math Contest 5/6
(Sundays)
 Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, Dec. 2, 9, 2018 ((bad weather makeup date: Dec. 16, 2018)
 Math Contest 7/8
(Sundays)
 Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2018

Session 2 - School Enrichment Courses Class Dates

 Course  Dates
 Integrated Math 1
(Thursdays)
 Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 2019((bad weather makeup date: May 23, 2019)
 Integrated Math 2
(Thursdays)
 Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9, 2019 ((bad weather makeup date: May 23, 2019)
 Integrated Math 3
(Sundays)
 Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 10, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12, 2019 ((bad weather makeup date: May 19, 2019)

Session 2 - Extra Curriculum Courses Class Dates

 Course  Dates
 Math Roots
(Sundays)
 Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 10, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12, 2019 ((bad weather makeup date: May 19, 2019)
 Math Buds
(Sundays)
 Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 10, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12, 2019 ((bad weather makeup date: May 19, 2019)
 Math Contest 5/6
(Sundays)
 Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 10, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12, 2019 ((bad weather makeup date: May 19, 2019)
 Math Contest 7/8
(Sundays)
 Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 10, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 28, May 5, 12, 2019 ((bad weather makeup date: May 19, 2019)

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

Please note application fee/registration fee/placement testing fee is non-refundable.

To request a refund and withdraw your student, please send a complete request in writing to info@ideamath.org You must include the payee name and mailing address matching the information in the student's account in order for your request to be deemed complete and submitted. Please include "Refund Request" and the student's name in the subject line. The amount of the refund will be based on the time that a complete request is submitted; incomplete requests will not be deemed to meet deadlines for withdrawal.

If the student is ill and chooses to withdraw from the program we can offer credit towards a future program in the amount of $100 per class-day missed. A note from a licensed physician is required. The same policy applies if the IDEA MATH staff determine that your student must withdraw due to illness in order to protect the health and welfare of other students.

For all purposes related to this refund policy, a day shall be deemed to begin at 12:01am local time in the time zone in which the program is being held.