IDEA MATH 2019 Summer Program at New York City, NY

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Location?  Speyer Legacy School, 925 9th Ave., New York, New York

When?  Aug. 12 - Aug. 16, 2019

Who*?  Programs are intended for students from the 4th to 10th 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

For more details, please visit our FAQ page.

Courses Offered

In order to meet the needs of the students with different mathematical backgrounds, IDEA MATH projects** the following course offers: PC0, PCA, PC1, PC2, PCX, UC1, UC2.

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. Two of the major strength of our program -- a strong academic team and a full range of materials which 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.

Please visit detailed curriculum grid for more information of IDEA MATH courses.

Program Schedule

   9:00 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.    Students arrive
   9:15 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.    Morning math classes
   12:30 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.    Lunch break
   1:15 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.    Afternoon math classes
   4:30 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.    Students depart

Placement and Placement Test

Many students will take the placement test prior to program starts. You may select the course you wish to take when you register for the summer program. The purpose of the placement test is to group students with similar backgrounds together, and then our teachers will find proper materials to work with each group/section.

   Targeted course   PC0(Math Roots)/PCA(Math Buds)   PC1/PC2   PCX/UC1   UC2
   Corresponding Placement Test   T0   T1   T2   T3

Prior to the placement test, we will start to review enrolled (admitted and tuition paid in full) students' background and work with them on choosing the proper placement test. We make initial suggestion based upon academic background info (age, grade level, math courses taken, and official contest scores - if any). It is important to update accurate academic background info in the student's account. Our academic team will make the final decision on your course placement based upon your academic background and your work in the placement test. (Further course placement adjustment can be made based upon your class work.)

Placement Test Schedule

Placement Test Date Placement Test Time Placement Test Location Registration By*
April 7, 2019 10:30 am Speyer Legacy School, 925 9th Ave., New York, New York. April 4, 2019
May 5, 2019 10:30 am Speyer Legacy School, 925 9th Ave., New York, New York. May 3, 2019


Application and Tuition Payment Schedule


  Application Completed by* Application Fee Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Full Day May 1, 2019 $40 May 25, 2019 $1285


  Application Completed by* Application Fee Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Full Day May 15, 2019* $40 June 15, 2019** $1385

Note: We will offer a $100 tuition scholarship/discount to each full day program student who meets any one (or more) of the following(please note one discount per person per program):
    2018 or 2019 MATHCOUNTS National Round Participants
    2018 or 2019 USAJMO qualifier
    2018 or 2019 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.

We also offer schoolarship to 2019 Mathcounts Manhattan Chapter top winners and Coach's award students.

* The application is ONLY considered completed when all the application material are submitted.

** After this date, a late fee will be applied to the tuition: day program tuition starting from $1495.

Application Procedure

Step 1: Create your IDEA MATH account here if you do not have one yet.

Step 2: Log into your account and register for IDEA MATH 2019 Summer Program at New York City, NY.

Step 3: Select a course or placement test level*

For returning student, please select a course or placement test level per the following information: the most recent course taken at our program, your recommended course, and your most recent contest scores. It is important to update your academic information in your account. Up to date academic information will help us to work with you during the placement process.

For new student, please select a course or placement test level that you wish to take and also select the placement test date that you wish to participate placement test (this is TX, CA, and DC only). 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) should be included.

Step 4: Prepare your application material

Our summer program application material will consist of the following:

  • Student Short Essay (waived for returning students in good standing*)
    An applicant who is new to our program should write 200-300 words on an activity (not necessary on math) in which the applicant is passionate about. Please include your name and (4-digit IDEA MATH student/account) ID number in your essay (for example, John Doe (ID 1234)).**
  • Letter of Recommendation from a school teacher (waived for returning students in good standing*)
    Recommendation letters must be completed by your current school teachers, preferably your math teacher. The letter should address the student's learning interests, study habits, peer relations, and ability to follow instructions. The teacher can use his/her own format, or use our standard form**
  • Application fee ($50) can be sent by check or paid by credit card online.

* Applicants are considered as a returning student if he/she was in our summer, weekend or winter programs within the last 15 months. A returning student in good standing with our programs can enjoy the following benefits:
(a) The requirements for Student Short Essay and Letter of Recommendation are waived;
(b) The student will be automatically enrolled in the summer programs if the student complete the payments for application fee and tuition by March 15th, 2020 (2020/03/15).
** Please refer step 5 for how to submit the summer program registration material.

Step 5: Submitting application material

All application material can be submitted online from your IDEA MATH account. Log into your IDEA MATH, go to my registrations, select the "2020 Summer Program at (e.g. Plano/Dallas Texas)", then click "Check Registration Details", check the "Application Material" section, click "Review/Edit" button, then following the instruction on the screen to upload student essay and teacher's recommendation letter.

Step 6: Admission

After we receive your materials, we will process the materials and certain status in your account will be updated. (For example, status codes like A for admitted, I for incomplete application, etc.) Please login to your account to see the updates. When you are admitted, you will also receive an email about your admission. The tuition payment option will be available in your account. You can either login to your account to make the tuition payment by credit card online (the tuition payment option will be available in your account) or you can mail the tuition check. The mailing address is IDEA MATH, P.O. Box 338, Exeter, NH 03833-0338.

Please contact us (email to (603)686-1706, if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Step 7: Make Tuition Payment

As a returning student, the recommendation letter and student essay are waived and you have the option to pay the application fee and tuition together with an early rate (due by early application deadline) and your spot is guaranteed. If you register after the early application deadline, we will process your application along with regular applicants.

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.

Please log in to your account to pay the tuition online.


As always, we welcome parents' specific academic questions about our curriculum and teaching styles, as well as students' class-work and preparation. Please contact

Tuition Refund Policy For Each Session

IDEA MATH provides the following refund amount per schedule posted it here:

Withdraw Request Made by* Refund Amount
Before June 20th, 2019 Paid Tuition - $100
After June 20th, before June 30th, 2019 Paid Tuition * 80% - $100
After June 30, before 1st day of classes Paid Tuition * 50% - $100
After 1st day of classes No refund

Please note only tuition is fundable per policy above. Other fees such as 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 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 prorated credit towards a future program. 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.