IDEA MATH 2018 - 2019 Math Contest Preparation Program at New York City

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

When?  The Math Contest Preparation Program at Speyer Legacy School runs from Nov. 2018 to March 2019. The AMC 8 program runs from September to November with 5 independent sessions (students may attend any number). The AMC10/12 and AIME program runs from December to March with 10 sessions total (please note: only six sessions occur before the AMC exams).

Who*?  Programs are intended for students from the 5th to 11th grades

What  Designed for students focusing on the American Mathematics Contest (AMC), these classes feature mock tests and problem solving strategies tailored to the appropriate exam . In addition to learning important mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills, the students will also develop critical test-taking skills, such as learning how to work under time pressure and avoid costly mistakes.

The classes will be organized by the specific contest level from AMC to AIME to USAMO and each class will hold several mock exams that closely track the difficulty of the respective contests. Moreover, the mock exams are targeted to the parts of the test most likely to improve students'scores based on their level. By taking these exams and discussing them with their peers afterwards, the students will not only improve their test-taking performance, but also further their mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills.

Despite the program's intensity, we wish to emphasize that the contest preparation is not a viable substitute for the other (year-round, online or summer) IDEA MATH programs: the contest preparation program is meant to complement the other programs, not replace them. Due to the limited time we have, the program will not be as comprehensive or holistic as the other programs, and will instead be more focused on contest-taking. Thus, we strongly advise students of the contest preparation program to also enroll in either the year-round programs or the summer program.

Why?  IDEA MATH provides in-depth enrichment in important mathematical areas, particularly in the fields from which contests 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 distinguishes it from other (school entrichment/math challenges and contest preparation) math programs?

The first and one of the most critical and unique assets that IDEA MATH has is its curriculum and teaching materials. IDEA MATH's print-outs, practice tests, and other teaching materials are inspired by a compilation of over a decade of training materials of Phillips Exeter Academy math team, one of the nation's strongest. Not only does the material cover a wide breadth of topics, it is also structured in a clean and thoughtful way, optimized by years of teaching and training. From the basic topics, such as introductory algebra, counting, and geometry, to complex and deeper materials at the Olympiad level and beyond, IDEA MATH's unique teaching material provides the firm groundwork for instructors to design a more effective and structured curriculum.

The second and equally unique asset is IDEA MATH's strong team of experienced teachers. IDEA MATH's instructors consist of front-line teachers, math team coaches, and former students of the program, all of whom have taught middle school and high school students for several years. As a testament to the flexibility and strength of our teaching, IDEA MATH does not have an entrance exam: we are confident that we can find an appropriate place in our extensive curriculum to fit any student, regardless of his/her background. Our teaching staff is attentive of each student's unique learning style, and will work to tailor each class depending on his or her specific needs. For more information about IDEA MATH's instructors and their credentials, please visit IDEA MATH Staff page .

Finally, the third unique asset of IDEA MATH is its emphasis on culture and well-being. While learning mathematics is the primary focus of the program, it certainly is not its only goal. Instead, the program pays special effort to cultivate in each student an attitude conducive to learning. It is our philosophy that in the long run, cultivating a good mindset far outweighs the benefit of learning a specific material. Simply put, when a student learns a mathematical knowledge, it will serve him/her throughout his/her school years. When a student learns how to be a good learner, it will serve the student for the rest of his/her life.

Concretely, IDEA MATH instructors guide students not to brag about their achievements and rush ahead, but rather to develop patience and maturity. Students are expected to, at the guidance of the instructors, become teachers themselves by helping their peers. This way, not only does the student develop a deeper understanding of the material, he/she also gains leadership and maturity that will enrich his/her learning experience.

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*

Course Course Dates
AMC 8 prep Sept. 30, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 2018
AMC 10, 12, and AIME prep Dec. 2, 9, 2018, Jan. 13, 20*, 27, Feb. 17*, Feb. 24*, 2019

* Two sessions are offered on these dates.

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

Registration and Tuition Payment Schedule

AMC 8 Preparation

Course Course Date* Course Time Registration By** Tuition
AMC 8 prep #1 Sept. 30, 2018 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sept. 28, 2018 $100
AMC 8 prep #2 Oct. 14 2018 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Oct. 11, 2018 $100
AMC 8 prep #3 Oct. 21 2018 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Oct. 18, 2018 $100
AMC 8 prep #4 Oct. 28 2018 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Oct. 25, 2018 $100
AMC 8 prep #5 Nov. 4, 2018 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Oct. 25, 2018 $100

AMC 10, 12 and AIME Preparation

Course Course Date* Course Time Registration By** Tuition
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #1 Dec. 2, 2018 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Nov. 28, 2018 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #2 Dec. 9, 2018 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Dec. 6, 2018 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #3 Jan. 13, 2019 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Jan. 10, 2019 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #4 Jan. 20, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Jan. 17, 2018 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #5 Jan. 20, 2019 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Jan. 17, 2019 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #6 Jan. 27, 2019 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Jan. 24, 2019 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #7 Feb. 17, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Feb. 14, 2018 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #8 Feb. 17, 2019 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Feb. 14, 2019 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #9 Feb. 24, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Feb. 21, 2018 $225
AMC 10, 12 AIME prep #10 Feb. 24, 2019 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Feb. 21, 2019 $225

*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.

**All tuition refund for withdrawing will be processed based on the refund policy.


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

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