IDEA MATH 2019 - 2020 Math Contest Preparation Program at New York City

Location?  Speyer Legacy School, 925 9th Ave. @59th Street, New York, New York

When?  The Math Contest Preparation Program at Speyer Legacy School runs 2–3 Sundays per month from Sept. 2019 to March 2020. Classes will be held from 1pm–4pm. Students may attend any selection of Sundays that they desire.

Who?  Programs are intended for students from 5th to 11th grades who are interested in preparing for math competitions such as MathCounts, the American Mathematics Contest (AMC), or the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).

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.

Courses Offered*

Course Description
Math Contest 1/2 Goal: A pleasant start of AMC 8 Test
Target Group: students is ready to start AMC 8 experience.
Math Contest 3 Math Contest 3: Goal: A solid performance on AMC 8/MathCounts chapter/state test or a pleasant start on AMC 10.
Target Group: as a general reference, has an AMC10 score in 12 to 18 range
Math Contest 4 Goal: A solid job on AMC10, a pleasant start on AIME, an excellent job on MathCounts chapter/state round.
Target Group: as a general reference, has an AMC10 score in 90 to 105 range
Math Contest 5 Goal: A solid job on AMC10/12, a solid job on AIME, an excellent job on MathCounts state round.
Target Group: as a general reference, has an AMC10/12 score around AIME cutoff and AIME score in the 3-5 range

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

Registration and Tuition Payment Schedule

The program runs from September to March with 18 independent sessions. Students may attend any choice of sessions.

Course Course Date Course Time Registration By* Tuition**
All courses #1 Sept. 15, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sept. 9, 2019 $150
All courses #2 Sept. 29, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sept. 23, 2019 $150
All courses #3 Oct. 13, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Oct. 7, 2019 $150
All courses #4 Oct. 27, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Oct. 21, 2019 $150
All courses #5 Nov. 3, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Oct. 28, 2019 $150
All courses #6 Nov. 10, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Nov. 4, 2019 $150
All courses #7 Nov. 17, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Nov. 11, 2019 $150
All courses #8 Dec. 8, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Dec. 2, 2019 $150
All courses #9 Dec. 15, 2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Dec. 9, 2019 $150
All courses #10 Jan. 12, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jan. 6, 2020 $150
All courses #11 Jan. 19, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jan. 13, 2020 $150
All courses #12 Jan. 26, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jan. 20, 2020 $150
All courses #13 Feb. 2, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jan. 27, 2020 $150
All courses #14 Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Feb. 10, 2020 $150
Math Contest 3/4/5 #15 Feb. 23, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Feb. 17, 2020 $150
Math Contest 3/4/5 #16 Mar. 1, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Feb. 24, 2020 $150
Math Contest 3/4/5 #17 Mar. 8, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Mar. 2, 2020 $150
Math Contest 3/4/5 #18 Mar. 15, 2020 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Mar. 9, 2020 $150

**If paid by after the registration deadline, the fee will be $175, and if paid on spot, the tuition will be $200 per session per person.

Please note - 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. All tuition refund for withdrawing will be processed based on the refund policy.


Returning students: Students who have attended an IDEA MATH program in the past academic year (i.e. have participated in our 2018-2019 year-round program, 2018-2019 online program or 2019 summer program) can register for the contest prep program directly by logging into their account and registering. Please also make sure your academic information is up to date - iIt is important for returning students to review and update their academic background information at least once a year.

New students: New applicants who wish to register for the contest prep program should create an account and enter information about their mathematical background. All new students are welcome to contact the IDEA Math staff at for information or any questions on which placement test to take.

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.

To log in or create an account , please click here.


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

There will be no refund after payment is made.