2018 IDEA MATH Summer Program at the Greater Boston Area

Application    Placement    Payment    Schedule    Staff    FAQ   

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Location? Rivier Univerity, 420 South Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060

When? Residential students arrive on June 30th and departure on July 15th, 2018. (There are 12 full academic days in this program. See Schedule Section below for details.)

Who? Students entering grades 5 to 12 in the 2018 - 2019 school year.

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.

Placement and Placement Test

All students will take placement test on the first morning on the first academic day of this summer program. You may select a placement test level when you register for this 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.

You may select a placement level when you register for this summer program.

   Targeted course   PC0/PC1/PC2   PCX/UC1   UC2/UC3   RCX/RCY   MO1/MO2
   Corresponding Placement Test   T1   T2   T3   T4   T5

About three weeks prior the start of the program, 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 decisions 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.)

Courses Offered

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. In order to meet the needs of the students with different mathematical backgrounds, IDEA MATH projects** the following course offers: PC1, PC2, PCX, UC1, UC2, UC3, RCX (selected topics mainly from UC3, RC1, RCT), RCY (selected topics mainly from RCT, RCV, RC2), MO1, MO2. When enrollments allow, we will also offer new courses such as PC0 (designed for young students, based upon materials from our new courses Math Roots, Math Buds, Pre-Algebra), RC0, MO0, MO3, MO4, etc.

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.


There are 12 full academic days in this program, they are:

  • 1st Academic Block: July 1 - 4, 2018
  • 2nd Academic Block: July 6 - 9, 2018
  • 3rd Academic Block: July 11 - 14, 2018

Residential students arrive on June 30th and departure on July 15th, 2018. The classes starts on July 1st. For detailed arrival and pick up information, please check our summer program FAQ.

The first day for day students will be July 1st (first day of class) while the last day is July 14, 2018 (last day of class). Day students are welcome to join the break day activities (without charge). We will also offer school bus transportation from various Massachusetts location (based on students need) to IDEA MATH Program site. Extra charge will apply and space is limited. Check our summer program FAQ for details.

The following is the daily schedule on an academic day:

   7:30 A.M. - 8:45 A.M.    Breakfast
   8:45 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.    Day students arrive
   9:15 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.    Morning classes
   12:30 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.    Lunch and free time
   1:45 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.    Afternoon classes
   5:00 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.    Dinner and supervised activities
   5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.    Day students depart (buses depart at 5:30 P.M.)
   7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.    Supervised recreational and academic activities
   9:30 P.M. - 10:30 P.M.    Social gathering
   10:45 P.M.    Lights out

Day students who wish to attend supervised evening recreational and academic activities at the residential program may do so for an additional fee. The cost will be $200 (including dinner and all activities).


To apply for our program, please click here and detailed instruction can be found at registration instruction.

Payment Schedule


  Application Completed by* Application Fee Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Residential April 1, 2018 $30 April 30, 2018 $3385
Day April 1, 2018 $30 April 30, 2018 $1685


  Application Completed by* Application Fee Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Residential May 1, 2018 $30 May 30, 2018** $3685
Day May 1, 2018 $30 May 30, 2018** $1785

Note: We will offer a $200 tuition scholarship/discount to each residential student ($100 tuition scholarship/discount to each day student) who meets any one (or more) of the following(please note one discount per person per program):
    2017 or 2018 MATHCOUNTS National Round Participants
    2017 or 2018 USAJMO qualifier
    2017 or 2018 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.

* 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: residential program tuition starting from $3885, day program tuition starting from $1895.

Pay Tuition

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Tuition Refund Policy

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

Withdraw Request Made by* Refund Amount
Before June 10th, 2018 Paid Tuition - $100
After June 10th, before June 25th, 2018 Paid Tuition * 80% - $100
After June 25, before 1st day of classes Paid Tuition * 50% - $100
After 1st day of classes No refund

Please note $30 application fee/registration 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.