Overview


What is IDEA MATH?

IDEA MATH is based on comprehensive teaching materials modeled after the training program for Phillips Exeter Academy math team, one of the nation's strongest.

IDEA MATH's materials cover everything from basic topics, such as introductory algebra, counting, and geometry, to complex and deeper materials at the Olympiad level and beyond.

But importantly, the program also put an emphasis on student leadership and on developing critical study skills and positive attitudes that are conducive to learning..

Who should attend?

Any able student in grades 4 to 12 who is interested in math and wants to advance their math learning should attend the IDEA MATH program. We have a wide variety of course levels, suited for students of any background. The only requirement is that students come ready to learn.

Who are the teachers?

Classes are taught by experienced instructors who have extensive mathematics competition backgrounds, either as longtime coaches or as contest winners themselves.

Why IDEA MATH?

      1. We use comprehensive and well-tested training materials, modeled after the training materials of the Phillips Exeter Academy math team.

      2. We have a strong team of instructors, consisting of front-line teachers, coaches, and top former students. For more information about IDEA MATH's instructors and their credentials, please visit IDEA MATH Staff page.

      3.Emphasis on student leadership and the development of an attitude conducive to learning. It is our philosophy that in the long run, cultivating a growth mindset far outweighs the benefit of learning specific techniques. Simply put, when a student learns a mathematical fact, it will serve them through their school years. When a student learns how to be a good learner and problem solver, it will serve them for the rest of their life.

      4. Focus on schools and the local math community.

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.

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

More Questions?

If you can not find the answer, please contact us (email to info@ideamath.org).