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Advanced + Competition Math Program
Program Details
Math problems that students get in school are designed to teach concepts with repetition of many similar problems. Our Advanced Math curriculum helps students expand on application of concepts into richer problem-solving domains, requiring them to think differently about a solution. Going deeper into Problem Solving allows students to develop a strategy mindset when they expand their thinking into multiple directions.
With deeper problem-solving aptitude, our Advanced Math students can learn at any Math level (and other subjects) in a much shorter amount of time. They achieve this because their mind has developed the strategic thinking needed to approach a concept from multiple directions. As a result, they are able to take more number of rigorous courses (APs) in High School and excel.
The exciting world of Competition Mathematics can often be classified into theory building or problem solving. Of course, all mathematicians solve problems, while only a few are great theory builders. Theory building involves developing repeatable solution strategies that can be applied in problem solving and the building of structures that enable us to see patterns out of what appears to be chaos.
Our Competition Math classes take students in an exciting journey full of theory-building AND problem solving enrichment. It is designed to encourage children to embrace problem solving as an exciting and uplifting social activity.
Combining the exciting world of Competition Math and Advanced Math, our students will benefit from both approaches to become a stellar student.
Math Competitions
MOEMS (Elementary School Math Olympiad) | Math Kangaroo | AMC 8 | AMC 10 | AIME | Texas State University Mathworks | College of Charleston Math Meet | Purple Comet |
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Grades 4 - 5 | Grades 1 - 12 | Grades 8 and under including Elementary Grades. | Grades 10 and under including Elementary Grades. | Have to score in the top 2.5% of AMC 10 nationally to qualify. Score cutoff varies every year. | Grades 6 - 8. | Grades 6 - 12. | Grades 6 - 12. |
25 multiple choice questions 40 mins, no calculator. | 25 multiple choice questions 75 mins, no calculator. | 15 questions 3 hours, no calculator. | 15 questions 2 hours, no calculator. | Individual: 25 questions, 1 hour, no calculator. | 20 questions, 1 hour, no calculator. | ||
Each correct answer is worth 1 point, incorrect answers and questions left unanswered are worth 0 points. | Each correct answer is worth 6 points, incorrect answers are worth 0 points, and questions left unanswered are worth 1.5 points. | Each correct answer is worth 1 points, incorrect answers and questions left unanswered are worth 0 points. | Each correct answer is worth 1 points, incorrect answers and questions left unanswered are worth 0 points. | Each correct answer is worth 1 points, incorrect answers and questions left unanswered are worth 0 points. | Each correct answer is worth 1 points, incorrect answers and questions left unanswered are worth 0 points. | ||
Approximately top 2.5% nationally qualify for the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Examination). That is the stepping stone to the US Junior and Senior Math Olympiad Team. |
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If school participates then students have to take it through school. If school does not participate then students can sign up to be individual competitors (parents can register, private organizations are not allowed to form teams). Grades: 6th - 8th grade Schools conduct a selection test to choose 10 - 12 member teams. |
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The competition has 4 rounds: |
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School round (generally used to select the school team) | Chapter round (similar to regional) - where usually 20-30 schools participate. | The top teams and individuals (number varies every year) proceed to State round. | Only the top 4 students in State round represent the state in the National Round. |
Each round as described above has different categories of tests: |
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Sprint round: 30 questions, 40 mins, no calculator. Each correct answer is worth 1 point, incorrect answers and questions left unanswered are worth 0 points. | Target round: 8 questions, 24 mins, calculator allowed. Each correct answer is worth 2 points, incorrect answers and questions left unanswered are worth 0 points. | Team round (4 member teams): 10 questions, 20 mins, calculator allowed. Each correct answer is worth 1 point, incorrect answers and questions left unanswered are worth 0 points. | Countdown round: Individuals (one from each school) compete in rapid fire problem solving. |
**The Sprint and Target rounds are used to decide individual rankings. | |||
Team rankings are decided using the formula: Average of the Sprint and Target Round for the 4 team members + 2 X Team round score. |
Credentials
Our Advanced Math Students aced PSAT Math with a 99th percentile (most getting a full score), with zero dedicated preparation for PSAT.
Our Advanced Math 9th graders have aced the Math 1, Math 2, and Pre-Calculus CDM (Credit by Demonstrated Mastery), allowing them to skip those courses in High School and Middle School and advance.
All our Advanced Math students aced SAT with a Math Score of 780+ and a total score of 1500+.
Class Logistics
Advanced Math L1 | Advanced Math Level 2 + Competition Math L1 | Advanced Math Level 3 + Competition Math L2 | Advanced Math Level 4 + Competition Math L3 | Competition Math Level 4 | Competition Math Level 5 |
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Grades 1 - 3 | Grades 3 - 5 | Grades 5 - 7 | Grades 6 - 8 | Grades 6+ | Grades 6+ |
Math Olympiad (MOEMS), Math Kangaroo, Early MathCounts. | MathCounts, AMC 8 | MathCounts, AMC 8 (Advanced) | MathCounts State, AMC 10, College of Charleston, Purple Comet | AMC 10, AMC 12, AIME | |
Advanced 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders who are looking to sharpen their math skills.
60 minutes per week. Mondays 5:30PM - 6:30PM |
Advanced 3rd, 4th/5th graders who are new to competition math or exploring interest.
60 minutes per week. Mondays 5:30PM - 6:30PM Wednesdays 5:30PM - 6:30PM Saturdays 1:50PM - 2:50PM |
All middle schoolers.
Regular paced (targeting AMC 8 2024) - 60 minutes per week. Saturdays 10AM - 11AM Accelerated (targeting AMC 8 2023) - 2 hours per week. Open Slots. Mondays 5:30PM - 6:30PM Tuesdays 5:30PM - 6:30PM Fridays 5:30PM - 6:30PM |
All middle schoolers.
Regular paced (targeting AMC 8 2024) - 60 minutes per week. Saturdays 10AM - 11AM Accelerated (targeting AMC 8 2023) - 2 hours per week. Open Slots. Thursdays 5:30PM - 6:30 PM Wednesdays 5:30PM - 6:30 PM |
All middle / high schoolers.
Regular paced (targeting AMC 10) - 1.5 hours per week. Mondays. 5:15PM - 7:15PM. Saturdays 9AM - 10:30AM / open slot |
Strategies for AIME and Higher Level Math contests that are less dependent on speed of problem solving.
Appropriate for students who have a solid command on AMC 10 topics. Open slot - Saturdays 90 mins |
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*The time slots are suggestive, we will be happy to make adjustments based on student availability.
**Exceptions can be made for younger students than the required grade level. After the assessment, they will be placed with the appropriate group.
Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday |
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Advanced Math L3 + Competition Math L2 Grades 6-7 5:30PM - 6:30PM Advanced Math L1 Advanced Math L2 + Competition Math L1 |
Advanced Math L3 + Competition Math L2 Grades 6-7 5:30PM - 6:30PM High School Math 2 |
Advanced Math L2 + Competition Math L1
Advanced Math L2 + Competition Math L1 High School Math 1 |
Advanced Math L4 + Competition Math L3 Grades 3-5 5:30PM - 6:30PM Pre-Calculus |
High School Math 2 Grades 6-9 5:30PM - 6:30PM Advanced Math L3 + Competition Math L2 |
Competition Math L4 Grades 7+ 9:00AM - 10:30AM |
Pricing
60 min class: $135
90 min class: $195
2 hour class: $250
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