2016 IDEA MATH Winter Program at Houston, TX.

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General Information

Location? The Village School, 13077 Westella Houston, TX 77077

When?  Dec.19 - Dec. 22, 2016

Who*? Students entering grades 6 to 12 in the 2016 - 2017 school year.

Who are the teachers? Led by Dr. Zuming Feng, who is he US Math Olympiad Team lead and head coaches for decades and Philips Exeter Academy Math Club coaches, our instructors have extensive mathematics competition backgrounds, either as longtime coaches or as contest winners themselves. Most of them have served in MATHCOUNT, AMC 8, AMC10/12, AIME, and Olympiad committee for years.

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 ensurethat students receive plenty of individual attention. Students are expected to work as agroup 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.

Daily schedule:

   9:30 A.M – 12:30 P.M    Morning classes
   1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.    Afternoon classes

Note: this is a day program, for students, who comes from outside Houston area, please contact us if you are interested in group rate for local hotels.

We will work on mock tests of varying level of difficulties, followed by test discussions.These mock tests will consist of newly edited problems (by our staff) every year. Wewill study and analyze classical contest problems -- these problems are highly selectedby our staff and carefully edited to span topics and difficulty levels. This selection ofproblems will differ year by year. These problems are gems from contests that weregiven in a few chosen years (for each upcoming winter program, these chosen years willbe different from each other) spanning a few decades.

Courses Offered

AMC 123 program is designed to sharpen the students’ skills for upcoming nationwidemiddle school and high school mathematic competitions. We offer a series courses forstudents of varying mathematical backgrounds. As the winter program spans but aweek, the courses will have a focus on the application of mathematical concepts andproblem-solving to competitions. To that end, the different levels of courses will bealigned with the AMC/AIME/USAMO competition series; through participation inand discussion of mock exams of these difficulty levels, students will develop contest-taking habits along with mathematical knowledge and problem-solving.

Course list:

Code  
PW1 Goal: A solid job on AMC8 and MathCounts school/chapter round
PWX Goal: A pleasant start on AMC10 and a solid job on MathCounts chapter/state round
Targeted group: if the student (1) has successfully completed PCX; or (2) is successfully completing the first half of PCX or UC1 (weekend or online) courses; or (3) as a general reference, has an AMC10 score below 90
UW2 Goal: A solid job on AMC10, a pleasant start on AIME, an excellent job on MathCounts chapter/state round
Targeted group: if the student (1) has successfully completed UC1 or UC2; or (2) is successfully completing the first half of UC2 (weekend or online) course; or (3) as a general reference, has an AMC10 score in 90 to 105 range
UW3 Goal: A solid job on AMC10/12, a solid job on AIME, an excellent job on MathCounts state round
Targeted group: if the student (1) has successfully completed UC2; or (2) is successfully completing the first half of UC3 (weekend or online) course; or (3) as a general reference, has an AMC10/12 score around AIME cutoff and AIME score in the 3-5 range
RW1 Goal: An excellent job on AMC10/12 and AIME
Targeted group: if the student (1) has successfully completed UC3; or (2) is successfully completing the first half of RC1 (weekend or online) course; or (3) as a general reference, can consistently qualify for AIME and with an USAJMO/USAMO index (AMC10/12 score + 10* AIME score) in the range about 180 to 210
RW2 Goal: An excellent job on AMC10/12 and AIME and a pleasant start on USAMO
Targeted group: if the student (1) has successfully completed RC1 or RCX or MO1; or (2) is successfully completing the first half of MO1 online course; or (3) as a general reference, has a USAJMO/USAMO index around the cutoff (usually, in the range of 210 to 240)
MWX Goal: A solid job on USAJMO/USAMO
Targeted group: if the student (1) has successfully completed MO1 or MO2; or (2) is successfully completing the first half of MO2 online course; or (3) as a general reference, can consistently qualify for USAJMO/USAMO and has done non-trivial work on the USAMO/USAJMO
MWY Goal: An excellent job on USAJMO/USAM
Targeted group: if the student has strong USAJMO/USAMO experience – that is, can consistently solve 3 ormore problems

Above are the courses we plan to offer during the IDEAMATH Winter 2016 program.Two of the major strengths of our program -- a strong academic team and a full range ofmaterials -- 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 aresmall in size.

Starting in early December, we review enrolled students' academic backgrounds anduse them for course placement. The purpose is to group students with similar backgrounds together, and our teachers will find proper materials to work with each group/section. It is important for each student to input detailed and accurate information (age, grade level, math courses taken, OFFICIAL contest scores, etc.) into their student accounts. During the winter program, each class has multiple daily mock tests. We may adjust a student’s course placements based on their work on these tests. IDEAMATH staff will make the final decision on each student’s course placement.

To register for our program, please click here.

Payment Schedule

Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
Dec. 1, 2016 $595
Dec. 8, 2016 ** $665

** Tuition paid after this date will depend on space availability and extra charges may apply.

Please log in to your account, then click the tuition button to pay the tuition online.

Tuition Refund Policy

Withdraw Request Made by Refund Amount
Before Dec. 10, 2016 Paid Tuition - $100
Dec. 11 to Dec. 18, 2016 Paid Tuition - $200
After Dec. 18, 2016 No refund

Need Practice? Can't join the winter program, but need practice?

The IDEA MATH academic team has created original problems and assembled practice tests to help students prepare for national math contests such as MATHCOUNTS, AMC 10, AMC 12, AIME, ARML, HMNT/HMMT, and others. These tests are designed to provide practice for the contests indicated in the practice test levels below, but with higher intensity. These will not be multiple choice tests; rather, they will simulate the difficulty, concepts, and levels with original problems.

Practice test levels
PWX Medium level AMC 10/challenging level MATHCOUNTS chapter
UW2 Challenging level AMC 10/medium level AMC 12/challenging level MATHCOUNTS state/entry level AIME
UW3 Advanced level AMC 10/challenging level AMC 12/entry to medium level AIME/challenging level MATHCOUNTS national
RW1 Advanced level AMC 12/medium to challenging level AIME/advanced MATHCOUNTS national
RW2 Advanced level AMC 12/challenging to advanced level AIME/entry level USAJMO
MW1 Advanced level AIME/entry to medium level USAJMO

During each day of our winter program, in each course of IDEA winter program our enrolled students will have daily mini practice tests and our instructors will go over these test problems thoroughly with the students. However, we also offer those tests to un-enrolled students who can take a set of 2 mini practice tests on each sign up (check here for details on dates and times) Students can select which level/course mini practice to take (varies daily). Each student has 75 minutes to work on the problems in each test. After the test, answer keys will be given to the students.

Time, Date, Location and Fees:

Date Time Location
Dec. 19, 20, 21, 22, 2016 10:00 am &2:00 pm The Village School, 13077 Westella Houston, TX 77077
Dec. 19, 20, 21, 2016 7:30 pm TownePlace Suites Houston Westchase, 10610
Westpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042

Test fee is $50 per test session per student. The test fee is to be submitted in cash at our program’s front desk prior the test. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Register Please follow this link to register for IDEA MATH mock tests.