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Student Classes

At NYMC, we want to challenge your mind with mathematics that goes beyond the usual. You will have the chance to solve original problems and create your own, use what you know in new ways, learn from the classics of mathematics, and discover the unknown. You will see mathematics with fresh eyes and appreciate its presence and power. The only thing we ask from you is an open mind and a readiness to work hard.

NYMC is not a place to get tutoring or test prep. Our classes explore mathematics you won’t find in the regular curriculum. We’ll help you develop your logical thinking and problem-solving skills, and along the way, we’ll help you enjoy, understand, and expand your mathematical knowledge.

To subscribe to announcements about student classes, see our contact page.

Fall 2024   top

We generally recommend that new students start in level Middle School A for those below 9th grade, and High School A for those in 9th grade and above. Check out sample problems listed under every level to decide if you are ready for it. If still in doubt about the right level, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance.

Once you start the program, we expect you to come for the full semester.

Any course for which fewer than 10 students register may have to be cancelled.


Math Contest Prep

When: Click on a course to see schedule details
MS 1: Sep: 7,14,21,28, Oct: 5,12,19,26, Nov: 2,9 (Sat.)
HS 1: Sep: 8,15,22,29, Oct: 6,13,20,27,Nov: 3,10 (Sun.)
MS 2: Nov: 16,30, Dec 7,14,21, Jan: 4,11,18,25, Feb: 1 (Sat.)
HS 2: Nov: 16,30, Dec 7,14,21, BREAK Feb: 22, Mar: 1,8,15,22 (Sat.)
Where: Online.
Registration fee: $495. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc.  
MS Contest Prep 1 TBD 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: Sep: 7,14,21,28 Oct: 5,12,19,26 Nov: 2,9.
AMC 10 PREP Misha Shklyar 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: Sep: 8,15,22,29 Oct: 6,13,20,27 Nov: 3,10.
MS Contest Prep 2 TBD 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: Nov: 16,30 Dec: 7,14,21 Jan: 4,11,18,25 Feb: 1.
NYMC Math Team Prep Jayson Vu 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: Nov: 16,30 Dec: 7,14,21 Feb: 22 Mar: 1,8,15,22.

MS Contest Prep 1&2: The MS Contest course is designed to help middle school students learn the skills and tricks required to succeed on MS Contests, such as AMC 8 and MathCounts. The sessions cover distinct topics and focus on building a competition-based numerical intuition to solve problems efficiently.

AMC 10 Prep: This course will cover some of the main topics necessary to do well on AMC 10. We will work through AMC 10 problems and identify the main topics a competent mathlete should master. These topics include Probability, Counting, Elementary Number Theory, and Geometry, among many others.

If your school doesn't offer AMC 8 or AMC 10, we may have some spots available at an NYC school.

Math Team Prep: This course will cover the main topics necessary to succeed in various citywide contests. We plan to create an NYMC math team to compete in some of these contests, but the course is open to all students who wish to understand or participate in our local contests.

Dates are subject to change as contest dates are not fixed yet.

Summer 2024   top

Math Contest Prep

When: Click on a course to see schedule details
Dates: August 12-16. Classes are from 10:00-12:00pm. Supervised lunch from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Afternoon classes from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Where: Columbia University, 2990 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (map).
Registration fee: $595. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
COLUMBIA: Columbia University, 2990 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
AMC 8 Jayson Vu August 12 - 16, 2024 COLUMBIA TBD Register
Location: Columbia University, 2990 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (map).
Schedule: August 12 - 16, 2024, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
AMC 10 Misha Shklyar August 12 - 16, 2024 COLUMBIA TBD Register
Location: Columbia University, 2990 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (map).
Schedule: August 12 - 16, 2024, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
AMC 12 TBD August 12 - 16, 2024 COLUMBIA TBD Canceled
Location: Columbia University, 2990 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (map).
Schedule: August 12 - 16, 2024, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

AMC 8 Prep: The AMC 8 course is designed to help middle school students learn the skills and tricks required to succeed on the AMC 8. The sessions will focus on building a competition-based numerical intuition to solve problems efficiently. Note that AMC 8 for middle schoolers differs from the AMC 10 & 12 offered to high schoolers, so please be mindful during registration.

AMC 10 Prep: In this course, we will cover some of the main topics necessary to do well on the AMC 10. We will work through AMC 10 problems and identify the main topics a competent mathlete should master. These topics include Probability, Counting, Elementary Number Theory, and Geometry, among many others.


High School Summer Program (HSSP)

When: Click on a course to see schedule details.
Dates: July 22-August 8, 2024. Classes will be held from 10 am to 3 pm.
Where: Online.
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
ONLINE: Online
  Times Loc. Fee  
HSSP Remote July 22, 2024 - August 8, 2024 ONLINE $875 Waiting List
Location: Online.
HSSP In-Person July 22, 2024 - August 8, 2024 NYU $995 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).

For details, please go to HSSP

Past Courses

We had our first full course for students in Spring 2008. You can see the listing of past courses here.

Registration Policy for Weekend Courses

When registering online for weekend courses, we expect you to make full payment within 48 hours of registration or within 48 hours of being approved via a placement test. Failure to do so may mean your spot is offered to another student.

Cancellation Policy:

  1. We'll refund the fee except for a 20% administrative charge as long as you cancel at least two weeks before the start of classes.
  2. We'll refund 50% if you cancel afterwards but before the 3rd class. No refunds are possible after the 3rd class.
  3. If on the first day of classes you find that the level isn't right for you, please speak with the instructor about a more appropriate level, and email . We will do what we can to place you in the right class. But if we aren't successful, we'll refund your registration fee except for a 20% administrative fee.

If you find you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible out of consideration for students who may be waiting for a spot.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is there other tuition besides the registration fee?

    No. The registration fee is our tuition. There is no other cost.

  2. Do we need to take a test for admission?

    Except for the Summer High School program (separate exam) and Elementary School workshops, new students and students wishing to go up a level should take a placement test for the level they register for. During the registration process, they will be directed to download a placement test which will be taken at home. The full solutions (not just answers) should then be emailed to info+exam@nymathcircle.org.

  3. My child is struggling in math. Will NYMC help him or her?

    Probably not. Our program assumes that participants are already comfortable with regular school material, and introduces a lot of additional interesting topics and problems. It is for children who like math, and would like to deepen their understanding through exposure to new topics and greater challenges.

  4. I attended NYMC last year. Is it going to be the same material this year?

    No. Our Middle School classes are on a one-year cycle and our High School classes on a two-year cycle. Our instructors, therefore, provide a rich variety of material that varies each semester. Details are available in the course description under the registration links.

  5. Are parents allowed to observe the classes?

    A number of university staff have objected to parents going to classrooms. As guests of the university, parents should not go to classrooms - instead, they will pick up their children in the lobby.

  6. How do I qualify for financial aid?

    In order to qualify for financial aid, you will need to fill out a fee reduction form along with your registration form. You will also need to provide us with proof of financial need, such as a recent dated Medicaid letter, or Food Stamp (SNAP) letter. Free school lunch letters and children’s Medicaid health insurance no longer qualify as they are available regardless of income level.

    Even though our funds are limited, if you do not receive any government benefits, you may still be able to qualify for some financial aid if you provide us with a detailed explanation as to why you need financial assistance. We are committed to making our program affordable for all students.

  7. This program is wonderful. How can I support it?

    Private contributions are vital to us, and we would be extremely grateful for a monetary donation. Donations to NYMC are tax-deductible. You can make them here.

    There are also some limited volunteer opportunities available, but mainly involving special skills and non-trivial commitment. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at info@nymathcircle.org, and describe your interests and skills. We'd love to hear from you!

    Another great help would be if you can help us spread the word about NYMC. Tell your friends, write about us on your blog, or become our fan on facebook.