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New York Math Circle’s goal is to constantly challenge your mind. You’ll get to solve unusual problems and invent your own, apply existing knowledge in new situations, learn famous gems of mathematics, and explore the unknown. The Math Circle will open your eyes and increase your sensitivity to all the mathematics around us. Our main requirement is that you have an open mind and a willingness to work.

NYMC is not a tutoring or test preparation program. Classes focus on material you won’t encounter in the regular curriculum. We’ll help you develop reasoning and problem solving skills, and along the way will help you enjoy, appreciate, and expand your knowledge of mathematics.

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Fall 2020   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.


Middle School A

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Sep 26 to Dec 6, 2020
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSA+ Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 10am - 12pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21, 11/28 ,12/5.
MSA Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 1pm - 3pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21,11/28, 12/5.
MSA Leah Khevelev Sundays 10am - 12pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.
MSA+ Amy Lee Sundays 10am - 12pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.
MSA Amy Lee Sundays 1pm - 3pm ONLINE Canceled
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.

MS A is appropriate for students who are new to problem-solving. In addition to having a strong interest in learning mathematics above and beyond the school curriculum, they should be well-versed in arithmetic, including order of operations, fractions, decimals, and percents. Topics and sample questions.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


Middle School B

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Sep 26 to Dec 6, 2020
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSB+ Amy Starks Saturdays 10am - 12 pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21,11/28, 12/5.
MSB Jan Siwanowicz Saturdays 1pm - 3pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21,11/28, 12/5.
MSB Anna Kudlash Sundays 10am - 12pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.

MS B is appropriate for students who have strong arithmetic skills and have some basic experience with algebra. They should have the equivalent of 2-4 semesters of MS A. Topics and sample questions.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


Middle School C

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Sep 26 to Dec 6, 2020
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSC Barry Weng Sundays 10am - 12pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.
MSC+ David Gomprecht Saturdays 10am - 12 pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21,11/28, 12/5.

MS C is appropriate for students who have strong arithmetic skills and considerable experience with algebra including some exposure to Algebra 1. They should have the equivalent of 2-4 semesters of MS B. Topics to be covered include continued fractions, graph theory, and Vieta’s formulas. Topics and sample questions.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


High School A

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Sep 26 to Dec 6, 2020
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSA+ Pei-Hsin Lin Saturdays 1pm - 3pm ONLINE Waiting List
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21,11/28, 12/5.
HSA Daheng Shen Sundays 10am - 12pm ONLINE Waiting List
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.
HSA+ Jan Siwanowicz Sundays, 1pm - 3pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.

HS A is appropriate for younger high school students who may be new to problem-solving. They should be comfortable with regular high school material, including at least Algebra 1. Topics and sample questions.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


High School B

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Sep 26 to Dec 6, 2020
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSB+ Misha Shklyar Saturdays 1pm - 3pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21,11/28, 12/5.
HSB Jan Siwanowicz Sundays 10am - 12pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.

HS B Students are expected to have completed the equivalent of two years of high school, and have a solid understanding of algebra, geometry, and elementary number theory. Experience with problem solving, such as prior NYMC or math team participation, is desirable but not required. Proof-writing will be an important component of this course. Topics and sample questions. Here is a sample of Student Work

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester. They constitute the same course but the “+” sections, when available, are taught at a deeper level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


High School C

When: Saturdays, Sep 26 to Dec 6, 2020
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSC David Gomprecht Saturdays 1pm - 3pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14,11/21,11/28, 12/5.

HS C Students are expected to have taken pre-calculus and to have a deeper knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, as well as experience with mathematical problem-solving. Problems will require sustained effort, and writing proofs will play an important role. Topics and sample questions. Here is a sample of Student Work


College Bridge

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Sep 26 to Dec 6, 2020
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Where: Online.
Instructor: Dr. Yury Ustinovskiy.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
College Bridge Dr. Ustinovskiy Sundays 10am-12pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15,11/22,11/29, 12/6.

College Bridge is a course designed to challenge our most advanced students who plan to take higher-level mathematics classes in college. Emphasis will be on proof-writing and examination of underlying structures in mathematics.

Dr. Ustinovskiy will cover some topics that typically appear on USAMO. These topics are not only useful for Olympiad participants but are also of intrinsic interest. There is a short placement test to identify suitable students. Topics.

Students already taking other classes may take this class as well if they meet the admission standards.


MS Contest Topics

When: 10/17-11/8
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $150. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
ADVANCED MS CONTEST TOPICS Pei-Hsin Lin Saturdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 10/17,10/24,10/31.
INTERMEDIATE MS CONTEST TOPICS Natalia Lukina Sundays 3:30pm to 5:30pm ONLINE Register
Location: Online.
Schedule: 10/18, 11/1, 11/8.

This mini-course consists of 3 workshops that cover topics encountered in Middle School Math Contests such as MATHCOUNTS and AMC 8. MSA students should go into the intermediate level, and MSB/MSC students should register for the Advanced level. Students not in our program should take the appropriate placement test.

Summer 2020   top

Online Summer MSHS Program

When: July 6 - July 17, 2020, Monday - Friday
Where: Online.
Instructor: Multiple.
Registration fee: $600. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
ONLINE: Online
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSA Maggie Feurtado & Amy Lee Mondays to Fridays 10:00am - 3:00pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 7/6-7/17.
MSA+ Maggie Feurtado & Amy Lee Mondays to Fridays 10:00am - 3:00pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 7/6-7/17.
MSB/MSB+ Jan Siwanowicz & Aziz Jumash Mondays to Fridays, 11:00am to 4:00 pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 7/6-7/17.
MSB/MSB+ Aziz Jumash & Jan Siwanowicz Mondays to Fridays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 7/6-7/17.
MSC/MSC+ Misha Shklyar Mondays to Fridays, 11:00 am to 4:00pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 7/6-7/17.
HS Problem-Solving Sheila Miller & Daheng Shen Mondays to Fridays, 10:00am - 3:00pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 7/6-7/17.
HS Problem-Solving Daheng Shen & Sheila Miller Mondays to Fridays, 10:00am - 3:00pm ONLINE Closed
Location: Online.
Schedule: 7/6-7/17.

The Summer MSHS Math Circle is a weekday program for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall that runs for two weeks, four hours a day. A typical day consists of a class in the morning, followed by an offline, unsupervised one hour lunch, and a class on a different topic in the afternoon. Instructors are very friendly and helpful. We do expect students to use their registration name and turn on their live video during online class sessions. Virtual backgrounds are allowed.

MSA/MSA+: Geometry and Algebra to describe patterns

MSB/MSB+: Algebra and Graphing, and Math contest topics

MSC/MSC+: Circle, Numbers and Counting, and Math contest topics

HS Problem Solving: Math contest topics, and Algebra

New students are required to take a placement test. You will receive a link to download the exam after registering your child. Please submit the exam within 48 hours of registration. We will need to see FULL SOLUTIONS HANDWRITTEN.

Current students wishing to move up a section will also need to take a placement exam. Please email a request to us at info@nymathcircle.org


Online Summer High School Math Circle   (Details)  


Visit the High School Summer Program page for information.


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 instructors provide a rich variety of material that varies each semester. We generally assume that students attend the same circle for two semesters before moving on to the next level, and occasionally a student enjoys one level so much that she or he will stay several semesters in a row. All our courses vary the material offered each year. Important topics and concepts may be repeated and reinforced, but there are always plenty of new topics and problems to keep everyone engaged and challenged.

  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 government assistance, such as a Medicaid card, or Food Stamp (SNAP) letter. Free/reduced school lunch letters no longer qualify for financial aid.

    If you do not receive any government benefits, you may still qualify 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.