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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.

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

Fall 2019   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.


HS Advanced Contest Topics

When: Saturdays,12/7 & 12/14 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Instructor: Jan Siwanowicz.
Registration fee: $100. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HS Adavnced CONTEST TOPICS Jan Siwanowicz Saturdays, 12/7 & 12/14 NYU 202 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 12/7. 12/14.

This is a new course consisting of 2 workshops this semester that cover topics encountered in advanced High School Math Contests (such as AMC 12). Students need to be in HSB or higher - new students will have to take the HSB placement test.

HS Intermediate Contest Topics

When: Saturdays,12/7 & 12/14 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Instructor: Misha Shklyar.
Registration fee: $100. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HS Intermediate CONTEST TOPICS Misha Shklyar Saturdays, 12/7 & 12/14 NYU 512 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 12/7. 12/14.

This is a new course consisting of 2 workshops this semester that cover topics encountered in intermediate level High School Math Contests (such as AMC 10). Students need to be in HSA or higher - new students will have to take the HSA placement test.


Middle School A

When: Saturdays and Sundays, October 5 to Dec 15, 2019
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
TANDON: NYU Tandon, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSA+ Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 201 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.
MSA Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm NYU 201 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.
MSA+ Amy Lee Sundays 10:00am to 12:00pm TANDON RH203 Closed
Location: NYU Tandon, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY (map).
Schedule: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.
MSA Amy Lee Sundays 12:30pm to 2:30pm TANDON RH213 Closed
Location: NYU Tandon, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY (map).
Schedule: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.
MSA+ Leah Khevelev Sundays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 512 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.

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, October 5 to Dec 15, 2019
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSB+ Amy Starks Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 512 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.
MSB Jan Siwanowicz Saturdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm NYU 202 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.
MSB Patricia Yee Sundays 12:30pm to 2:30pm NYU 512 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.

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.


Elementary School Workshop

When: Saturdays,12/7 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map). Room 412.
Instructor: Maggie Feurtado.
Registration fee: $40. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
Elementary School Workshop Maggie Feurtado Saturdays,12/7 3:30pm to 5pm NYU 412 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: Click on a course to see schedule details..

The theme of this workshop is an introduction to negative and positive whole numbers and zero. The 90-minute workshop will be interactive.  The students (grades 2-4) working alone and in groups will learn the meaning and relative value of integers, and will use number lines to add integers and discover patterns. They will also work on real-world examples involving the addition of integers.


Middle School C

When: Saturdays and Sundays, October 5 to Dec 15, 2019
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSC Barry Weng Sundays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 202 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.
MSC+ David Gomprecht Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 317 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.

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.


MS Contest Topics

When: Saturdays,10/26, 11/2, 11/9
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $150. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MS CONTEST TOPICS David Gomprecht Saturdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm NYU 317 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9.
MS CONTEST TOPICS Misha Shklyar Saturdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm NYU 512 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9.

This is a new course consisting of 3 workshops that cover topics encountered in Middle School Math Contests. Students who have taken or are taking MSB or MSC are welcome to register; other students will have to take the MSB placement test.


High School A

When: Saturdays and Sundays, October 5 to Dec 15, 2019
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSA+ Jan Siwanowicz Sundays, 12:30pm to 2:30pm NYU 517 Waiting List
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.
HSA+ Pei-Hsin Lin Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm NYU 517 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.
HSA Aziz Jumash Sundays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 312 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.

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, October 5 to Dec 15, 2019
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSB Jan Siwanowicz Sundays 10:00am to 12:00pm NYU 517 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15.
HSB+ Misha Shklyar Saturdays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm NYU 512 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.

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.

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, Oct 5 to Dec 14, 2019
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSC David Gomprecht Saturdays 1:00pm to 3:00pm NYU 317 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.

HS C Students are expected to have taken pre-calculus and to have 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.


College Bridge

When: Saturdays, October 5 to Dec 14, 2019
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Instructor: Dr. Yury Ustinovskiy.
Registration fee: $345. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
College Bridge Dr. Ustinovskiy Saturdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm NYU 201 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.

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.

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

Summer 2019   top

Summer MSHS Program

When: July 8 - July 19, 2019, Monday - Friday
7/8 - 7/19
Where: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY (map). Room TBA.
Instructor: Multiple.
Registration fee: $750. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
STUY: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSA Maggie Feurtado & Amy Lee Mondays to Fridays 10:00am - 3:00pm STUY 433 Closed
Location: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY (map).
Schedule: 7/8 - 7/19.
MSA+ Maggie Feurtado & Amy Lee Mondays to Fridays 10:00am - 3:00pm STUY 435 Closed
Location: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY (map).
Schedule: 7/8 - 7/19.
MSB/MSB+ Amy Starks Mondays to Fridays, 10:00am to 3:00pm STUY 437 Closed
Location: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY (map).
Schedule: 7/8 - 7/19.
MSC/MSC+ Jan Siwanowicz Mondays to Fridays, 10:00am to 3:00pm STUY 439 Closed
Location: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY (map).
Schedule: 7/8 - 7/19.
HS Problem-Solving Sheila Miller Mondays to Fridays, 10:00am - 3:00pm STUY 440 Closed
Location: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY (map).
Schedule: 7/8 - 7/19.
High School Math Contest Topics Sheila Miller Mondays to Fridays, 3:30pm to 5:30pm STUY 440 Closed
Location: Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY (map).
Schedule: 7/8 - 7/19.

The Summer MSHS Math Circle is a weekday program for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall that runs for two weeks, five hours a day. A typical day consists of a class in the morning, followed by lunch (provided by students’ parents), and a class on a different topic in the afternoon. Instructors are very friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is open and collaborative.

Students are expected to work hard in the program, but also to have fun. Early drop-off (9-10am) and late pick-up (3-6pm) are also available at no added cost. The late pick-up session will consist of mathematical games and videos.

MSA/MSA+: Geometry and Algebra to describe patterns

MSB/MSB+: Math contest topics, and Transformations and Symmetries

MSC/MSC+: Math contest topics, and Graph Theory

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 us at info@nymathcircle.org


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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.