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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.

Summer 2016   top

Middle School Circle at NYU (Saturdays)

When: Saturdays, June 25 - August 6, 2016
Namely:   6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
  MS A-1 MS A-3
Times 10:00am - 12pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 201 201
Instructor Maggie Feurtado Maggie Feurtado
Fee 195.00 195
  MS A-4 MS B-1
Times 12:30pm - 2:30pm 10:00am - 12pm
Room 312 202
Instructor Thomas Redis Thomas Redis
Fee 195.00 195.00
  MS C-1
Times 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 202
Instructor Ashvin Jaishankar
Fee 195.00

The Middle School Circle is open to all middle school students with a strong interest in learning and doing mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum. We aim to improve the students’ reasoning and problem solving skills.

Topics will include basic number theory, geometry, combinatorics, probability, sequences, and induction. There will be an emphasis on creative problem solving and thorough explanations. In addition, students will be encouraged to communicate their ideas clearly.

In the descriptions of our circles given below, we mention the grade levels of the student. As mathematical preparation in students varies, this is somewhat flexible. Please also take a look at the sample problems provided for each level. If in doubt about the right level, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance on choosing the right level class.

MS A-1 (Registration Closed)

Section 1: 10:00am - 12pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

MS A-3 (Registration Closed)

Section 3: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

MS A-4 (Registration Closed)

Section 4: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

MS B-1 (Registration Closed)

Section 1: 10:00am - 12pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

MS C-1 (Registration Closed)

Section 1: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.


Middle School Circle at NYU (Sundays)

When: Sundays, June 26 - August 7, 2016
Namely:   6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
  MS A-2 MS B-2
Times 10:00am - 12pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 201 201
Instructor Mila Martynovsky Mila Martynovsky
Fee 195.00 195.00

The Middle School Circle is open to all middle school students with a strong interest in learning and doing mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum. We aim to improve the students’ reasoning and problem solving skills.

Topics will include basic number theory, geometry, combinatorics, probability, sequences, and induction. There will be an emphasis on creative problem solving and thorough explanations. In addition, students will be encouraged to communicate their ideas clearly.

In the descriptions of our circles given below, we mention the grade levels of the student. As mathematical preparation in students varies, this is somewhat flexible. Please also take a look at the sample problems provided for each level. If in doubt about the right level, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance on choosing the right level class.

MS A-2 (Registration Closed)

Section 2: 10:00am - 12pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

MS B-2 (Registration Closed)

Section 2: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.


Summer High School Math Circle   (Details)  


Visit the High School Summer Program page for information.


Spring 2016   top

Our courses are open to all students who are excited about learning and doing mathematics above and beyond regular curriculum. 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.


Saturday Middle School Circle at NYU

When: Saturdays, Feb 6 to May 21, 2016
Namely (no class on crossed-out dates):   2/6, 2/13, 2/20,2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9,4/16, 4/23,4/30,5/7, 5/14, 5/21
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
  NYU Middle School A-1 NYU Middle School A-2
Times 11:30am - 1:30pm 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 512 312
Instructor Maggie Feurtado Eliza Kuberska
Fee 295.00 295.00
  NYU Middle School B-1 NYU Middle School B-2
Times 11:30am - 1:30pm 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 317 317
Instructor Amy Starks Amy Starks
Fee 295.00 295.00
  NYU Middle School C-1 NYU Middle School C-2
Times 11:30am - 1:30pm 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 312 517
Instructor Eliza Kuberska David Gomprecht
Fee 295.00 295.00

The Middle School Circle is open to enthusiastic students below 9th grade with a strong interest in learning and doing mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum.

Interesting topics and intriguing problems will be explored in a friendly setting, providing ample challenges for middle school students of varying levels. Topics will include basic number theory, geometry, combinatorics, probability, sequences, recursion, and induction. There will be an emphasis on creative problem solving and thorough explanations. In addition, students will be encouraged to communicate their ideas clearly. If in doubt about the right level, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance on choosing the right level class.

NYU Middle School A-1 (Registration Closed)

Section 1, 11:30am-1:30pm

NYU Middle School A-2 (Registration Closed)

Section 2, 2pm-4pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester at NYU and at Queens College on Saturdays and Sundays. They constitute the same course but the PM sections, when available, are taught at a slightly more advanced level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.

NYU Middle School B-1 (Registration Closed)

Section 1, 11:30am-1:30pm

NYU Middle School B-2 (Registration Closed)

Section 2, 2pm-4pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester at NYU and at Queens College on Saturdays and Sundays. They constitute the same course but the PM sections, when available, are taught at a slightly more advanced level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.

NYU Middle School C-1 (Registration Closed)

Section 1, 11:30am - 1:30pm

NYU Middle School C-2 (Registration Closed)

Section 2, 2pm - 4pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering two sections of this course this semester at NYU. They constitute the same course but the PM section is taught at a slightly more advanced level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


Sunday Middle School Circle at NYU

When: Sundays, Feb 7 to May 22, 2016
Namely (no class on crossed-out dates):   2/7, 2/14, 2/21,2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24,5/1,5/8, 5/15, 5/22
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
  NYU Middle School A-3 NYU Middle School A-4 NYU Middle School B-3
Times 10:00am - 12:00pm 12:30am - 2:30pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 317 317 202
Instructor Mila Martynovsky Mila Martynovsky Thomas Redis
Fee 295.00 295.00 295.00

The Middle School Circle is open to all middle school students with a strong interest in learning and doing mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum. We aim to improve the students’ reasoning and problem solving skills.

Topics will include basic number theory, geometry, combinatorics, probability, sequences, recursion, and induction. There will be an emphasis on creative problem solving and thorough explanations. In addition, students will be encouraged to communicate their ideas clearly.

NYU Middle School A-3 (Registration Closed)

Section 3, 10am - 12pm

NYU Middle School A-4 (Registration Closed)

Section 4, 12:30am - 2:30pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester at NYU and at Queens College on Saturdays and Sundays. They constitute the same course but the PM sections, when available, are taught at a slightly more advanced level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.

NYU Middle School B-3 (Registration Closed)

Section 3, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course at NYU this semester at NYU and at Queens College on Saturdays and Sundays. They constitute the same course but the PM sections, when available, are taught at a slightly more advanced level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


Saturday High School Circle at NYU

When: Saturdays, Feb 6 to May 21, 2016
2/6, 2/13, 2/20,2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9,4/16, 4/23,4/30,5/7, 5/14, 5/21
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
  High School Circle A-2 High School Circle B-1
Times 2:00 - 4:00pm 11:30am - 1:30pm
Room 512 517
Instructor Fred Galli David Gomprecht
Fee 295.00 295.00
  High School Circle B-2 High School Circle C
Times 2pm - 4pm 2pm - 4pm
Room 202 201
Instructor Misha Shklyar David Hankin
Fee 295.00 295.00

The High School Circle is open to all high school students with an interest in learning and doing mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum.

Interesting topics and intriguing problems will be explored in a friendly setting, providing ample challenges for high school students of varying levels. The topics include number theory, algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and more. The courses also address subtle mathematical ideas, including the nature and construction of proofs. Problem posing and problem solving are emphasized throughout. If in doubt, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance on choosing the right level class.

High School Circle A-2 (Registration Closed)

Section 2, 2:00-4:00pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester at NYU and Queens College on Saturdays and Sundays. They constitute the same course but the PM sections, when available, is taught at a slightly more advanced level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.

High School Circle B-1 (Registration Closed)

Section 1, 11:30am - 1:30pm

High School Circle B-2 (Registration Closed)

Section 2, 2pm to 4pm

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. They should be able to solve most of the following: placement problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester at NYU and Queens College on Saturdays and Sundays. They constitute the same course but the PM section, when available, is taught at a slightly more advanced level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.

High School Circle C (Registration Closed)

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. Students are expected to be able to solve most of the following: placement problems.


Sunday High School Circle at NYU

When: Sundays, Feb 7 to May 22, 2016
Namely (no class on crossed-out dates):   2/7, 2/14, 2/21,2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10,4/17, 4/24,5/1,5/8, 5/15, 5/22
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
  High School Circle A-1 High School Circle A-3
Times 10:00am - 12:00pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 202 201
Instructor Thomas Redis Barry Weng
Fee 295.00 295.00

The High School Circle is open to all high school students with an interest in learning and doing mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum.

Interesting topics and intriguing problems will be explored in a friendly setting, providing ample challenges for high school students of varying levels. The topics include number theory, algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and more. The courses also address subtle mathematical ideas, including the nature and construction of proofs. Problem posing and problem solving are emphasized throughout. If in doubt, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance on choosing the right level class.

High School Circle A-1 (Registration Closed)

Section 1, 10:00am to 12:00pm

High School Circle A-3 (Registration Closed)

Section 3, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

Note: Due to high interest, we are offering multiple sections of this course this semester at NYU and Queens College on Saturdays and Sundays. They constitute the same course but the PM sections, when available, is taught at a slightly more advanced level and designed for students who have already taken this class 2 or more semesters in the past.


High School Circle D (Registration Closed)

When: Select Sundays, 10am-2pm, Spring 2016
Namely (no class on crossed-out dates): 2/7, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 , 4/3, 4/10,4/17, 4/24,5/1,5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 6/12
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map). Room 312.
Instructor: various NYMC and non-NYMC instructors.
Registration fee: $315. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).

The Level D Course is intended for the most experienced problem solvers. The course will cover Olympad-level topics with an emphasis on proof writing, as well as introduce students to college level Mathematics, including Analysis, Abstract Algebra and Linear Algebra. It's appropriate for students who have taken the USAMO, USAJMO, or equivalent, or students recommended by a NY Math Circle instructor. (If this applies to you, please contact us at info@nymathcircle.org for possible placement.) Lunch will be included in each session. Students are expected to be able to solve most of the following: placement problems.


Sunday Middle & High School Circles at Queens College

When: Sundays, Feb 7 to May 22, 2016
Namely (no class on crossed-out dates):   2/7, 2/14, 2/21,2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 4/3, 4/10,4/17, 4/24,5/1,5/8, 5/15, 5/22
Where: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd (map).
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
  QC Middle School A-5 QC Middle School B-4 High School Circle A-4
Times 10am - 12pm 10am - 12pm 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Room D133 Science Bldg D135 Science Bldg D135 Science Bldg
Instructor Anna Kudlash Fred Galli Fred Galli
Fee 295.00 295.00 295.00

The Middle School Circle is open to enthusiastic students below 9th grade with a strong interest in learning and doing mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum.

Interesting topics and intriguing problems will be explored in a friendly setting, providing ample challenges for middle school students of varying levels. Topics will include basic number theory, geometry, combinatorics, probability, sequences, recursion, and induction. There will be an emphasis on creative problem solving and thorough explanations. In addition, students will be encouraged to communicate their ideas clearly. If in doubt about the right level, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance on choosing the right level class.

The High School Circle is open to enthusiastic high school students with an interest in learning and doing mathematics above and beyond the regular curriculum.

Interesting topics and intriguing problems will be explored in a friendly setting, providing ample challenges for high school students of varying levels. The topics include number theory, algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and more. The courses also address subtle mathematical ideas, including the nature and construction of proofs. Problem posing and problem solving are emphasized throughout. If in doubt, please ask, and we'll be happy to offer guidance on choosing the right level class.

QC Middle School A-5 (Registration Closed)

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

QC Middle School B-4 (Registration Closed)

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. They should be able to solve the following: placement problems.

High School Circle A-4 (Registration Closed)

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. They should be able to solve the following: sample problems

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 a payment of at least a 20% non-refundable deposit upon registration to reserve your spot (we do encourage you to pay the full registration fee, though). The balance is due two weeks before the class starts. If we don't receive your full payment in time, we may cancel your registration and give your spot to another student.

Cancellation Policy:

  1. We'll refund the fee except the 20% non-refundable deposit if you cancel at least 2 weeks before classes start.
  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, less the non-refundable deposit.

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?

    We generally ask parents to refrain from sitting in with their children. Students participate better without their parents in the room, and they take more mathematical risks, which is important.

    We do recognize that there are situations where it makes sense for a parent to be present, and special occasions (like the first and last days of class) where it’s exciting for parents to sit in. In these cases, parents may observe the class on the following conditions: there is enough space in the classroom; they have the permission of their child; and they observe quietly from the back row. In all cases, the teacher has the final word, and may ask parents to wait outside. Please respect the teacher's requests.

  5. It is hard for my family to afford the registration fee. What can I do?

    We are committed to making our courses available to everyone. If your family is experiencing financial hardship, you may request a fee reduction. The difference would come from contributions from private individuals who value and support our work.

    To request a fee reduction, register for the course you are interested in. After submitting the registration form, there is a link to the Fee Reduction Form, where we ask for basic information about your family's financial situation. Once you submit that form, we will consider your situation, and get back to you soon with further information.

    If a student wants to learn mathematics at NYMC, but money stands in the way, do not hesitate to apply.

  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.