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Student Classes

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.

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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 17-Dec 18
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSA Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 11:30am - 1:30pm NYU 312 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
MSA+ Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm NYU 312 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
MSA Mila Martynovsky Sundays 10:00am - 12:00pm NYU 317 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9,10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.
MSA+ Mila Martynovsky Sundays 12:30am - 2:30pm NYU 317 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9,10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.
MSA Sheila Miller Sundays 12:30pm - 2:30pm NYU 312 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9,10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.

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: problems.

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 17-Dec 18
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSB Thomas Redis Saturdays 11:30am - 1:30pm NYU 317 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
MSB+ Thomas Redis Saturdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm NYU 317 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
MSB Patricia Yee Saturdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm NYU 201 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
MSB Amy Lee Sundays 12:30 - 2:30pm NYU 512 Canceled
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9,10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.

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: problems.

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 Sep 17-Dec 17
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MSC Eliza Kuberska Saturdays 10:30 - 12:30pm NYU 202 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
MSC+ David Gomprecht Saturdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm NYU 517 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.

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: problems.

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 17-Dec 18
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
QC: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSA Sebastian Stoenescu Saturdays 11:30am - 1:30pm NYU 512 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
HSA+ Sebastian Stoenescu Saturdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm NYU 512 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
HSA Barry Weng Sundays 12:30pm - 2:30pm NYU 201 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9,10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.
HSA-QC Aziz Jumash Sundays 12:00pm - 2:00pm QC B145 Register
Location: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd (map).
Schedule: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9,10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.

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: problems.

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 17-Dec 18
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (Fee may be reduced based on financial need; see FAQ).
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
HSB+ Misha Shklyar Saturdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm NYU 202 Waiting List
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.
HSB Jan Siwanowicz Sundays 12:30pm - 2:30pm NYU 202 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9,10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18.

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: problems.

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 17-Dec 17
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Registration fee: $295. (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, 11:30-1:30pm NYU 517 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8,10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17.

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: problems.

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All Middle School A

When: Saturdays, June 25 - August 6, 2016
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MS A-1 Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 10:00am - 12pm, June 25 - August 6, 2016 NYU 201 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.
MS A-2 Mila Martynovsky Sundays 10:00am - 12pm, June 26 - August 7, 2016 NYU 201 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.
MS A-3 Maggie Feurtado Saturdays 12:30pm - 2:30pm, June 25 - August 6, 2016 NYU 201 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.
MS A-4 Thomas Redis Saturdays 12:30 - 2:30pm, June 25 - August 6, 2016 NYU 312 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.

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


Middle School B

When: Saturdays, June 25 - August 6, 2016
Click on a course to see schedule details.
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MS B-1 Thomas Redis Saturdays 10:00am - 12pm, June 25 - August 6, 2016 NYU 202 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.
MS B-2 Mila Martynovsky Sundays 12:30-2:30pm, June 26 - August 7, 2016 NYU 201 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.

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


Middle School C

Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
  Instructor Times Loc. Room  
MS C-1 Ashvin Jaishankar Saturdays 12:30pm - 2:30pm, June 25 - August 6, 2016 NYU 202 Closed
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
Schedule: 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.

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: problems.


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 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.