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High School Summer Program

Summer 2017: July 17 - August 3, 2017.
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The Summer High School Math Circle is an academically intensive weekday program for students entering grades 9–12 in the fall that runs for three weeks, five hours a day. A typical day consists of a class in the morning, followed by lunch, and a problem solving session in the afternoon. Instructors and teaching assistants 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. Fridays are set aside for unusual activities, mathematical games, team-building, and more.

Our summer program is in its tenth year: the first one ran in 2008. The American Mathematical Society has recognized our program with their Epsilon Award for three years now. You can read some of the wonderful comments from past students here.

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Summer High School Math Circle   (Register)

When: July 17 - August 3, 2017, Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm.
Lunches will be provided.
Where: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).
First placement exam: Saturday, March 4, 2017 (apply by February 28).
Second placement exam: Sunday, March 5, 2017 (apply by February 28).
Application Requirements: Completed application and placement exam.
See Application Process below.
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The Summer Program 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 casual setting, providing ample challenges for high school students of varying levels. This program emphasizes problem solving and posing, through a variety of fascinating topics in number theory, algebra, geometry, and more.

This program is appropriate for students wishing to acquire deeper insight into mathematics, to develop their reasoning and analytical skills, to practice for a math team, or simply to have fun learning and doing wonderful mathematics.

Students are expected to attend the entire 3-week program.

Attendance Policy

Because we have a limited number of places in our program and out of consideration for students on our waiting list, only students who can attend for the full 3 weeks should apply. If you are not certain yet you are available for the full 3 weeks, you may apply. However, if admitted, you cannot accept unless the conflict has been resolved.


The program consists of three levels, A, B, and C, in order of increasing difficulty. Placement will depend on students’ mathematical level rather than grade level. You will need to choose a level you are applying to in the Application Form. The in-person exam will test that you are comfortable with the necessary prerequisites for the level of your choice.

Level A

Students should have a command of at least first-year high school Algebra. Participation in honor or enrichment courses is desirable.

Level B

Students should have a command of Algebra I, Geometry I, and some elementary number theory such as that covered in Level A. Prior math enrichment experience, such as NYMC coursework or math team involvement is expected, as well as strong problem solving skills.

Level C

Students should have a deep knowledge of algebra, geometry, some combinatorics, and pre-calculus. Students must have experience with mathematical problem solving and proof writing, such as through prior NYMC courses, math team participation, or a similar level of preparation.

Note that priority is given to students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. For younger students, we have a six-week Saturday or Sunday program, which will be listed on our Students page by April.

2015 Qualifying Exams

Be sure to examine the 2015 Qualifying Exams to determine the appropriate level for which you should test.

In 2015, 1 point was awarded for each correctly answered Multiple Choice question, 2 points for Short Answers and 4 points for Long Answers. Total scores of 24, 20 and 19 were considered sufficient to place into Levels A, B, and C, respectively. The criteria for 2017 may be slightly different depending upon the pool of applicants.


The HS Summer Program takes place at the NYU Courant Institute (251 Mercer St - map), easily accessible by public transportation. Most of our students are from New York City, but it is not a requirement. The program is not residential, and we do not provide transportation or accommodations.

Application Process

Since it is to your advantage to apply for the most appropriate level, please look at the descriptions of the levels above and Last Year’s Qualifying Exams, before beginning the application process, to decide if you are ready for the program and the appropriate level for which you should be applying.

Click on "Register" above to start your application. The application process consists of 3 steps:

Step 1:

Registration form with contact information. The bottom portion must be completed by your parent or guardian. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon completing this step, including a link to your Status Page.

Step 2:

Complete the online Application Form with additional questions about your mathematical preparation and interests. The form is available on your Status Page. If these steps are done, you will receive an email in early March to confirm that you’ve completed the application and to remind you of the date and time of the exam. Save the email, as you will need to bring a printed copy with you for the qualifying exam.

Step 3:

Qualifying Exam: This is an in-person exam that will assess your understanding of prerequisite material for the level that you want to enter. The exam will be approximately 1.5 hours long. The qualifying exam will be held on two dates, at NYU Courant Institute, with a morning administration (9:30am) and an afternoon administration (12pm) on each date:

  • First qualifying exam: Saturday, March 4, 2017 (apply by February 28).
  • Second qualifying exam: Sunday, March 5, 2017 (apply by February 28).

Each student may take the qualifying exam only once, and can indicate their preferred date and time on the Application Form in Step 2.

If you live more than 100 miles from New York City and cannot make either exam date, please email us.

Admission Process

You can expect to hear from us within four weeks of taking the qualifying exam. If invited into the program, you will be placed into one of the levels based on the qualifying exam and the information given on your application form. Our determination of placement is final.

We anticipate full enrollment for the program and a waiting list to form. Selection will be done based on performance on the qualifying exam, your application form and possibly by contacting your teacher reference. Any remaining seats will be filled on a rolling basis.

Program Cost

The cost of the program is $775. If invited, we require a $155 deposit within a week to secure your spot. Full payment of the program fee is due by May 8.

We are able to reduce the fee significantly for families to whom it presents a financial hardship. Invited students may request a fee reduction during the payment process. Financial aid does not factor into our admissions decisions.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel by May 8 and receive a refund except for the $155 deposit. After May 8 and until June 8, you may cancel for a 50% refund. After June 8, the entire program fee ($775) is non-refundable. If you find out that you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible out of consideration for students who may be waiting for a spot.

T-shirt Design Contest

Every year, each participant of the NYMC High School Summer Program receives a NYMC T-shirt. We are looking for a new great design for the 2017 T-shirt and are inviting our current students and alumni to come up with one! The top design will get one of this year's T-shirts. Click here for more details.