Log in
What our students say: more
“We learned stuff we wouldn't learn in school for a while, if at all.”

High School Summer Program

Summer 2024: July 22 - August 8, 2024
Application Deadline:
March 29, 2024 for Early Registration
May 17, 2024 for Regular Registration

The Summer High School Math Circle consists of two options - in-person and virtual classes: In-person classes will be held at New York University from 10am to 3pm each weekday and will include lunch from 12pm to 1pm. Virtual classes run from 10am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3pm (with a break from 12pm to 1pm).

Instructors and teaching assistants are amiable and helpful, and the atmosphere is open and collaborative.

Students are expected to work hard in the program and have fun. For unusual activities, mathematical games, team-building, and more, Fridays are set aside.

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

To subscribe to announcements about student programs, see our subscription page.

High School Summer Program (HSSP)

When: Click on a course to see schedule details.
Where: Online.
Locations:
NYU: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map)
ONLINE: Online
  Times Loc. Fee  
HSSP Remote July 22, 2024 - August 8, 2024 ONLINE $875 Register
Location: Online.
HSSP In-Person July 22, 2024 - August 8, 2024 NYU $995 Register
Location: NYU Courant Institute, 251 Mercer St (map).

For details, please go to HSSP

Attendance Policy

Because we have a limited number of places in our program and need consideration for students on our waiting list, students should attend for the entire three weeks.

Prerequisites

All students must take the qualifying exam.

The program consists of three levels - Green, Blue, and Black in order of increasing difficulty. All students will receive the same exam divided into sections, Green, Blue, and Black, on the exam day itself. You will then decide to answer questions on one, two, or all three sections (we recommend two). You will be admitted to the highest level you qualify for.

Green

Students should have a command of at least first-year high school Algebra. Participation in honor or enrichment courses is desirable. There will be one in-person and one virtual Green section.

Blue

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

Black

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. This section is in-person only.

Note that priority is given to students entering grades 9-12 in the Fall. For younger students, we have a two-week weekday program (July 8 - July 19) which will be listed on our Students page by the end of March.

Past Qualifying Exams

Please examine this past qualifying exam to understand what is expected of students entering a given level. In recent years, points were awarded according to the following formula: Multiple Choice - 1; Short Answer - 2; Long Answer - 4. Scores of approximately 20 were enough to be admitted in previous years.

If you feel that the Green Exam is too advanced for you, please consider applying to HSA offered in our Middle School High School Program (July 8 - July 19).

Application Process

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. The form is available on your Status Page. If these steps are done, you will receive an email to confirm that you’ve completed the application and to remind you of the date and time of the exam.

Step 3:

Qualifying Exams:

  • Early exam: March 30-31. You will take a 2-hour exam in a window of your choosing. The submission deadline is midnight on March 31.
  • Regular exam: May 18-19. You will take a 2-hour exam in a window of your choosing. The submission deadline is midnight on May 19.

You may take either or both exams, indicating your choice(s) on the Application Form in Step 2.

Admission Process

Up to 50% of our HS Summer Program places will be given to Early Admission students (March 30-31). Students not offered a place will automatically join the pool for students applying for regular admission (May 18-19).

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 primarily on the qualifying exam. Our determination of placement is final.

We anticipate complete enrollment for the program and a waiting list to form. Any remaining seats will be filled on a rolling basis.

Program Cost

The cost of the in-person program at New York University is $995. The cost of the remote program is $875. We require a 20% deposit within a week to secure your spot if invited. If the deposit is not received, your registration will be canceled. Full payment of the program fee is due by June 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 June 8 and receive a refund except for a 20% deposit. After June 8, you may cancel for a 50% refund. After June 30, the entire program fee 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.