Academy Programs

Through our Academy program, we offer courses aligned with traditional academic topics in mathematics and science. For the Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 academic year, we will offer the following math classes:

Elementary Enrichment: Problem Solving

Prealgebra

Introduction to Algebra

Discrete Math with Programming

Eligibility and Guidelines

Location - World

Academy classes are held online through video conference, so any student that can attend the designated meeting times is eligible to apply.

Ages 8 and older

Our mix of class offerings provide participants an opportunity to identify something that is both age and level-appropriate.

Computer and Internet

Students will require access to a computer with a video camera and Internet connectivity to attend virtual sessions.
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Attendance policy

Courses typically build upon concepts week-to-week, and participants should plan to attend all sessions.
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Participation policy

All of our Academy classes expect students to spend significant time outside of sessions working on assignments and reviewing concepts either individually or with parental help.

Fall 2020 Courses

Elementary Enrichment: Problem Solving

Description

This one-semester course will introduce students to the joys of solving fun, mathematically interesting problems. It is geared toward 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who have already mastered basic four-function arithmetic. Students will be encouraged to collaborate to solve challenging problems or logic puzzles. Some examples of activities: playing an “exploding dots” game to learn alternate number bases; converting fractions to triple recipes for bear-friendly cookies; figuring out emergency substitution ratios for magical potions; solving bridge- or river-crossing logic puzzles; discussing area, volume, and surface area by looking at a rubix cube; playing “mystery function” games in which the class tries to guess the instructor’s secret equation by graphing inputs and outputs; and using least common multiples and greatest common denominators to defeat an army of angry, stampeding stuffed cattle.

Required textbook(s)

No textbooks are required for the class, but the instructor will likely use problems from Beast Academy, Edward Zaccaro, and old mathleague.org test books.

Day and time

Fridays at 10-11am CT
15 sessions starting September 4th and ending December 18th (no class Thanksgiving week)

Recommended age range

8-11

Cost

$150

Application assignment

Assignment pdf document

Prealgebra

Description

This two-semester, honors-level course will cover properties of arithmetic, exponents, primes and divisors, fractions, equations and inequalities, decimals, ratios and proportions, unit conversions and rates, percents, square roots, basic geometry, statistics, and counting and probability.

Required textbook(s)

AoPS – Prealgebra (all participants must purchase their own copy)

Day and time

Tuesdays at 11am-noon CT

15 weeks starting September 1st and ending December 15th (no class Thanksgiving week)

Recommended age range

10-13

Cost

$150

Application assignment

Assignment pdf document

Introduction to Algebra

Description

This two-semester, honors-level course will cover: order of operations, expressions and variables, linear equations, linear equations with two variables, linear equations with multiple variables, ratios and percents, direct and inverse proportion, graphing lines, inequalities, quadratic equations, special factorizations, introduction to complex numbers, and graphing quadratics.

Required textbook(s)

AoPS – Introduction to Algebra (all participants must purchase their own copy)

Day and time

Tuesdays at 2-3pm CT

15 weeks starting September 1st and ending December 15th (no class Thanksgiving week)

Recommended age range

11 to 15

Cost

$150

Application assignment

Assignment pdf document

Discrete Math with Programming I

Description

This one-semester course will cover a variety of counting and probability topics including permutations, combinations, the Binomial Theorem, etc. In addition, lectures will incorporate programming examples using Python as a vehicle to exercise logical thinking skills (programming experience is a plus but not required). Optional assignments will be suggested for students interested in programming.

Required textbook(s)

AoPS – Introduction to Counting & Probability (all participants must purchase their own copy)

Day and time

Fridays at 8-9am CT

15 weeks starting September 4th and ending December 18th (no class Thanksgiving week)

Recommended age range

11-15 (students should have previously completed or be currently taking Algebra)

Cost

$150

Application assignment

Assignment pdf document

Application Process

Students interested in our Academy classes should first complete the course-specific application assignment linked in the course descriptions above. These should be worked on independently without help from a parent. They can then submit the assignment along with other information using the application form below. Selected students will be contacted to schedule a meeting with the course instructor as the final step of their application.

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Step 1

Complete course-specific application assignment linked above

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Step 2

Submit application form using link below

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Step 3

Attend meeting with course instructor

Application form

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