2024 Summer Program at the Greater Boston Area (MA/NH)

(All contents on this program page are for reference only. We reserve the right to make changes.)

Summer Program Information sessions (ZOOM meeting ID: 94578394448) will be held at 8:00 pm ET on
February 4 (Sunday), March 1 (Friday) - presented mainly in Chinese, and April 5 (Friday), 2024.


Rivier University, 420 South Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060.


Afternoon of June 23rd (Sunday) to July 3rd (Wednesday), 2024. Residential students arrive after 12:00 noon on June 22nd and depart by 11:00 AM on July 4th, 2024.

Academic Days: June 23 (from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM), 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and June 30, July 1, 2, 3, 2024 (with Saturday June 29 being the break day of the program).


Program is intended for rising 4th to rising 12th graders.

Program Setup and Workload

There are 9 full academic days (on June 24 to June 28, June 30 to July 3). Program opening assembly and afternoon classes are scheduled on June 23. On each full academic day, there are two sessions--morning session and afternoon session. On each full academic day, there are two sessions--morning session and afternoon session.
    (1) Morning session: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (Math Challenges - developing insights via contest based material).
    (2) Afternoon session: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Math Quest - learning core math knowledge in a better way).

This program has a residential component. Students may choose to enroll in the residential program, full-day program (both morning and afternoon sessions) or half-day program (afternoon sessions only). A total of 65 academic hours are built into the full-day program. Early registration is due by mid March and early enrollment tuition payment (of $2085, for $32.07 per academic hour) for full-day program is due by late March. (Early enrollment tuition rate for residential program is $3985.)

Students are welcome to enroll to multiple programs (for example, two online courses from two different programs, or one from online program and one in-person program, or two summer in-person programs, etc.) depending on their learning goals. Please note that each course from each program operates independently. A student may only attend the classes of the course associated with the programs the student is enrolled in. For example, a student who is enrolled in the PCA course from any in-person or online program may not attend classes of a PCA course from another in-person or online program that the student is not enrolled to.


IDEA MATH provides in-depth enrichment in important mathematical areas, particularly in the fields from which contest problems are drawn: algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory. We believe students learn best by discovering, rather than simply memorizing, essential theorems and techniques. Our process puts students at the center of the classes, as students work together to develop their ideas. Our instructors lead this process by teaching vital ideas, giving meaningful examples, and guiding students through the problem-solving process.


We apply seminar-style teaching in our classes. Class sizes are small to ensure that students receive plenty of individual attention. Students are expected to work as a group and present their solutions and ideas to the class.

What are the unique strengths of IDEA MATH that distinguish it from other (summer/winter/online/weekend) math programs?

The unique strengths of IDEA MATH can be summarized as follows:

  1. Comprehensive and well-tested teaching materials, modeled after the training materials once used by our academic director Dr. Zuming Feng in his work with the Phillips Exeter Academy Red Lion (PEARL) math team and Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP). (Go here for more references on curriculum info. )
  2. Strong team of instructors, consisting of front-line teachers and top former students. (Find more staff info. )
  3. Emphasis on student leadership and the development of an attitude conducive to learning.
  4. Focus on schools and the local math communities.

For more details, please visit our FAQ page.


As always, we welcome parents' specific academic questions about our curriculum and teaching styles, as well as students' class-work and preparation. Please contact info@ideamath.org---make sure to include the following info in your email subject: student's full name, IDEA MATH ID, and intended program.

Courses Offered

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. The course list shown below consists of projected courses we will offer in this program. Two of the major strengths of our program---a strong academic team and a full range of materials---allow us to create new courses/groups to meet the needs of the students body. Therefore, the course list (and course schedule) is subject to change based on actual enrollment and staff availability.

Classes Morning
(9:30 am - 12:00 pm)
(1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
PC0 Math Contest Level 0 Pre-Algebra 1
PCA Math Contest Level A Pre-Algebra 2
PC1-ALG1 Math Contest Level 1 Integrated Math 1 and Algebra 1
PC2 Math Contest Level 2 Integrated Math 2
Geometry with
Contest Extension
Math Contest Level 2 Geometry
PCX Math Contest Level 3 Integrated Math 3/4
UC1 Math Contest Level 4 Integrated Math 4/5
UC2 Math Contest Level 5 Integrated Math 5/6
UC3 Math Contest Level 6 Integrated Math 6
XC7 XC7 Parts 1/2/3 XC7 Parts 1/2/3

Please visit detailed curriculum grid for a more complete reference of IDEA MATH course curriculums.

* Each course will only be offered when a minimum number of students have enrolled. Some courses might run multiple sections. To maintain the high standard of our students' learning experience, class sizes will remain small. In general, classes in PC0/PCA (and MCA, CWA) courses are capped by 16 students per class (more likely, 6-12 students per class), and classes in other courses are capped by 20 students per class (more likely, 6-16 students per class).

Program schedule

Academic Day Schedule
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM   Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM   Full-day program students' arrival
9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon   Morning classes
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   Full-day students: Lunch and free time
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM   Half-day program students' arrival
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Afternoon classes
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM   Students' departure
5:15 PM - 7:15 PM   Dinner and supervised activities
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM   Supervised recreational and academic activities
Course Placement and Placement Test

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. Our courses are intended for able students who wish to expand their mathematics knowledge beyond regular classroom settings. We emphasize study skills (such as taking notes, oral and written presentations, listening, observing, organization, etc).

In general, each applicant not recently enrolled (that is, who has not completed an IDEA MATH course this spring) in our programs shall take a placement test in one of our open online/onsite placement test sessions. (For more details on our placement test/course placement process, please visit here.)

It is important for each applicant to input accurate, complete, detailed, and up-to-date academic background information (i.e., age, grade level, math courses taken, official contest scores, etc.) in the applicant's IDEA MATH student account. We review this information to make initial course placement/placement test level decisions. We will find the most appropriate course placement based on placement test work and general academic information in the student account. Please note that our academic team will make the final decision on your course placement based upon your academic background and your work in the placement test. (Further course placement adjustments can be made, by our academic team, based upon your class work.)

Placement test levels and dates are shown below. Please click this link to register for the placement test. The placement test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Test Levels and their corresponding courses
Test Level Targeted Course
S0/T0 Extra Curricular Series: PC0/Pre-Algebra 1 and PCA/Pre-Algebra 2
Holiday Contest Prep program: CW0
S1 School Enrichment Series: Algebra 1
S2 School Enrichment Series: Geometry
S3 School Enrichment Series: Algebra 2
T1 Extra Curricular Series: PC1-ALG1 and PC2
Fall and Winter Contest Prep: CE1A/CE1B and CE2A/CE2B
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW1/CW2
T2 Extra Curricular Series: PCX and UC1
Fall and Winter Contest Prep: CE3A/CE3B and CE4A/CE4B
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW3/CW4
T3 Extra Curricular Series: UC2 and UC3
Fall and Winter Contest Prep: CE5A/CE5B and CE6A/CE6B
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW5/CW6
T4 XC Series: XC7, XC9, and XC10
MO Series MO1
Fall and Winter Contest Prep: CE7A/CE7B and CE8A/CE8B
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW7/CW8
T5 MO Series MO2 and MO3
Holiday Contest Prep Program: CW9/CW10
Spring Placement Test Schedule
Placement Test Date/Time* Placement Test Location Test fee paid by Test Fee**
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, March 8, 2024
(US Eastern Time)
Online March 5, 2024 $50
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, April 5, 2024
(US Eastern Time)
Online April 2, 2024 $50
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, May 5, 2024
(US Eastern Time)
Online May 2, 2024 $75
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, May 19, 2024
(US Eastern Time)
Online May 16, 2024 $100
Special Placement Test Session
Online contact info@ideamath.org
for availability

*Each placement test is 90 minutes long. Students should arrive at the testing location (onsite or online) 10 minutes prior to the test. All test times are in the US Eastern Time Zone.

** The placement test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable; that is, it cannot be transferred from one applicant/student to another applicant/student, and it also cannot be transferred from a registered/chosen test session/date to another placement test session/date for the same applicant/student. Special test sessions (test fee of $150 or more) can be arranged depending on staffing availabilities. Please contact info@ideamath.org for inquires on special test sessions.

Registration and Tuition Payment Schedule

Note that registration is only the first step of towards enrollment. Enrollment (for each session) is completed only after the tuition is paid in full. The tuition payment is independent to student's course placement because the tuition is for the program, not for a specific course. The IDEA MATH staff will work with students on course placement by reviewing their academic backgrounds, assigning placement test levels, reviewing placement test work, and more. IDEA MATH staff make the final decision on students' course placements. (Please see our Course Placement Policy section for details.) All tuition refund for withdrawal will be processed based on the refund policy.

Tuition Payment Schedule

Please log in to your account to pay the tuition online.

Early Enrollment
Register by* Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
March 15, 2024 March 30, 2024** Residential: $3985
March 15, 2024 March 30, 2024** Full Day: $2085 ($33.09 per academic hour)
March 15, 2024 March 30, 2024** Afternoon Only: $1485
(lunch fee not included)

Regular Enrollment
Register by* Tuition paid by Tuition Amount
April 15, 2024 April 30, 2024** Residential: $4285
April 15, 2024 April 30, 2024** Full Day: $2285
April 15, 2024 April 30, 2024** Afternoon Only: $1685
(lunch fee not included)

Note: We offer a $100 tuition scholarship/discount to each full day program student who meets any one (or more) of the following (please note one discount per person per program):
    2023 or 2024 MATHCOUNTS National Round Participants
    2023 or 2024 USAJMO qualifier
    2023 or 2024 USAMO qualifier
A copy of proof is needed. Scholarship check will be given to each qualified student upon his or her completion of the program.

* The tuition payments may be stopped earlier than the published date if the program has reached to its upper capacity.

** After the tuition payment deadline date, a late fee ($200) will be applied to the tuition and admission can only be given if space is available.

Tuition Refund Policy

Withdrawal Request Made in Writing Refund Amount
Before May 15, 2024 Paid Tuition - $200 (for day student)
Paid Tuition - $400 (for residential student)
On or after May 25, 2024 before May 25, 2024 Paid Tuition - $400 (for day student)
Paid Tuition - $800 (for residential student)
On or after May 25, 2024 No refund

Please note that only tuition is refundable per the above policy. Other fees (including, but not limited to, fees for the placement test, bus, lunch, application, etc.) are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Credit cannot be transferred between different type of programs---summer, year-round, contest edge, winter contest prep, etc.

For programs of a similar type (e.g., between summer programs), we will follow the withdrawal/refund policies posted on our website. For example, after tuition is submitted and before date X, we will apply the transfer in the following way (assuming space is available for the intended program): switching programs/series is considered a withdrawal from one program/series and an enrollment to another program/series, and any difference in tuition rates will apply.

To request a refund and withdraw your student, please send a complete request in writing to info@ideamath.org. You must include the payee name and mailing address matching the information in the student's account in order for your request to be deemed complete and submitted. Please include "Refund Request" and the student's name in the subject line. The amount of the refund will be based on the time that a complete request is submitted; incomplete requests will not be deemed to meet deadlines for withdrawal.

If the student is ill and chooses to withdraw from the program after the refund deadlines, we can offer prorated credit (proportional based upon the second refund policy: paid tuition deducted by $400, then prorated per day) towards a future program. A note from a licensed physician is required. The doctor's note should clearly assert that the student's current medical status does not allow the student to complete the remainder of the program. The date when the doctor's note is submitted to IDEA MATH (via info@ideamath.org) is considered the initial date for the prorated refund (credit) calculation. The same policies apply if the IDEA MATH staff determine that the student must withdraw due to illness in order to protect the health and welfare of themselves or other students.

For all purposes related to this refund policy, a day shall be deemed to begin at 12:01am local time in the US Eastern Time Zone (US ET).

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General FAQ links

Main program FAQ page. For general program information such as teaching method, class size, core courses, admission, placement, etc.

Summer Program Registration FAQ. For summer program registration information, such as how to upload your application material, how to sign up for buses.

FAQ for the 2024 Summer Program at the Greater Boston area (MA/NH)

Here are some questions that are frequently asked. If you have additional questions, please email info@ideamath.org

Question 1: What is the typical schedule of a day?

Please refer to here for a detailed daily schedule.

Question 2: How much is the tuition for the summer camp, and are scholarships and/or sibling discounts offered?

For the precise tuition, please see: here

We offer a $100 scholarship to students who are USA(J)MO qualifiers or MathCounts national qualifiers during the current or previous academic year. This scholarship will be given to enrolled students at the beginning of the program. We do not offer sibling discount.

Question 3: Are the meals included in the program?

Lunch is included. Please make sure enter your dietary and allergy information into your account.

Question 4: What do students do during lunch time (besides eating lunch)?

Students have lunch first (two shifts). After the lunch, they have some recreational activities (tag football, playing varies card games and board games. All activities are under staff supervision.

Question 5: Are calculators and other electronic devices allowed in the camp?

We do not stop students from bringing electronic devices to IDEA MATH. However, we still forbid inappropriate uses of these electronic devices for instance, playing online games on one's computer will constitute as an inappropriate usage. The staff will enforce these rules at their discretion. Needless to say, the usage of any electronic devices during class will be strictly forbidden by the instructors.

Nevertheless, we highly encourage students to not bring their laptops or other high-powered devices to camp, as they tend to distract the students from learning, instead of aiding the students.

Question 6: Will there be transportation for day students to go to program daily?

We provide bus routes to take students from various Massachusetts locations to our program site. We plan to offer the bus service from the following locations to our summer program location and the estimated cost per person is $180 per student. Please note: there will be no bus on June 23 (first day) and June 29 (breakday).

Bus Stops Estimated Morning Departure Time Estimated Afternoon/Evening Arrival Time
Lexington High School (251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA) Class day: 8:30 AM Bus leaves IDEA MATH site around 5:10 PM
Valley Plaza - 160 Littleton Rd, Westford, MA Class day: 8:45 AM Bus leaves IDEA MATH site around 5:10 PM

Question 7: What is the half-day program?

Our program is intended for full day program. For each course, we offer afternoon sessions for the half-day program. This is the Math Quest component which extends core math knowledge to contest level. In the morning, we have the Math Challenge component which covers extra-curricular and contest based material.

Sometimes, a student has scheduling difficulties and can only participate the first week. If there is space available, we will allow this too. The rate will be the same as that rate of the afternoon program. However, we do admit full day program students first, and we do our best try to admit half-day program students.

Question 8: What are the evening activities? If I (the student) am a day student, can I participate the evening activities? If so, how.

Evening activities cover dinner, recreational activities between dinner and study hall, and study hall supervised by instructors and/or assistants. The day students are welcome to participate.

Question 9: I (the student) am a day student, do I need to check-in to the program on the arrival day of the residential program.

No you do not. All day students will check-in to the program on the first class day.

Question 10: If (the student) am a day student, can I join the (residential) program (recreational) activities on the non-academic days? If so, do I need to pay extra fees?

Yes, you are welcome to join the (residential) program (recreational) activities on the non-academic days, and there are NO extra charge. For students who wish to participate the activities on break days, please log into your account, go to the IDEA MATH Summer program at Greater Boston Area registration to register for break day activities.

Questions relating to the Residential Program
Question 11. If I (the student) am traveling by air and arrive at the Boston Logan International Airport, how will I be picked up from the airport? At the end of the program, how will I be dropped off at the airport?

We will offer shuttles to take students from Logan international airport to our program location from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost for shuttle is $50 per person per one-way trip.

IDEA MATH staff members wait for the students at the airport, group them according to arrival time and put them on the shuttle.

We will charge an extra $25 if the students arrives after 6:00 pm but before 8:00 pm, after 8:00 pm, we will charge $50.

At the end of the program, students will be grouped and shuttled to the airport per their departure time.

In both cases, the students will be fully supervised by IDEA MATH staff. Please indicate on your registration form the travel itinerary (i.e. the arrival time and the departure time) so that our staff is fully informed.

Important! All the students who need airport pickup should register for airport pickup and enter the flight information online. To do so, you need to

a. log into your IDEA MATH account.

b. Select "My Registration". And select check details for the IDEA MATH summer program at Greater Boston Area.

c. At registration page, if the student travel as an accompanied minor, please select whether the student will need airport pickup as an unaccompanied minor and/or drop-off as an unaccompanied minor (fee may apply)

d. After selecting the applicable airport pick up option, please click the link under "Pick up Info" to enter your detailed airline and flight information.

Questions 12: If I (the student) am very young, can I fly alone?

Different airlines have different age limits for flying along. Please make sure to check with each individual airline on this issue before you purchase your ticket. If you are indeed flying in (to either Boston, MA or Manchester, NH) as an unaccompanied minor, please make sure to set up the arrangements with the airline AND inform us all the detailed arrangements THREE WEEKS prior the program starts. An additional charge may apply.

Questions 13: I (the student) am an international student and I need visa coming to US, do you provide visa invitation and/or I-20 form?

We provide an invitation letter to assist you get the visa. We do not offer the I-20 form.

Questions 14: What is the check-in time for residential students on arrival day? What is the check-out time for residential students on departure day?

The residential students can check-in on the first day (arrival day) of the program from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The residential students can check-out on the last day (departure day) of the program from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

Question 15: What is the living situation for residential students? Do they have roommates?

The residential students stay in the dormitories on the IDEA MATH summer program campus. Students’ dorm will be single occupancy. The dorm is air-conditioned.

Question 16: Are there local hotels around Rivier University?

Here is the list of hotels that around Rivier University - https://www.rivier.edu/admissions/visit/accommodations-dining/

Question 17: Are calculators and other electronic devices allowed in the camp?

We do not stop students from bringing electronic devices to IDEA MATH. However, we still forbid inappropriate uses of these electronic devices for instance, playing online games on one's computer will constitute as an inappropriate usage. The staff will enforce these rules at their discretion. Needless to say, the usage of any electronic devices during class will be strictly forbidden by the instructors.

Nevertheless, we highly encourage students to not bring their laptops or other high-powered devices to camp, as they tend to distract the students from learning, instead of aiding the students

Recreation/Daily Life
Question 18: What do we do during free time? What does my average day look like, when do we have class? What about when we don't have class?

On days with classes, please note that classes and evening study sessions take up a significant portion of the day. There is still ample time, however, during allotted free times throughout the day for students to spend time with each other. Frisbee, for example, has been a popular sport among the students.

Furthermore, we will like to emphasize that while classes and evening sessions take up a lot of time, it will not consist of monotonous lectures. Class consists of a variety of activities, ranging from lectures, individual problem-solving, and solution presentations that will keep the students active and interested.

Please refer to here for a detailed daily schedule.

On days without classes, we have arranged recreational activities for the students to enjoy.

Academic team

Academic Director

Dr. Zuming Feng

Academic Team

Mr. Ivan Borsenco

Mr. George Reuter

Mr. Alex Song

Mr. Marc Vincent

Mr. Luyan Wang

and more, to be updated soon.