High School Competitive Mathematics I
- Grade 8+
Develop your problem-solving skills and your mathematical creativity while preparing for contests like the American Mathematics Competition (AMC). You'll learn to think at an advanced level while tackling challenging problems and exploring a variety of math topics, including advanced concepts from algebra, number theory, geometry, and combinatorics. Through lessons and videos, you’ll learn and review the material and apply various strategies while completing fun, contest-style problems. Timed practice AMC 10 and 12 exams will help prepare you for real competitions. Throughout the course, your assigned CTY instructor will be available for learning support and one-on-one review sessions for graded assessments.
Recommended length of enrollment: 3 months
Strategy Session Meeting Times (optional): Tuesday – 8 p.m. ET
Time Commitment: 3-6 hours per week (1-hour optional meeting, 3-5 hours of independent work).
Students enroll in a course by selecting an open class below. Students progress at their own pace following course guidelines, with guidance from instructors who strive to meet individual needs. While the course provides students with independence and flexibility, students must manage their time to complete the course before the end date.
Note: You need an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.
Testing and Prerequisites
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Course PrerequisitesHigh School Competitive Mathematics I requires:
Successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, and Competitive Mathematics Prep or equivalent; completion of Algebra II and prior participation in AMC 10 recommended
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Title: The Art of Problem Solving, Vol. 1: The Basics, 7th Edition
Author: Sandor Lehoczky, Richard Rusczyk
ISBN-13: 978-0977304561, ISBN-10: 0977304566
This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.
About Mathematics at CTY
Our online Mathematics courses—spanning elementary through college-level curricula—cover a wide range of topics, from algebra and geometry to chess, cryptology, and AP Calculus and are guided by expert instructors. You’ll join group sessions with classmates to ensure you stay on track with challenging course content. Whether you’re looking for pure math fun and enrichment, to move up the math ladder and advance your honors and AP (and beyond) academic standing, or to train for mathematics competitions, there’s a CTY course that’s right for you.
Join the exciting world of competitive math
Participate in the High School Math Club or enroll in 6 IP courses: Middle School Competitive Math I, Middle School Competitive Math II, Middle School Competitive Math III, Competitive Mathematics Prep, Competitive Mathematics I, Competitive Mathematics II.