About the Course

Elementary School Competitive Mathematics

  • Grades 3-7
  • CTY-Level
  • Individually Paced

Strengthen your analytical and problem-solving skills in this challenging course designed for students with little to no previous math competition experience. You’ll learn 12 different problem-solving strategies for becoming a more efficient problem solver and a stronger competitor. You’ll practice these strategies through lessons, sample problems, mini competitions, and videos designed to challenge and motivate you. Timed assessments will also help you build experience for real competitions, and weekly synchronous strategy sessions with a CTY instructor will guide you and your classmates through competition tactics.

Recommended length of enrollment: 3 months

Strategy Session Meeting Times (optional): Tuesday – 7-8 p.m. ET

Time Commitment: 3-6 hours per week (1-hour optional meeting, 3-5 hours of independent work).
 

Course Overview

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Classes

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.

Up to 4.5 months of access
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$919

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level Not required
Check your eligibility using existing test scores If you do not have existing test scores:

Students must achieve qualifying scores on an advanced assessment to be eligible for CTY programs. If you don’t have qualifying scores, you have several different testing options. We’ll help you find the right option for your situation.

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Course Prerequisites

Elementary School Competitive Mathematics requires:

1 prerequisite

Successful completion of grade 4 mathematics or equivalent

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • 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.

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Technical Requirements

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.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

Virtual class meetings may be recorded for students to review.

After a you complete a course, your projects may be used to illustrate work for future students. 

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.

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