Elementary School Competitive Mathematics
- Grades 3-7
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).
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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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.Sign up for Testing Learn More
Course PrerequisitesElementary School Competitive Mathematics requires:
Successful completion of grade 4 mathematics or equivalent
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.
Earning School Credit
Recommended school credit: One academic yearLearn More
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.