Math Programs
Mathematical Circles

Math Circles

Math circles are classes for curious students who love math and want to learn more than a school curriculum could offer. Math circles teach problem-solving, creative thinking, proofs and logical reasoning.

The goals of the math circles are:

  • To draw school children to the rich and beautiful world of mathematics.
  • To show that mathematics is not only drills on skills, but a powerful tool to approach various situations.
  • To prepare students for the rigor of advanced university math programs.
  • To turn kids into independent and confident problem-solvers.

This year, we offer math circles for advanced students in grades 2 to 10. Admission to math circles is selective. Please read the descriptions of our math circle classes below.

We are excited to also offer chess classes. Please check the details below!

Competition Math Program

Competition Math

Competition Math is our program for students who want to learn faster and deeper than a traditional school curriculum allows. This program serves students who want to be prepared for an advanced school track and/or are interested in participating in math competitions such as MATHCOUNTS, Math Is Cool, Washington State Math Championship, AMC 8/10. We work on developing solid Algebra skills, mental math skills, challenging problem solving approaches, rigorous Geometry reasoning, Combinatorics, and, most importantly, understanding of “how and why things work.” The program also includes additional components that emphasize logic and mathematical reasoning.

This year, we offer Competition Math for advanced students grades 6-7, 7-8, and 8-10.

The Competition Math series cover the essential topics needed to master the grade-level common core curriculum and skills and much more. The courses are fast-paced, challenging, and are suitable for motivated students.

Classes Details
  • Beginners Circle, grade 2

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required.

    Beginner Circle is our class for the youngest students. Our primary goal in this circle is to develop students' reasoning and creative thinking abilities and to explore mathematics outside school arithmetic. However, we will be working on number sense and advanced math skills as well. We will engage kids in discussions, problem solving, hands-on activities, and games.

    This class is for students who are not only interested in mathematics but are mature and focused enough to actively participate for the entire duration of a class (90 minutes).

  • Junior Circle 1, grades 3-4

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required. This circle is designed for advanced 3rd graders and 4th graders.

    Our unique curriculum combines visual problem-solving methods, hands-on math, logical reasoning, and engaging discussions. Our students will learn how to approach unusual word problems, competition problems, logic problems; they will learn about cryptography and ciphers, combinatorics, binary numbers, fractals, and much more. The homework is assigned after each class.
    This class requires developed mental math skills.

  • Junior Circle 2, grades 4-5

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required.

    This class, which is designed for advanced 4th and 5th-graders, is open to the graduates of Junior Circle 1 as well as new students (as determined by testing). The curriculum builds on the concepts introduced in Junior Circle 1 and the goals are to continue to learn creative step-by-step problem analysis and practice thinking about problems logically from multiple perspectives.

    The topics and problem-solving techniques include logic, parity, word problems, constructive problems, elements of the graph theory, elements of combinatorics, number puzzles. Practicing mental math methods, and engaging in friendly math competitions is an essential part of the class.

  • Junior Circle 3, grades 5-6

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required.

    This is a challenging class for advanced students who are ready for pre-algebra course and who enjoy working on challenging math problems. The “hands-on” element of the curriculum is balanced with more challenging material required for building a solid foundation for our middle school program. The students will be learning about arithmetic and algebraic methods for word problems, prime factorization and divisibility, about fake coins and weighings problems, geometry and much more. This is an intensive class that includes material useful for math competitions.

  • Intermediate Circle 1, grade 6-7

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required. Successful graduates of Junior Circle 3 are welcome to join without testing.

    This class is for motivated students who enjoy problem solving and mathematical challenges.

    During the year, we will take a deep dive into many cool topics of extracurricular mathematics. We will also be working on skills that help students to do well at middle-school competitions, such as AMC8 and Mathcounts. Some of our favorite topics for this age include the logic of Knights and Liars, proofs and plausible reasoning, number theory, binary numbers, the structure of numbers, cryptography, games and strategies, invariants. We will also be practicing word problems, combinatorics, probability, etc.

    The emphasis will be on mastering methods and techniques as well as on thinking and reasoning behind the methods. There will also be plenty of math fun: puzzles and AHA! problems, mathematical games, and Olympiads.

    Admission is selective: by the results of the placement test, by a teacher recommendation, or by a qualifying score from a relevant math contest.

  • Intermediate Circle 2, grade 7-8

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required. Successful graduates of Intermediate Circle 1 are welcome to join without testing.

    This circle is for the students of grades 7-8 who have already attended a math circle, or are familiar with our Intermediate Circle 1 topics, or are ready to put in extra work to catch up with our Intermediate Circle 1 program. We'll be expanding our understanding of previous topics, and we will be introducing a wide variety of new topics and problem-solving techniques. We'll be learning proofs by contradiction, necessity and sufficiency, and other proof concepts. The students will get acquainted with elements of divisibility theory, graph theory, invariants, colorings, geometry, strategic games, and number systems.

    Admission is selective: by the results of the placement test, by a teacher recommendation, or by a qualifying score from a relevant math contest.

  • Intermediate Circle 3: The Math of Computer Science, grades 8-10

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required. Successful graduates of Competition Math 7-8, 8-10 or Intermediate Circle 2 are welcome to join without testing.

    Ever wondered what kind of mathematics do programmers need? How much do you know about modern-day cryptography? What is a search algorithm on a graph? How are binary and hex numbers related?

    Modern computer science is largely built on a branch of mathematics called discrete mathematics, which is the study of discrete structures. Logical statements, networks, and integer numbers serve as examples of such structures.

    The course focuses on selected topics in discrete mathematics, their applications in computer science, and on problems that require reasoning and proofs. The students will learn about Boolean logic and logic gates, number theory and cryptography, networks and graphs, algorithms on graphs, number systems, proofing techniques like induction, recursion, invariants, and more.

    Admission is selective: by the results of the placement test, by a teacher recommendation, or by a qualifying score from a relevant math contest.

  • Competition Math, grade 6-7

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required. Successful graduates of Junior Circle 3 are welcome to join without testing.

    This course systematizes essential pre-Algebra knowledge and skills and essential topics in Algebra, Geometry, number theory, combinatorics and probability. The class emphasizes understanding and efficient problem-solving techniques. It is suitable for students who are ready for a school Algebra 1 course, and covers many of the same topics.

    The course gives students the skills and knowledge required to solve a broad range of problems essential to the mastery of a middle school math curriculum and which the students can encounter among the first 20 problems of the AMC8 (American Mathematics Competition) test.

    The instructions are fast-paced. The class is suitable for students who do well in their school math course and would like to excel in problem solving, learn new advanced mathematical topics or participate in math competitions. Placement test is required.

  • Competition Math, grade 7-8

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required. Successful graduates of Competition Math 6-7 or Intermediate Circle 1 are welcome to join without testing.

    The goals of this advanced program are to set a solid foundation for high school math courses and prepare for math competitions like AMC8/10, MATHCOUNTS, WSMC. We start this class from an extensive review and study to prepare students for AMC8. Next, we go deep into important topics from algebra, geometry, counting and probability, and number theory. The scope of this class roughly coincides with the range of topics covered on AMC8. It is suitable for students who are already familiar with an Algebra course. Could be taken together with Geometry for grades 6-8.

    The instructions are fast-paced. The class is suitable for students who do well in their school math course and would like to excel in problem solving, learn new advanced mathematical topics or participate in math competitions.

  • Competition Math, grade 8-10

    Course Details: School-year long, 30 weekly sessions, 90 min each. Placement Test is required. Successful graduates of Competition Math 7-8 or Intermediate Circle 3 are welcome to join without testing.

    This class covers a broad range of math topics from algebra, geometry, number theory, counting and probability, trigonometry, and more. We will focus on a deep understanding of fundamental math concepts and on preparation for math competitions: AMC10, Math Is Cool, and similar. The emphasis is on “how and why things work,” on comprehensive problem-solving, on efficient strategies and techniques.

    Admission is selective:  by the results of the placement test, by math circle teacher recommendation, or by a qualifying score from a relevant math contest.

  • Chess to Enjoy, grade 2-6, Levels 1 and 2

    These programs invite young chess players who already have a complete understanding of the rules and some playing experience to come and develop their skills. Each lesson is organized as a combination of a short lecture accompanied by a set of analyze-and-solve-together exercises and followed by practice games in the second part.

    Level 1: Students will practice important tactical patterns, mating techniques and pawn endings, learn basic opening ideas, and deepen their overall understanding of the game.

    Level 2: On this level students will get familiar with more advanced tactical themes and patterns, further deepen their knowledge of different types of endgames, learn some opening theory and important pawn structures. Recommended as a continuation of the level 1 program and also open to new students.

    Coach Andrey Yatsenko is a long-time math teacher and an experienced chess player. After retiring from a successful career in software development, Andrey decided that it is time for him to start doing what he really enjoys – teaching kids. Invite your children to join our Chess class for a trial lesson with coach Andrey - they will love it.