Math Programs for Kids in Massachusetts

Students in math class

If you are looking for math programs for your kids, a variety of options are available in Massachusetts.

Whether you are searching for a program that offers extra challenge outside the classroom or you want to help build your child’s confidence by giving them additional support, you will find a diverse array of math enrichment classes, camps, competitions, and clubs.

Math enrichment comes in many different forms, so you have some flexibility when it comes to choosing a format and teaching style that meet your child’s needs. Teaching methodology and curriculum will vary by organization and they generally focus on building a deep understanding of math concepts and developing analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Students in math class

As you do your research, talk with organizations about their unique approach to teaching math to understand if it’s a good fit for your child. Also, many companies offer a free trial class and evaluation, so you can test it out before you commit.

Here is a list of 20+ organizations that offer math enrichment in Massachusetts. This list comprises math learning centers, summer math camps, clubs, math competitions, and pre-college programs.

The following list is broken out by organizations that offer:


Year-Round Programs

Cambridge Math Circle (Cambridge) is a non-profit dedicated to bringing students together to experience the joy and beauty of mathematics. Classes are held once a week and include puzzles, logic questions, math competition problems, and exploration of topics real mathematicians study. Part of each class is dedicated to learning strategies for winning a variety of math-themed games. In addition to math skills, students make friends and learn how to both win and lose gracefully. Bonus (extra challenging) questions are given out each week as optional homework. (Grades 1-5)

CS Recitations (CSR) (Natick) provides after-school math and computer science classes to kids and teens at all levels.  CSR is unique in its approach to building computational and logical problem-solving in a social and fun small-class environment.  Students may choose coding classes, math and coding competition classes, SAT prep classes, or private tutoring.  CSR also provides specialized instruction for students interested in competing, with classes focusing on the Math Kangaroo, Continental Mathematics League, American Computer Science League, and USACO competitions. Free consultations are available. (Grades 2-12)

Kumon (various MA locations) learning centers for children specialize in nationwide after-school math programs. The Kumon Method helps children learn on their own and develop strong academic skills.  Daily Kumon Math worksheets will take about 30 minutes to complete in two sessions a week at a Kumon Center, and then another five assignments to be completed at home. Children work at their own pace, mastering each new concept before moving on. (Grades PK-12)

Lexington Singapore School (Lexington) offers afterschool and weekend math classes and summer programs. Using the research-based and results-oriented mathematical framework from Singapore, they offer a proven approach to actively engage students in visualization, logic thinking and problem-solving. Focusing on both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency, they offer a curriculum based on the Singapore Math pedagogy, while customizing to the needs of their students. Lexington Singapore School also has an online membership community for homeschool teachers and parents interested in Singapore Math. (Grades 1-8)

MathAltitude School of Mathematics (Worcester) is an after-school and weekend enrichment program offering comprehensive mathematical education. MathAltitude help students to understand basic mathematical concepts and to develop creativity in solving complex real-life problems. Their goal is to encourage logical reasoning, analytical thinking, and independent learning. The curriculum enhances the existing math curriculum taught in local public and private schools and emphasizes the introduction of the concepts of algebra and geometry as early as elementary school. Additionally, MathAltitude offers a summer program, math competitions, and SAT/ACT prep. (Grades PK-12)

Mathnasium (various MA locations) is a neighborhood math learning center. Their experienced math tutors utilize proprietary teaching materials and techniques, The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs. Mathnasium’s instructional approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math. They focus on meeting the student where they are and helping them progress by building their confidence with the specific foundational skills they need to master, and building some love, or at least an improved attitude toward math, by making the tutoring sessions more fun. Mathnasium does that by hiring engaging instructors, offering students snacks and rewards for their completed work, as well as ending sessions with a few minutes of (math-based) game time. (Grades 2-12)

MathPlus School (Newton) provides children with high-level education in the fields of Mathematics, Math Olympiad, STEAM/Robotics, Chess, and English. Their classes are small, not more than 6 children, allowing for individualized attention to each student. MathPlus School’s approach to teaching mathematics is quite different from other schools. The main goal is to show children the beauty of mathematics and science. In addition to asking them to solve challenging math and science problems, they make sure students are proficient in preparing for the SAT and other standardized entrance tests. MathPlus School’s innovative math curriculum combines advanced math concepts and topics, theorem proofs and Olympiad type problems, that are complementary to school programs. (Grades Preschool-10)

Pi Math School (Northborough, North Andover + online) is an after-school math program that offers a unique combination of the best Russian Math methods for teaching mathematics and Singapore Math. Pi Math School does not have pre-set lesson plans. Instead, at the beginning of each class, they assess each student’s academic performance and mathematical skill set and customize the lesson to reach their personal goals. (Grades K-12)

Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) (various MA locations) is an after-school math enrichment program. RSM program is based on Russian teaching methodology with a complete, continuous K-12 curriculum designed to ensure thorough math education in a logical, sequential and age-appropriate way. RSM’s special focus on problem-solving and critical thinking is one of the main features of their program. RSM also offers a summer enrichment program which lasts for 6 weeks and a National Math Challenge Program for students interested in advanced mathematical topics as well as participating in regional and national math contests. (Grades K-12)

Studio of Engaging Math (Brighton) is after-school math program. Their small groups and expert teachers provide an ideal environment for developing critical thinking and advanced problem-solving skills. The program incorporates the best practices of the advanced math schools in the United States, Russia, and Singapore. Studio’s curriculum covers a wide range of topics in arithmetic, geometry, and logic. They also offer summer math programs, math competitions, SAT/ACT prep courses, chess classes, and coding classes. (Grades K-8)

The Math Club (Lexington) is a math enrichment program. The main theme of the Math Club is to have fun, to learn a lot of math, and to prepare for the Mathematical Olympiad Contest and the Applied Mathematics Challenge Contest. The main benefit of The Math Club is the learning experience and supportive environment provided to the student. The main focus is placed on incremental progress and the building of a strong foundation in the students’ academic career. The basic objective is to help the math student to begin the process of how to think critically. The Math Club also offers summer math classes. (Grades 3-8)

SUMMER-ONLY PROGRAMS

CyberMath Academy (Cambridge) offers Summer Math Camp, a selective summer math program for students who would like to sharpen their math skills in the inspiring and motivating atmosphere of Harvard University. The camp provides a challenging environment for students in which they master mathematics with the participation of brilliant students from all over the globe. CyberMath Academy’s system seeks to provide students with a solid foundation and skills necessary to develop math and mathematical applications. An application is required. (Grades 8-12)

Euclid Lab (online) is a mathematics research camp where middle school and high school students meet and collaborate online. Participants will encounter solution-defying math problems (which have never been solved before). Mull over and grapple with tantalizingly difficult math problems within a circle of fellow researchers. An application is required. (Grades middle and high school)

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM) (Amherst) is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. Participants spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in doing mathematics (not simply learning the results of mathematics). HCSSiM students live in the dorms at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for six summer weeks and study and play in its fields, woods, and academic buildings. An application is required. (Grades: high school students)

PROMYS (Boston) is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists. An application is required and the admission process includes a challenging problem set, a recommendation from mathematics teacher, transcript, and an application form. (Grades 9-12)

PZ Math Calculus Camp (Newton, MA + Westport, CT) offers one-week math camps that explore math, numbers, and calculus.  (Grades: middle and high school)

Williams College Math Camp (WCMC) (Williamstown) is a residential math camp for about 20 mathematically gifted high school students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Algebra 2 or its equivalent. Students will be exposed to several different areas of mathematics through colloquia and other activities, but the primary focus of the camp will be Number Theory & The Art of Mathematical Thinking. Students will learn to explore the theory of numbers by asking thoughtful questions, working out examples, looking for patterns, making conjectures, and finally, proving their results. An application is required. (Grades 9-12)

Wolfram High School Summer Camp (Waltham) offers Mathematica Track at Bentley University. The Mathematica Summer track is an intensive 12-day program geared toward advanced science, technology, and mathematics students. Students will use Mathematica to learn Wolfram Language programming skills and higher math through projects and lectures. The camp combines hands-on training with Wolfram Research employees and instructors, peer collaboration, expert speakers on topics of interest, and individual exploration. An application is required. (Grades 11-12)

Pre-College University Math Classes

Some universities offer summer math classes for high school students. Here is a sampling of schools that offer courses. Please inquire with universities in your area to see if they provide classes for high school students.

Conclusion

In addition to the organizations profiled here, if you are looking for other math resources and support, I would encourage you to visit Khan Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free online personalized learning resources for all ages. This is a tremendous resource for students who have math questions or might want to learn more about a particular topic. On the site, you will find short lessons and tutorials in the form of instructional videos and practice exercises, along with a personalized learning dashboard that empowers students to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy also has resources for science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

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