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Math Program

2016 - 2017 in Review

Current and past LYCAL students have done great again this year in math enhancement and competitions. Below are just a few examples.

Most students have progressed quickly and are learning textbooks one to three years beyond their grades;  Some of our 9th graders advanced to 11th grade honor math class in Fall 2016, and many current 8th graders will advance to 10th grade honor math in Fall 2017.  There are LYCAL students each year admitted to best private schools includeing Phillip Academies, with math achivement as one of the key factors.

LYCAL students have continued performing great in State and National math competitions.  Our 7th and 8th graders were selected to school MathCounts teams (4 person / team) in both Clarke and Diamond schools.  The Diamond team, coached this year by our director and math teacher, Dr. John Zhu, earned 2nd place in the MathCounts state competition (from last year's 9th place).  There are 4 current or past LYCAL students got top-10 individual awards, including Richard Chen, 2nd place,  who will advance to MathCounts National in a 4-person state team.  Dr. Zhu got an award for coaching the Diamond team and Richard Chen. 

Dr. Zhu also coached Diamond teams for EMCC math competition, and Diamond were listed on all four awarding categories, both team and individual (Diamond was listed on none of the categories last year).  

Some of our 8th and 9th graders reached USJMO level, among 200 or so top math students 10th graders or below in the country.  A 9th grade made US MOSP, with top 50 or so top math students in the country.  



  • To get elementary school students more interested in math through small group teaching, fun activities, systematical learning, and/or participation of Math Olympiad (MOEMS) contests. 
  • To prepare 5-8th graders be ready for advanced math courses/assignment load at middle school; and help advanced students for major national and state math competitions.
  • To build a solid foundation for students to handle math related courses well in high school, for students to waive some basic math course requirements in order to take more AP courses, and to be well positioned for top colleges with great GPA and SAT scores, and/or math competition awards.


Classes are for graders 2 to 10, grouped by math level, using mostly textbooks published by Art of Problem Solving.  Each lesson, 1 to 1.5 hour with average 4-8 kids.   For more info, check the full course list with grade levels and textbooks.

Math Contests
We will prepare and organize 3rd to 8th graders in teams to participate the Math Olympiad contests.  LYCAL math team has been one of the best teams in the MO contests in New England, with about one forth members with Gold awards, and one third, Silver awards.  We will prepare 5th to 8th graders for middle school teams on major math contests - local, state, or national, including IMLEM, AMC8/10, and MathCounts.

LYCAL math teachers have worked as college faculty in USA, or with many years of teaching experience.  They have BS degree in math and advanced degrees.  They are also experienced math teachers/tutors for school age kids, and love to teach math to kids.  LYCAL math teachers have studied important math contests well and collected variety of contest problem sets for students to learn and practice.   They have volunteered frequently and actively in public schools and town activities.   More information on teachers are available.