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LYCAL Winter 2018 season/classes

will start on Tuesday, January 2 and new Introduction to Algebra and Geometry class will be offered on Sunday morning.  Please check out weekly class schedule or detail information about the classes for more information or e-mail to sign up tryout class.

New Fall classes (updated 6/27/2017)

LYCAL will provide many new classes in Fall 2017, some on new subjects or by new teachers as listed below.

Advanced MathCounts in Saturday morning and AMC10/AIME in Sunday evening by Xiaopeng Gong;

Advanced Math in Saturday late afternoon or eveninng by Dr. Alimi;

Mandarin in Saturday afternoon by Ruiyun Wang;

Arts and Hand Crafts in Thursday and Saturday afternoon by Ying Zhang;

The rest new math classes will be taught by Dr. Zhu, who is also Diamond School MathCounts team coach (the team got 2nd place in the state this year).

Competative Math in Sunday morning;
Number Theory on Tuesday after school;
Fun Math on Wednesday afterschool;
Math Olympiads and PreAlgebra classes in Thursday afternoon;

There are also many classes to continue from last spring. 

Please check out weekly class schedule or detail information about the classes for more information or e-mail to sign up tryout class.


Seminar: An Introduction to Competitive Math for Middle Schoolers

What are some of the opportunities for students to participate in middle school math competitions?  How can math team be an avenue for developing problem solving skills, character, and discipline?  How can competition either foster or detract from love of learning and long term progress?  What resources and strategies can help students progress and excel in math?

Come discuss these questions with Eric Stout, Clarke Middle School's IMLEM coach, and John Zhu, Diamond Middle School's new MathCounts coach

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Lexington Community Center, Room 237
39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA

Please check out LYCAL Math Program 2015-2016 in Review for LYCAL students' achievement and Math Classes for any math enhancement offering.

John Zhu PhD, is 
a managing director and math teacher at LYCAL. 


An Introduction to Competitive Math for 3rd to 8th Graders /
Math Olympiad Awards Ceremony

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Cary Memorial Library, large meeting room (lower level)
1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA


2:45pm - 3:30pm        Introduction to Competitive Math for Elementary and Middle
                                      Schoolers /
Adam Bertelli and Justin Zhu

3:45pm - 4:30pm        Math Olympiad Awards Ceremony / Hosted by
ohn Xiaofeng Zhu, PhD, LYCAL Math Director
                                     Savita Belgaonkar, Hastings MO team coordinator


To reserve seats, please e-mail john.zhu@LYCALMA.US by 6/12, with your name, number of seats needed, child's school and grade level.  Will notify only if it is full. 

Competitive Math classes are available coming summer and fall at LYCAL on AMC, MathCounts, IMLEM, and Math Olympiad. LYCAL also offers math enhancement classes for 1st to 9th graders.  Check LYCAL Summer/Fall class schedule and Math Course List.

About Adam Bertelli and Justin Zhu

Adam is a 8th grader attending Diamond school, and a formal LYCAL math class and Math Olympiad team student.  He got first places in all individual categories of 2015 Lexington Math Tournament (LMT), and helped his Diamond team winning first places in all team categories.  Adam is a member of Diamond MathCounts team, which got 2nd and 3rd place in 2014 and 2015 team category at the State Competition.  Adam got 12 on AIME (the best score among Lexington middle schoolers this year) and 141 on AMC 10.  Adam will give a brief introduction of LMT, and talk about how he got interested in math and learned/advanced so quickly.

Justin is a 7th grader attending Clarke school, and has been a LYCAL student since 4th grade. He has been a member of Clarke math team and competed in most of the math competitions.  Justin was also selected to participate MathCounts State this year and ranked in the top-20 individuals.  Clarke math team, with coach Josh Frost, has won most state competitions in the past 10 years.  Justin will introduce major math competitions for 3rd to 8th graders, such as MOEMS, IMLEM, AMC, and MathCounts, from his experience learning and participation.  

About the MOEMS (Math Olympiad) program, the MO teams, and Coach John Zhu

Math Olympiad (MO) for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) is the most popular math contest for elementary school students, with close to 100,000 participants from the United States and 30 other countries.  For the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. John Zhu volunteered as coach of the math team at Hastings Public School with fantastic support from parents and school/PTA.  Dr. Zhu also coached the MO division E (4th-6th grade) and M (6th-8th grade) teams at Lexington Youth Center for Asian Learning (LYCAL).  Dr. Zhu will continue coaching several MO teams for 2015-2016 academic year.  Registration to begin in early fall.

All students from the teams did very well in team and as individual competitors. About a quarter of our competitors will receive the Gold award (top 2% among 100,000 students), and a third will receive the Silver award (90th-98th percentile).  A 3rd grade student got a perfect score and half of students got Gold award in LYCAL Division E team (4-5th grade). 

The Hastings school team, with a total team score of 222, was in the top category award group among about 4,000 teams in the US and other countries. The team received a plaque recognizing the its success, and also received a Meritorious Achievement awards as one of the top performing teams with only 4th and 5th graders.

06/20/2014        An Introduction to College Preparation and Admission                                      Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cary Memorial Library, large meeting room (lower level)

1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421

Xuan Kong and Jessica Zhu