My child doesn’t like math in school. Should they try your program?
Absolutely. Coach K created this program for his daughter when she was in 4th grade. She complained that she didn’t like the math in school, and the math enrichment program she was attending was ‘boring.’ Some students are visual learners, but the math curriculum in many schools is heavily biased towards language arts. Math is more than a word problem that takes up a page. It’s also more than rote arithmetic. It’s about patterns, and puzzles, and problem solving. Math is fun, and beautiful. Come try.
Why do your problem solving classes focus on competitions?
There are some competitions in the US, and abroad, that have done a fantastic job - year after year - in creating great problems. In addition, most competitions give us an opportunity to really challenge our students. We think it’s very healthy - for a variety of reasons - for students to take on challenging material and be 100% OK with a score that is well below 100%. It focuses their attention on learning and problem solving.
If we sign up for your program, does my child have to participate in the competitions?
No. But typically students are encouraged to try, and once they do they decide to continue. There’s no real pressure to ‘do well’ because the competitions are challenging for everyone. The goal is to have fun and tackle some interesting problems.
What is your homework policy?
Homework policy varies from class to class. Please check the course description.
Can I try a class for free?
We encourage students to try a few classes to see if they like the program. We have a large online curriculum, and it takes some students some time to get their feet under them. Your student can drop any time before their 4th practice and we’ll give you a pro-rata refund for unattended practices (less a small processing fee).
Can I have a refund if my child misses a practice?
No, but we encourage students to do make-up classes.
What can I do to support my child?
Cheer for them. Applaud their efforts and tenacity. Focus on their willingness to take on challenging material, and encourage them to be patient. And if you happen to have some time, sit down with them and take a look at what they’re doing.