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FAQ

The IMACS mathematics enrichment program is a multi-level program for above-average to talented children in grades 1-6. Students are placed by ability and must therefore complete the placement process prior to registration. This process begins with 20 to 30 minutes of pre-placement preparation activities that your child should work through. After your child completes these activities, parent and student should attend an IMACS Live! placement class via the Zoom video conferencing platform.

The placement classes are taught by senior instructors with extensive experience assessing students' intuitive mathematical abilities. The instructor evaluates each student's responses to novel situations. As the class progresses and the instructor learns more about each individual student, he or she continually tailors questions to assess individual reasoning and arithmetic abilities.

After the class, the instructor will email you a recommendation for the appropriate math enrichment level for your child and the best time of the year to start.

Elementary school mathematics curricula focus on arithmetic, and bright students typically do well at this with little or no effort. This frequently leads to poor study habits and a fixed mindset, rather than the growth mindset cultivated by IMACS. Our program is designed specifically to develop logical and critical thinking in talented students, dramatically increasing their problem-solving skills.

No. IMACS welcomes students of varying math abilities, and since students are placed according to ability, we are able to ensure that each child is enrolled in a level that is both challenging and fun. While we are not a tutoring service and do not review concepts taught in schools, we do teach logical reasoning skills that help all students become better thinkers and problem solvers. Our highly-trained instructors give a lot of encouragement and make classes fun for everyone. No matter the level in which students begin, our goal at IMACS is to help them grow by developing skills beyond what traditional schools offer.

Yes! And not just in mathematics. By demonstrating to a bright child that using his or her intellect is fun, and by providing a variety of problem-solving techniques and reasoning skills, IMACS has a positive impact on a child's school performance.

Here's the answer from the IMACS Curriculum Development Group: “Unlike tutoring, IMACS doesn't drill what your child is already learning in school. We understand that your child will learn certain mathematical ideas, including arithmetic and math facts, in school. IMACS aims to take your child's knowledge deeper and teach him or her how to develop critical thinking skills and a genuine understanding of the logical reasoning process required to solve real problems, math or otherwise.”

Here's the answer from our students: “IMACS is fun!”

IMACS Computer Programming, University Computer Science, and University Mathematical Logic classes are self-paced, so students may join at any point during the year.

Math Enrichment students are allowed to join mid-year only if the Placement Class instructor determines that he or she can handle jumping in with other students who have been in the class all year. IMACS' spiral approach to learning is friendly to new students while allowing continuing students to receive even deeper benefits. (Spiral approach means that a particular idea is taught in numerous lessons in an increasingly advanced and challenging setting. For example, the first IMACS “arrow road” lesson is accessible to most first graders, while the last one would challenge a math major at a top university!)

IMACS is proud of a long history of working with talented instructors. All IMACS instructors are hired after a rigorous training period. Initial applicants are given an aptitude test of which the majority – even many seasoned teachers – do not pass. Those who pass, work with IMACS directors and senior instructors to learn IMACS teaching methodologies. Those who pass this final process become IMACS instructors.

We encourage parents to send an email to parentrelations@imacs.org or call 954-791-2333 or 1-866-634-6227 and let us know any thoughts, feedback or concerns. We'd be happy to talk with you about your child's progress, and will make sure to get you in contact with their instructor.

Daily exposure to novel ideas and talented instructors has had a seminal effect on many young IMACS students over many years. Older students in the self-paced mathematics and computer science classes can make significant academic progress during two-hours-per-day of intensive effort.

Math Enrichment students will have several interactive online problems and activities to solve each week. This work is mostly optional and reinforces what students are learning in class. Most students enjoy their IMACS work not only because it's fun and interesting, but also because students can earn points to redeem for prizes in the online IMACS store.

The #1 rule to helping your child with his or her homework is to let your child do all the thinking. The goal of doing an IMACS worksheet is not to complete the worksheet; the goal is to make your child think.

For the Computer Enrichment, University Computer Science (UCS) and University Logic for Mathematics (LM) classes, students attend a class once per week. Students in UCS or LM have access to the course material 24/7during the registration period, while Computer Enrichment students only have access to the material during class.

For the Mathematics Enrichment courses, students first watch upbeat videos and, when applicable, complete interactive online activities. Next, students attend a Live! online class via Zoom with an IMACS instructor and other students. Then, students complete more interactive online activities after the Live! session.

Yes! Please visit www.imacslive.com/me and log into the IMACS portal for your child. In addition, please contact IMACS at parentrelations@imacs.org or call 954-791-2333 or 1-866-634-6227 and someone will be happy to assist you.