Naomi discovered IMACS through our Hi-Tech Summer Camp during the summer before 5th grade. She delved into Logic Puzzles, Computer Enrichment and Electronics for three summers in a row and went on to complete university-level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. Naomi scored 1590 on the SAT including an 800 on the math section, as well as 800 on the SAT subject tests in Math Level 2 and Chemistry. She was named a National Merit Semifinalist and US Presidential Scholar Semifinalist.
Naomi’s talents in math and computer science led to numerous accolades. She was named a 2018 National Honorable Mention recipient of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. After placing first in the Mathematical Sciences category at the 2018 Broward County Science Fair, Naomi was honored by Mu Alpha Theta for the statistical methods she used to analyze data for her science fair project. She also excelled at the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes and the Carnegie Mellon Summer Program in Computer Science, two highly-selective summer programs for high school students.
“IMACS helped me to discover my passion with courses that encourage creative problem solving and offer a deep, meaningful understanding of the material. If it weren’t for IMACS, I might never have realized that I like math!”
Adrian first attended IMACS as part of Hi-Tech Summer Camp before starting 4th grade. He excelled in Mathematics Enrichment, Computer Enrichment, and university-level courses in Computer Science. Adrian scored 34 out of 36 on the ACT and graduated with a 4.93 GPA. He was named a National Merit Commended Scholar and National AP Scholar and was selected to receive the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology.
The experience of refurbishing a computer for a child in need led Adrian to create the nonprofit organization DinoTech Foundation during his junior year of high school. DinoTech’s mission is to ensure that disadvantaged children in local communities are empowered learners by giving them free refurbished computers. To date, Adrian and his team have refurbished and donated over 70 computers.
“IMACS did more than just teach me the fundamentals of computer science. It taught me that solutions to big and small problems will never come easily, and the only way to approach them is with tenacity and persistence.”
Needing greater academic challenge than school could provide, Emily began IMACS in 4th grade. She thrived in Mathematics Enrichment, Logic Puzzles at Hi-Tech Summer Camp, and university-level courses in Computer Science. Emily went on to score 5’s on all ten AP exams that she took, a perfect 36 on the ACT and 1580 out of 1600 on the SAT, including an 800 on the math section. She earned straight A’s throughout high school and was named a National Merit Scholar and National AP Scholar.
Math competitions were another outlet for Emily’s incredible talent. During the last three years of high school, she or her team placed in the Top 20 of 76 regional, state and national math competitions, including Emily winning ten individual 1st place awards. Emily’s outstanding achievement earned her an invitation to the Math Prize for Girls competition at MIT. Her writing talents have been recognized as well with Top 3 placings three years in a row at the Broward County Literary Fair.
“IMACS taught me to approach problems differently both in the classroom and in the world. They challenged me when school was too easy and cultivated in me a love of mathematics that will last my whole life.”
Nik attended IMACS from 1st through 12th grade and completed Math Enrichment, Computer Enrichment, Hi-Tech Summer Camp, and university-level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. He earned straight A’s in high school, scored 790 on the math section of the SAT, and was named a National AP Scholar after scoring 5’s on 13 AP exams. He also happens to be a virtuoso pianist.
Nik chose the University of Florida’s Honors Program where he was selected as a Stamps Scholar in recognition of his exceptional success in leadership, service, and academics. As an undergraduate in UF’s Biomedical Engineering program, he completed research in both biomedical engineering and gastroenterology while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.
“Logical reasoning and critical thinking are applicable both within and outside of mathematics. As a medical student, I use these skills every day to efficiently diagnose and effectively treat patients. I credit my many years at IMACS for growing these skills to their fullest potential.”
Shuli started taking IMACS courses in 6th grade after winning a scholarship to University Computer Science I through a coding camp for girls. She went on to complete University Computer Science II, AP Computer Science: Java Programming, and Logic for Mathematics. Shuli graduated high school with a near-perfect average of 98 and was named a National Merit Finalist. She scored a 5 on the AP Computer Science A exam and 1560 on the SAT, including 800 on the math section.
Shuli is a true Renaissance woman who competes in a wide variety of academic competitions. She and her teammates dominate the Canadian high school quizbowl circuit, most recently winning the prestigious Reach for the Top National Championship. At the annual Ontario Student Classics Conference, Shuli was named the Top Academic Pentathlete in each of her four years of high school and Top Academic Student in her senior year.
“IMACS gave me such an early understanding of computer programming and logic that today, complex programming concepts are simply part of the way I think. This now-innate ability helps me succeed in all of my STEM classes and is something I would not have been able to learn anywhere else.”
Ricky first attended IMACS in 2nd grade. Over the next 10 years he completed all levels of Math Enrichment and Computer Enrichment, Electronics, and university-level classes in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. Having scored 1580 on the SAT, 35 on the ACT, 800 on the SAT II subject tests in Math and Chemistry, and 5’s on AP exams in Calculus AB, Calculus BC and Chemistry, Ricky was named a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar.
During high school, Ricky channeled his talents and sharp focus through both academic and athletic endeavors. He qualified for the prestigious American Invitational Mathematics Examination, and he and his teammates competed in the Barry University Olympiad tournaments, earning 1st place team wins in Math and Chemistry. Ricky also works on developing ways to use computer programming to enhance research, as well as striving to improve his personal best times in track and cross-country.
“Taking IMACS classes from a young age gave me a clear advantage in math and computer science, but it also helped me excel in all other fields. I am able to approach complex problems with confidence because of what I learned at IMACS.”
Sarah wanted to form a deep conceptual understanding of the algorithms and logic used in Computer Science. She started IMACS in the ninth grade and went on to complete IMACS’ University Computer Science sequence. Graduating as co-valedictorian of her high school class with a score of 1570 out of 1600 on the SAT, Sarah was also a National Merit Scholar Finalist, a National AP Scholar and winner of multiple awards in math, science and language arts.
Sarah credits IMACS with her exposure to functional programming and the powerful uses of data structures and algorithms therein, which are generally not taught in standard high school computer science courses.
“My IMACS experience gave me an appreciation for the fascinating and vast field of computer science and was integral to my decision to major in computer science. I learned many different methods for problem-solving, which will assist me in all my endeavors, whether related to computer science or not.”
Ty started taking IMACS Math Enrichment classes in 5th grade and went on to complete IMACS’ university-level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. He is a National AP Scholar who earned 5’s on the Calculus AB and BC, Computer Science A and Physics 1 exams. Ty scored 1580 on the SAT, including 800 on math section, as well as 800 on the SAT II subject tests in Math and Physics.
As a student-athlete, Ty was a leader in the classroom and on the field. He and his teammates won the Technion’s 2017 Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge, an international competition, for which they were awarded one-year full scholarships. Ty’s pioneering performance in an independent course on Multivariable Calculus led his high school to establish a program allowing highly advanced students to study this challenging subject. A varsity soccer player for four years, Ty won MVP honors in 11th and 12th grade and was named a captain of the team in his senior year.
“IMACS taught me to simultaneously think critically and creatively, imbuing me with skills that assisted me throughout high school and played a fundamental role in my decision to pursue data analysis at Princeton University.”
Snow began IMACS in 1st grade and completed all levels of IMACS Math Enrichment. She returned during high school to complete the IMACS University Computer Science track. Snow’s talents and keen interest in programming, civics, and service propelled her to 1st place finishes at FIU’s Google Startup Competition, Ft. Lauderdale’s Code for America Civic Hackathon, JusticeHack Miami, and Yale’s Bulldog Invitational Mock Trial Competition.
In addition to being selected as a National Merit Finalist, Snow was named Cadet of the Year by the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and won 1st Place at the National Cadet Special Acts Competition. Snow credits IMACS for the way she thinks and approaches every aspect of her life.
“IMACS is the one place that doesn’t teach you steps to get to a specific solution but rather how to use logical and creative thinking to develop your own solution. It is the embodiment of everything learning should be.”
As a young child, Mason excelled in IMACS Math Enrichment classes and, in subsequent years, attended several weeks of IMACS summer camps. He later completed IMACS’ university-level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. Mason was honored by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program for his achievement on the PSAT/NMSQT, and his high school mathematical modeling team was recognized by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. Mason graduated high school with a perfect 4.0 GPA and 34 on the ACT.
A natural at sharing knowledge, Mason enjoys tutoring students in science and math at a local homeschool co-op, co-taught a robotics class for two years, and was a Teaching Assistant for an Honors Calculus seminar. He accomplished this and more while being an all-county varsity and travel soccer player and a dual-enrolled student at a regional 4-year university.
“My early exposure to IMACS provided me with a unique foundation in logic and mathematics that helped me succeed in advanced STEM classes at a very early age. I understand numbers intuitively and am able to solve complex problems in my head thanks to my IMACS training.”
Cori wanted to understand the fundamental concepts that make up the sophisticated theories of Computer Science. She started IMACS during the summer before tenth grade and went on to complete IMACS’ University Computer Science track and AP Computer Science: Java Programming course. Cori scored a 5 on the AP Computer Science A exam, 800 on the math portion of the SAT, and was named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
Cori’s keen interest in using her knowledge to understand real-world problems inspired her to write a Naive Bayes machine learning algorithm to detect political bias in online news articles. Her paper on it was selected for presentation at the Georgetown Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and she was honored as an affiliate winner for the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s Aspirations Award.
“IMACS turned the slightly enigmatic, ever-changing field of Computer Science into a never-ending set of fun puzzles for me to solve. It brought to my attention the intricacy and beauty of the field while illustrating how I could become a part of it.”
RJ was an IMACS student from kindergarten through 12th grade and took every class IMACS offered, including all levels of Math Enrichment, Computer Enrichment, Hi-Tech Summer Camp, University-Level Computer Science, AP Computer Science: Java Programming, and University-Level Logic for Mathematics.
With a 5.9 GPA and 2360 on the SAT, RJ graduated as co-valedictorian and was honored as a US Presidential Scholar candidate, National AP Scholar and National Merit Scholar. He and his teammates were also four-time Science Olympiad state champions.
“IMACS taught me an organic approach to problem-solving, a way of thinking that demonstrates the necessary rigor required to solve genuinely challenging problems. The introduction to proofs and logic that I got at IMACS was absolutely critical to my success at Caltech.”
Fiona first attended IMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp when she was ten. Over the next eight years, she went on to complete IMACS’ university-level courses in University Computer Science, AP Computer Science: Java Programming, and Logic for Mathematics. Homeschooled since fifth grade, Fiona was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, named an AP Scholar with Distinction, and scored 2360 on the SAT. She is also a second degree black belt in Taekwondo and won a bronze medal at the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games.
As a high school student, Fiona studied four years of undergraduate, advanced undergraduate, and graduate classes in mathematics and physics at Northwestern University where she is the only student to have won the Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Mathematics Classes by a High School Student prize four years in a row. During that time, Fiona also served as a Teaching Assistant for the University of Chicago’s Young Scholars Program, a position usually reserved for undergraduates.
“Logic and computer programming classes at IMACS taught me how to organize my thinking and break problems into solvable pieces. The natural structure of logic and computer programming allowed me to see the structure of a mathematical proof as I was writing or reading it. When I understand it at that level, I feel I can reconstruct it and use it creatively as well.”
Zac began taking IMACS classes in first grade. Nine years later, he had completed all of IMACS Mathematics Enrichment and Computer Enrichment and IMACS University-Level Computer Science. Zac graduated valedictorian of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, but not before being the founder and captain of the Robotics Club and the Programming Team, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and being named a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar.
Having scored 2350 on the SAT, 800 on the SAT Math II Subject Test and 5’s on the AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science, AP calculus BC, and AP Statistics exams, Zac was accepted at Stanford, Cornell, UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech, Rice, and RPI. He chose Stanford where he plans to major in computer science.
“Being able to think both analytically and creatively is why Stanford students are at the forefront of technological innovation. My IMACS background taught me HOW to think, allowing me to stand out among my classmates. Because of this, I was able to easily understand the concepts taught in the accelerated freshman courses in programming, multivariable calculus, and differential equations.”
Rachel began taking IMACS Math Enrichment as a second grader and progressed to the IMACS University Computer Science Track in middle school. While in high school, she completed IMACS’ AP Computer Science Java Programming course. Rachel graduated near the top of her high school class with a 5.3 GPA and a score of 1540 out of 1600 on the SAT.
Rachel directly credits IMACS for her success on the math section of the SAT and the ACT and, more importantly, for deepening her skills in abstract thinking, coding and problem solving.
“An MIT degree says to the world that you are capable of complex problem solving and abstract thinking. IMACS gave me a jumpstart on my MIT education, as it taught me to exercise the same parts of my mind that I use now on a daily basis.”
In 1st grade, Jesse started IMACS Primary Math Enrichment. Twelve years later, he had completed the IMACS University-Level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. He was valedictorian, a National Merit Scholar Finalist, a National AP Scholar, and winner of multiple science and math competitions and awards.
Jesse chose Caltech. Naturally, Caltech has many valedictorians, National AP Scholars and exceptionally talented students. However, Jesse’s performance on Caltech’s CS placement exam was so remarkable that the CS department contacted Jesse – before he took a single class at Caltech – about becoming a Teaching Assistant. By the end of his sophomore year, Jesse had been a TA for two CS classes and a mathematics tutor. (Of course, he was already excelling in upper-level CS and math classes in his first two years.)
“Hardly anyone enters college knowing how to write mathematical proofs, but thanks to IMACS, I can write proofs in my sleep! And beyond that, IMACS provided me with a framework to handle the abstract nature of advanced math at Caltech.”
Rachel began attending IMACS as a first grader. Homeschooled since the third grade, she always made time for IMACS in a busy schedule that revolved around competitive chess. While rising to the rank of #1 player in the US and #15 player in the world among girls under 14 and later attaining the title of Woman FIDE Master at just 16 years old, Rachel completed IMACS’ Advanced Math Enrichment and University-Level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics.
As a high school student, Rachel earned A’s in multiple undergraduate math, science and computer science courses taken at Carnegie Mellon. She also scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT on her first attempt and earned 5’s on all of her Advanced Placement exams, including Computer Science A, Calculus BC, Statistics and Physics C.
“IMACS fostered precisely the clear, logical thought processes necessary to succeed in advanced math and computer science classes. It is very important, both in math and computer science, to be able to think in an abstract manner, and I am grateful that IMACS prepared me very well.”
Ryan Newton began IMACS classes in 5th grade…later, in high school, he took the IMACS Computer Science classes… he then attended the University of Indiana, where he was exempted from all undergraduate Computer Science classes.
“I can hardly believe how lucky we were to have encouraged Ryan to take IMACS classes.” –Bill Newton, Father
As a homeschooled student, Shakthi could learn computer science anywhere. She chose IMACS. From 10th grade to 12th grade, Shakthi completed IMACS’ Modern Computer Science track, which includes University Computer Science I, University Computer Science II and AP Computer Science: Java Programming. Shakthi directly credits IMACS for her ability to deftly switch between various programming languages.
Shakthi’s multiple talents have earned her numerous honors. Original research in Number Theory propelled her and her teammates to the finals of the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology where they won a $20,000 scholarship. Shakthi shines as a writer as well, having been named a 2015 YoungArts Winner in Poetry by the National YoungArts Foundation. As a high school student, she earned an “A” in UT’s graduate-level course in Abstract Algebra.
“I chose IMACS because it was thorough – it combined my predilection for theory and concept with rigor and practicality, both of which are needed to learn computer science well.”
Jacob began homeschooling in 3rd grade. Because IMACS focuses on ability level, not age, Jacob was able to enroll in his first online IMACS course as a 4th grader. He went on to complete IMACS’ university-level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. In 8th grade, Jacob was accepted at Stanford Online High School from which he graduated with scores of 35 on the ACT and 5’s on multiple AP exams.
Many teens have a passion for math, computers and gaming, but few can be a voice of expertise. In high school, Jacob spoke at the Games for Change conference and worked as a teaching assistant for AwesomeMath. He also authored three popular books on gaming, including Minecraft for Dummies: Portable Edition, which has been a best seller in the tech book market, at one point reaching #1 in its category on Amazon.com!
“IMACS gave me a whole new toolbox for approaching problems and puzzles across many different subjects. I learned how to visualize information and algorithms, and I loved discovering new programming languages like Scheme.”
Scott Caplan discovered the IMACS Mathematics Enrichment classes in 3rd grade, and progressed quickly through each level. In sixth grade he began the IMACS Elements of Mathematics course and gained an exemption from his regular school math classes. By the time he graduated high school, he had completed the IMACS University-Level classes in Real Analysis, Linear Algebra and Group Theory. Scott was heavily recruited by all the top universities. He chose to attend Yale University, where he completed all his remaining undergraduate mathematics requirements before his sophomore year.
“In my first year at Yale everybody in my dorm was asking me questions about math proofs that seemed to me to be completely routine, and I remember asking myself how they could have studied for so long and yet know so little. Thank you IMACS for giving me such a great preparation for college!”
Starting in 3rd grade, Jennifer Hernandez worked her way through the IMACS Mathematics Enrichment classes. In middle school she took the IMACS Computer Enrichment and Computer Science classes.
While in high school she took the IMACS Logic for Mathematics class, scoring a perfect 800 on the SAT Math as a sophomore. Jennifer graduated from North Broward Preparatory School as valedictorian of her class.
Kenny Chan began IMACS classes as a sixth grader, taking electronics and University-Level Computer Science and Propositional Logic classes. He joined the IMACS team as an assistant to the electronics and computer instructors, and was a valuable contributor throughout high school. By the end of high school, Kenny had scored a perfect 5 in fourteen Advanced Placement courses, after winning the Continental Calculus competition for two straight years and captaining a Junior Engineering Technological Society team to sixth place at the national level. He also invented a portable battery backup (patent pending).
Kenny graduated valedictorian of Nova High School, Florida.
“My IMACS classes got me interested in my high school curriculum, and I used IMACS in applying to the Wharton Business School’s Jerome Fisher program. I want to thank you for an amazing curriculum in electronics, logic and Computer Science.”
Throughout a busy middle school and high school career that included playing saxophone in the band and varsity basketball and soccer, Brett Orvieto found two hours each week to study the IMACS University-Level Logic for Mathematics Curriculum.
As a junior, he scored a perfect 800 on the SAT in mathematics. In his senior year Brett accepted the Miami Herald Silver Knights Award for Mathematics, and was one of 12 male athletes in the state of Florida to be chosen for the Academic All-State Team.
“Although I juggled a lot of activities in high school, I believe it was my commitment to IMACS from fifth grade in combination with my involvement in athletics and community service that helped me earn a Dean’s Achievement Scholarship at Emory (2/3 tuition paid for all four years).”
David began studying at IMACS in 4th grade and continued through his graduation from St. Thomas Aquinas High School as valedictorian. During this time, David completed IMACS’ Advanced Math Enrichment and University-Level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. He regularly placed among the top participants in multiple math and computer programming competitions and was a National AP Scholar and a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.
With offers from many top universities, David chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences where he continued to add to his achievements. David’s answers on a variety of math topics won first place in the Class of 1880 Prize Examination for freshmen. As a sophomore, he earned the highest score among students from UPenn on the nationally renowned Putnam Competition in mathematics. In both contests, participants were judged by the quality of the arguments they gave to justify their responses. David directly credits his extensive time at IMACS writing clear, logical proofs as helping him to earn both honors.
“With an emphasis on abstract reasoning and complex problem solving, IMACS taught me to be creative and think about ideas in novel ways. This gave me a definite advantage as an undergraduate and enabled me to excel in high level mathematics courses.”
In middle school, Danielle took IMACS classes in Computer Enrichment and was inspired. She quickly progressed to the IMACS university level Computer Science course in Scheme, and by 10th grade had also completed IMACS mathematics courses in both Propositional and Predicate Logic.
In addition to taking AP exams and winning such prestigious awards as National Merit Scholar and National Student Athlete, during her junior and senior years, she demonstrated an extraordinary talent by tackling an advanced Computer Science course in lambda calculus under the guidance of a senior IMACS instructor.
Danielle was accepted by Cornell University, University of Miami, Brandeis University, Northwestern University and The Johns Hopkins University. She accepted National Merit and Bloomberg Scholarship awards to major in mathematics at The Johns Hopkins University.
Dustin began studying IMACS Computer Science in 7th grade and worked his way through all of IMACS’ University-Level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics before graduating high school. Dustin received a perfect 1600 score on his SAT.
Dustin chose to double major at MIT in Physics and Math with Computer Science and is planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. As a result of his IMACS background, he received MIT credit for Math for Computer Science and placed out of Introduction to Algorithms. At the end of his sophomore year at MIT, Dustin had a 4.9 GPA out of 5.
“In the first lecture on functional programming in my Software Construction course, the professor told the class, ‘You have probably never seen anything like this before.’ The other students were blown away because they had never studied such sophisticated programming concepts. I ended up acing the course project due to my background in functional programming at IMACS.”
Zachary started IMACS in 1st grade. During his IMACS years, Zachary completed Math Enrichment, Computer Enrichment, Electronics and University-Level courses in Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics. He scored 800 on the math portion of the SAT and was a National Merit Scholarship Winner.
As an undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering in the University of Florida’s Honors Program, Zachary conducted extensive research that led to several prestigious awards and a patent application. Notably, he was named a Goldwater Scholar, the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate award for science and engineering. Zachary was also one of only 20 students nationally to receive a NASA Undergraduate Fellowship. All while on the way to graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA!
“Graduate school at Stanford was so much easier with the logical thinking skills I learned at IMACS. While classmates tried to memorize each type of problem, I was able to strongly grasp core concepts and use them to solve any problem, even if it was different from those I had seen.”
Troy began his IMACS journey at the age of nine. After completing both Math Enrichment and Computer Programming & Virtual Robotics, Troy studied the university-level Computer Science and Logic for Mathematics programs. Before graduating high school, Troy was a National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar, National Chess Champion and valedictorian of his class.
“Every student should have the opportunity to attend IMACS. Even though I attend an Ivy League school with intelligent students, IMACS taught me to think abstractly and gave me a leg up over my peers. The skills and confidence IMACS afforded me played a fundamental role in my success during my first year at Wharton.”