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Frequently Asked Questions

In this section we are trying to anticipate the questions you may want to ask us. If you do not find an answer you are looking for, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

What is MathAltitude School of Mathematics?

How was the concept of MathAltitude developed?

What makes MathAltitude different from other tutoring and enrichment programs?

When it is the best time to start with MathAltitude?

How to enroll in MathAltitude? Does every child need to take a placement test?

How old should my child be to enroll in MathAltitude kindergarten program?

My son (daughter) is in the 6-th grade in public school. What program should we sign up for?

What classes and programs are available?

Can we choose to take only Algebra courses without taking Geometry? Why to take additional Geometry courses in the middle school?

Can my child join the school in the middle of the school year?

Does MathAltitude offer summer program?

What kind of discounts are available?

How can I receive regular updates about the school?

Where can I receive more information about the school?


What is MathAltitude School of Mathematics?

MathAltitude (www.mathaltitude.com) is the first after-school and weekend enrichment program in Worcester offering comprehensive mathematical education for kindergarten to high school age students. The school is conveniently located at the heart of the business district in downtown Worcester at 35 Harvard Street and serves the communities of Worcester and surrounding towns: Auburn, Holden, Oxford, Paxton, Shrewsbury, and others.

Our curriculum covers topics studied in public and private schools in greater depth and helps students to gain better conceptual understanding of the material. We present high quality mathematical instructions in a small classroom setting.

   

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How was the concept of MathAltitude developed?

MathAltitude was created in response to the broadening concern regarding the mathematical education in America. The founders of the school, Boris and Olga Serebrennikov, are industry professionals with more than 20 years of experience and passion for teaching. In studying various programs offered throughout Worcester County they designed a program to augment existing math curricula in local public and private schools, and provide additional means for parents to extend their children’s horizons.

MathAltitude curricula was created based on the most effective European teaching methodologies, which allow learning mathematics in a systematic, structured, and logical way.  Aforementioned objectives obligated us to create an innovative curricula and method of teaching. Our motto is RIGOROUS LOGIC AND MEANINGFUL APPLICATIONS before, during, and after working on each specific topic.

   

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What makes MathAltitude different from other tutoring and enrichment programs?

Unlike current traditional methods, which are based on mere memorizing and repetitious drills, our program is free from annoying boredom.  We discourage teaching to the test in any form, though success in those tests has become an inevitable “side-effect” of children who enroll in MathAltitude. Math, when presented through the meaning and inner (vertical) links between different topics, is full of fun, enjoyable to master, and joyfully rewarding. As a part of our curricula, we define the ultimate goals of math learning.

We do not claim to be the pioneers in bringing such an approach to the United States. For more than a decade other schools and centers have been established that advocate merit of learning.  We have been inspired by the founders of these schools and acknowledge their contribution to the field of education. However, while sharing similar philosophy and background, MathAltitude goes beyond and  incorporates into its program the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics built on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, which was ratified by the state in 2010. Our program enhances existing math curriculum in local public and private schools, and emphasizes the introduction of concepts of algebra and geometry as early as elementary school.

There are many educational franchises available throughout the country. Kumon, Huntington, Sylvan, Kaplan Learning Centers are among the best known. New ones, such as RSM, Math Monkey, Mathnasium are also growing in numbers. Each and every one of them has a noble goal, to help improve your child’s education.  But while one school or center can be very successful, another may struggle, even when using the same methods and programs. So what determines success?

We at MathAltitude believe the success of a school is largely dependent on personality of its founders, experience of the teachers, their love and appreciation for the subjects they teach, and their willingness to adjust to the needs of their students without sacrificing the quality of education. There cannot be one-for-all solutions tailored to fit everybody. This is what sets MathAltitude apart from the rest.  MathAltitude is independently owned and operated, and not affiliated with other programs. Innovative curricula, the power of the teacher-student relationship, individualized high quality instruction and parents’ participation in the learning process are the integral parts of MathAltitude’s foundation and success. 

   

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When is it the best time to start with MathAltitude?

The earlier the better. Usually, parents notice that their child is lacking required math skills during the transition from the middle to high school. Enrollment in honors classes requires good grades and recommendations from the middle school teachers.  This may be difficult to get if a child falls behind in middle school math. Moreover, in the schools that implement tracking, the students with deficient mathematical skills will be at a disadvantage in other major subjects as well.

We believe that these problems can be avoided if students are exposed to the serious mathematics earlier in their school life. There should be continuity between the study of mathematics in the elementary, middle, and high schools. Research shows that as students enter middle school, many start losing their interest in academic success. This loss of interest can be attributed to students’ alienation, resulting from a feeling that the school environment is unwelcoming to them. To prevent it from happening it is important to build up confidence and encourage students to believe that they have the ability to learn.

   

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How to enroll to MathAltitude? Does every child need to take a placement test?

We require all prospective students in grades 2 and older to take the test. Please email info@mathaltitude.com or call

860-37-LEARN to visit the school and schedule a placement test for your child. The last step would be to complete the Registration Form and submit it on-line or download and bring/mail along with the Registration Fee.

   

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How old should my child be to enroll in MathAltitude kindergarten program?

Our youngest students should be at least 4.5 years old as of September 1-st to enroll in the MathAltitude Math-Я-Us program.

  

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My son (daughter) is in the 6-th grade in public school. What program should we sign up for?

We offer 5 sequential courses in elementary Mathematics mostly for students attending grades 1-5 in public school. MA-5 is also recommended for students attending grade 6 who may find taking "Pre-Algebra and Introduction to Geometry" too challenging. We require our perspective students to take a placement test, which allows us to decide whether a student is ready for "Pre-Algebra and Intro to Geometry" course or need to review concepts we work on in MA-5.

    

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What classes and programs are available?

MathAltitude offers a variety of classes, and you can choose whichever classes meet your child’s needs. Parents choose different channels to facilitate the academic success of their children. The most popular among them are the individual tutoring and short-term remedial courses often structured similarly to the tutoring sessions. While they certainly can help improve immediate grades, we believe, they can be considered only a temporary solution. There is no substitution for the classical teaching instructions in the classroom setting, engaging discussions with the teachers and peer-students, free exchange of the ideas in solving difficult problems.  Individual tutoring or weekly classroom programs, MathAltitude offers it all and is willing to work with you to find a session that fits into your schedule.

Please refer to our Class Description for the complete listing of offered classes. If you are interested in a program not presently offered, please contact the school about the possibility of such a class to be opened in the future. As we grow, our curriculum will be expanded, so you may want to visit our web site again. You may also subscribe to our periodic newsletter to receive the latest news about the school.

   

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Can we choose to take Algebra courses without taking Geometry? Why to take additional Geometry courses in the middle school?

Our program is designed so that upon the completion of five levels of Mathematics (MA1-5) students are advanced to the Pre-Algebra and Introduction to Geometry course. That course will prepare them for further study of Algebra and Geometry as separate disciplines.

While the students can take Algebra and Geometry independently, we would strongly recommend taking these classes concurrently. Early introduction of Geometry not only allows to simplify the transition to high school Geometry that is often known as the most dreadful subject in school, but also leads to teaching of critical and reflective thinking.

    

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Can my child join the school in the middle of the school year?

Yes, your child can join in the middle of the year; however, it may require a few tutoring sessions before a child catches up with his/her class.

   

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Does MathAltitude offer summer program?

Yes, we offer MathExploration – a 6-week summer program starting in July. Please visit our summer school information page.

   

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What kind of discounts are available?

MathAltitude offers 10% sibling and referral discounts. In addition, you can save up to 7% of the tuition by paying semi-annually or annually. Please refer to our Payment Policy for details.

    

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How can I receive regular updates about the school?

Please join our mailing list to receive MathAltitude periodic newsletters.

    

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Where can I receive more information about the school?

Please visit our website at www.mathaltitude.com and contact us at by phone: 860-37-LEARN or email: info@mathaltitude.com to receive additional information. We also have scheduled regular information sessions, where you can meet the faculty and learn more about the school and the program.

   

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