math courses

Summit helps build better math students with six new, rigorous, one-on-one math courses.

Ask yourself some hard questions: Was your student sufficiently challenged in math this year? Was remote learning a struggle? Is your student equipped to excel in math next year?

We can help with a new suite of courses, built from the ground up. Above and beyond our general math tutoring offerings, our exciting new one-on-one math courses are designed to:

- Strengthen problem-solving ability
- Improve content mastery
- Bolster confidence in math
- Prepare for accelerated math

One-on-one courses delivered by Summit’s top math teachers.

Summit offers six different math courses: Grade 4 Math, Grade 5 Math, Prealgebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. The goal is clear: to bring the student immersive, engaging courses that will help ensure success now and in future math classes.

A rewarding, rigorous curriculum deepens understanding of core math concepts.

Students explore a logical sequence of math topics that will deepen their understanding, mastery, and confidence. They’re encouraged to be bold with their problem-solving skills as they take on increasingly challenging questions and puzzles. Through it all, they’ll be learning the power of perseverance and the satisfaction of small victories along the way.

Courses that promise not just math progress, but to build better math students.

Confidence, problem-solving capability, deep content mastery, curiosity, and determination form the hallmarks of successful math students. These strengths lead to eager engagement with math—not frustration. They can mean better grades and open the doors to higher-level math classes. Perhaps most importantly, those traits of perseverance, problem-solving, and confidence are also critical skills for non-math courses. And life in general.

The effectiveness of one-on-one education, proven over three decades.

We hand-pick our most experienced math teachers for our one-on-one math courses.

Working through challenging material with an expert teacher who can tailor their style and approach to your student’s personality and learning style is the single best way to learn and develop a richer understanding of any subject matter.

Setting a foundation

Grades 4th-6th is an ideal time for students to begin developing an intuitive math sense, while also building their fluency in essential topics. The focus is not on memorization, but on building a student’s true, deep-rooted understanding. This gives them the skills they need to succeed, not only in current math classes, but is also foundational to future success in algebra.

**Math 1**

Through lessons and games, students explore and learn about shapes, multiplication, exponents, counting, division, and logical reasoning.

**Math 2**

Students learn by discovering the rules and concepts behind factors, fractions, integers, decimals, and probability.

**Math 1**

Students are engaged in discovery about solids, integers, expressions, equations, statistics, factors, multiples, and fractions.

**Math 2**

Students develop a deep understanding of sequences, ratios & rates, decimals, percents, square roots, and exponents.

**Prealgebra 1**

Grounded in the fundamentals of fractions, exponents, and decimals, students explore number theory and algebra, including common divisors and multiples, primes and prime factorizations, basic equations and inequalities, and ratios.

**Prealgebra 2 **

This builds off the concepts mastered in Prealgebra 1 by introducing percents and square roots; dives into an exploration of geometric tools and strategies, and provides an introduction to topics in discrete mathematics and statistics; continues to explore and develop general problem-solving strategies.

Mastering Concepts

A deep dive into algebra and geometry for students in 7th – 10th grade helps them become more focused in their math study. This foundation is not only essential for students to excel in their current math classes. It’s also preparation for the harder math that students will encounter in their more advanced math classes later in high school. .

**Intro to Algebra**

Students explore fundamental concepts of algebra, including exponents and radicals, linear equations and inequalities, ratio and proportion, systems of linear equations, factoring quadratics, complex numbers, completing the square, and the quadratic formula.

**Intro to Algebra Part 2**

Students take a deeper dive into algebra, through an exploration of quadratics, systems of equations, clever factorizations, complex numbers, functions, graphing, sequences and series, special functions, exponents and logarithms, and more.

**Intro to Geometry**

Students discover the fundamentals of geometry, with the emphasis on angles, triangle similarity and congruence, complicated area problems, mastering the triangle, special quadrilaterals, and polygons.

**Intro to Geometry 2**

Building on the fundamentals of geometry, students tackle the concepts of the power of a point, 3-dimensional geometry, transformations, analytic geometry, basic trigonometry, and geometric proofs, and more.

**Intermediate Algebra Part 1**

Students explore advanced quadratics, polynomials, conics, general functions, and more.

**Intermediate Algebra Part 2**

Students deepen their mastery of algebra by exploring logarithms, clever factorizations and substitutions, systems of equations, sequences and series, symmetric sums, advanced factoring methods, classical inequalities, functional equations, and more.

**WES ISHIDA**

Wes graduated from MIT with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a concentration in Economics. He has taught in a one-on-one setting for over 10 years, and enjoys fostering curiosity about math and helping students navigate complex concepts.

**JR JASINSKY**

JR earned his B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Miami University. He likes being able to customize his approach to his students’ needs and strengths, and helps them to think about the logic and critical reasoning behind the equations and formulas learned at school.

**DAVID PYRCH**

Dave is a high school math teacher and has taught algebra, geometry, precalc, calculus, statistics, and advanced placement subjects. He graduated from University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Math Education, and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction.

**MILES SCHELLING**

Miles is a water scientist with a passion for teaching math. He studied mathematics at Bates College and recently earned his masters in hydrology at the University of Rhode Island. As someone with learning differences, he is particularly attuned to students who may have differences of their own.

**JOE SILVI**

Joe has a B.A. in Mathematics from Bridgewater State University, and Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College. In addition to his extensive experience teaching for Summit, he has a long education history working with students with learning differences and English Language Learners.

**ZDENKA STURM**

Zdenka graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Anthropology. She is an enthusiastic educator and has worked as an Adjunct Instructor in Biology at Cambridge College. Zdenka is especially passionate about mathematics and enjoys studying abstract algebra and number theory in her spare time.

**ALEX WHITTLESEY**

Alex earned his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from McGill University and his M.B.A. in Finance from University of Connecticut. He is a finance and accounting director by day, and in his 9th year as a math teacher for Summit. He enjoys collaborating with students to develop strategies to get the root of each question.