Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I attend an Areteem Institute Summer Camp?

Simple answer; fun! Areteem offers a variety of camps to fit every need or academic preference. Love math? The Areteem Math Zoom Camp is sure to be a fit for you. Science your thing? The Science Camp is what you are looking for. For international students who wants to improve their English, there is an English as Second Language (ESL) program component as well. With a decade’s worth of experience, and the best locations around the country, Areteem’s Summer Camp Programs are for you.

Areteem Institute’s historic Math Zoom Summer Camp offers an opportunity for bright and mathematically gifted students to expand their mathematical horizons, improve problem-solving skills, explore areas in advanced mathematics, make friends with talented students from around and US and some foreign countries, and develop well-rounded skills for a future professional career.

The Academic Curriculum is geared towards preparing students for advanced mathematical contests. The students gain a greater interest in math, better skills in problem solving, and more confidence in facing academic challenges. By reaching their highest potential and achieve outstanding performance at one or more of these contests, students will achieve a considerable opportunity for college admission officers to acknowledge them on their college applications.

Communication and Leadership Development is also a focus of Areteem's program. The curriculum encourages student participation and helps to improve communication and leadership skills. Confidence sparkles when students talk about the subjects they enjoy with peers who share the same interest. Guided by experienced coaches, students learn how to effectively articulate the thinking process. Students are trained to become better leaders and communicators in the field they most enjoy.

Evening Seminars focus on the introduction to advanced mathematical topics and will introduce students to math related college majors and professional careers.

Class Sizes are small with approximately 15-20 students who are able to work closely with the faculty for personalized coaching.

Future Leaders are what our campers want to be no matter what career path they eventually choose.


Who are the faculty?

The faculty consists of renowned lecturers, veterans in International Mathematical Olympiads (IMO) and Olympiad coaches, who have successful careers in math, science, and technology, with many years of classroom teaching experiences. Among them are: Dr. Kevin Wang, founder of Areteem and Math Zoom, former IMO China Team member, former math faculty at UC Irvine and UCLA; Dr. Harold B. Reiter, math professor at UNCC, who is very well known and well respected in math education and math competitions. Please visit the faculty page for more information and constant updates to the list of faculty members.


What is the academic curriculum?

The camp curriculum will cover some or all of the following topics: For Math: Modular arithmetic, Numbers and their digits & divisors, Basic and advanced counting strategies, Combinatorics, Polynomials and their coefficients & zeros, Algebraic inequalities and other techniques, Special angles and regular polygons, Centers of triangles, Collinearity and concurrency, Trigonometry, Vector and Coordinates. Various problem solving techniques will be introduced, as well as Math contest strategies. For Science: Scientific research methodologies, principles in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics, etc., and real world applications such as roller coaster theory (you can learn to design your own roller coaster and build it at the camp!).  For English as Second Language (ESL) students, there are also topics related to American culture and literature.


What materials and study tools should I bring?

Students should bring their own pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, compasses, calculators, notebooks, etc. Teaching materials – books (if applicable), hand-outs, and paper – will be provided to the students.


What is the age range of the participating students, how are they grouped and what is the student/teacher ratio?

Students between the ages of 12 to 17 are encouraged to apply for any of our tracks. We may accept students who are under age 12 only if they show remarkable academic and personal maturity. Students will be placed into groups based on their goals and current levels. Initial placement is based on the application materials. The placement can be adjusted during the program.  We have 1 teacher for every 15 students.  There is also an assistant teacher assigned to each class to assist our professors.


Where and when will the Areteem Institute’s Summer Camp Program be held?

The Summer Residential Camps are held on the campuses of top universities.

There are four residential camp sites, and one day-camp in 2016.
- University of California at Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, California (Residential and Day Camp), from Saturday June 18 thru Thursday July 7.
- Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts (Residential and Day Camp), from Saturday July 9 thru Thursday July 28.
- Georgetown University, Washington, DC (Residential and Day Camp), from Saturday July 30 thru Friday August 12.
- San Diego, California (Day Camp Only), from Monday July 18 thru Friday July 29, weekdays only.

Learn more about the summer camps


How much does Areteem Institute’s Summer Camp cost?

 Tuition includes the application fee of $50. See below table for Tuition. Tuition includes all lessons, seminars, class materials, prizes, a t-shirt, activities, transportation from and to the nearby airport plus room and board. This fee includes the field trip and ticket to a local theme park. The day campers' packages  contains no overnight or weekend stay. The following table contains the detailed fee schedule. Note for international students: in addition to the tuition shown in the tables, there is a $200 surcharge for international students.

Tuition Schedule for the UCLA - June 18 - July 7, 2016

Please take note of deadlines and tuition information:

Camper Type Residential Campers Day Campers
Early Registration (deadline Feb 29, 2016) $4,175 $2,595

Regular Registration (deadline Apr 23, 2016)

Extended until April 30, 2016! 

$4,375 $2,795
Late Registration (deadline May 21, 2016) $4,575 $2,945


Tuition Schedule for Bentley University, July 9 - July 28, 2016
Please take note of deadlines and tuition information:

Camper Type Residential Campers Day Campers
Early Registration (deadline Feb 29, 2016) $4,175 $2,595

Regular Registration (deadline Apr 23, 2016)

Extended until April 30, 2016!

$4,375 $2,795
Late Registration (deadline Jun 11, 2016) $4,575 $2,945


Tuition Schedule for Georgetown University, July 30 - August 12, 2016
Please take note of deadlines and tuition information:

Camper Type Residential Campers Day Campers
Early Registration (deadline Feb 29, 2016) $3,075 $2,075

Regular Registration (deadline Apr 23, 2016)

Extended until April 30, 2016!

$3,275 $2,275
Late Registration (deadline Jun 11, 2016) $3,425 $2,375


Tuition Schedule for San Diego Day Camp, July 18 - July 29, 2016
Please take note of deadlines and tuition information:

Camper Type       Day Campers      
Early Registration (deadline Feb 29, 2016)           $2,075

Regular Registration (deadline Apr 23, 2016)

Extended until April 30, 2016!

Late Registration (deadline Jun 11, 2016)           $2,375


Scholarships and Special Discounts Apply to the Following: 

* Returning summer camp students get $100 off.
* Referrals get $50 off for all concerned parties.

* Check payments get $50 off. (Checks can be processed over the phone with one of our Student Service Specialists. Kindly contact us for assistance, should you wish to pay by check.)
* For students who have Areteem gift certificates, we will only credit certificate with highest amount. It can not be combined with any other discount and unused credit.
* We award FULL SCHOLARSHIP to the Top 5 2016 MathCounts National Winners.
* We award FULL SCHOLARSHIP to the Top Boy and Top Girl in the 2016 ARML INDIVIDUAL competition.
* Discounts CAN NOT be applied with any other Promotion, Unused Credit and Gift Certificates.


We have a tuition reduction policy offered as financial assistance for admitted students registering for the three-week residential camp. The reduction is based on household income proved on the previous year's tax return. The total amount of assistance is limited and not guaranteed. Please apply early for consideration. Merit-based scholarships are awarded to a couple of top winners of national math competitions. You may also start a fund-raising campaign in your local community.

 Here is the schedule:

Household Income $80,000 or greater: Full Tuition.

For every $5,000 less than $80,000, there is a $100 discount.

Household Income less than $40,000: the maximum discount is up to $800

Please make your check or money order payable to Math Zoom or you may on-line with a credit card. Please call (866) 688-6284 if you need assistance with your payment on-line. The tuition collected will be used to pay the expense of classroom usage, room and board, lunch for day campers, salaries and travel expenses for the camp staff, class materials and supplies, and miscellaneous expenses.


 What is the procedure and deadline to apply for Areteem Institute’s Math Zoom Summer Camp?

To simplify the application process, we identified a group of students who automatically qualify. Please see the Application Information page for more details. For others applicants, the application is a two-step process. Complete and submit your application form with payment, and take the admission test. Postmarked application forms and payments must meet three deadlines to take advantage of the discounted rates. Please see the Application Information page for details. To help families make their summer planning easier, we have also implemented an ongoing, continuous application processing procedure. With this procedure, we process applications in the order they arrive. Admission notification is usually given within two weeks of receipt of completed application materials.


Where should I send the application materials?

The application form, tuition check or money order, and the assessment test should be mailed to:

Areteem Institute's Math Zoom Summer Camp, 15707 Rockfield Blvd, Suite 110, Irvine, CA 92618.

Alternatively, the application form, assessment test and other supporting materials can also be sent via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The tuition payment can be done online, over the phone or sent by regular mail.


What is your refund policy?

The $50 application fee is not refundable. If you are not accepted based on the application materials, the tuition will be refunded in full. If you cancel enrollment 2 months before the program starts, the full amount of the tuition, minus a $200 administrative fee, will be refunded. For cancellation requests made between 1 and 2 months before the program starts, 50% of the tuition will be refunded. No refund is available within 1 month before the program starts. Exceptions can be made for special situations (e.g. medical reasons) on a case-by-case basis at Areteem Institute’s Math Zoom Summer Camp's discretion.

What are the living / food arrangements for students?

Residential students will be staying in student dorms on campus. Housing and meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) are provided by the university conference services.  Check-in starts at 3pm on the starting day; the first meal is dinner on that day. Check out for residential campers is at 9am on the last day.  The last meal is breakfast on departure day. Each room is shared by two students. Areteem Institute’s Math Zoom Summer Camp staff members will stay on the same floor to serve as chaperone.  For Day campers, lunch is provided during the official class days.  We highly recommend Day campers to participate in the Orientation on the 1st day of the camp.  Orientation begins at 5pm.  Day campers will go back to their respective homes after the Orientation and will come back the next day for the start of the official session.


What travel assistance do you provide?

We provide free pick-up and drop-off at the closest airport.  For the Western site (UCLA), the closest airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  For the Eastern site (Bentley University), the airport pick-up and drop-off is at Logan International Airport (BOS). We will you know of the closest airport for the Georgetown University site. There is a $50 extra charge each way should you request pick-up at other nearby airports..


What kind of recreation facility is available?

We'll have access to the university sports and recreation facilities that are within walking distance on the campus, such as the fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and pools. These facilities are available on a first come, first serve basis. The camp will be staffed with experienced camp counselors to help the students facilitate the recreational activities.


What is Areteem Institute's Math Zoom Summer Camp Program?

Areteem Institute’s Math Zoom Summer Camp is a summer camp open all students, dedicated to promoting math, science and technology in the education of young generations. We have been working with schools to deliver hands-on, applied science and technology curricula since 2004. Areteem Institute’s Math Zoom Summer Camp runs summer residential programs on the East Coast, Midwest and West Coast.  Areteem Institute’s Math Zoom Summer Camp also runs year round Math Olympiad training programs in Southern California and on-line to students from across the country and the world.


Where do I find updates and information for future camp programs from Areteem Institute's Summer Camp?

Visit this website often! Please also visit our forum for updated information, ask questions, and discuss mathematics with other participants.

For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Areteem Institute's Summer Camp at (949) 305-1705.


Areteem Institute's Summer Camps Teach Real World Skills

Areteem Institute's leadership team is always seeking new ways to develop practical skills that will turn gifted students into successful professionals. As educators with strong research and industry backgrounds, Areteem Institute's directors know the importance of helping students acquire skills that will help them to succeed in any profession they choose. These talented professionals expose students to opportunities that will empower them to make well-informed decisions in pursuing the careers of their dreams. The seminars that have been presented during the residential camps included math applications in military, bio informatics, space technology, academic research, actuary, quantitative analysis, and other areas in the financial industry.

What is a typical day like?
7:30 to 8:30AM: Breakfast.
9:00 to 10:30AM: Lectures. (Day campers start at 9AM.)
10:45 to 12:15PM: Problem Solving Sessions.
12:15 to 1:15PM: Lunch Break.
1:15 to 2:45PM: Lectures.
3:00 to 4:30PM: Problem Solving Sessions.
4:30 to 6:00PM: Sports and Recreation. (Day campers finish by 6PM.)
6:00 to 7:00PM: Dinner Break.
7:00 to 8:30PM: Evening Seminars or Group Recreational Events. Questions and Answers.
8:30 to 9:30PM: Supervised Self Study.
10:00 to 11:00PM: Room check. Lights out. Sweet Dreams.

Fun Things that happen at our camps

"What did you do in camp this week, honey?" Ask your Areteem Institute's Math Zoom Summer Camper this question, and you're likely to get a loooong enthusiastic answer! Here's just a small representative sampling of a typical week's activities:

  • Instant Insanity Puzzle
  • Why a Mathematician is called a "Mathemagician" presentation
  • Field Trip to the Beach
  • Pizza with New Camp Friends
  • Math Contest
  • Problems on Chickens, Bunnies, and the Happy Farm
  • Singing in the Talent Show
  • Playing Rational Tangles Math Game
  • Hitting the Salad Bar at the College Cafeteria
  • Learning Cool New Math Shortcuts
  • Doing My Own Laundry for the First Time
  • High-Speed Game-Show-Style Math Competition
  • Walking Around "my" College Campus
  • Fun with Logic Teasers
  • Group Discussion about Social Challenges at School
  • Riding Roller Coasters at an Amusement Park
  • Evening Seminar on the Stock Market
  • Co-Ed Soccer Game
  • Problems related to Optical Illusions
  • Barbecue in the Dorm Courtyard

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