Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions



Why should I attend an Areteem Institute Summer Camp?

Simple answer; it's 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. Interested in STEM? Then the STEM-Antics Camp is what you are looking for. For international students who want 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 in 6th to 12th grades to expand their mathematical horizons, improve problem-solving skills, explore areas in advanced mathematics, make friends with talented students from around and US and form other countries abroad, and develop well-rounded skills for their future professional careers.

The Academic Curriculum is geared towards preparing students for advanced mathematical contests and improving their skills in math in school. 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.

The same holds true for our STEM-Antics Camp geared for 4th to 6th grades where we help younger students to explore the world of STEM through a variety of activities to explore their interests in related fields. Note that students in 6th grade can choose either the Math Zoom or the STEM-Antics camp program in which case they could the morning Math Zoom and the afternoon STEM-Antics program and still be a residential camper. 

Communication and Leadership Development is also a focus of Areteem's programs. The curriculum for both of our programs 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 their same interests. Guided by experienced coaches, students learn how to effectively articulate their thinking process. Students are trained to become better leaders and communicators in the fields they most enjoy.

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

For any of Areteem's Two or Three Week Summer Camp Programs, 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! 

*Download our 2017 Summer Camp E-Booklet!

*Click for a Chinese (中文) version of the 2017 Summer Camp E-Booklet


Who are the faculty?

The faculty consists of renowned lecturers and university professors, dedicated instructors in Areteem's year-round programs (including courses, camps and ZIML competitions), 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 and 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 the Math Zoom and STEM-Antics Programs: Mathematics including- 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 the STEM-Antics Program: Scientific research methodologies, experiments and hands-on activities related to computer programming and technology with real world applications to STEM careers. For English as Second Language (ESL) students who wish to have this incorporated in the program, 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 for worksheets and assignments and scratch 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 (6th to 12th grades) for the Math Zoom program and between the ages of 9 to 11 (who show academic and personal maturity, 4th to 6th grades) for the STEM-Antics program are encouraged to apply. 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. Note that 6th grade students can choose either the Math Zoom or the STEM-antics program, this will also be based on students' academic levels once completing the camp application


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

The Areteem Summer Camps are held on the campuses of top universities every year across the US. Students are to attend all 2-3 weeks of the camp either as a Residential Camper or a Day Camper either in the Math Zoom program or the STEM-Antics program. 

There are two 3-week residential and day camp sites for 2017:
- California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, California (Residential and Day Camp for Math Zoom and STEM-Antics programs), from Sunday June 18 thru Friday July 7.
- Georgetown University, Washington, DC (Residential and Day Camp for Math Zoom and STEM-Antics programs), from Sunday July 23 thru Friday August 11.

There are three 2-week day camp sites for 2017:
- Chicago, IL (Day Camp-Math Zoom program), from Monday June 12 thru Friday June 23. Address: Trinity International University, 2065 Half Day Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015. This camp is hosted by Momentum Academy for Youth Learning.  
- San Jose, CA (Day Camp-Math Zoom program), from Monday July 10 thru Friday July 21. Address: Morninglight Education Group, 2932 Aborn Square Rd, San Jose, CA 95121
-Shenzhen, China (Day Camp-Math Zoom program), from Monday July 10 thru Friday July 21. Address: Shen Wai International School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China


How much does Areteem Institute’s Summer Camp cost?

Residential Camper Tuition (see below in the Table) includes an application fee of $50. Tuition includes all 3 weeks of room and board, camp materials (t-shirts, bags, binders, etc.), morning and afternoon class lessons and workshops, evening seminars and study hall tutoring, on campus activities, transportation to and from nearby airports and for off campus field trips. This fee includes two weekend field trip excursions and entrance tickets to a local theme park (students can bring their own money to pay for snacks and souvenirs during their stay at camp). Only for Cal State Fullerton and Georgetown Camps. 

Day Camper Tuition (see below in Table) contains most of the above related to the 9am-6pm schedule of the 3 week camp except no overnight or weekend stay (i.e. field trips, breakfast, dinner, etc.). For All Camp Sites: Cal State Fullerton, Georgetown, San Jose, Chicago. 

Note for International Residential Students: in addition to the tuition shown in the Table below, there is a $200 surcharge for extra costs incurred related to document support, insurance and other services. 

Camp Tuition Schedule for Cal State University, Fullerton - June 18 - July 7, 2017

Please take note of deadlines and tuition information, these apply to both the Math Zoom (Residential and Day Camps) and STEM-Antics Day Camp programs:

Camper Type Residential Campers Day Campers
Early Discount Registration (deadline Feb 28, 2017) $4,275 $2,595
Regular Registration (deadline Apr 23, 2017) $4,475 $2,795
Late Registration (deadline May 18, 2017) $4,675 $2,945


Camp Tuition Schedule for Georgetown University, July 23 - August 11, 2017

Please take note of deadlines and tuition information, these apply to both the Math Zoom (Residential and Day Camps) and STEM-Antics Day Camp programs:

Camper Type Residential Campers Day Campers
Early Discount Registration (deadline Feb 28, 2017) $4,275 $2,595
Regular Registration (deadline Apr 23, 2017) $4,475 $2,795
Late Registration (deadline Jun 23, 2017) $4,675 $2,945



Camp Tuition Schedule for Chicago, IL, June 12 - June 23, 2017

Please take note of deadlines and tuition information, for the Math Zoom Day Camp program:

Camper Type Day Campers
Regular Registration (deadline April 23,2017) $1,800
Late Registration (deadline May 12, 2017) $1,800 

If you register by March 31st, you can receive $100 off the camp tuition so it will be $1700! 


Camp Tuition Schedule for San Jose, CA, July 10 - July 21, 2017

Please take note of deadlines and tuition information, for the Math Zoom Day Camp program:

Camper Type Day Campers
Regular Registration (deadline April 23,2017) $1,800
Late Registration (deadline Jun 10, 2017) $1,800 


Camp Tuition Schedule for Shenzhen, China, July 10 - July 21, 2017

Please take note of deadlines and tuition information, for the Math Zoom Day Camp program:

Camper Type Day Campers
Regular Registration (deadline April 23,2017) $2,260
Late Registration (deadline Jun 10, 2017) $2,260




Scholarships and Special Discounts (Not To Be Combined):

Note: After you have created your Classes account on for either the Fullerton or the Georgetown camps, you will be asked in the Questionnaire if you are a returning student or have more students with you (whether referrals or siblings). Returning Students and Referrals will have discount automatically applied.

*Returning Summer Camp or Winter Camp students - $100 Off Each Student

*Referral of New Students - $50 Off for Both Parties 

*Sibling Discounts - $100 Off for Each Sibling


Please Contact our Office for the following Discounts as we will need to Apply them Manually: 

*Student Groups of 4 or More (at least HALF of your group to be NEW students) - $100 Off for Each Student in the Group

*We award FULL SCHOLARSHIP to the Top 5 2017 MathCounts National Winners.

*Girls Who Qualified for AIME- $100 Scholarship 


FINANCIAL AIDWe 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 Areteem Institute or you may register online with a credit card or electronic check payment. Please call (866) 688-6284 if you need assistance with your payment online. 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, field trip excursions, class materials and supplies, and miscellaneous expenses.


 What is the procedure and deadline to apply for Areteem Institute’s Math Zoom and STEM-Antics Summer Camps?

To simplify the application process, we have identified a group of students who automatically qualify for the Math Zoom program. Please see the Application Information page for more details. These students will not need to do an assessment test and ask for a teacher recommendation Beyond those students who automatically qualify, all applicants please complete and submit your application form, parent statement, student personal essay, teacher letter of recommendation and make a payment online. For those students who we many not immediately know their level, you can complete an assessment diagnostic. 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 in which they arrive. Admission notification is usually given within two weeks of receipt of completed application materials.


Where should I send the application materials?

You can upload all application materials (please see How to Apply page) on your student accounts on the site under "Summer Camps" and then choosing the corresponding Summer Camp page. There are instructions on how to fill out and submit all forms and documents. Note: PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR MAIL ANY DOCUMENTS TO US, THIS WILL ALL BE HANDLED ON THE CLASSES.ARETEEM.ORG SITE!

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 61 days before the program starts, the full amount of the tuition, minus a $200 administrative fee, will be refunded.

-For cancellation requests made between 30 to 60 days 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 discretion. 


What are the living / food arrangements for students?

Residential Campers (Cal State Fullerton and Georgetown Camps) will be staying in traditional student residence halls on campus for three weeks. Each dorm room is shared by two students of the same gender with communal bathrooms. Students will be separated by gender on different floors of the residence hall.  Areteem Institute’s Camp staff members including counselors and instructors will stay on the same floors as the students to serve as chaperones to the Residential Campers. 

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.

For Day Campers (All Camp Sites), lunch is provided during the official class days over the three week camp.  We highly recommend Day Campers to participate in the Welcome Ceremony and Camp Orientation on the 1st day of the camp. The Orientation lasts from 5 to 6pm.  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 camp sessions. For all the day camps, students will commute to and from the camp. Lunch will be discussed with camp staff.  


What travel assistance do you provide?

We provide free complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the closest airports, please see the following below for both the Cal State Fullerton and Georgetown Camps:

For the Western site (CSU Fullerton) this year in 2017, the closest airport is John Wayne Airport (SNA).

NOTE: There is a $100 extra charge each way should you request pick-up or drop-off at the nearby airport Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). 

For the Eastern site (Georgetown University) this year in 2017, the airport pick-up and drop-off is at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA).

NOTE: There is a $100 extra charge each way should you request pick-up or drop-off at the nearby airport Washington-Dulles Airport (IAD). 

-The Chicago, San Jose, and Shenzhen camps sites are for commuting students. 


What kind of recreational facilities are available?

We'll have access to the university sports and recreation facilities that are within walking distance on 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 acting as chaperones to help the students facilitate the recreational activities. Counselors are also trained in First Aid should it need to be administered. 


What is Areteem Institute's Summer Camp Program?

Areteem Institute’s Summer Camps are summer camp programs are open to all students and dedicated to promoting math, science and technology in the education of young generations. We have been working with schools to deliver hands-on, applied math, science and technology curricula since 2004. Areteem Institute runs summer residential programs on the West Coast, East Coast and other areas around the country.  Areteem Institute’s Math Zoom Summer Camp also runs year round Math Olympiad training programs in Southern California and online to students through the ZIML programs 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 the Areteem website: often for updates! Please also visit our WeChat forum using the ID: Rosemother or areteemhelpdesk 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 at our California main office. 


Do Areteem Institute's Summer Camps teach real world skills?

Yes! 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 Break. 
9:00 to 10:30AM: Math Lectures. (Day campers start at 9AM.)
10:45 to 12:15PM: Math Problem Solving Sessions.
12:15 to 1:15PM: Lunch Break.
1:15 to 2:45PM: Math and STEM Lectures.
3:00 to 4:30PM: Math and STEM 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. Supervised Self Study and Student Social Time.
8:30 to 9:30PM: Continued Supervised Self Study with Instructors On-Call for Tutoring. Student Social Time. 
10:00 to 11:00PM: Room Check. Lights Out. Sweet Dreams! 

What fun things that happen at our Camps?

"What did you do in camp this week, honey?" Ask your Areteem Institute's Math Zoom or STEM-Antics 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 from years past:

  • Instant Insanity Puzzle
  • Why a Mathematician is called a "Mathemagician" presentation
  • Field Trip to the Beach
  • Pizza with New Camp Friends
  • Speech and Debate sessions
  • In Class Math Contests
  • Problems on Chickens, Bunnies, and the Happy Farm
  • Singing in the Talent Show
  • Trivia Nights
  • 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 (your mother will appreciate this!)
  • Fireworks Show on the Fourth of July! 
  • 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
  • Arts and Crafts Nights
  • Presentations on Astronomy or the Mars Rover project
  • Problems related to Optical Illusions
  • Barbecue in the Dorm Courtyard



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