Mathematical Olympiad


The International Mathematical Olympiad is a contest for elementary and middle school students. It was created in 1977 as an extracurricular project for students in the elementary schools of Valley Stream, New York and has expanded to include many schools across the world.

It was designed by George Lenchner, an internationally known math educator, to foster the pursuit of individual excellence in problem solving while enhancing creativity and resourcefulness. Each year, over 100,000 students from over 5,000 teams and 40 countries participate.


The goals of the Mathematical Olympiad are to:

  • stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
  • introduce important Mathematical concepts
  • teach major strategies for problem solving
  • develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
  • strengthen Mathematical intuition
  • foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
  • provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
Student receiving an award at Annual Awards Ceremony.
The George Lenchner Award, for a perfect, 25/25 score on the Math Olympiad.

Competition Format

The Olympiad involves five monthly competitions during the academic year. Awards for participation and/or performance are presented to all team members at the Annual Awards Ceremony.

Applied Math Challenge


The Applied Math Challenge is a proprietary contest created by The Math Club. This competition is offered in the Spring Session. The material tests students’ problem solving skills and ability to approach complex mathematical concepts.

Applied Math Challenge medallions on display.
The Applied Math Challenge Medallion awarded for a student’s participation in the contest.

Competition Format

The Applied Mathematics Challenge is a week-long contest meant to encourage exploration and achievement in non-standard mathematical material.

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