This year we are launching a free class called Group Z. Group Z is a Foundations of Problem Solving class offered to 5th and 6th graders attending schools serving primarily low income and minority areas. The class focuses on prealgebra topics including ratios, permutations, divisibility rules, and logic puzzles. We will also use strategy games as a launching pad for exploring mathematical problem solving.

Class Logistics

Classes will be held on Saturdays from 12:30-2PM from October to May at the Speyer Legacy School (925 9th Ave @ 59th St, New York, NY 10019)

Admitted students may miss at most four classes. Group Z classes are free of charge, and students will be provided with two Metrocards to travel to and from class.


Admissions Criteria

Students must qualify for the Federal WIC program (guideline below), as well as attend a Title 1 school. If admitted, parents will be required to submit a tax form confirming eligibility.

How to Apply

To apply on behalf of students:

  1. Teachers/principals must email with Group Z in the title, to ask for the entrance exam.

  2. A teacher or administrator affiliated with the school should proctor the exam to all interested 5th and 6th graders at the same time, if possible, to ensure that students have a fair advantage.

  3. A school official must submit all entrance exam results electronically to by September 27th, 2019. We will only take one email submission per school. We welcome teachers and principals to add written recommendations for particularly strong student candidates for our program.

  4. Admissions is conducted on a rolling basis. We will be selecting up to 20 students for the class. The teacher or principal submitting the written test will be notified with a list of accepted students within a week of our receipt of the exam submission.

  5. Once accepted, students must provide tax forms to confirm financial eligibility in order to register for the class.