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SDJA Extracurricular Math Programs

SDJA offers middle and high school students extra-curricular math activities to enhance their mathematic learning and engage students. The activities offered each year are based on students' interests. The purpose of these activities are to improve student interest, confidence and enthusiasm regarding math, deepen math problem solving skills and encourage students' to continue studying mathematics.

Sudoku event at SDJA Math Festival

Middle school chess tournament at
SDJA Math Festival

Chess Club

The Chess Club is open to middle and high school students. This club was created for students who have a love for chess and are interested in competing in local chess tournaments.

Cubing Club

The Cubing Club is open to middle and high school students who enjoy solving Rubik's cubes and want to improve their speed at solving the cube. Students learn the World Cube Association rules and participate in cubing competitions.

Peer Tutoring Math Club

The Peer Tutoring Math Club consists mostly of juniors and seniors who have performed well in advanced math classes and have a talent for teaching and a passion for helping others. These select students tutor middle and high school math students for Tikkun Olam hours or a school-set hourly rate.

SDJA Math Festival

The SDJA Math Festival is a new math competition organized by San Diego Jewish Academy and is offered each year on a Sunday in spring and provides an alternative for students unable to participate on Saturdays, when local school competitions normally happen.

The SDJA Festival of Mathematics takes place at SDJA and is supported by the Greater San Diego Math Council (GSDMC) and Texas Instruments, Both of these sponsors support the traditional Saturday Math Field Day competitions that have attracted hundreds of schools and student participants over the years.

"Because these contests are traditionally held on Saturdays, which is Shabbat, Jewish students have unintentionally been precluded in participating in many of these events," said Greater San Diego Math Council president Bruce Arnold in 2009. "To redress this inequity, we will be developing and hosting a new event next year for middle and high school students to attend."

The GSDMC contributes to the financing and advertising of the festival as well as the creation of competitions, events and materials.

Open to any student who prefers a Sunday rather than a Saturday competition, the festival will provide a number of events for middle school and high school students from schools throughout the western region of the country. Some examples of events are Tri-team Attack, Chess, Sudoku, Rubik's Cube and Math Art. Tri-team Attack is a team event involving problem sets based on specific mathematics curriculum topic. Chess, Rubik's Cube and Sudoku are math games involving algorithms, strategy and logic. Math Art involves thematic artistic expressions or interpretations of mathematics.

The idea for the festival originated in 2008 from a 7th grade student who presented compelling reasons why participation in math competitions advances math skills, encourages teamwork and promotes a love of mathematics.

American Mathematics Competition (AMC)

The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) offers an annual twenty-five question, multiple-choice contest for middle and high school students in the United States and Canada. Click here for more information.

The contests are based on middle and high school math curriculum and focus on problem solving. The AMC 8 is a 40 minute contest open to middle school students and is administered in November. AMC 10 and 12 are seventy-five minute high school contests and are administered in February. The AMC 10 is only open to ninth and tenth graders, and the AMC 12 is open to all high school students.

For more information on the AMC contests, visit the Mathematical Association of America website at http://amc.maa.org

Math League

The Math League contests are open to middle and high school students in the United States and Canada. Click here for more information.

The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade contests are offered in February and the Algebra I contest is offered in May. These 30 minute contests contain 40 multiple choice questions. Six thirty minute high school contests are offered each year and consist of only six short response questions.

For more information on the Math League contests, visit http://www.themathleague.com.

Lander Math Competition

The Lander Math Competition is a national high school math competition open only to students who attend Jewish day schools. Click here for more information.

Purple Comet Math Meet

The Purple Comet Math Meet is an international math competition open to students in middle school and high school. Click here for more information.

Teams consist of one to six students. Teams are able to use resource materials to help solve problems on the competition exam. For more information, visit http://purplecomet.org.

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