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SUMMER . 2022 
TWO CLASSES - Grades 2-3 & 4-5 


For kids with a natural aptitude for math & looking for a challenge 

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 Starts July 5th! 

On-Campus MATH CLASSES will be back in the FALL! 
THIS SUMMER (for Gr. 2-3 & Gr. 4-5):
Math by Natasha Komarov, PhD.

Is your child advanced in math, creative, looking for activities that will help them stay challenged and above their grade level? Dr. Komarov will introduce your child to advanced math concepts not discussed or covered in most elementary school curriculums.

Natasha Komarov of Vermont Math Circle, and a former ICA student, received a BS in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, and both an MA and a PhD in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2010 and 2013, respectively. While in graduate school she was also trained in child development and early education in Dartmouth’s well-received Mathematical Pedagogy Seminar. After graduate school, Natasha went on to hold a postdoctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University for two years before joining the faculty at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY as an assistant professor in 2015. She received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in July 2021.

Although Natasha enjoyed teaching college students over the past 14 years, ever since becoming a parent, her heart lies with educating younger children. She is leaving her position as a professor in order to pursue this passion.  

Mathematical Problem-Solving (8 weekly classes)

She blends techniques from Singapore Math, Russian Math, and Math Circles. We sometimes use problems from Math Circle By The Bay, created by the founders of one of the most successful math circles for elementary school children (associated with Stanford and UC Berkeley).


Her classes focus on approaching problem-solving with creativity and visualization. She incorporate student-run discussions as well as group and individual problem solving, and uses physical manipulatives and visualizations whenever possible. This encourages the development of higher-order thinking skills such as logic, problem-solving, making connections, finding patterns, and being able to tackle entirely new problems by breaking them into smaller, more familiar situations -- all skills that will benefit students throughout their lives, both in and out of the classroom. We also encourage viewing mistakes as an unavoidable and often necessary part of the learning process, and work to break free of the all too common fear of getting it wrong that can underlie lifelong math phobia and perfectionism. 

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At International Chess Academy's Virtual AND In-Person Math classes, our goal is to promote an environment for the curious mind. (grades 1-8)

Find out why so many parents consistently praise our methods, and why kids are happily engaged in math at ICA. Our individual and yet inclusive approach to math keeps kids motivated, excited and confident.

ICA's math courses are designed to reshape the way children think by encouraging them to become visual thinkers. We teach kids to organize their thoughts in steps just like they must do when playing chess! While Singapore Math stretches the minds of our students, Number Theory challenges them with unsolved mysteries, and creative contests and continental math league problems expose them to a wider range of topics associated with ACT and SAT exams.

We are constantly upgrading our math curriculum resources with the most advanced publications that are offered on the market.

Singapore math is offered to grades 3rd & 4th because this is where the foundation of algebra and geometry is built.



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Early Bird Expires 6/30!

Art of Problem-Solving: Singapore Math System Curriculum 

The Singapore Math system is a highly effective teaching approach that was originally developed for the Singapore public school system and has since been adopted by numerous countries and programs across the globe. We have had huge success with the Singapore Math System curriculum because the method teaches students a deep mastery of the subject through carefully calculated foundational learning, where each grade level serves as a building block.

Unlike many models that stress rule memorization, the Singapore Math System relies heavily upon logical explanations and digging deep into roots of reason.

We will be using Challenging Singapore, the original curriculum that put Singapore at the top of international math tests. It includes CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) progression, number bonds, bar modeling, and a strong focus on mental math. It is a rigorous program that balances supervised learning and independent practice while encouraging communication. 

At ICA we believe it is important to introduce students to a wide range of creative problems that will develop their logic and imagination, and our aim is always to bedazzle young students with simply stated but challenging problems.

Using the Singapore Math System Curriculum, students will be exposed to number theory and solve simply-stated but challenging problems.

Creative contests and continental math league problems will elevate their engagement and help them to experience adventures and the magic of advanced mathematics.

Rote learning will be replaced by creative learning and students will be introduced to a wide range of creative puzzles, beautiful and often unsolved Number Theory problems, and other exciting aspects of Mathematics. Students in Math Circle are scholars who generate original thought.  I also envision Mathematics as a science. While students are always encouraged to do well on standardized exams, we also want to develop their creative potential.  We introduce students to the history of mathematics. in hopes that they maintain a lifelong love of mathematics.

The ultimate goal of the educational process is to make students think about things. While Singapore Math will stretch the students' minds, and Number Theory will challenge them with unsolved mysteries, and creative contests and continental math league problems will make them face a wide range of topics associated with ACT and SAT exams, we also want to introduce the students to the history of mathematics in order to provide a historical context for some phenomena we will discuss in class. 

Art of Problem Solving: Beast Academy Curriculum 

In our quest to provide the optimal math curriculum, we are pleased to announce that we've added new books to our already challenging math program.

Introducing Beast Academy
Beast Academy materials cover the core fundamentals and then go well beyond these basics to present material at a deeper and more challenging level that helps teach problem-solving and logical thinking.

Rote learning is replaced by creative learning and students are introduced to a wide range of creative puzzles, beautiful and often unsolved Number Theory problems, and other exciting aspects of Mathematics.


We regard our students as scholars, capable of generating original thoughts and seeing Mathematics as a science that never ceases to challenge and delight their inquisitive minds.

Art of Problem Solving: Pre-algebra Curriculum designed by Richard Rusczyk, David Patrick, Ravi Boppana​

Pre-algebra prepares students for the rigors of algebra, and also teaches students problem-solving techniques to prepare them for prestigious middle school math contests.


Topics covered in the curriculum include the properties of arithmetic, exponents, primes and divisors, fractions, equations and inequalities, decimals, ratios and proportions, unit conversions and rates, percent’s, square roots, basic geometry (angles, perimeter, area, triangles, and quadrilaterals), statistics, counting and probability, and more!

I wanted to give a shout out to Ms Zoya. She is an excellent teacher and kids love taking her class. She encourages critical thinking and makes learning Math fun.  

My son Vishnu takes lessons from Ms Zoya. He took part in the Math Kangaroo Level 3 Competition for the first time and got Merit Recognition with 9th place National Rank. Thank you Ms. Zoya!!”
— Srikant Gov
"Zoya, you are amazing! The children love you. You really take the time with them and are an extremely dedicated teacher."
— Alex's Dad
"After scoring on the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, School, College Ability Test (SCAT) in the 98th percentile (Grand Honors) in Math; and in the 80th percentile (High Honors) in verbal, Derin, our 5th grader has been admitted to the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth where he will enroll in advanced STEAM courses to supplement his schoolwork. We are eternally grateful to you as for the last two years, you have impressed upon Derin a profound love for learning (especially for Math). For this and everything else that you have done, THANK YOU!"
— Yuksel

Zoya Kova (ICA Math Teacher) & student Jonathan Plavnik,  winner of the

2019 American Mathematical  Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools' (MOEM)

highest honor - The Dr. George Lenchner Perfect Score Award!