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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in attending the Valdés Math Institute!

Online registration for the 2020 High School Enrichment program will be available starting on February 15, 2020.  Please check back periodically for more information. [Please scroll down to 'Basic Class Information' if you are interested in math remediation for upper elementary or middle school.]

If you have any additional questions or concerns, then please contact the Program Director, Mr. Bob Turner, at the email address listed below:

bob.turner@josevaldesmath.org


 

JVMI High School Enrichment:

Should I register my child?

If you child is currently taking Common-Core 7th-grade Math or higher in regular school, then you may register him/her for our 2020 Enrichment program.

How do I register?

First of all, be sure to read all of our program-description pages.  The online registration must be completed by  June 1, 2020.  Please read the rest of this page before clicking on the "Application Process" link:

                        https://www.josevaldesmath.org/firststeps

What are the details of the José Valdés Math Enrichment program?

The 2020 Valdés Math Institute will be held over a 6-week (28-day) summer timeline, tentatively at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose but this is subject to change. We will have more information about the exact location by February 1, 2020. Students will be on campus for approximately eight hours per day, typically from 8am-4pm.

Transportation Notes:

1.  School busses are not provided, so please plan accordingly.

2.  Please plan to drop off your child at our summer campus site between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. each day.

Are there any tests that my child must take prior to starting the Valdés Institute?

All Valdés students are required to take a placement test in order to determine enrollment in the appropriate summer course.  Once the online registration application has been received, the parent or guardian will be contacted by the Institute as to the specific time, date, and location of the 2020 Enrichment testing.  A student cannot "fail" these tests, since they are for placement purposes only.

Note:  The 2020 Enrichment Testing Fee is $100.  This is a non-refundable fee and will be applied toward the overall tuition charge for the 2019 Valdés Math Institute class.

How much does it cost to participate in an Enrichment class?

The total cost for participating this summer is $1,200.  This includes the $100 testing fee to determine correct course placement.  Upon acceptance into the Summer Institute, a balance of $1,100 will be due in order to hold the classroom spot.  Payments may be made online via Paypal or credit card.  See our 'Payments' page for more information.

What classes are offered as part of the Valdés Institute?

With the exception of Math Analysis/PreCalculus, all of our summer Enrichment classes are based on the current Common-Core model.  Integrated Math 1 through Integrated Math 3 follow an approved UC a-g curriculum.

The classes listed below will be offered dependent on the total number of students who qualify for initial summer placement.

  • Introduction to Algebra/CC 8th-Grade Math
  • CCSS Integrated Math 1
  • CCSS Integrated Math 2
  • CCSS Integrated Math 3
  • Math Analysis/PreCalculus

This chart shows the distribution of strands in a traditional Common Core pathway (fig.1) and an Integrated pathway (fig. 2). 

In keeping with most of our local school districts, the Valdés Math Institute has adopted an Integrated Math pathway (fig. 2).

Will my child receive credit for classes taken?

That depends on your school or district.  We will send information on the class attended, grade received, and recommended class to your child's school or district.  It is up to you as the parent to follow through on placement.  We will assist if asked.

For middle schools, most of our recommendations have been accepted for class placement.  Awarding credit is based on the internal policy of the district or school.

If you are looking to take an Enrichment course for high-school credit, then please check with your child's current high-school counselor to determine how our summer course(s) will be credited as part of your child's overall academic transcript.  

Most local high-school districts have accepted our course recommendations in the past and awarded credit to students who received such recommendations from us.  Please note that some high schools may use any academic grades submitted by the Valdés Math Institute for advancement/placement purposes only and will not post summer academic grades and/or credits to any official high-school transcript.

For example, all ESUHSD students are now placed in math following the district sequence/pathway shown below:


http://www.esuhsd.org/documents/A%20-%20Update%202012/Students%20-%20Parents/Instruction/Math%20Pathways/ESUHSD%20Math%20Course%20Pathways.pdf


Upper Elementary and Middle School Remediation

How do I apply?

First of all, be sure to read the pages on our program description.  Beginning in late January we will post various dates for informational meetings at different sites.  You should attend one to answer any further questions. Then, you can either print out a hard copy of our application and send it in or complete all portions of the application online by the deadline posted on the Calendar.

How do I get my child into this program?

You can increase your child's chances making it into the program by completing the following:

  1. Fill out an application (either hard copy or online) by the deadline.  See the Calendar.

  2. Make sure your child takes all required placement tests.

  3. Attend an informational meeting if necessary. See our Calendar for meeting dates, times, and locations.

  4. If accepted, you must attend a registration meeting to complete the application process.

How long does the Summer Program run for?

The Summer Program is a seven week program during the summer.  Students are on campus for seven hours a day. Starting times vary from campus to campus.  Starting dates vary based on ending dates of various districts.

How will I get my child there?

We do our best to provide busing for most students.  You are always welcome to provide your own transportation.  Details are given at informational meetings.

Must I attend the informational meetings?

Families who have not had a child complete the program must attend an informational meeting.  It is recommended that all interested families attend an informational meeting due to the many changes that have occurred over the past few years.  Meeting times and locations can be found on our Calendar.

What are the dates of the Summer Program?

That depends on the class your child attends and your own school calendar year.  Some students will attend a different time frame based on college campus availability.  Most students will have classes within the weeks of [approx] June 14 to August 6.  Class start and end times depend on the site to which they are assigned. Please check the Calendar for specific dates.

What tests must my child take?

There is a placement test that all students grades 5-8 must take.  Dates for this test begin in early March. Depending on their score, an Algebra readiness test for students may also be necessary.  This test normally takes place in late March/early April. All high school students (grades 9-11) will take tests beginning in April.  

Your child cannot "fail" these tests.  They are for placement purposes only. Please check the Calendar for test dates, times and locations.

Where are the classes held?

To the extent possible, classes are held at local college campuses.  Some students may be assigned to a local high school campus depending on space availability.

Where are the tests held?

We will test at any schools where 10 or more students have signed up (with permission from the school).  Other students must test at a general location. Parents are responsible to see that their child has tested.  See the calendar for test locations as well as dates and times.

Will my child receive credit for classes taken?

That depends on your school or district.  We will send information on the class attended, grade received, and recommended class to your child's school or district.  It is up to you to follow through on placement. We will assist if asked.

The ESUHSD has accepted our recommendations in the past and awarded credit to students who received such recommendations from us.  The students were then placed in the next class level following the district sequence.

For middle schools, most of our recommendations have been accepted for class placement.  Awarding credit is based on the internal policy of the district or school.

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 TAX INFORMATION FOR THE JOSE VALDES MATH FOUNDATION:

  1. Jose Valdes Math Foundation Taxpayer ID# 260825700

  2. Donations are tax-deductible

  3. Registration, tuition and/or fees are NOT tax-deductible.  The IRS allows tax credits and deductions only for post-secondary (after high-school) at eligible educational institutions.  The Jose Valdes Math Foundation and the current Programs are NOT post-secondary and therefore do not qualify. 

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TAX INFORMATION FOR THE JOSÉ VALDÉS MATH FOUNDATION:
  1. José Valdés Math Foundation Taxpayer ID# 260825700
  2. Donations are tax-deductible
  3. Registration, tuition and/or fees are NOT tax-deductible.  The IRS allows tax credits and deductions only for post-secondary (after high-school) at eligible educational institutions.  The José Valdés Math Foundation and the current Programs are NOT post-secondary and therefore do not qualify. 
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EDUCATION TAX BENEFITS
 
ELIGIBLE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
 
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