*because*they have the skill sets needed to think mathematically. With this focus, the educational value in doing the contests shifts from looking at how many questions are answered, to an opportunity to evaluate how well the math skill sets have been developed, and the concepts understood. In addition, students learn how to take a risk, and are pushed to do more than they thought they could. Putting students into contests gives them an opportunity that many students don’t have. If you want your teenager to be able to compete against others for university math scholarships, they must achieve at least an honours standing on a contest. Spirit of Math students have an impressive list of contest achievements to add to their resumes. For over 25 years now, students studying with the Spirit of Math program, have succeeded in many national mathematics contests. In fact, for a period of 13 years, when students had the opportunity to study this program in their day school, there were more students on the national honour roll from that one school, than all other Canadian schools combined. Did their teacher teach to the test? Absolutely not, but they did have an incredible program that not only developed extraordinary math skills, but many other interpersonal skills. These students developed minds able to think in ways that propelled them to the top in all areas of life. From doctors to physicists to engineers, these Spirit of Math alumni are now leaders in their communities, changing the world. Although the foundational concepts of the Spirit of Math program are being taught in several prestigious private schools, such as

*University of Toronto Schools*and

*Crescent School*, Spirit of Math is also offered to students in an after-school setting. There are 23 campuses throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Ottawa and Edison, New Jersey. Students studying with Spirit of Math, taking just 1 class a week, are propelled far past most parents’ expectations. In one parent’s words: “I decided not to send my son to a private school – instead I am supplementing his education by sending him to Spirit of Math. Just by sending him once a week, his thinking has boosted him far above other students in his day school. I can’t believe what he can do.” This is not an extraordinary child. This is a motivated child learning in a progressive program taught by great teachers.

*Kimberley Langen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Spirit of Math*

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*Schools and the author of the Releasing the Genius*

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*series of workbooks for students and schools. For more information about Spirit of Math, and to find a campus near to you, go to*

*www.spiritofmath.com*

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