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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Online registration for the 2020 JVMI Enrichment program will be available starting on Tuesday, February 25 2020.  Please check back periodically for more information.

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


Should I register my child?

If your child is currently taking Common-Core 5th-grade Math or higher in regular school, then you may register him/her for our 2020 Enrichment program.

How do I register my child?

First of all, be sure to read all of our program-description pages.  The online registration must be completed by  June 1, 2020.

What are the program details?

The 2020 Valdés Math Institute will be held over a 6-week or 7-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 15, 2020.  Students will be on campus for approximately eight hours per day, typically from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Is there any testing required for students?

All Valdés students (new and returning) 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.

What classes will be offered?

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.

  • CC 6th-Grade Math
  • CC 7th-Grade Math
  • 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, JVMI 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 JVMI 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:



  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. 


  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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