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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Online registration for the 2019 Enrichment program will be available starting on February 15, 2019.  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 you child is currently taking Common-Core 7th-grade Math or higher in regular school, then you may register him/her for our 2019 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, 2019.  Please read the rest of this page before clicking on the "Application Process" link:



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

The 2019 Valdés Math Institute will be held over a 6-week (28-day) summer timeline at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose.  Students will be on campus for approximately eight hours per day.



Evergreen Valley College

3095 Yerba Buena Rd.

San Jose, CA 95135



Start:  Monday, June 17, 2019

End:   Friday, July 26, 2019

Note:  Classes will run Monday thru Friday, except during the week of the Fourth of July holiday.


June (10 days):

17, 18, 19, 20, 21 (21st is a Friday)

24, 25, 26, 27, 28 (28th is a Friday)


July (18 days):

1, 2, 3, (no class on July 4th or July 5th)

8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (12th is a Friday)

15, 16, 17, 18, 19 (19th is a Friday)

22, 23, 24, 25, 26 (26th is a Friday)



Classroom Instruction:  8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Free Tutoring:  3:45 p.m. to 5:30 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.

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 2019 Enrichment testing.  A student cannot "fail" these tests, since they are for placement purposes only.

Note:  The 2019 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:


  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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