NATIONAL MATH CLUB RULES & FAQ

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NATIONAL MATH CLUB RULES & FAQ

2023-2024 Official Rules for the National Math Club

The eligibility rules of the National Math Club state that a group must consist of at least 4 U.S. students in grades 6-8 and have regular in-person or virtual meetings to participate in the National Math Club. MATHCOUNTS defines a U.S. student as any student who either...

  1. attends a school located in a U.S. state or territory, or
  2. attends an overseas school that is affiliated with the U.S. Departments of Defense or State.

MATHCOUNTS gives club leaders the flexibility to use the provided club resources in the way that works best for their students, and does not require registered clubs to complete certain activities or follow a set schedule.

The rules and requirements for Silver Level and Gold Level are explained in the Club Leader Guide and on the Club Leaders Resources page, both of which are accessible by registered club leaders.

Questions regarding the rules of the National Math Club should be addressed to the MATHCOUNTS national office at [email protected].

General Program Questions

What exactly does a math club consist of? What do students do in this program?

Math club meetings will vary by group, but the National Math Club suggests using the Club Leader Calendar, which outlines weekly activities that last 30-90 minutes. Every activity can be used by groups of any size and students of just about every math skill level. All games use everyday materials, and some also can be played using the free MATHCOUNTS Club App.

Usually beginning in the fall, students attend math club meetings led by their club leaders, using free resources provided by MATHCOUNTS. Then, clubs have the option of applying for Silver and Gold Level status to earn additional recognition. Learn more about the program. Learn more about the role of a club leader.

Is the National Math Club in my area?

Yes! Math clubs have been established in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and in schools worldwide affiliated with the Department of Defense and State Department. Any U.S. middle school or non-school group with students in grades 6-8 can register.

Please refer to the list of Registered Clubs for 2023-2024 to see if your student’s school or group already has registered for this year.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any group of at least 4 U.S. students in grades 6-8 that has regular in-person or virtual meetings is eligible to participate in the National Math Club.

Students enrolled in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in the National Math Club. Both schools and non-school groups such as tutoring/enrichment centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts troops and National Society of Black Engineers Junior Chapters are eligible to participate, as long as the group meets the eligibility requirements stated above.

Can a student participate in more than one MATHCOUNTS program?

Yes! We encourage students to participate in both MATHCOUNTS programs.

Learn more about the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. Students should participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series through their official school of record.

Registration Questions

How do I register for the National Math Club?

Any adult who leads a group that meets the eligibility requirements can register for free as a math club here. If you need help registering, please refer to our online registration guide

Can a school or organization have more than 1 officially registered club?

A school or organization can only register one (1) club officially. However, the same club can submit multiple Gold Level Projects to be considered for the Gold Level Honor Roll, which is explained below.

How much does it cost to participate and what comes with a registration?

Registration is completely free thanks to the support of our sponsors. Registered club leaders receive the free club kit, online access to activities and the MATHCOUNTS Club App—all of which provide resources and games for running club meetings.

 
Registered clubs also can go for recognition, awards and prizes within the National Math Club by applying for Silver and Gold Level Status, which is explained below.
Registered Club Leader Questions

Where can I find the club resources online?

Log in to the Club Dashboard and navigate to the Club Leaders Resources page. Games, math explorations, problem sets, Silver and Gold Level instructions and MATHCOUNTS Club App links are posted in mid-August when registration opens.

When can I expect to receive my mailed Club Kit?

Club Kits are mailed on a rolling basis from mid-August 2023 through mid-June 2024. Generally kits arrive 1-3 weeks after we receive your registration. If you have not received your kit within 3 weeks of registering, please email [email protected].

What is Silver Level Status and how can my club achieve it?

Silver Level Status recognizes and rewards those clubs with active participation. Clubs that have met a minimum of 5 times (with the minimum 4 eligible students at each meeting) can earn Silver Level. Club leaders can apply online on the Club Leader Dashboard.

Silver Level clubs that apply by the deadline receive website recognition, a pennant, MATHCOUNTS pencils, certificates for students and entry into a drawing for a $100 gift card (20 drawing winners selected). See last year's winning Silver Level clubs.

What is Gold Level Status and how can my club achieve it?

Gold Level Status recognizes and rewards those clubs with active participation and collaboration. Clubs that already have earned Silver Level Status are eligible to apply, and must complete the Gold Level Project and submit an application with proof of the project's completion. Club leaders can find additional information and the application on the Club Leader Dashboard.

Clubs have 3 project options to achieve Gold Level Status—Instructional Video, Math in Art, or Community Service. Only one project is required for a club to reach Gold Level Status, but a club can submit more than one project to be considered for the Gold Level Honor Roll, which is explained below. Any number of club members can contribute to a Gold Level project. 

Gold Level clubs that apply by the deadline receive website recognition, a banner, MATHCOUNTS pencils, certificates for students and entry into a drawing for a $200 gift card (5 drawing winners selected). See previous years' winning Gold Level clubs.

What is Gold Level Honor Roll and how can my club achieve it?

Each Gold Level Project will be reviewed by a group of volunteers from MATHCOUNTS sponsor organizations, who will choose 3 top projects from each category. These 9 exceptional projects will earn special website recognition, $250 for their club and personalized certificates for the students who worked on the projects.

What do I need to do before applying for Gold Level Status?

Only Silver Level clubs are eligible to apply for Gold Level Status, so first, you must meet the eligibility requirements for Silver Level Status and apply.

In addition, you must be sure that you have the authority to submit to MATHCOUNTS any necessary photos or videos of students as project evidence, in order for the project to be considered for Gold Level Status and the Gold Level Honor Roll. Please review the project instruction documents found on the Gold Level webpage (accessible from the Club Leader Dashboard) for information on what photos/videos are required as project evidence for each project type. If you need a form template for collecting parent/guardian permission, please feel free to use this form. However, MATHCOUNTS will only ask for documentation of parent/guardian permission once a project has been selected to be featured in the Gold Level Honor Roll on the MATHCOUNTS website.

Finally, please be sure that your club members have submitted the National Math Club Participant Information form at www.mathcounts.org/myinfo. This information is important to our sponsors and helps us keep the National Math Club a free program!

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