Expansions: MoMath’s gifted math program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students

Application Process | Schedule | Pricing | Policies

What is Expansions, the gifted program at MoMath?

Featuring programs for mathematically gifted students enrolled in 1st through 12th grades, the Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath’s educational team to illuminate the wonders of mathematics, challenge and inspire students, and broaden their mathematical horizons.  With topics ranging from fractals to cellular automata, these afternoon classes provide an opportunity for participants to learn advanced and fascinating topics not included in the standard K-12 curriculum.  Plus, your child can benefit from enjoying math together with small groups of talented and focused young scholars.

MoMath is currently accepting applications for the fall 2020 semester.  Click here to start your application.

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Expansions offers the following levels.  Grade bands (shown parenthetically) provide rough guidelines; final placement is based on demonstrated student ability. Meeting times and dates will be posted this summer.

  • Tetrahedron: For those who are comfortable with addition and subtraction (approx. grades 1-2)
  • Hexahedron: For those who have conquered multiplication and division (approx. grades 3-4)
  • Octahedron: For those who know the facts about fractions (approx. grades 5-6)
  • Dodecahedron: For those with functional knowledge of functions (approx. grades 7-8)
  • Icosahedron: For those who routinely find the roots of polynomials (approx. grades 9-12)

Application process

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2020 semester. Spots are limited, so please submit your applications early.

To apply, please complete this online form and follow the instructions provided upon submission.  Once students are accepted into the program, they may register for their assigned level.


The fall 2020 semester will run from September 2020 through January 2021, and the spring 2021 semester will run from January through May 2021.  Additional information will be posted this summer.


Participation in the 2020-2021 academic year will require full-semester enrollment.  MoMath does not prorate fees for mid-term registrations, and refunds will not be given for absences or for any other reasons.  Museum admission is not included in the registration.

Need-based scholarships are available.  Scholarship applicants must meet the income guidelines of the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program and provide verification of household income.  Scholarship applicants should complete the regular application form online and send a separate email to scholarships@momath.org with a request for scholarship application instructions.  Please allow at least two weeks for the scholarship committee’s review process.


MoMath will make every effort to run classes as scheduled, but occasionally unforeseen circumstances beyond MoMath’s control (e.g., severe inclement weather when the program is conducted in the physical Museum) may require that a class be cancelled.  If such a cancellation occurs, MoMath may, at its sole discretion, offer make-up sessions.

Note that a particular level will run only if a minimum number of participants register before the start date of the full session.  In the rare event that a particular level is cancelled, registrants will be notified and provided with a full refund.

MoMath does not provide make-up classes for absences.  Each Expansions series accepts a limited enrollment in order to provide individualized attention to each student.  While many reasons may cause a student to miss a class, a registered student holds a reserved seat while others may be turned away due to limited capacity.  Additionally, the Museum provides staffing, and other resources based on registration.  For these reasons, the Museum has a strict no-refund and no make-up policy.

When the program is conducted in the physical Museum, adult chaperones may wait in the lobby or in Additions, the shop at MoMath.  In the event that a class is scheduled to end after the Museum closes at 5:00 pm, adults may wait in Additions, and students will be brought there for dismissal.

All Expansions participants are expected to exhibit good behavior to ensure a positive experience for everyone.  At its sole discretion, MoMath may remove a student from the Expansions program for behavioral reasons.  If a student is removed for behavioral reasons, for either the day or the remainder of the program, no refund will be issued.