Summer Institute Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

With respect to the current pandemic, we are currently discussing how/where to host our 2022 Institute classes.  We are planning for a hopeful return to in-person classroom instruction, but we are prepared to switch to online/virtual instruction if necessary, depending on Federal/State mitigation efforts relating to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check back for periodic updates.

The 2022 Institute Program is a seven-week (28-day) summer math program, typically Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

7-Week Institute Program

         Start:  Monday, June 13, 2022

         End:   Thursday, July 28, 2022  

June (14 days)—Monday-Thursday/Friday:

         13, 14, 15, 16, 17

         20, 21, 22, 23, 24

         27, 28, 29, 30

July (14 days)—Monday-Thursday:

         6, 7

         11, 12, 13, 14

         18, 19, 20, 21

25, 26, 27, 28

NOTE:  There is no class on either Monday, July 4th, or Tuesday, July 5th.  Two Friday dates have been added in June:  June 17th and June 24th.  Graduation will be held on July 28th, the last day of the 2022 Program.

If your child is currently in 8th-grade math or higher in regular school, then you may register him/her for our 2022 Institute Program.

First of all, be sure to read all of our program-description pages. Online registration must be completed on or before June 1, 2022

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there is a discount for early registration.

For 2022, the total tuition cost per student is $1,425.00 (U.S.D.), although there are discounts for eligible students, so please read further below.

Yes, there are three opportunities for discounts: 

1.   2022 Sibling Discount: a $150 savings per sibling, but this discount may not be used in conjunction with either the 2022 Returning-Student Discount or 2022 Early-Bird Registration Discount.  This discount is not exchangeable for cash.

2.   2022 Returning-Student Discount: a $50 savings per student, but this discount may not be used in conjunction with the 2022 Sibling Discount(s).  This discount is not exchangeable for cash.

3.   2022 Early-Bird Registration Discount: a $50 savings per student (on or before Friday, March 11, 2022), but this discount may not be used in conjunction with the 2022 Sibling Discount(s).  This discount is not exchangeable for cash.

Yes. Each year, we are able to offer financial assistance to families who can demonstrate long-standing financial need and/or economic hardship (e.g., official documentation verifying a child’s free/reduced lunch status at school). 

To apply for a 2022 Valdés Math Scholarship, please contact Mr. Bob Turner, the Program Director, at:

You will be notified as soon as possible once a decision has been made regarding your 2022 financial-assistance request(s).

For every student accepted into the Institute Program, there are many more placed on the waiting list.  It is for this reason that we ask families to make an early commitment.  But we understand that things happen, so we do offer refunds.

Our 2022 refund policy is as follows: 

  90% refund for written requests submitted at or more than 30 days before the start of the program.  For a 90% refund, written requests must be submitted via email on or before May 13, 2022Note: An administrative fee of 10% will be automatically deducted.

  50% refund for written requests submitted less than 30 days prior to the program start date.  For a 50% refund, written requests must be submitted via email from May 14, 2022, to June 12, 2022.

  No refunds once the program begins (June 13, 2022). 

To request a refund, please contact Mr. Bob Turner, the Program Director, at:

All refunds are processed in the form of checks and are mailed out within four (4) to six (6) weeks upon receipt of a written refund request.

All Institute students, both 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/guardian will be contacted by our staff as to the specific time, date, and location of the 2022 placement testing.  A student cannot “fail” these tests, since they are for placement purposes only.

Official summer transcripts are sent only to schools of record.  For security reasons, official summer transcripts are never given to students, and they are not mailed or emailed to parents/guardians. 

For any reason, before the end of the summer program, the parent/guardian may contact our office to request a hold or stop to prevent any official summer transcript from being sent out to the respective school of record. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this official transcript policy, then please email Mr. Bob Turner, the Program Director, at:

That depends on your school or district.  At the end of the summer program, our office sends out transcripts to each school and/or district of our respective summer students. These transcripts include information as to the specific class attended, the first- and second-semester grades received, the academic standards met during the course of the summer program, and the teacher’s recommendation for math placement.  It is up to you, as the parent/guardian, to follow through on math 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 school and/or district. 

If you are looking to take an Institute 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 our office 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:

Registration for our 2022 Institute Program will begin accepting applications on February 15, 2022.