The José Valdés Math Foundation Programs

The José Valdés Math Foundation provides support to students who are looking to improve their math skills.  In addition to tutoring services, we offer two programs during the summer.

Our two programs are the José Valdés Math Academy and the José Valdés Math Institute™.  Both provide six to seven weeks of math instruction to students in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.  Our summer math classes are the equivalent to a full academic year of math instruction.

The José Valdés Math Institute Curriculum is aligned to California Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

The José Valdés Math Academy

The Valdés Math Academy serves elementary and middle-school students who are struggling in mathematics and find themselves one or more grade levels behind in their overall math skills compared to their peers.  Our summer curriculum is designed to help students from low-income families to regain their math skills and to improve their overall math proficiency by the end of the summer program. 

Each summer, we serve approximately 300 to 400 students in the Academy Program at no cost to students or their families.  The vast majority of our students are recruited through participating school districts throughout Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. 

If you have a child at one of the school districts listed below, then please contact your district office to learn how your child can be enrolled in the Valdés Math Academy Program: 

Alum Rock Union Elementary School District (ARUESD)

Evergreen Elementary School District (EESD)

La Honda−Pescadero Unified School District (LHPUSD)

Mountain View-Whisman School District (MVWSD) 

You may also contact us directly, and we will work with your district to include your child. 

If you do not see your district listed above but would like to explore whether your child is qualified to enroll in our summer program, then please contact our Program Director, Mr. Bob Turner, at

If your child does qualify, then there will be no tuition fee.

The José Valdés Math Institute™

The Valdés Math Institute, as a tuition-based program, is primarily for students who are currently doing well in mathematics and who are currently in the 5th grade in their regular schools. The Institute Program is designed to increase math skill levels and to prepare students for taking accelerated, more complex STEM courses before graduation from high school.


Each summer, we serve approximately 100 to 200 Institute students.  For our Institute Program, we accept students from multiple schools and school districts throughout Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.


In addition to more one-on-one attention from our State-certified teachers, students in the Institute Program will receive credit for their completed mathematics courses.  Our summer curriculum is accredited through the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) and aligns with the State of California’s Common Core Standards. 

Click below to apply to our Academy or Institute Program.

Both our Academy and Institute Programs offer multiple levels of math courses.  Students who complete our summer program gain greater levels of confidence and an enhanced appreciation of learning.