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 a year-round, online-tutoring program, we offer two programs during the summer. Our two programs are the Math Academy and the Math Institute.  Both provide seven weeks (182 hours) of in-person math instruction to students in both Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.  Our summer math classes are the equivalent of a full academic year of instruction.  The José Valdés Math Institute Curriculum is aligned to California Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

The José Valdés Foundation Summer Math Academy

The Valdés Math Academy, as a tuition-free program, 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 at least one grade level by the end of the seven-week program.

Each summer, we serve approximately 300 to 400 Academy students. For our Academy Program, we recruit students exclusively from among our partnering school districts:

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)

Oak Grove School District (OGSD)

The José Valdés Math Institute

The José 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 8th grade in their regular schools. The Institute Program is designed to increase math skill levels and to prepare him/her for taking accelerated, more complex STEM courses by the time he/she graduates 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.  The 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.

Both our Academy and Institute offer multiple levels of math courses — and we’d love to see your student return summer after summer! Your child will graduate from our programs with greater levels of confidence and an enhanced appreciation of learning.