Summer

The Math Circles of Chicago will offer summer camps for rising 6th to 13th graders in 2020 (a rising 13th grader is someone who will graduate from high school in June 2020). Our camps give students the chance to participate in a highly communal weeklong mathematics experience. Our camps are hands-on, minds-on, featuring active math circle activities, where exploration and collaboration are prized.

Enter the camp lottery by April 30th to maximize your chances of earning a spot. To enter the lottery, go to our registration page, login, and choose your preferences in the same way you do for our academic year program.

Payton Prep

1034 N. Wells


Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
7/13-7/17 or 7/20-7/24, 9AM-noon

Note: The same camp experience is offered both weeks at Payton; if you apply, you will be enrolled in at most one week!

Back of the Yards

2111 W. 47th


Rising 6th and 7th grade

7/13-7/17, 9AM-4PM

Our camp at Back of the Yards will be a full day. Priority will be given for children living in Back of the Yards, McKinley Park, Little Village, and Englewood.

High School Program, Jones Prep

700 S. State


Rising 9th to 13th grade

7/13-7/24, Noon-2:45PM

Our high school camp will meet Monday to Friday in the early afternoon. This camp will be led by Dr. Eugenia Cheng.

Fees & Registration Schedule


The basic fee for our camps is $300 a week on a sliding scale. Students admitted to one of our camps have the option of completing this Reduced Fee and Fee Waiver Form.

CPS students can have their school verify that they should receive aid for our camp; those students will be charged no fee for attending. Other families can indicate that their annual income is less than $120,000 per year and ask for reduced tuition.

Students can apply to our summer program starting March 9th. Initial selection will take place on April 30th. Students admitted should submit their Reduced Fee and Fee Waiver Form or a $50 non-refundable down payment to confirm admission by 5/31. Final payments will be due by June 13th.

Please note that fees are non-refundable.