Parent Testimonials

Satisfied Parents

We wanted to express our great appreciation for HCSSiM’s program structure, content, and culture. It has had an enormous positive impact on our son. He has had an amazing time and a profound, almost religious, mathematical experience. This had been such a fabulous time and at the end of it, he felt tired but strangely invigorated. School seems bland now by comparison.
Overwhelmingly, he said the single best thing in HCSSiM has been the people. The cohort, and the junior and senior instructors have been absolutely welcoming, kind, smart, and collaborative rather than competitive. He felt he met his tribe: people who just revelled in the math, expressing joy at every new insight and new bit of learning. He bonded so well with all the instructors, it was a truly rewarding experience.

The math, from what we understand, was exciting, new, and rigorous. He learned to think deeply, think things through, and write better. He encountered so many mathematical concepts that he still talks about them often!
He also came back more mature to handle life away from home all while climbing trees, playing pool, and shooting the breeze.
This program is worth its weight in gold. We can’t thank you enough for giving him this opportunity and the impact it has had on our kid. He came back with a much, much deeper love for math. Thank you.

– parents of a student in the 2023 program

It was clear to us that HCSSiM would be a unique and special opportunity for our son, and yet the entire experience superseded our expectations. One of the things that makes this program so distinctive is the way that they couple rigorous, high level mathematics with humor, wit, and joy. It’s a warm and inviting community where everyone takes their math seriously, but not themselves. From their obsession with the number 17 and Yellow Pigs to math movie nights and naming the theorems they proved, HCSSiM has a rich culture of idiosyncratic traditions that the kids embrace immediately. Our son described the faculty as the “best he had ever had” and he “wished others who love math could experience this.” He found the environment stimulating and challenging, and he loved that the culture emphasizes collaboration over competition. HCSSiM also has a large body of alumni who remain dedicated to the program, and there was a stream of impressive guest speakers over the course of the summer. We also felt that this experience was a wonderful precursor to college, not just in terms of academics, but socially and in navigating dorm life. We’re thrilled that our son stays in regular contact with the friends he made at the program, and we’re so grateful that the wonderful impact of his time at Hampshire College will remain with him for a long, long time. We can’t thank you enough!

– parents of a student in the 2023 program

Our daughter had a great time at HCSSiM over the summer of 2022. Initially, we weren’t sure whether a six-week boarding camp focused on math would be too much for her. It turned out she enjoyed every day of it. Every time we called her, we could feel her excitement coming over the wire. She told us how she had enjoyed working with everyone in the program and how eye-opening the math had been. We could feel her enthusiasm thousands of miles away. We felt HCSSiM not only brought her more knowledge and skills but also, more importantly, further inspired her love of math. After coming back from HCSSiM, she is taking advanced math classes such as Complex Analysis and Graph Theory at school this semester. We are definitely witnessing her passion for math continue to grow. Over the summer, students and staff members at HCSSiM formed a warm community. Our daughter and the other four girls living in the same building became good friends. They did grocery shopping together and put together food platters as a way to appreciate the work of the staff members. Staff members invited students to their homes to talk about math or simply to enjoy the time. On the last night, many of them went star-gazing together and were having an extremely hard time saying bye to each other. When one of the students visited our area later that summer, he reached out to his new HCSSiM friends, including our daughter, and they had a little reunion already. Our daughter is already marking the annual Yellow Pigs Days on her calendar. We would definitely recommend HCSSiM to any students who love math and would like to spend a fun and productive summer on a nice and beautiful campus.

– parents of a student in the 2022 program

We are truly grateful to you, the entire faculty and staff for making this summer a memorable one for our son. He raves about the myriad of experiences he has had, the knowledge he has gained and the friendships he has made. While applying to your program, one of the main thing that caught his attention was how well rounded the entire program was. We love hearing about how learning is fun and how he has learnt concepts he would have never learnt otherwise. We believe that this is a life altering experience for him and are excited for him and his comrades at the program. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,

– parents of a student 2022

HCSSIM is the perfect place for brainy kids who think in math but who also want to have a well rounded, humor filled summer. After many years of ‘okay’ camps with moderately high price tags, we finally feel like our money was incredibly well spent. HCSSIM was the first time that our son met other kids like him. He was challenged every day, never bored, excited about what comes next. He returned home more than 17% better at math, probably at least 68% more focused, and even with a tiny 3 day break until his regular school starts, he remains excited about what comes next. Our expectations were impossibly high (both parents and child), but HCSSIM exceeded those expectations. Thanks for lighting the spark!

– parent of a student in the 2018 program

I would like to thank you again for the opportunity that you have offered to my son to attend the HCSSiM.

He has attended other mathematical camps and programs in the past, and by far he likes the HCSSiM experience the best. When he was back home, he told us that he was so sad that HCSSiM was over.

As an educator myself, I always wonder what education approach will generate interests from students, especially on teaching hard subjects with a lot of abstractions. My son told me that he really enjoys the “collaborative learning” aspect of the program. Maybe that is the key. I am a bit amazed that kids across three different levels (8-11 grade) can learn the same high level subjects together. He told me it was not a problem. I also took a look at some of the typed journals and notes he prepared for the different lectures and activities. I have to say that this is a fantastic training you provided!

Thank you again for running a successful summer math program, for so many years I should add. My husband and I were a bit concerned earlier whether he will be bored staying at a place that is far away from major cities. It turns out that he was very fulfilled and loved the program. We will definitely recommend your program to others.

-parent of a student in the 2018 program