Resource: eIMACS - e-Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science
Website: eIMACS - e-Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science
Organization: Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science
Description: eIMACS, the distance learning division of the Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science (IMACS), is dedicated to delivering the highest quality interactive math and computer science classes for gifted and talented secondary school students. University-level, online courses include Advanced Mathematical Logic, University Computer Science, AP Computer Science, and Test Prep for the AP Computer Science and AP Calculus exams. eIMACS is based in Plantation, Florida, and serves students from across the US and around the world, including homeschoolers, students without access to AP Computer Science, and students who want to study advanced math and computer science at their own pace. For high school level courses for talented middle school-aged children, consider Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF).

Comments: Contributed by: Parent on 7/23/2015
I would highly recommend the IMACS course for any child wanting to study for the APCS exam. I searched a lot before choosing IMACS and am very happy with the decision. This was the only online APCS course that I found which implemented the new labs. My husband and I are software engineers and found the quality of the course material to be very high. Concepts were very well-explained without talking down to the student. The text format makes it easy for a student to go ahead rather than in a video where some back and forth is needed to go faster. Our daughter pretty much studied it by herself and only needed an occasional reminder when stuck to get help from her IMACS instructor who replied promptly. As a parent, I liked being able to navigate through the online syllabus to see how much was done and what is coming up. The weekly email progress updates were useful too. Our daughter could not study APCS in 10th grade at school, and IMACS APCS was the perfect solution. She got a good foundation in Computer Science principles and programming and also a score of 5 in the AP exam. Thank you IMACS.

Contributed by: Student on 7/14/2015
IMACS has given me huge advantages over my college classmates in math and computer science. During my first semester at RIT, I took Discrete Math and Intro to Proofs. Nearly everything that was taught in that class, I had seen before in the eIMACS logic courses. On the first test, the class average was in the low 70's, but I got a 104 because my professor awarded me bonus points for exceptional work. The course has a reputation for weeding people out of the applied math program, but I easily got an A thanks to my IMACS background. Taking the eIMACS Java course enabled me to get a 5 on the AP Computer Science A exam in my junior year of high school. That, in turn, earned me a spot in a Java programming class at RIT that most applied math majors never take. Thanks to IMACS, I was already familiar with several topics covered in the course. I was one of the best students in the class despite being the only one who wasn't majoring in computer science or software engineering. I am truly grateful for the advantages I gained at IMACS.

Contributed by: Parent on 5/15/2015
My daughter is a senior in high school and completed University Computer Science 1 this year. She had no computer science experience prior to this course. She felt the material was clearly presented and the exercises were helpful. When she needed assistance, the instructor provided just the right level of help, and his response was almost always immediate. Overall, she feels she learned a lot and really enjoyed the course. As a result, she is considering majoring in computer science in college. As a parent, I can say this was money well spent.

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