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: Student on 11/11/2015
The summer before my sophomore year of high school, I decided that I wanted to try computer science and took the eIMACS University Computer Science I course. I could not have made a better choice. The class was challenging but accessible, teaching me the fundamental concepts without discouraging me with an extremely complicated language. This helped me to enjoy the ideas and problem solving aspects of computer science without getting bogged down by a frustrating language. It helped instill in me a love of the larger themes, which proved to be exceedingly helpful when I took AP Computer Science in the much more complicated language of Java. Because I had the background of UCS1, I was able to overcome the particular nature of the programming language and focus on the more exciting concepts of computer science. This allowed me to earn a 5 on the AP exam without ever having stepped inside a classroom. I highly recommend both the UCS1 and AP Computer Science: Java Programming courses from eIMACS.

Contributed by: Parent on 10/1/2015
As a parent, I enthusiastically recommend eIMACS. My son has taken all of the CS courses that eIMACS offers (University Computer Science I & II, and APCS) and had a positive experience with each course. After the thorough preparation, he reported that he felt quite confident during the AP exam, and scored a 5. We have been so pleased that we were directed to eIMACS by a (computer scientist) friend who also has a gifted child. I wanted to find a learning environment that fits with an advanced student who learns and integrates quickly, so that our son could move at his own pace. eIMACS was exactly that place. The courses were well presented, and we knew he was in good hands with the instructors. They were remarkably available, responding often within minutes. I particularly appreciated that the instructors did not just answer my son’s questions; they redirected my son’s thinking, gave him hints, so that he could stretch himself and figure it out on his own. My son loved the courses so much he often had a hard time stopping. It is clear to me that he now has a very strong foundation, and takes away not only specific learning, but also an approach to computer science and problem-solving and that will serve him for years to come. I am deeply grateful for what eIMACS has given my son.

Contributed by: Student on 8/3/2015
As a professional software architect I can't say nearly enough about the computer science education I received from IMACS. Every topic in my computer science degree came easily thanks to my IMACS background. They prepared me not only as a very well versed computer programmer but also as a strong problem solver. I actively look for the same problem solving skills that I learned at IMACS when hiring. The concepts I learned at IMACS have translated to every programming language I have taught myself, and I am eternally grateful for everything they taught me.

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