National Math Stars

National Math Stars

The Basics

National Math Stars is a 10-year program that supports mathematically extraordinary students in reaching the frontiers the math and science. This support includes:

  • Math mentorship
  • Advanced math courses
  • Family advising
  • Financial support to pursue enrichment opportunities in STEM
  • Access to a community of mathematically extraordinary young people (and their families)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a current 2nd- or 3rd-grader (or ages 7-9)

  • Reside in Texas (we will expand to other states in 2025 - stay tuned!)

  • Show signs of extraordinary math ability

Application Process

There is no cost to apply to National Math Stars and no cost to participate for those admitted to the program.

The first stage of our application includes a family information form with short answers about your interest in the program, demographic information, and existing test scores (if available). All eligible applicants are also asked to complete an online problem-solving assessment that takes approximately one hour.

Finalists will be invited to take a (fully funded) proctored examination and complete a family interview via video conference.



  • What are your selection criteria?

    We choose National Math Stars based on two criteria: demonstrated level of math ability and need for the program.

    We assess math ability on the basis of existing test scores and our own admissions assessments. We’re looking for students who not only excel on math courses or exams, but who show passion for the subject and are ready to stretch further. If your child is always asking you mathematical questions, can’t get enough of STEM books and videos, or loves solving puzzles in their spare time, that could be a sign that they are a good fit for the program.

    Need for the program encompasses a variety of dimensions. We’re trying to answer the question, “What will this program enable a student to do, that they wouldn’t otherwise accomplish?” We especially encourage applications from students who are low-income, first-generation, rural, or from racial demographics historically underrepresented in advanced mathematics. However, none of these is a requirement for acceptance into the program, and our application includes a chance to explain why being a National Math Star will benefit your trajectory.

  • What is the time commitment for this program?

    Most National Math Stars spend 3-5 hours per week on core program activities. These activities include participation in math enrichment classes, regular math mentoring sessions, homework for classes, family advisor meetings, and community gatherings. (This estimate does not include time spent on additional STEM extracurriculars – such as robotics or coding – which National Math Stars can help find and fund, but which are not a required part of the program.) Please note that we will work with each accepted family to build a participation schedule that fits your unique needs. Our goal is to support you and your child in reaching their fullest potential.

  • Does participating in National Math Stars replace school time?

    Not usually. National Math Stars is a supplemental program that is meant to build on, and go beyond, what your child is already learning in school. Some National Math Stars do work on their advanced coursework during school time instead of regular math classes, but only when their parents and the school agree that this is beneficial to their learning.

  • When will I hear back about my application?

    All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in July. Finalists will be invited to participate in a proctored exam and family interview. (National Math Stars will cover all costs.)

  • Are there any costs associated with the program?

    No. National Math Stars has no costs or fees associated with it.

  • My student isn’t the right age. Can I still apply?

    While you are welcome to submit an application (we may expand our age range in future years), we are only accepting students that are in 2nd or 3rd grade OR ages 7-9 for the 2024 cohort.

  • I don’t live in Texas. Can I still apply?

    We are working hard to expand our programming into other states! However, for the 2024 National Math Stars cohort, we are only accepting students who reside in Texas.

  • I have more questions. Is there someone I can speak with?

    If you have any further questions or need support in submitting an application, please contact us at