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BHS junior graduates from accelerated math program

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BHS junior graduates from accelerated math program


Burnsville High School junior Joseph Ong recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program (UMTYMP). Ong has been in the program for five years.

Over the last 40 years, UMTYMP has been one of the nation's premier accelerated mathematics programs. Students spend up to five years taking UMTYMP courses on the University campus. The first two years of the program cover all four years of the traditional high school curriculum: Algebra, Geometry, and Math Analysis (PreCalculus). In the final three years, students earn up to 12 University of Minnesota credits in a sequence of Calculus courses, emphasizing problem solving, collaboration, and communication of mathematics.

“The experience really taught me how to manage time and understand things quickly, which are very useful since they apply to all the other facets of life. Since I had to do math double speed for the first 2 years, I had much more homework and had to manage my time, but also had to understand everything quickly,” Ong said. “Being in a classroom with lots of other people who are very good at math is amazing. I get to discuss at a much higher level than anywhere else, and get new insights that I never would have thought of.”

Ong plans to major in mathematics in college and is interested in pursuing a career related to physics or astrophysics.

Learn more about UMTYMP at

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