The Avenues Institute for Advanced Mathematics
The Avenues Institute for Advanced Mathematics (AIAM) offers a path of advanced study in mathematics for students in the secondary grades at Avenues campuses around the world. For students who are passionate about math, AIAM offers the chance to go beyond the regular math classroom and work at levels rarely supported in K-12 education.
Math without limits
More than just an advanced math class, AIAM is an exceptionally selective global program designed for students who see mathematics as a source of beauty and inspiration in the world, and who feel driven to produce groundbreaking work in pure and applied mathematics.
From Abstract to Concrete
Guided by expert faculty, students examine mathematical breakthroughs from 17,000 BCE to the present day, incorporating cultural and historical perspectives into their analysis. Students learn from independent research, unique problem-solving opportunities, peer-group discussions, hands-on projects and the constant construction of mathematical models. This rigorous curriculum–more demanding than any math class currently taught at Avenues–replaces a student’s regular math classes.
Instruction is individualized and the learning environment is flexible. Each student completes the content in a manner and at a pace that maximizes their learning. The scope and sequence of the work are strictly determined by the student’s pace, progress and passion. There are no “classrooms” where students sit together grouped by age or grade level; rather, students benefit from a rhythm of intensive independent study followed by regular group or one-on-one meetings—either in-person or online—with AIAM faculty.
The Student Experience
Students participate in two kinds of work: modules and projects. Modules consist of curricular materials, which students work on independently, discussing their solutions with AIAM faculty and their peer group on a regular basis. Projects are hands-on and often collaborative, undertaken in the iLab or maker space, and challenge students to explore applications of mathematics in engineering, science, or art.
Director of Avenues Institute for Advanced Mathematics
Cem Inaltong joined Avenues as a founding faculty member in 2011, serving as Upper Division math curriculum specialist. In 2017, he took on the role of global academic dean, responsible for ensuring that math curricula are aligned within each campus as well as across campuses. Since fall 2020, Cem has been developing a state-of-the-art curriculum and student experience for the Avenues Institute for Advanced Mathematics.
Born and raised in Turkey, Cem received a B.S. degree in mathematics and an M.A. in philosophy, both from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He has authored multiple essays on education, art and philosophy, and published a number of short stories and poems.
“The mathematician cannot create things at will, any more than the geographer can; one can only discover what is there and give it a name.”
Gottlob Frege, The Foundations of Arithmetic (1884)