Emma Willard School girls have made a strong showing of their math skills beyond our classrooms.

Since 1996, Emma Willard students have participated in the New York Mathematics League, which involves taking six half-hour tests during the year on material from Algebra One through Precalculus, on topics including algebra, geometry, probability, and trigonometry. Emma Willard has been the top scorer in our region for the last six years, and for ten of the past eleven years.

On Friday nights, interested Emma students join other high school students from all over the Capital District at the Albany Area Math Circle to collaborate on exciting and challenging “outside-the-box” math problems together. Here they work hard and realize that making mistakes is part of learning. Girls who attend Math Circle regularly can receive Practicum credit for their attendance.

Each year, Emma girls also participate in the American Mathematics Competitions. If a girl earns a high enough score, she may qualify to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. Additionally, if a girl scores high enough on the AIME and sends in an application, she may be chosen to compete for the Math Prize for Girls, an annual math competition held at MIT where young ladies with exceptional potential compete for the largest monetary math prize for girls in the world.

Additional competitions are available for those girls who qualify, usually selected from those who attend the Albany Area Math Circle. These additional competitions include the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT), the Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC), the New York State Mathematics League (NYSML) competition, and the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) competition.