Math Enrichment Services Summer Camp Alumni Win 2019 VA State Mathcounts

Offering serious and challenging mathematics to intellectually gifted students

1200 Kensington Road
McLean, Virginia 22101
(703) 855-0948


Vern Williams


  • Math Enrichment Services Summer Camp Alumni Win 2019 VA State Mathcounts
Congratulations to the 2019 four member VA State Mathcounts team. During the last two summers they have all attended one or more of our summer math enrichment camps. It's great both teaching and learning from such accomplished students.

  • April Update
There are five spaces left in both sessions of the Math Reasoning course. We still have openings in the Advanced Problem Solving course. We are planning to have two levels of the Advanced Problem Solving class as we have done for the last few summers. Decisions on placement are usually made during the first class but please feel free to contact me at if you would like to meet with me for an evaluation before then.

There are at least two tried and true methods for eliminating programs for intellectually gifted students. One of course is to eliminate the program outright by refusing to allow any form of ability grouping beyond very specific special education populations. The other just as ominous method is to declare every program or course “open enrollment”. At one time the Advanced Academic (formally titled GT Center) program was specifically geared to a very small population of students who could not be adequately challenged in general education classes. In fact, at one time the Gifted Center program was under the department of Special Education because such students truly needed special services.

Now one might say that AAP is not open enrollment because students are still selected for the program by school system personnel. The AAP population has grown from about three to five percent of the general population to around twenty percent and growing. Because of the inflated numbers of admitted students, the program has now been blamed for overcrowding at certain schools and for academic/social upheaval at others. If AAP is fine for twenty plus percent of the general population, why not everyone? Open enrollment AAP Level iV will be coming to a school near you. Just give it a bit more time.


Based in McLean, Virginia, we provide a challenging mathematics curriculum for gifted upper elementary and middle school students in the metropolitan Washington DC area. I have taught math in The Fairfax County Public School system for over thirty-five years and I have taught in the gifted and talented program for over thirty years. I have received awards from Fairfax County Public Schools and the Mathematical Association of America. I’ve coached many successful Mathcounts teams and taught Math Reasoning for The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented youth. In 2007, I was appointed to the National Mathematics Advisory Panel by President George W. Bush. I am proud to have managed to teach Real math for over thirty years without lowering my standards and have no intention of changing my methods.


I had junior high school teachers who were intellectual and had a passion for their subject. Those great teachers helped me to develop a passion for learning and a respect for hard work that remains with me to this day. At Paul Junior High School in Washington DC, intellectual excellence was the norm and it was celebrated. There was no cooperative learning, fake self esteem, differentiated instruction or ten pound textbooks loaded with pictures and useless content. I decided to become a math teacher during my last year of junior high school because I knew that I wanted to return some day to continue the fun, the learning, and the celebration of excellence that I experienced in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades.

After attending the University of Maryland in the early nineteen seventies, I accepted a math teaching position at Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. That experience helped to shape my attitude towards teaching math for the next thirty years. Teachers were forced to individualize 150 students using math booklets written for non-readers. Seventh and eighth grade students were put into the same math classes and teachers were told that this program was "cutting edge". I would hear that phrase many times over the next thirty years. I quickly decided to find a school where I was allowed to "teach". After seven great years teaching math at Ellen Glasgow School in Fairfax County, I transferred to H.W. Longfellow Middle School where I remained for over thirty years. At Longfellow, I developed and taught the original Honors Math course to students in the Gifted Talented Center program. I also taught Algebra/Geometry which was a one year course that I developed in which two high school credits were awarded. I also taught an enriched version of Honors Algebra 7 and a special proof based Honors Geometry course enriched with AMC/AIME/USAMO level problem solving.

At present I teach Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Precalculus at BASIS Independent Mclean located in the Tysons Corner area. I am thrilled to be part of a school where academic excellence and personal responsibility are celebrated.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 SUMMER COURSES WILL OPEN ON JANUARY 2. Classes will remain open until filled by qualified students.

Session I : July 15 – July 26 (9 AM - 12 noon) 
Session II : July 29 – August 9 (9 AM – 12 noon)
Vern Williams  Sessions I & II
Class Size:
15-18 students
George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043




July 29 - August 9 (1 PM – 4 PM)

Vern Williams and Dr. Ryan Grove
Class Size:
We will have two levels and will assign 12-15 students to each class.
George Mason High School
7124 Leesburg Pike 
Falls Church, VA 22043




I provide a limited amount of mentoring/enrichment during the school year for small groups. I currently meet with two small groups on Saturday mornings at 9 AM and 10:15 AM. There are currently no openings in the 9 AM class and two openings in the 10:15 (advanced) class. 

For information regarding content and fees, please contact me.

I have advised educational establishments such as The College Board ( and Achieve, Inc.( on various issues involving curriculum and testing. I also advise parents on dealing with school and classroom issues involving curriculum for gifted students. Fees are generally $100 - $130 per hour.



Offering serious and challenging mathmatics to
intellectually gifted students

Last update: 4/15/2019