The Math Team offers students the opportunity to use their math skills and critical thinking to solve challenging, non-routine math problems in a competitive environment.
The Our Lady of Lourdes High School’s Math Team is one of twenty-seven high schools in the Dutchess-Ulster-Sullivan-Orange County Math League. The league is divided into six sections based on geographical location. There are five contests held during the school year on one afternoon each month at a designated school within the section. The matches begin at 4:00 pm.
In preparation for these competitions, the students meet after school once a month and practice solving problems about the subjects they will encounter at next month’s competition.
Each match consists of six individual rounds as well as a team round. These rounds deal with different subjects within mathematics and an increase in the degree of difficulty.
Each school may enter up to four teams consisting of five students. Substitutions for a team may be made on the initiative of the team captain or coach at any time during the contest, providing the next problem has not yet been distributed.
All questions are graded by a representative of the league and points are awarded on an individual and team basis. The top teams advance to Sectional competition and the top individuals are invited to compete at the State level.