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Pictured: Ms. Ashley Cooper (6th and 7th grade math and science teacher at Richardson Classical Academy), Mary Ellen Stolte, Caleb Christian and Kyle Parks. Not pictured Ingrid Osborne.


This week, Caleb Christian, Kyle Parks, Mary Ellen and Ingrid Osborne from Richardson Classical Acadmey won the regional championship for the 2nd annual Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Competition. These students will compete in the Championship Round against other schools from across Dallas-Fort Worth on December 2 at the Explore Horizons Tutoring and Enrichment Center in Colleyville.

The Richardson Classical Academy team competed against 15 other student teams. 

Explore Horizons, a tutoring & enrichmentcenter with locations throughout North Texas, wants to challenge students to continue to learn outside of the classroom by applying valuable problem solving skills not taught within the traditional school curriculum and applying them to unique “real world” situations. Utilizing these key skills gives children and schools an opportunity to stretch talented young mathematicians beyond the classroom to prepare them for futures in math, science, engineering and more.

“We wanted to show children how fun, applicable, collaborative and interesting math can be,” said Belinda Southgate, Head of U.S. Marketing and Sales for Explore Horizons. “We love helping gifted and talented young students learn vital problem solving skills to use in high school, college and even future careers in STEM fields.”

A total of 18 schools representing six area school districts and two charter schools competed in the math competitions held throughout North Texas.

Explore Horizons Tutoring and Enrichment Centers provide math, reading and writing, enrichment and tutoring for children in Pre-K through eighth grade.