Eligible Participants

Students enrolled in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade are eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS competitions. Students taking middle school mathematics classes who are not full-time 6th, 7th or 8th graders are not eligible.

Participation in MATHCOUNTS competitions is limited to three years for each student though there is no limit to the number of years a student may participate in the school-based coaching phase.

School definitions

Academic centers or enrichment programs that do not function as students’ official school of record are not eligible to register. Homeschooled students are eligible (see below). If it is unclear whether an educational institution is considered a school, please contact your local Department of Education for specific criteria governing your state.

School enrollment status

A student may compete only for his/her official school of record. A student’s school of record is the student’s base or main school. A student taking limited course work at a second school or educational center may not register or compete for that second school or center, even if the student is not competing for his/her school of record. MATHCOUNTS registration is not determined by where a student takes his/her math course. If there is any doubt about a student’s school of record, the local or state coordinator must be contacted for a decision before registering.

A school’s participants may not combine with any other school’s participants to form a team when registering or competing.

Home schools and virtual schools 

Home schools and virtual schools are now eligible to participate as individuals and as members of a team.

However, prior to participation in a MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition, each registering home school, home school group or virtual school must complete and return the Home School Participation Attestation Form, which can be downloaded at www.mathcounts.org/competition.

Any virtual school interested in registering students must contact the MATHCOUNTS national office at 703-299-9006 for registration details.

Further information regarding student eligibility is available in the School Handbook.