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This event is offered free of charge thanks to the generous donations from our community sponsors!


Event Reminders:

Testers! Remember your 2 #2 sharpened pencils, a simple calculator, lunch or lunch money for pizza, water bottle, snacks and team and/or math club tee shirt! Make sure you have the cell number for your chaperone. Shoreline CC Security # is 206-235-5860 if you get lost or need assistance.

The Individual tests include 3 mental math questions and 15 multiple choice questions. Each team test has 7 questions. The individual and team tests are both 20 minutes long. Additional time is added to each session to give instructions and answer student questions.


Shoreline Math Olympiad 2019 will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2019.

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Volunteers and Proctors need to check in between 7 and 730 a.m. at the volunteer table. There is a mandatory Proctor meeting at 8 a.m. and coffee and treats will be provided.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Students and chaperones need to check in at the Pagoda Union Building (#9000) and meet at their designated school tables in the PUB Dining Room. Maps located on the top bar link under ‘Schedule’. School coaches will check in teams once EVERYONE HAS ARRIVED. If time allows, locate your testing room and the nearest restroom before heading to the Gym. MAKE YOUR PIZZA PRE-ORDER AT THE CONCESSION STAND BEFORE 10:15 A.M.!!

8:50 – 9:05 Welcome Ceremony in the Gym

9:15 – 10:00 Event 1 – Individual Test #1

10:00 – 10:10 Break

10:10 – 10:40 Event 2 – Individual Test #2

10:40 – 10:50 Snack Break

10:50 – 11:15 Event 3 – Team Problem Solving

11:15 – 11:25 Break

11:25 – 11:45 Event 4 – Team Problem Solving

11:45 – 12:15 Lunch Break/Free time *Lunch break is not limited to the dining area of the PUB. Feel free to explore the campus WITH YOUR CHAPERONE and eat in appropriate areas.

12:15 – 1:00 Entertainment in the Gym

1:00 – 3:00 Awards Ceremony in the Gym

***All PIZZA PRE-ORDERS of Central Market Pizza must be in and paid for NO LATER than 10:15! Pizza proceeds benefit Shoreline Math Olympiad – Thank you for supporting this event!

The SCC Espresso Cart will be open from 8:00 – 12:00 in the PUB Lobby. Enjoy their selection of hot and cold beverages, as well as selected salads and wraps. Thanks for supporting SCC!


Math Clubs & Math Olympiad

The majority of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park schools host Math Clubs to encourage students to learn challenging, above grade level math concepts. Students are encouraged to also practice math skills on their own, and try Shoreline Math Olympiad grade level tests from previous years. It is NOT required for students to participate in a school math club to test at this event!

Goals of the Shoreline Math Olympiad Program:

  • To encourage ALL 4th-8th grade students attending a public or private school in Shoreline to participate in this fun, community event. It is NOT a requirement to belong to a school math club, so get 3 friends together & register a team, then practice!
  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
  • To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
  • To strengthen Mathematical intuition
  • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
  • To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges

Math concepts are often presented in a fun way. Teachers and parent volunteers coordinate Math Clubs which can range from small group work to full classroom settings. Students are presented with appropriate math problems that challenge each grade level. Most programs start meeting in the fall and conclude at the competitions held in the spring. Most programs give homework to the “Mathletes” during the week. Typically programs have a quiz day at the end of each month to give the kids a chance to use their skills choose to participate in the National Math Olympiad program (MOEMS) also give their students five monthly contests from November to March that provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.

The Shoreline Math Olympiad brings together teams from district and private schools in the Shoreline and LFP areas for friendly competition. Some students will also participate in more rigorous regional competitions the Washington State Math Championships held in Blaine, Math is Cool and math competitions at the University of Washington. See the Math Competitions page for details.

To contact your principal or a math coach for your local school, please go to “Coaches” tab under “Coaches Corner” page.


SMO receives Community Recognition Award in 2013

Shoreline Math Olympiad was among those honored by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) at its Community Recognition Awards luncheon held May 17, 2013 at the Puget Sound Educational Service District in Renton. Each year, WASA 110, which includes Shoreline, holds a luncheon and an awards ceremony to honor community leaders nominated by their respective districts.

Shoreline Math Olympiad was recognized for this award because the event has been bringing together students in grades 4 to 8 from Shoreline and Lake Forest Park for fun, friendly competition and learning for the past 15 years.

The guiding force of Shoreline Math Olympiad for the past 15 years has been committee chair Lisa McDonald, a Shoreline Schools parent who has given thousands of hours of her time to this effort. Each year Lisa brings together her planning team of community volunteers and expertly manages the event, which begins at the school level with Math Olympiad clubs that encourage students to learn challenging, above grade-level math concepts. To view the complete article go to: easesid=1505.

Dear Parents,

We have three major changes to the Shoreline Math Olympiad this year:

1. Students will test at their instructional level: Shoreline Public Schools will be registering their

students by the grade level they receive math instruction in, rather than their current grade level. For example, if your child is in 4 th grade and receives math instruction at the 5 th grade level, they will compete at the 5th grade level in the Shoreline Math Olympiad. Your school’s math coordinator will determine and submit a child’s grade level of instruction. Private schools have the option, and are encouraged to do the same, but are not required to register their students in this manner.

2. Translation Services: Shoreline Public Schools will be providing translation services for any non-English speaking student that desires the tests to be translated into their native language. If you would like to request for your child to take the test in their native language, please fill out the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / Language Support Request form that is included in this packet. Please note that as another option, students are welcome to bring an ESL/ELL dictionary with them if they take the test in English.

3. 504 Plan accommodation: Students with 504 plans who need additional time to test will be accommodated this year. Math coordinators will be able to request additional timing for those students who have 504 plans, and whose parents opt in for their students to begin testing prior to other students.

If your child has a 504 or IEP Plan and you would like to request extra time for them to test, please fill out the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / Language Support Request form that is included in this packet.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact your school’s math team coordinator.


About Shoreline Math Olympiad Competition

Math Olympiad is held annually in March for 4th-8th grade students attending public and private schools in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, Washington. It is sponsored by the Shoreline School District, Shoreline Public Schools Foundation, Mathnasium, James Alan Salon, Spin Alley Bowling, Menchies Shoreline, Smart Service Subaru, and Shoreline Community College, as well as support from numerous regional and local businesses.

Since 1998, this community competition has steadily grown and now welcomes over 750 “Mathletes” and 150+ volunteers who assist with the event. Shoreline Math Olympiad awards medals to the top 40% of the individuals participating, and the top 60% of teams participating. We do not break ties. If there are many award winners starting at 1st place, medals for the top 40% or 60% students will vary. For details about past competitions, photos, test copies and award winners go to Event Details and photos linked in the top bar of the website . If you are are interested in supporting or donating to this community event, or being a member of the Planning team, please contact Committee Chair, Lisa McDonald at:

2018 Results!

1st place - Shoreline Christian with 41.79%
2nd place - St. Mark with 39.71%
3rd place - Briarcrest Elementary with 33.65%

Individual and Team Awards located under the Results tab

SMO in the News

 2018 Article

Representing Shoreline Math Olympiad at the event were Lisa McDonald, Suzanne Gugger, Jacqui Rublee, Amy Stapleton, Catherine Thompson, and Santosh Zachariach, along with Superintendent Sue Walker and Ellen Kaje, director of ELL, Title I, LAP, and Highly Capable Program