It’s a case of nowhere else to go but up for Harvey School sophomore Sanath Kumar, who will be going “up” to Stanford University, virtually, at least, this fall. The Class of 2019’s top scholar, having successfully completed all of the upper-level math courses at Harvey, just recently learned Stanford has approved his application to enroll this fall in its credit-bearing online pre-collegiate program.
Sanath will take Number Theory online through Stanford after earning A’s in all the Advanced Placement (AP) math courses Harvey offers, AP Statistics and AP Calculus AB and BC.
Currently serving as the president of Mu Alpha Theta, Harvey’s National Mathematics Honor Society, Sanath has established himself as a math scholar since his middle school days when he took an Upper School honors pre-calculus course as a seventh-grader and AP Calculus AB in eighth grade. When he took the SAT subject tests in Math levels 1 and 2 as an eighth-grader, he earned perfect scores of 800 in both. For the past three years, Sanath has received the highest score among his Harvey schoolmates in the American Mathematics Competition.
Mathematics department chair Amie Phillips, who was Sanath's math teacher in grades seven through nine, says he has great natural ability in the subject. “He’s been able to complete high-level math computations from an early age. He thinks abstractly and critically.” Sanath, who earned the highest score of 5 on
While Mrs. Phillips recognizes Sanath's exceptional talents as a student, she also has high regard for his character. “Sanath is one of the most intelligent students I have ever taught, but he’s also a very humble student who does not enjoy taking credit for his accomplishments,” said Mrs. Phillips.
The mathematics chair is happy that Harvey is providing one of its students the opportunity to expand his study of math at Stanford. Mrs. Phillips said, “I believe this proves that Harvey will go above and beyond to help students reach their maximum potential.”
(Photo right; Mrs. Phillips presents the 2017 Mathematics Award to Sanath, a co-recipient, at the Upper School Awards Assembly in May.)