USACO Silver 1


Our USACO Silver curriculum is composed of two parts: Silver 1 and Silver 2




Our USACO Program


We offer year round USACO Silver class (USA Computing Olympiad) from San Francisco Bay Area (South Bay/San Jose/Cupertino).  USACO is the most prestigious pre-college Computer Science competition in the states. For more information on USACO:


Our two-parts silver course of Silver1 and Silver 2 covers THE ENTIRE set of techniques that students need to learn to pass the USACO Silver contest. Silver 1 and Silver 2 are two consecutive Silver courses that cover different topics that go from easier ones to more advanced ones, each accounting for about half of the Silver-level topic lists. Students should take Silver 1 first then continue into Silver 2. Silver 2 is not a drill and practice course for Silver 1.  We teach and train students everything they need to master to pass the USACO Silver level contest to become Gold level contestants.


This course is for students who satisfies at least one of the following criteria:


** All topics below would be taught and practiced with specifically for Silver level contest.

  • Silver level searching algorithms
  • Silver level advanced data Structures
  • Silver level tree and graph algorithms
  • Other Silver level advanced algorithms
  • Optimization
  • Implementation problems

Note: Our curriculum’s leveling definitions are in general more advanced than most other institutes, please refer to our topic list for each level and contact us to personalized evaluation for the student if he/she has attended USACO classes/camps at other institutes.

Compare and Choose

Students who take our courses spend LESS TIME, LESS TUITION, and LEARN MORE.  All other USACO curriculums that we see involve more lessons and not even cover everything students need to learn.  Some sample comparisons:

Our Silver Curriculum Silver lessons at Institute A Silver lessons at Institute K
How many sessions (i.e. semesters) in total needed  2 sessions only 4 sessions 4 sessions
How many lessons per course 12 lessons (weeks) 12 lessons (weeks) per session 18 lessons (weeks) per session
How many hours per lesson 2 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Total Number of Lesson Hours 48 hrs total 96 hrs total 72 hrs total
Total Number of Semesters Needed Two semesters (Fall till March) Four semesters (TWO years needed) Four semesters
Topics covered All techniques silver contests tested (we verified the scope of our curriculum directly with the usaco organization) Not enough FAR from enough 

Must Read: Scope and topic comparison between our curriculum and other USACO class providers

Additional information

Learning Mode

Hybrid, Self-paced, Weekly live (Zoom)

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Reviews by Students and Parents on “USACO Silver 1”

  1. I enjoyed this class a lot! Ms. Wen taught many useful concepts that helped me to do many Silver problems. Like others have said, this class is quite helpful even if you haven’t passed Bronze yet. I will definitely continue with the Silver 2 class.

  2. Very helpful! I started this class before I passed Bronze, and I believe I learned a lot.

  3. Don’t worry if you haven’t passed Bronze yet. You can still take this class. This class is more advanced than the Bronze class, and it is the perfect class to take after you’ve finished the Bronze class. Not only has this class let me practice my coding skills, it has also helped me pass USACO’s Bronze test. I highly recommend this class for anyone who wants to prepare for any level of USACO.

  4. This class is great for students wanting to pass USACO Bronze and Silver. Ms. Wen is very helpful both during class and for homework. The lessons are well structured and allow the students to learn about data structures and algorithms that may be needed during USACO. The teacher hand picks problems from previous USACO contests in order to practice certain algorithms and data structures. I would definitely recommend this class for students to practice and prepare for USACO.

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