The Berkeley Math Circle

Application to and Information on BMC Summer 2018


Update: BMC Summer 2018 Application has closed. We can only make rare exceptions to very strong students who have won regional or national math Olympiads and/or taken college courses beyond Calculus I and II. ONLY such students can contact us to inquire about admission to the Summer Program.

General Information

BMC Summer 2018 is scheduled for:

  • Time: Monday – Friday 9am-12pm
  • Date: June 18-29, 2018.


The Summer Program will be a mixture of the new adapted Bulgarian curriculum (as taught at the Monday MTRW Program) and math circle sessions. The higher the level of the group is, the more math circle emphasis there will be. In the younger groups the emphasis will be on school math curriculum after a leading Eastern European model.

BMC Summer is planned to have the usual groups:

  • Beginners (grades 6-7 in fall 2018)
  • Intermediate I (grades 7-8 in fall 2018)
  • Intermediate II (grades 8-10 in fall 2018)
  • Advanced (must qualify or by invitation only)


As usual, a placement test will be administered to applicants via a take-home exam in early June, in order to determine the level of the school math curriculum of each participant.

********The following students will be exempted from the placement test********

  • Any student who completes the Spring 2018 Program Math Taught the Right Way.
  • Any student who is currently in BMC-Advanced.
  • Any student who completed the full summer program 2017 in the Advanced group.


The faculty of the Summer Program will consist of Ph.D. Mathematicians and Mathematicians with advanced math education, who have great experience in teaching at both the MTRW and BMC Programs.

The Summer Program will have daily HWs in each of the three classes, which will be due the following day! We expect that HWs will take from 1 to 3 hours each day, depending on the background of each student in the corresponding math subjects.

******** NOTES *******

  • We strongly advise against signing up students at the Summer Program concurrently with other (academic) classes in the afternoon or evening during June 18-29: it will be too much for the students! Signing them up for some art or sports camp in the afternoon will be fine; but the best will be for the students to go home, have a hearty lunch, relax, and then do the Summer Program HW. This is enough for a daily schedule of an intense 10-day math program.