The Berkeley Math Circle

Math Taught the Right Way Program

MATH TAUGHT THE RIGHT WAY is a math program of the Berkeley Math Circle for middle and high school students at UC Berkeley, held for 3 hours 5-8pm on Mondays throughout the academic year. The program is intellectually demanding, testing and encouraging the mental development of students in a content-rich and challenging environment of algebra, geometry, and problem solving. The MTRW does NOT conform to generic U.S. labels of math classes (e.g., Algebra 1, Algebra 2, etc.). By the end of 9th grade the MTRW will have surpassed the regular U.S. math curriculum by a lot, not just in breath but more importantly in depth. Learning to "read and write mathematics" is a skill that is emphasized at the MTRW as the basis for communicating mathematics.

The instructors at the MTRW have Ph.D., M.A., BA's in math or other related degrees in science, and are distinguished teachers at the Berkeley Math Circle, universities and elite middle and high schools. The MTRW has homeworks every week in each of the three subjects. HWs are graded and returned the following week. There are final exams in each subject. Report cards are generated each semester with % of completed regular and bonus work, as well as statistics of the corresponding classes, and a list of top performers and winners in various categories.

Math Taught the Right Way 2019 Applications NOW LIVE!

To Apply to Math Taught the Right Way Fall 2019, click here.  ***Please note that the 6A, 7A, and 8A Groups are now full and registration for 6A, 7A, and 8A is now closed. 9A is still open.***

Refrain from sending us logistical questions and non-emergency questions. Sending us such emails will jeopardize the future enrollment of the student. We do not have resources to answer hundreds of emails. Please come to office hours to ask any questions regarding MTRW applications.


Historically, MTRW applications have reached 100% capacity in just a few days. Therefore, you must act quickly if you would like to apply for MTRW Fall 2019.

We will only consider a student’s application if it is complete. A complete application includes:

  1. The online application has been completed and submitted

  2. The check with:

    1. the correct amount (each group has a different amount, make sure you write the correct one! Fees for each group can be found below or in the online application.)

    2. date (do NOT write a date that is in the future)

    3. made out to the “United Math Circles Foundation”

    4. the name of the student applying and the group they are applying for must be written in the memo/notes section of the check

The check can be dropped off in person during office hours, or sealed in an envelope with the student’s

name and group they are applying for and slid under the door of room 714 in Evans Hall, UC Berkeley.

Alternatively, the check can be mailed to:

Berkeley Math Circle - Upper

c/o Prof. Stankova

Evans Hall 970

Department of Mathematics

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720-3840


Brief Description of MTRW Fall 2019 groups


Fees for MTRW Fall 2019:

Early Bird Fee:

If the fee is received and student is registered by June 17, 2019:

Regular Fee:

if the fee is received and/or student is registered on or after June 18, 2019: