The Berkeley Math Circle

Math Taught the Right Way - Thursday Program

MATH TAUGHT THE RIGHT WAY is a math program of the Berkeley Math Circle for middle and high school students, held at UC Berkeley, for 3 hours 5-8pm on Thursdays 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 8th 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 HWs every week in each of the three subjects. HWs are graded and returned the next 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. 

The Fall 2017 Math Taught the Right Way

  • Start date: August 31, 2017. 
  • End date: December 14, 2017. 

An additional final date may be scheduled depending on the room availability. 

  • Please note that the early bird fee is valid until July 31, 2017. 
  • The full fee will take effect starting August 1, 2017, as specified below. 

Due to a record number of applications within a week of opening the portal, the MTRW Fall 2017 is full in terms of on-line applications. We are still receiving the corresponding checks for the on-line applications. 

We have also started a waitlist for MTRW Fall 2017. To apply to the waitlist, click here.

The BMC and MTRW staff are on summer break until the end of July 2017, when all enrollment for MTRW F'17 will be finalized. Please, do NOT contact BMC/MTRW staff with routine non-emergency questions at any time. We do NOT have resources to answer questions from hundreds of families on email. Instead, wait until the BMC and MTRW restart in the fall and you can ask us or other families in person.

Brief Description of MTRW Fall 2017 groups

  • 6A group: 5 pm - 8 pm (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving); intended for 6th graders, and for advanced 5th graders, and motivated 7th graders who lack some background.
  • 7A group: 5 pm - 8 pm (Problem Solving, Algebra, Geometry); intended for 7th graders, and for advanced 6th graders, and motivated 8th graders who lack some background.
  • 8A group: 5pm - 8 pm (Proofs, Geometry, Algebra); intended for 8th graders, and for advanced 7th graders, and motivated 9th - 11th graders. The material in the 8A group will likely never be experienced in such depth in school.
  • 8A sub-group: 5pm - 7 pm (Proofs, Geometry); intended for 9th - 11th graders. The material in the 8A group will likely never be experienced in such depth in school.
  • 8A sub-group: 5pm - 6 pm (Proofs); intended for 9th - 11th graders. The material in the 8A group will likely never be experienced in such depth in school.

Fees for MTRW Fall 2017 groups

1. Options for Middle School Students:

Early Bird Fee:

If the fee is received and student is registered by July 31, 2017

  • $630 for 5pm - 8pm for 6A group (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving) 
  • $630 for 5pm - 8pm for 7A group (Problem Solving, Algebra, Geometry)
  • $630 for 5pm - 8pm for 7A group (Problem Solving, Algebra, Geometry)

Regular Fee:

if the fee is received and/or student is registered on or after August 1, 2017

  • $680 for 5pm - 8pm for 6A group (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving)
  • $680 for 5pm - 8pm for 7A group (Problem Solving, Algebra, Geometry)
  • $680 for 5pm - 8pm for 8A group (Proofs, Geometry, Algebra)
2. Options for High School Students:

Early Bird Fee for High School Students

if the fee is received and/or student is registered on or after August 1, 2017

  • $680 for 5pm - 8pm for 8A group (Proofs, Geometry, Algebra)
  • $420 for 5pm - 7pm for 8A group Proofs and Geometry. 
    • This option applies only to high school students.
  • $210 for 5pm - 6pm for 8A group Proofs. 
    • This option applies only to high school students.

Regular Fee for High School Students:

if the fee is received and/or student is registered on or after August 1, 2017

  • $680 for 5pm - 8pm for 8A group (Proofs, Geometry, Algebra)
  • $460 for 5pm - 7pm for 8A group Proofs and Geometry.
    • This option applies only to high school students.
  • $240 for 5pm - 6pm for 8A group Proofs 
    • This option applies only to high school students.