The Berkeley Math Circle

Apply to the Berkeley Math Circle- Upper

Application Dates to Watch For:

BMC Summer 2021 Limited spots available. Please see below for more details.
BMC-Upper Fall 2021 Applications now available. Please read below.
MTRW Fall 2021 Applications available around last week of April

BMC-UPPER FALL 2021 APPLICATION NOW LIVE

At the moment of posting this application, April 7th, BMC-Upper sessions during Fall 2021 are planned to be held online. Depending on the developing health situation and decisions that UCB campus makes for in-person classes as well as release of rooms for the math circle sessions (if any), we will consider moving some or all BMC-Upper to in-person on campus. Given the complex logistics planning, this application offers the following three choices to families:

  • Default Mode:  Hybrid Online/In-Person

This mode will allow for starting sessions online and then later moving to in-person sessions on campus. The move to in-person sessions may happen at the beginning of the semester or anytime during the semester or it may not happen at all and the sessions may stay online for the whole semester; it may happen only for some BMC-Upper groups or for all BMC-Upper groups. Families signing up for this hybrid mode commit to attending online AND in-person sessions of BMC-Upper in Fall 2021, regardless of when a move to in-person sessions may happen for some or all BMC-Upper groups. Keep in mind that, if a move to in-person classes happens for some BMC-Upper groups but not for others, siblings may be split between attending on campus and attending online at the same time. No refunds will be provided to families signing up for hybrid mode, regardless of changed personal circumstances or whether or not and when sessions might move to in-person mode. Families signing up for this Hybrid Mode will be given FIRST PRIORITY in the enrollment process.

  • Alternative Mode 1:  Online only

Families signing up for this mode commit to attending online sessions of BMC-Upper in Fall 2021, with one possible exception: the last colloquium talk in December, which may be in-person. If classes move to in-person mode sometime during the semester, families who have signed up for online mode will receive a small refund after the semester is completed, around mid-December. The refund will be proportionate to the in-person sessions minus a processing/enrollment fee of $75. If such families change their mind later on and decide they could attend in-person sessions, we may or may NOT be able to accommodate them due to health reasons and restrictions on the classrooms, and hence we may or may NOT allow these students to attend in-person sessions; in addition, and an extra $50 fee will be incurred to process their late applications for In-Person classes. Keep in mind that, if a move to in-person classes happens for some BMC-Upper groups but not for others, siblings may be split between attending on campus and attending online at the same time. Families signing up for this Online Mode Only will be given SECOND PRIORITY in the enrollment process.

  • Alternative Mode 2:  In-Person only

Families signing up for this mode only will be put on a Waitlist and NOT accepted until such a move to in-person classes happens. Only then we will reach out to collect the semester fee, which will be proportionate to the in-person sessions plus a processing/enrollment fee of $75. If a family singing for In-Person Mode changes their mind and decides they can attend Online classes, we may or may not be able to accommodate them, and an extra $50 fee will be incurred to process their late applications for Online classes. Families signing up for this In-Person Mode Only will be given THIRD PRIORITY in the enrollment process.

Online sessions will be recorded, whenever feasible and agreeable with the instructor, and posted for viewing to BMC families. In-person classes will NOT be recorded.

 

Application link

Application for BMC-Upper Fall 2021

The Application for BMC-Upper Fall 2021 for both continuing and new applicants will be completed entirely online. A link to an online payment form will be sent to families once your student has been accepted into the BMC-Upper Fall 2021 program. 

  • Continuing BMC-Upper student application due date:  May 5, 2021
  • New BMC-Upper student application due date:  May 12, 2021
  • The fee for BMC-Upper Spring 2021 is $235 (this includes PayPal fee)
  • Applications submitted after May 5 are not guaranteed entry into the program (and most likely, we will have closed enrollment for continuing students by May 5)
  • If we admit any continuing student who submitted an application after May 5, there will be an extra $25 of processing fee by July 31, and $50 extra on or after August 1 (including changing applications from in-person to hybrid or from on-line to hybrid modes). Applications for the hybrid mode CANNOT be changed later on to any other mode.

Early application submissions are preferred. This allows us to begin reviewing applications and to make decisions promptly. Decisions will be made on an on-going first-come-first serve basis for continuing applicants. For new applicants, we will make the decisions after the due date.

We highly recommend that you do NOT submit the form through your phone, as the lack of options on the phone make it hard to properly fill the form, and often we receive multiple applications for the same student if submitted on the phone.

 

Application information for Continuing students

Continuing students includes everyone who is currently enrolled in BMC-Upper Spring 2021: Beginners I, II, Intermediate I, II, and Advanced. For students who would like to apply to move up to a higher BMC-Upper group level, the optional higher group placement application is included in the application link provided above.

 

Continuing student application due date: May 5, 2021

  • The fee for BMC-Upper Fall 2021 is $235 (this includes PayPal fee).
  • Applications submitted after May 5 are not guaranteed entry into the program (and most likely, we will have closed enrollment for continuing students by May 5). 
  • If we admit any continuing student who submitted an application after May 5, there will be an extra $25 of processing fee by July 31, and $50 extra on or after August 1 (including changing applications from in-person to hybrid or from on-line to hybrid modes). Applications for the hybrid mode CANNOT be changed later on to any other mode. 
  • Early application submissions are preferred. This allows us to begin reviewing applications and to make decisions promptly. Decisions will be made on an on-going first-come-first serve basis for continuing applicants. 

 

Application information for New students

If you have any friends who would like to apply to the BMC-Upper Fall 2021 semester, please send them the application link provided above to apply. New students include any student who is currently enrolled in BMC Elementary or any student who is NOT currently enrolled in BMC-Upper Spring 2021. 

 

New student application due date: May 12, 2021

  • The fee for BMC-Upper Spring 2021 is $235 (this includes PayPal fee).
  • Applications submitted after May 5 are not guaranteed entry into the program (and most likely, we will have closed enrollment for continuing students by May 5). 
  • If we admit any continuing student who submitted an application after May 5, there will be an extra $25 of processing fee by July 31, and $50 extra on or after August 1 (including changing applications from in-person to hybrid or from on-line to hybrid modes). Applications for the hybrid mode CANNOT be changed later on to any other mode. 
  • Early application submissions are preferred. This allows us to begin reviewing applications and to make decisions promptly. Decisions will be made on an on-going first-come-first serve basis for continuing applicants. 

The following documents will be required for new students. New applicants will upload these documents to the application link provided above when prompted to do so. Please acquire these additional documents prior to filling out the application form to prevent unsaved question responses and needing to re-complete the application.

  • Letter of recommendation from a math teacher: The letter from the math teacher must address the mathematics knowledge, performance and potential of the students. The letter can be in the form of an email, which can be saved then uploaded. The letter can also be a previous recommendation letter that addresses students' math skills. If such a letter is not available, but the student has won math competitions and/or participated in prestigious math/science programs before, a substitution document addressing such achievements will be considered.
  • The latest school report card must show, among other things, grades in mathematics, in science, and in English (reading/writing), as well as behavior grade/description. If such a report card is not available from the spring semester, the latest fall semester report card may be submitted.

 

Financial aid application form

If your family is eligible for financial aid for the BMC-Upper 2021-2022 academic year, please complete the financial aid application form attached to this email (this form is also provided in the Financial Aid section of the Fall 2021 application). The financial aid application form and required supporting documents will be uploaded to the BMC-Upper Fall 2021 application when prompted to do so.

 

 

THE BMC-UPPER SUMMER 2021 APPLICATION IS NOW LIVE!

Current updates regarding the BMC-Summer Program enrollment:

  • During this early period of the application process, we are already over the number of participants we had in June 2020. 
  • Beginners, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II are closed. The waitlist is also closed.
  • Pre-Advanced is closed. Students may apply for the waitlist
  • Advanced is expected to receive some more students. Once that occurs, we will have reached the group's capacity and close it

 

Program information

Program Dates: June 14 -25, 2021
Time: 9am-12 noon, Monday-Friday
Location: Online

The Application for BMC-Upper Summer 2021 has now opened. A link to an online payment form will be sent to families once your student has been accepted into the BMC-Upper Summer 2021 program. 

Application for BMC-Upper Summer 2021

Description: 

The BMC Summer Program is an intensive two-week math program where students will participate for three hours a day in math sessions and also have daily homework for practice. Enrolling in another summer camp at the same time as the BMC Summer Program is strongly discouraged, as students will NOT have enough time to absorb the material from the three math classes and write their three daily homeworks, and hence will lag behind their classmates. Some families did not take this seriously and enrolled their children in afternoon camps or afternoon/evening classes elsewhere, and found out within a couple of days that the child had to drop the other program in order to keep up with the BMC program. The BMC Summer Program is a hybrid between the Berkeley Math Circle and the Math Taught the Right Way programs (in each Beginners, Intermediate I, and Intermediate II group). The Advanced group over the summer will enjoy an intensive Berkeley Math Circle experience. 

  • How to apply: The application link, along with all application information, can be found here. The selection process is based on merit and mathematical maturity, as well as a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Priority: The BMC and MTRW Spring 2021 families get 1-day priority to sign up for the BMC Summer 2021 Program. Starting tomorrow, we will open the portal to the general public. Historically, the BMC Summer Program has filled up within a few days and enrollment completed and closed within 10 days.
  • As usual, do not send BMC/MTRW staff emails regarding the logistics of the program. 

 

BMC-UPPER SPRING 2021 APPLICATION NOW LIVE!

Date: January 20, 2021 - May 5, 2021
Time: Wednesday evenings  
Location: Online

We have been holding BMC sessions in Fall 2020 online during the closure of UCB campus. BMC sessions in the Spring 2021 will also be held online, unless UCB campus allows for in-person classes, and it is feasible to move the math circles sessions back to campus. Online sessions will be recorded, whenever feasible and agreeable with the instructor, and posted for viewing to BMC families. 

 

MTRW SPRING 2021 APPLICATION NOW CLOSED

We are no longer accepting students for MTRW in Spring 2021.

Spring 2021

  • Time: Monday evenings, 5-8pm Pacific time  
  • Location: MTRW sessions in Spring 2021 will be held online due to the current campus closure for health and safety reasons. 
  • Dates:        
    • First day of class: January 18, 2021       
    • No class: March 22, 2021 (UCB Spring Break)
    • Last day of class: May 3, 2021     

In total, there are 15 class meetings.  Note that classes DO meet on Martin Luther King Day (January 18) and Presidents' Day (February 15).

Sessions will be recorded, whenever feasible and agreeable with the instructor, and shared with enrolled MTRW students who must miss class due to extenuating circumstances.