The Berkeley Math Circle

Math Taught the Right Way Program

Math Taught the Right Way (MTRW) is a program of the Berkeley Math Circle for middle and high school students, with meetings normally held at UC Berkeley from 5-8 pm on Monday evenings throughout the academic year. The program is intellectually demanding, and it tests and encourages the mental development of students in a content-rich and challenging environment. The MTRW program does NOT conform to generic U.S. labels of math classes (e.g., Algebra 1, Algebra 2, etc.), but instead interweaves algebra and geometry with general problem-solving and writing skills. By the end of 9th grade, MTRW surpasses the regular U.S. math curriculum, in breadth, and more importantly, in depth and rigor. Learning to "read and write mathematics" is a skill that is emphasized at 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 homework assignments every week in each of the three subjects. Homework is 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.

Application Dates to Watch For:

MTRW Spring 2021

Application is 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.


Brief Description of MTRW Spring 2021 groups

6B Group

5:00-8:00pm (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving); intended for advanced 6th graders or motivated 7th graders who lack some background.

7B Group

5:00-8:00pm (Problem Solving, Algebra, Geometry); intended for 7th graders and advanced 6th graders who finished 7A MTRW.

8B Group

5:00-8:00pm (Proofs, Geometry, Algebra); intended for 9-12 graders and advanced 8th graders who finished 8A MTRW

9B Group

5:00-8:00pm (Proofs, Geometry, Algebra); intended for 9-12 graders and advanced 8th graders who finished MTRW 9A. 

9B Proofs-only Subgroup

5:00-6:00pm (9B Proofs); restricted only to 10-12 graders

Fees for MTRW Spring 2021:

Payments will be collected only from admitted students.  Payments must be made online within 48 hours of the acceptance email and invoice being sent.

DO NOT SEND PAYMENTS before you have received such an email.

Program fees

$715 for 6B Group (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving)

$715 for 7B Group (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving)

$715 for 8B Group (Algebra, Geometry, Proofs)

$715 for 9B Group (Algebra, Geometry, Proofs)

$240 for 9B Proofs-only Subgroup (Proofs)

In the unlikely situation that any groups have space remaining in December, any applications submitted after December 1, 2020 will incur a $25 late processing fee.