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:

Please click here for the MTRW Mailing List/Interest Form

MTRW Fall 2022

Applications are now closed.

MTRW Fall 2022 Application Now Closed!

 

MTRW Fall 2022 Program information

Fall 2022 Dates:

  • First day of class: August 29, 2022

  • Last day of class: December 5, 2022

Note that MTRW does not have any weeks off during this time period.  In particular, we WILL meet on Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Halloween, and the Monday before Thanksgiving.  The schedule is tight in the fall, which means that we do not have space to cancel class for holidays.

  

Projected modes for Fall 2022

While we are eager to return to in-person meetings for all levels, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance, and we must also consider any logistical difficulties with scheduling groups to return to campus.  Local and campus health guidelines will be considered before making the final call.  

We will only be offering HYBRID mode for enrollment.  This means all families should be prepared for both possibilities: online sessions and in-person sessions.  As of June 2022, we anticipate that most MTRW sessions in the Fall 2022 semester will be held IN-PERSON, with occasional online sessions as needed.  This plan is contingent on compliance with local and campus health guidelines, as well as the availability of appropriate meeting spaces on campus. 

The two most likely paths for any given level are a) meeting on campus for the entire semester, or b) beginning with several weeks of online meetings before transitioning to on-campus meetings for the remainder of the semester.  That said, 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.  Some levels may be cleared to come back to campus while others remain online longer. 

 

Families must commit to attending online AND in-person sessions of MTRW in Fall 2022, regardless of when a move to in-person sessions may happen. Keep in mind that if a move to in-person classes happens for some MTRW 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, regardless of changed personal circumstances or if sessions move between online and in-person modes.

The above modes may change as the health situation and logistics change. Upon applying and enrolling for the spring semester, all families should be prepared to be online AND in-person, depending on what the conditions are. For in-person sessions, COVID vaccination proof or 3-day COVID negative testing for every session will be required from all students and adults. If UC Berkeley and/or State/County authorities require masks and other health measures, families must be prepared to satisfy these requirements. 

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

No refunds will be provided after a student is enrolled in the program for the Fall 2022 semester, regardless of what the mode of sessions is (hybrid, online, or in-person).

 

8A Modes and Cohorts

For the 8A level, we will be having two separate cohorts this fall: with one cohort meeting in-person on the Berkeley campus and one cohort meeting remotely on Zoom for the entire semester. Moreover:

  • The two separate 8A cohorts would cover the same curriculum with different, but overlapping, sets of instructors.
  • We will expect live/synchronous attendance in real time for both cohorts, with active participation by students.  Students should not schedule conflicting activities, and we do not anticipate sharing recorded classes for either cohort/mode.
  • For logistical reasons, each student would have to be in one cohort or the other; it will definitely not be possible to choose week by week or occasionally attend with the other cohort.
  • This setup is restricted to 8A.
  • We cannot guarantee everyone will get their first choice of mode, but our hope is that most students can be assigned to their preferred cohort.

 

Application link (NOW CLOSED)

Application for MTRW Fall 2022

The application for MTRW Fall 2022 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 program. 

  • Application deadline:  June 15, 2022

  • Applications submitted after the due date will only be considered if space remains after processing those received by the deadline.  Admission into the program is not guaranteed, even for continuing students who submit by the deadline.

  • If we admit any student who submitted an application after the deadline, there will be a  late processing fee of $25 in addition to the enrollment fees below.

  • Fees

    • 6A/7A/8A/9A: $795

    • 9A Proofs Subgroup: $265

Early application submissions are preferred. This allows us to begin reviewing applications and to make decisions promptly. 

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 we often receive multiple applications for the same student if submitted on the phone.

 

Application Process

  • Applications will be reviewed later this June, but we often have enough applicants to fill all levels within just a few days of opening this application portal. The selection process will be based on a timely and complete application and submitted payment through PayPal and on high academic qualifications. We may not be able to continue all MTRW Spring 2022 students.  We will select only those who have shown dedication to and growth in the program. We also expect to accept some very strong new students.

  • The enrollment fees for the Fall 2022 program will be paid AFTER the student is accepted and will be done so via PayPal. After the student is accepted, families will have 48 hours to submit the enrollment fees or risk their student being put on the waitlist for the program. 

  • In the event that any groups have space remaining after June 15th, there will be a late processing fee of $25 for any accepted students whose applications are submitted after this date.

  • Enrollment for MTRW Fall 2022 will be finalized as soon as the groups reach capacity. You must NOT contact BMC/MTRW staff with routine or non-emergency questions at any time: we do NOT reply to such email inquiries as we do NOT have the resources to answer questions from many 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 groups

6A Group

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

7A Group

5:00-8:00pm (Algebra, Geometry, and Problem Solving). Intended for 7th graders and advanced 6th graders who have successfully completed the MTRW 6B material.

8A Group

5:00-8:00pm (Algebra, Geometry, and Proofs). Intended for 8th graders and advanced 7th graders who have successfully completed the MTRW 7B material.

9A Group

5:00-8:00pm  (Algebra, Geometry, and Proofs). Intended for 9th-12th graders and advanced 8th graders who have successfully completed the MTRW 8B material.

9A Proofs-only Subgroup

5:00-6:00pm (9A Proofs); restricted only to 10th-12th graders or students who have completed the MTRW 9A and 9B material.

Fees for MTRW Fall 2022

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.

The priority deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 15, 2022, but families are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  We may close applications for one or more levels before June 15 if the number of qualified applicants is exceptionally large.  Later applications will be reviewed only in the unlikely event that space remains.  We expect to send admissions decisions by email by the end of June, with the majority coming within 1-2 weeks after the priority deadline.

Program Fees

$795 for 6A Group (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving)

$795 for 7A Group (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving)

$795 for 8A Group (Algebra, Geometry, Proofs)

$795 for 9A Group (Algebra, Geometry, Proofs)

$265 for 9A Proofs-only Subgroup (Proofs)

REMINDER: Students should only enroll if they can regularly attend classes live, regardless of whether they are held online or on campus.

No refunds will be provided for any reason after a student is enrolled in the program for the Fall 2022 semester.