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 2022

Applications are now CLOSED.

MTRW Fall 2022

Applications should be available in the first or second week of June 2022.

New/currently non-enrolled families can sign up at this link to be alerted when the application is live.



Dates for Spring 2022

  • Monday evenings, 5-8 pm Pacific time
  • Start date: Monday, January 17, 2022
  • End date: Monday, May 2, 2022
  • Special notes: classes DO meet on MLK and Presidents' Day.  Classes DO NOT meet on March 21, 2022, due to the UC Berkeley Spring Break.
  • Mode/Location: Please read the details below.

As of mid-January 2022, we anticipate that most MTRW sessions in the Spring 2022 semester will be held ONLINE. Depending on the developing health situation and decisions that UCB campus makes for in-person classes as well as release of classrooms for the MTRW (if any), we will consider moving some or all levels back to in-person on campus. More specifically, we expect the following:

  • 6B, 7B, and 8B: Likely to stay online the entire semester, with a small possibility of moving back to in-person instruction mid-semester.
  • 9B: Likely to move back to in-person instruction if health conditions and campus logistics allow, with occasional online sessions as needed.

We will give as much advance notice as possible, and definitely at least 2 weeks notice, before any level moves back to in-person instruction on campus.

For Spring 2022, we will only be offering HYBRID mode for enrollment. This mode will allow for online sessions and 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.  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 Spring 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.


Online sessions will be recorded, whenever feasible and agreeable with the instructor, and made available only to MTRW students who must miss class due to exceptional circumstances. In-person classes will NOT be recorded. Students should only enroll if they can regularly attend classes live, regardless of whether they are held online or on campus.

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 for both possibilities: depending on conditions, classes may be online OR they may be in-person  OR a mix of the two, and students should be prepared to attend regardless of the mode. 

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. 

Brief description of MTRW groups

6B Group

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

7B Group

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

8B Group

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

9B Group

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

9B Proofs-only Subgroup

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

Fees for MTRW Spring 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, December 1, 2021, but families are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  We may close applications for one or more levels before December 1 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 December, with the majority coming within 1-2 weeks after the priority deadline.

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)

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 Spring 2022 semester.