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 2023

Applications now live! Click here for the application

MTRW Fall 2023 Application Now Live!


MTRW Fall 2023 Program information

Fall 2023 Dates:

  • First day of class: August 21, 2023

  • Last day of class: December 4, 2023

We will have 15 Mondays of class, all from 5-8pm. Note that MTRW will not be meeting on November 20th, the week of Thanksgiving.


Projected modes for Fall 2023

We will only be offering HYBRID mode for enrollment (with the exception of a possible remote cohort, discussed below).  This means all families should be prepared for both possibilities: online sessions and in-person sessions.  

As of early May, we anticipate that MTRW sessions in the Fall 2023 semester will be held IN-PERSON, possibly with occasional online sessions as needed.  This plan is contingent on compliance with local and campus health guidelines.  The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance, and there is a chance that MTRW classes may have to return to remote status at some point.  Local and campus health guidelines will be considered before making such a call.  

If there is sufficient demand, we may offer two cohorts for one of the levels -- one expected to meet on campus (with a switch to remote status only if needed for health and safety reasons), and one that will meet exclusively online for the entire semester.

Families must commit to attending online AND in-person sessions of MTRW in Fall 2023, regardless of when/whether a change of mode may occur. It is possible, but unlikely, that a move to remote classes is necessary for some MTRW groups but not for others, in which case siblings may be split between attending on campus and attending online at the same time. 

Once enrolled students have paid their enrollment fees, no refunds will be provided to families, regardless of changed personal circumstances or if sessions move between in-person and online modes.


Application link 

Application for MTRW Fall 2023

The application for MTRW Fall 2023 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. 

Priority Application deadline: Monday, May 22, 2023

Applications submitted after this 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.

In the event that there is still space available, there will be an additional $25/student late processing fee for students who apply June 1, 2023 or later.


6A/7A/8A/9A: $795

9A Proofs-only 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 month, 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 have space for all MTRW Spring 2023 students to continue in the program. Priority will be given to those who have shown dedication to and growth in MTRW. We also expect to accept some strong new students.

The enrollment fees for the 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 there is still space available, there will be an additional $25/student late processing fee for students who apply June 1, 2023 or later.

Enrollment for MTRW Fall 2023 will be finalized as soon as the groups reach capacity. 

MTRW staff will be primarily on summer break from mid-June until mid-August.

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 August 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 who lack some background.

7A Group

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

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  material.

Fees for MTRW Fall 2023

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  Monday, May 22nd, 2023 but families are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  We may close applications for one or more levels before May 22nd if the number of qualified applicants is exceptionally large.  Later applications will be reviewed only in the unlikely event that space remains. 

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.