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 Spring 2023

Applications now closed!

MTRW Spring 2023 Application Now Live!

Application link 

The application for MTRW Spring 2023 is now closed. All applications have been processed and we are no longer accepting applications for MTRW Spring 2023.


MTRW Spring 2023 Program information

Spring 2023 Dates:

  • First day of class: January 16th, 2023
  • Last day of class: May 1st, 2023

We will have 15 Mondays of class, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16th). However, we will have March 27th off (UC Berkeley Spring Break).


Projected modes for Spring 2023

We will only be offering HYBRID mode for enrollment (with the exception of the possible 8B remote cohort, discussed below).  This means all families should be prepared for both possibilities: online sessions and in-person sessions.  


As of early December, we anticipate that MTRW sessions in the Spring 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 expect to have two cohorts of 8B students -- 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 Spring 2023, regardless of when/whether a change of mode may occur (with the exception of the 8B remote cohort, which will definitely meet online only). 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.

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 have successfully completed the MTRW 6A material.

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 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 Friday, December 16th, 2022 but families are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  We may close applications for one or more levels before December 16th 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 early January, with the majority coming within 1-2 weeks after the priority deadline.

Program Fees

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

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

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

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

$265 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.