MATH TAUGHT THE RIGHT WAY (MTRW) Spring 2021 Application
MATH TAUGHT THE RIGHT WAY 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.

MTRW sessions in Spring 2021 will be held online due to the current campus closure for health and safety reasons.

Spring 2021 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, all on Mondays from 5-8 pm. (Note that classes DO meet on Martin Luther King Day and Presidents' Day.)

The instructors at the MTRW have Ph.D., M.A., or BA degrees in math or other related degrees in science and are distinguished teachers at the Berkeley Math Circle, universities, and elite middle and high schools. MTRW students have graded homework each week in each of three subjects: algebra, geometry, and proofs/problem solving. There are final exams in each subject. Report cards include the percentage of successfully completed regular and bonus work, as well as statistics for the corresponding classes, a list of top performers, and some special awards from instructors.

Historically, we have had enough applicants to fill the program within just a few days of opening the application portal. The selection process will be based on high academic qualifications and a timely and complete application, including payment sent through PayPal upon acceptance. Readmission for current students is not guaranteed. We will select only those who have shown dedication and growth in the program. We also expect to accept some very strong new students.

Enrollment for MTRW Spring 2021 will be finalized as soon as the groups reach capacity, which is likely to happen within a week of opening the applications.

DO NOT contact BMC/MTRW staff with routine or non-emergency questions at any time. Ignoring this policy may hurt your admission chances. 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 spring and you can ask us or other families.

For more information, go to the Berkeley Math Circle (BMC) website

NOTE: This form must be filled out once for each student applying to MTRW.
Email address *
Student Information
Here, please list information for the STUDENT who is applying to the MTRW in Spring 2021. Parent/guardian info will be requested later. [NOTE: THE APPLICATION MUST BE FILLED OUT SEPARATELY FOR EACH STUDENT. DO NOT COMBINE SIBLING APPLICATIONS.]
Student First Name *
Please capitalize only the first letter.
Student Middle Initial
Student Last Name *
Please capitalize only the first letter.
Grade in school in Spring 2021 *
Applying to MTRW in Spring 2021 *
Are you applying to Berkeley Math Circle-Upper Spring 2021? *
We may have to restrict participation of students to just one of the two programs -- MTRW and BMC -- on levels MTRW 6B, 7B, 8B, and possibly even 9B. If you are applying to both programs, which do you prefer? (The directors will do their best to take these preferences into account.) *
Current/previous MTRW Participation *
Please check all that apply.
Current/previous BMC Participation *
Please check all that apply.
Explain why you want to participate in MTRW Spring 2021. This should be a brief answer (1-2 sentences) from the STUDENT. *
What is your background in mathematics so far? What math classes are you taking this year in school? What other math classes or activities have you taken or participated in this past year? *
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