About: The SFMC Elementary Math Circle is an alternative math enrichment program designed to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics by introducing young children to elements of mathematical culture.  We carefully select and train mathematicians who have the capacity to gracefully and compassionately share their enthusiasm for mathematics with children.  Our instructors lead engaging mathematical activities on topics chosen from higher mathematics including number theory, game theory, combinatorics, probability and statistics, abstract algebra and topology.  To learn more, please view our video.

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Fall 2018 Elementary Math Circle Program Details

Class Levels

We have 2nd-3rd grade circles, 4th-5th grade circles and 4th-6th grade circles (called Mixed Age Math Circles).  The mathematical content is very different from school math and is equally new and stimulating for all students.

Mixed Age Math Circle is the name given to 4th-5th grade circles that are additionally open to 6th graders. The mathematical content and selected activities of the Mixed Age Math Circle sessions and the 4th-5th grades sessions are the same. As in all our programs, adjustments are made to meet the particular needs of each group and to ensure a fun, engaging and mathematically rich experience for all. We note that these changes may or may not be influenced by the participation of older students.


The SFMC Elementary Math Circle program at SFSU will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The program will run 10 weeks, starting in February and ending in early May.  Students will sign up for one day/time only as the material will be repeated.  Please note that all dates and times are tentative and subject to change.

  • Tuesdays: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/27, 12/3 (no Math Circle on 10/16 or 11/20)
    • 2nd-3rd grades, 4:15-5:15pm
    • 4th-5th grades, 4:15-5:15pm
    • 2nd-3rd grades, 5:30-6:30pm
    • 4th-6th grades, 5:30-6:30pm (Mixed Age Math Circle)
  • Thursdays: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/5 (no Math Circle on 10/18 or 11/22)
    • 2nd-3rd grades, 4:15-5:15pm
    • 4th-6th grades, 4:15-5:15pm (Mixed Age Math Circle)
    • 2nd-3rd grades, 5:30-6:30pm
    • 4th-5th grades, 5:30-6:30pm
  • First Day of Instruction
    • Tuesday, September 18th
    • Thursday, September 20th
  • Last Day of Instruction
    • Tuesday, December 3rd
    • Thursday, December 5th
  • All dates and times are tentative and subject to change.


SFMC Elementary is a fee-based program.  The cost is $300 per student per semester (this includes 10 weeks of instruction).  Additionally, we have a generous sliding scale to ensure that all families who are interested in Math Circle can afford to attend.


SFSU is located at 1600 Holloway Avenue.  However, this is a large campus, and this address is not sufficient to get you to our location. To protect the students, we will not be posting the actual classroom location but will send this information in a welcome packet.  The nearest official parking garage that you can use is Parking Garage 20 at SFSU.  You can also park on Holloway Avenue or Buckingham Way. 


Other Resources

We encourage you to make use of our resources to support your child's elementary math experience! Check out our resources page to find more math circles, math events, and math websites!