About: The SFMC Middle School Math Circle is an alternative math outreach and enrichment program that focuses on exploration and problem-solving. We seek to broaden our students' perception of what it means to do mathematics and to be a mathematician. We provide students with the tools to play with mathematics in a deeper way, and with an environment in which they feel comfortable exploring new and challenging things.
Spring 2018 is Here!
Mixed Age Math Circle
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Spots do fill up fast, but we encourage you to join the Wait List as space may become available
Middle School Math Circle
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Mixed Age Math Circle (grades 4-6)
The Mixed Age Math Circle sessions are part of our Elementary program at SFSU. These sessions are open to students in grades 4-6. 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.
Changes for Spring 2018!
We are making some exciting changes to our 4th-5th and 4th-6th (Mixed Age Math Circle) program in order to better promote and support student-driven inquiry and exploration. Students will have greater freedom to choose and develop their own explorations over the course of the semester, indulging their curiosity and digging deeper into the topics that most interest them. Our instructors will help to guide them in this process of discovery, offering support and encouragement along the way.
We believe that this approach will help all of our students to have even richer, more rewarding experiences in Math Circle. We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Spring semester and the implementation of this variation on our traditional model. We hope you join us!
The Mixed Age Math Circle program meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm and on Thursdays from 4:15-5:15pm. 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, 5:30-6:30pm* (10 of the following 11 dates will be selected): 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8 (no Math Circle on 3/20 or 3/27)
First Day of Instruction: Tuesday, February 13
Thursdays, 4:15-5:15pm* (10 of the following 11 dates will be selected): 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10 (no Math Circle on 3/22 or 3/29)
First Day of Instruction: Thursday, February 15
*All dates and times are tentative and subject to change.
This 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.
San Francisco State University (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 Letter. The nearest official parking garage that you can use is Parking Garage 20 at SFSU. Street parking is also available within a few blocks of campus. Click for a map of SFSU.
Middle School Math Circle (grades 6-9)
The Middle School Math Circle at Lowell is for students in grades 6-9.
This program meets on Tuesdays from 4:10-5:20pm. Additionally, snacks will be provided from 4-4:10pm. The program will run 10 weeks starting in February and ending in late April or early May. Please note that all dates and times are subject to change.
- Tuesdays: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/24, 5/1 (no Math Circle on 3/27, 4/10 or 4/17)
- First Day of Instruction: February 6, 2018
Starting in Spring 2018, the Middle School Math Circle will move to a Sliding Scale enrollment fee. The minimum fee requested of all participants is $50. Contribution tiers of $0, $100 and $150 are also available.
New Student Lottery
Due to the high demand for our program and a desire to be fair and equitable to all families who wish to participate, we have moved to a lottery system for the remaining available spots in our Spring program. Enter your student for the Middle School Math Circle Lottery via the ActivityHero widget below.
Students will be randomly selected from the pool of all Lottery entrants. Those who are selected will be contacted via email and offered a spot in the Middle School Math Circle at Lowell. Parents/Guardians must respond within 3 school/business days to claim their student's spot. The number of students selected in the Lottery will be equal to the number of seats available at the site.
Entrants with duplicate registrations may be removed from the Lottery drawing without notice. Entrants with incomplete registration forms may also be removed from the drawing.
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our various sites and communities.
Returning Students: Priority Registration is offered to returning students from the previous semester. Space is limited and enrollment is determined on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to sign up early!
Lowell High School is located at 1101 Eucalyptus Drive. Click here for a map. The specific classroom location will be shared with families after registration in a welcome packet.
We encourage you to make use of our resources to support your student's math experience! Check out our resources page to find more math circles, math events, and math websites!