Fall 2019 registration is now available!

Please note: If you would like to register for Math Circle but are unable to pay the full tuition, we offer generous financial aid so you can pay only what you can afford! If you are applying for financial aid, please follow the instructions in the Cost & Scholarships section below.

SF State 2nd-3rd Math Circle

SF State 4th-5th Math Circle

Quick Program Info

Enrollment: Open to the public

Location: San Francisco State University, Trailer P (click for a Google Map)

Cost: $420 per 12-week term (We offer financial aid! See below for more details)

Grade levels: 2nd-3rd grade and 4th-5th grade

Days: Tuesdays or Thursdays

Times: 4:15-5:15pm or 5:30-6:30pm

Program Details

About us

At the San Francisco Math Circle, we explore the fun side of math! The SF Math Circle is an extracurricular math enrichment program that gives students an opportunity to develop their mathematical thinking skills in a supportive, collaborative, and fun environment. We promote positive attitudes towards math and learning through engaging, hands-on puzzles and games that involve both creativity and critical thinking.

You can find more about our approach to math and math education here.

Please note that our focus is primarily on helping students to engage in creative mathematical exploration and problem-solving rather than building their skills in arithmetic or other traditional K-12 math.


We will be meeting in Trailer P on the SF State campus (click for a Google Map). SF State’s Parking Garage 20 is about a 10 minute walk from Trailer P. There is also street parking available on Holloway Avenue, Buckingham Way, and Junipero Serra.


Cost & Scholarships

The tuition for the SF State Math Circle is $420 per 12-week term ($35 per week). The tuition we charge allows us to cover the costs of the resources we provide, including:

  • Activity design and development

  • Instructor training and preparation

  • Low student-to-instructor ratios

  • Weekly snacks for students

  • SF Math Circle T-shirts for students

Financial Aid

We are committed to making our programs accessible to all students. We partner with ActivityHero to provide reduced tuition scholarships to families based on financial need, so they only pay what they can afford. In order to be eligible for reduced tuition, families must complete an ActivityHero scholarship application and provide income verification.

Reduced Tuition Scholarship Instructions:
If you would like to apply for a reduced tuition scholarship, please follow these steps:

  • To start, visit ActivityHero's Class Scholarship Application page, add the scholarship application to your cart, and proceed to checkout.

  • Next, after you read over the ActivityHero scholarship policies and click the "Confirm" button, you'll be directed to fill out the ActivityHero scholarship application. ActivityHero's scholarship application requires you to do the following:

    • Report your family's income and provide documentation that the ActivityHero staff can use to verify your income. This documentation (which can be uploaded electronically or mailed to ActivityHero) can be one of the following:

      • 2018 tax return

      • Free or reduced lunch qualification letter

      • Unemployment check, voucher or SSI

    • Add the Math Circle session(s) you want to your cart, but do not check out with this session or you will be charged the full tuition price. (If the session you want is full, please join the wait list.)

    • Report the amount you are able to pay for Math Circle this semester. There are a range of options, from $20 up to $400.

  • Once you have completed and submitted your application (including providing documentation for income verification and adding the Math Circle session(s) you want to your cart), the ActivityHero staff will review your application. This may take 1-3 business days. When it is approved, you will receive an email from ActivityHero with instructions on how to complete the registration for the session(s) you have placed in your cart.

Please note that you must fill out a separate scholarship application for each student you want to enroll in Math Circle for the fall semester.

If you would like more details about our scholarships or if you have any questions about scholarships, please contact us at info@sfmathcircle.org.

Class Schedule

For each grade level, there are four weekly classes to choose from:

  • Tuesday 4:15-5:15

  • Tuesday 5:30-6:30

  • Thursday 4:15-5:15

  • Thursday 5:30-6:30

We will begin each class with 5-10 minutes of snack time before getting into the activities.

The fall term will have 12 sessions, starting in September and ending in December.

Tuesdays: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10 (No Math Circle 10/1 or 11/26)

Thursdays: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 (No Math Circle 10/3 or 11/28)

All dates and times are tentative and subject to change.

Grade Levels


In our 2nd-3rd Grade Math Circles, we introduce students to mathematical thinking while maintaining a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Students explore in small groups where they have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and to receive personalized attention and guidance from an instructor.

We typically introduce a new activity each week touching on new and interesting mathematical concepts and usually involving hands-on manipulatives or games. We provide scaffolding and support so all students are able engage with each activity, and we help students begin to develop the skills they'll need to become more independent mathematical thinkers in the future.


In our 4th-5th Grade Math Circles, we begin to focus more on promoting and supporting student-driven inquiry and exploration. We encourage students to begin to explore more independently, and we help them develop the skills necessary to do so.

As in the 2nd-3rd Math Circles, students explore in small groups where they have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and to receive personalized attention and guidance from an instructor.

We introduce 7-8 activities over the 12 week term. Once an activity has been introduced, it remains available for exploration for the rest of the term. Each week, students can choose which of the available activities they're most interested in exploring, and may explore as many or as few activities as they like.

Spending multiple weeks exploring a specific activity gives students an opportunity to learn how to answer more challenging questions, and potentially learn how to generate new questions.