Math Classes Information Page

Welcome to the Firecracker Math after school program!

You can sign up for the Fall 2015 semester HERE      

Our program is based on the best traditions and classical methods of teaching mathematics.

We introduce and explore math concepts and problem-solving techniques. Students develop a love for math as they learn how to apply reasoning skills and logical thinking to all aspects of their studies. We will help your child to build a solid foundation and understanding of mathematics. Theoretical instructions are combined with practical exercises that employ chess, brain teasers, and logical puzzles to demonstrate serious mathematical concepts.

At our math classes we are going to show to your child that math can be incredibly creative, exciting, and fun.  

We offer small class sizes, experienced and enthusiastic teachers, and an individual approach according to each student’s needs.

For any additional information contact: 




A great news for Contra Costa county residents!

The Firecracker Math is opening a new location in Concord in September 2015 – check the dates and hours in the schedule below. The address is 1092 Alberta Way, Concord, CA 94521.

Mathematics of Symmetry.

For students in grades 8 -11

Symmetry is one of the most powerful and important concepts in modern mathematics.  Read more… 

Math for Families.

For students in grades 4-6.

Have you ever thought about being in a classroom with your kid, and working together on a teacher’s assignment or participating in class discussions?

Firecracker Math opens its classrooms for parents! It is free for parents, you only pay a regular class fee for your child. The class is for 4-6th grade students and their parents. Read more…  

Chess Club.

For students in grades K-8 (Concord location only).

Learn and muster chess – the most popular, challenging, and mysterious strategy game of all. By popular demand we open a Chess Club at our Concord location – check the schedule below.


NEW SCHEDULE  ( Fall/Winter 2015) 


       Classes will begin on September 14 (except when noted otherwise), 2015.

               Berkeley’s location (except when noted otherwise): 1606 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709.

              Concord’s location: 1092 Alberta Way, Concord, CA 94521.


      Tuesdays (Berkeley and Concord):

3:45 pm – 4:40 pm Grades K-2 (Concord)

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Grades 6-8 (Berkeley)

4:45 pm – 5:40 pm Grades 3-5 (Concord)

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Mathematics of Symmetry (Introduction to Group Theory**), grades 8-11 (Berkeley)

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Grades 3-5 (Berkeley)

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Grades 6-8 (Concord)


      Wednesdays (Berkeley):

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm Grades K-1 (The Academy)*

4:00 pm – 4:55 pm Grades 2-3 (The Academy)*

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Grades 4-5 (The Academy)*


      Thursdays (Berkeley):

      3:50 pm – 4:50 pm Grades 6-8 (The Academy)*

      4:45 pm – 5:40 pm Grades K-2

      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Math in Motion 1 (Introduction to Calculus**), grades 8-11 (The Academy)*

      5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Grades 3-5


     Fridays (Berkeley):

      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Grades 8-10

      6:05 pm – 7:00 pm  Math for Families, grades 4-6


     Saturdays (Berkeley and Concord):

      11:00 am – 11:55 am Grades K-2 (Concord)

      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mathematics of Symmetry**, grades 8-11 (Berkeley)

      11:00 am – 11:55 pm Grades 3-5 (Concord)      

      12:00 pm – 12:55 pm Grades 3-5 (Concord)    

1:00 pm – 1:55 pm Grades 2-4 (Berkeley)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Grades 6-8 (Concord)          

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm  Math in Motion (Introduction to Calculus)**, grades 8-11 (Berkeley)


              *Location of this class: The Academy, 2722 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

**The class is for 8-11 grades. 7 graders are accepted if they have already taken Algebra 1 or Pre-algebra course or Common Core 8th grade at school.


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               Chess Club (Concord only)


              3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Advanced

              4:50 pm – 5:40 pm Beginners

              5:50 pm – 6:45 pm Intermediate



              11:00 am – 11:55 am Intermediate 

              12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Advanced

              1:10 pm – 2:00 pm Beginners


                                REGISTER ONLINE


Registration: Fill out and submit the enrollment form, and mail a $100 non-refundable deposit to: Firecracker Forum, P.O. Box 20621, Oakland, CA 94620. Make your check payable to Firecracker Forum. We will email you the orientation packet. If you are having difficulties submitting the form, you can email your request to: Please specify “Firecracker Academy, Math” in the title of your email.

Fees:  The fee is $260 for the entire semester (13 weeks). Mathematics of Symmetry is a 10 week long course with the fee of $200 for the semester. We offer 10% discount if you enroll for 2 consecutive semesters, or two or more kids from the same family. Financial aid is available – ask for the application.

Placement: Students will be placed in classes according to their level in math. A short placement test will be emailed upon registration and upon parents’ request. Solutions must be submitted to or through our website no later than 2 weeks before the classes start.

Communication: We will be happy to discuss your child’s progress with you. Please contact Svetlana at 510-528-3540 to schedule a parent-teacher meeting.

Attendance: Parents and children must realize that consistent attendance is one of the keys to a successful school year.

Punctuality: Children are not to be dropped off more than 10 minutes before classes begin. Be sure your child arrives to school on time and is picked up at dismissal time.

Books and Supplies: All handouts and school supplies will be provided by the Firecracker Academy to be used throughout the school year.


Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

The Firecracker Math after-school program admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and does not discriminate in its admissions policies, financial aid, and educational programs. Everybody is guaranteed equal rights and opportunities.