Math Classes Information Page

fcw_brainlogo_v2 (2)Welcome to the Firecracker Math after school program.                                   

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. And their school grades and test results are guaranteed to improve too. 


Math in Motion: Introduction to Calculus. For 7-10th grade students.  Read more… 

Classes at The Academy: We have teamed up with The Academy, a school with a 45-year history of accelerated academics, to offer an exciting after-school program. See the schedule below.  

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

For any additional information contact:

Location (unless noted otherwise):  1900 Essex Street  Berkeley or 2722 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley.

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        4:00pm – 5:00pm   Elementary division, grades 3-5

          5:00pm –  6:05pm   Upper division, grades 6-8                                                                            

          6:15pm – 7:30pm    Math in Motion (Introduction to Calculus**), grades 7-10


           4:00pm – 5:00pm   Elementary division, grades K-1 (fall session starts on Oct 29 at The Academy)*

           4:00pm – 5:00pm    Elementary division, grades 2-3 (fall session starts on Oct 29 at The Academy)*

           4:00pm – 5:00pm    Elementary division, grades 4-5 (fall session starts on Oct 29 at The Academy)*

           5:00pm – 6:05pm   Upper division (Math Olympiad), grades 7-9

           5:30pm -  6:45pm   Math in Motion (Introduction to Calculus**), grades 7-10


           4:00pm -  5:00pm   Elementary division, grades 6-8 (fall session starts on Oct 30 at The Academy)*


         1:15pm – 2:00pm    Elementary division, grades K-3

            1:15pm – 2:15pm   Upper division, grades 6-8

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

**The class is for 7-10 grade students who have already taken Algebra 1 or Pre-algebra course at school. 

Aside for the holidays and public school vacations, the classes will take place every week for the duration of our scholastic year. 


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.


The fee is $260 for the elementary and upper division classes and $275 for the Math in Motion: Introduction to Calculus course for the entire semester.  All classes that take place at The Academy are $140. We offer 10% discount if you enroll for 2 consecutive semesters, or two or more kids from the same family.  To get the 10% discount, the balance must be paid at the beginning of a semester. Financial aid is available – ask for the application.


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

Study Hall:

Study hall is available every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm at $12 per hour. Two teachers (one is a math teacher) are on duty helping kids with their homework and/or the material they studied at the Brain Workout class. You do not have to enroll for Study Hall, it is on a drop in basis – just let us know at the time you drop off your child.


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


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


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 books, workbooks 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 Academy 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.