Math Classes Information Page

Welcome to the Firecracker Math after school program!

You can sign up for the Fall 2016 semester HERE      

OPEN HOUSE  will take place on Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30pm at 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley.

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: 


NEW IN 2016-2017  SCHOOL YEAR:    


In response to many requests Firecracker Math opened new locations in Oakland/Piedmont and Lafayette – check the schedule below.



For students in grades 7 -10: 

Get ready for college level math. Understand and explore the concepts of calculus.  Read more… 


For students in grades 5 – 7: 

Learn fundamental algebra concepts through puzzles, games, and exploration.  Read more… 


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…  



FALL 2016 SCHEDULE      

     Classes will begin on September 12, 2016.

             Berkeley location: 1606 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709.

            Oakland/Piedmont location: 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610.             

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

            Lafayette location: 955 Moraga Road, Lafayette, CA 94549


      Mondays (Oakland/Piedmont or Berkeley):

      Time                                           Class/grades                                            Location

      3:30 pm – 4:20 pm                     Grades K-1                                                Piedmont

      3:45 pm – 4:45 pm                      Grades 4-5                                                Piedmont 

      4:30 pm – 5:25 pm                      Grades 2-3                                                Piedmont

      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm                      Grades 6-8                                                Piedmont


      Tuesdays (Oakland/Piedmont, Berkeley, or Lafayette):

      Time                                            Class/grades                                            Location                    

             4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                       Grades 1-3                                                 Piedmont

             5:00 pm – 6:00 pm                       Grades 4-6                                                 Piedmont            

             3:45 pm – 4:40 pm                      Grades K-2                                                 Lafayette         

             3:45 pm – 4:45 pm                      Grades 3-5                                                  Lafayette      

             5:00 pm – 6:00 pm                      Algebra Games,  grades 5-7                       Lafayette              


      Wednesdays (Berkeley):

      Time                                              Class/grades                                            Location

      4:15 pm – 5:10 pm                         Grades 1-3                                                Berkeley

      5:15 pm – 6:15 pm                          Math for Families, grades 4-6                   Berkeley  


      Thursdays (Berkeley): 

      Time                                              Class/grades                                            Location

      3:40 pm – 4:40 pm                        Grades 3-5                                                 Berkeley

      4:45 pm – 5:40 pm                        Grades K-2                                                 Berkeley

      5:45 pm – 6:45 pm                        Algebra Games, grades 5-7                       Berkeley 


     Saturdays (Berkeley or Concord):

     Time                                                 Class/grades                                            Location  

     1:15 pm – 2:15 pm                            Math in Motion (Intro to Calc)*, gr 7-10     Berkeley

            2:30 pm  – 3:30 pm                           Grades 9-11                                              Berkeley

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

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


        *The class is for 7-10 grade students who have already taken Algebra 1 or Pre-algebra     course or Common Core 8th grade at school. Advanced 7th graders may be accepted.


                                      REGISTER ONLINE


Registration: Fill out and submit the enrollment form, and pay a $100 non-refundable deposit or the complete payment at the end of the registration process. You can also mail the payment to: Firecracker Forum, P.O. Box 20621, Oakland, CA 94620. Make your check payable to Firecracker Forum. If you are having difficulties submitting the form, you can email your request to: Please specify “Firecracker Math Winter/Spring semester” in the title of your email.

Fees:  The fee is $260 for the entire semester (13 sessions). Math in Motion class is $290. Financial aid is available – ask for an application.

Placement: Students will be placed in classes according to their level in math. A placement test is not mandatory, but can be requested by parents. Solutions must be submitted to or through our website no later than 1 week before the classes start.

Communication: We will be happy to discuss students’ progress with the parents. Please contact Svetlana at 510-488-4556 to schedule a parent-teacher meeting.

Attendance: Parents and children must realize that consistent attendance is an important factor in successful learning.

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. If you are more than 10 minute late in picking up your child, you will be charged $10 for every 15 minutes after the pick up time. In case of an emergency please leave a message at 510-488-4556.

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.