Math Classes Information Page

Welcome to the Firecracker Math after school program!

You can sign up for the Winter/Spring 2016 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: 


         NEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR:    


In response to many requests Firecracker Math is opening a new location in Oakland/Piedmont and Lafayette starting January 2016 – check the schedule below.


A great news for Contra Costa county residents!

The Firecracker Math opened a new location in Concord in September 2015 – check 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…  


NEW SCHEDULE  ( Winter/Spring 2016)


       Classes will begin on January 19, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                   Grades 6-8                                                       Live Oak*, Berkeley

5:10 pm – 6:10 pm                   Grades 9-11                                                     Live Oak*, Berkeley


      Tuesdays (Berkeley, Concord, or Lafayette):

Time                                        Class/grades                                                  Location       

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

5:25 pm – 6:25 pm                  Math in Motion (Intro to Calculus)***, gr. 7-10 Berkeley               

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

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

             4:45 pm – 5:45 pm                  Grades 5-6                                                        Lafayette              


      Wednesdays (Berkeley):

      Time                                       Class/grades                                                    Location

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm                 Grades K-2                                                        The Academy**, Berkeley

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm                  Grades 3-5                                                        The Academy**, Berkeley  

3:45 pm – 4:35 pm                  Grades K-1                                                        Live Oak*, Berkeley  

4:45 pm – 5:40 pm                  Grades 2-3                                                        Live Oak*, Berkeley

5:50 pm – 6:50 pm                  Grades 4-5                                                        Live Oak*, Berkeley


      Thursdays (Berkeley): 

      Time                                        Class/grades                                                   Location

      3:40 pm – 4:40 pm                   Grades 6-8                                                       Berkeley

      4:50 pm – 5:50 pm                   Grades 9-11                                                     Berkeley

      4:50 pm – 5:45 pm                   Grades K-2                                                       Berkeley 

      5:45 pm – 6:45 pm                   Grades 3-5                                                       Berkeley


     Saturdays (Berkeley or Concord):

     Time                                          Class/grades                                                 Location  

      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                 Grades 6-8                                                      Berkeley 

      1:00 pm – 1:55 pm                   Grades 1-3                                                      Berkeley

      1:15 pm – 2:15 pm                   Math in Motion (Intro to Calculus)***, 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    

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


        *Location of this class: Live Oak Community Center, 1301 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

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

        ***The class is for 8-10 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 $295 for the entire semester (15 sessions). 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.