Math Classes Information Page

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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!

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

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Address:  Berkeley’s location:  1900 Essex Street  Berkeley, CA 94703

When: The first day of the Fall semester is Tuesday, September 16th. Classes take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Classes hours*:

        Tuesdays (Berkeley):

        3:45pm – 4:35pm   Elementary division, grades 3-5    

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

          6:15pm – 7:20pm    Upper division (Advanced), grades 9-12


         Wednesdays (Berkeley): 

           4:00pm – 4:50pm   Elementary division, grades 1-3

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

         Thursdays (Emeryville):

           4:00pm – 5:05pm   Upper division, grades 6-8

           5:15pm -  6:20pm   Upper division, grades 8-9

         Saturdays (Emeryville):

         10:45am – 11:30am    Elementary division, grades 1-3

            11:35am – 12:20pm   Elementary division, grades 3-5

*Please note that not every day/time option is available for every level. Please ask about schedule details for your child’s level.

**This class focuses on problem solving techniques and logical proofs based on the knowledge children acquired at school. The class will benefit kids’ math aptitude as well as their competitive spirit. Students will be selected to compete at Bay Area Math Olympiads. 

Aside for the holidays and public schools vacations, the classes will take place every week for the duration of our scholastic year starting on September 16th, 2014. The Fall semester classes begin on Saturday September 13th.


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 $270 for the elementary division classes and $324 for the upper division classes for the entire semester. 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 an 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.