Los Angeles Math Circle

Welcome to the Math Circle

Enrollment for Winter 2017

Registration for Winter 2017 is now OPEN.  Please read carefully the information below.

Winter 2017 dates:

First meeting:  January 15th

Last meeting: March 19th

No meeting:
 February 19th

All continuing students in good standing have a spot reserved for them in the Winter session. However, you still need to login into your account and submit a brief application. This is the only way for us to know that you are interested in continuning in the next session. 


grade 1: we do not have a program for 1st graders this year. If your child starts 1st grade in Fall 2016, please apply to Early Elementary group next year (for Fall 2017). We are planning to start a new group for students in grades 1-2 in Fall 2017;

grades 2-8: We do not anticipate any openings for new students in these grade levels. If there is a spot, the highest priority will be given to National Winners of Math Kangaroo contest and top students from our summer 2016 program.

New students in grades 1-8 are invited to apply for our summer 2017 program. Our summer program is exclusively for all new students. Applications will be available in mid-May 2017. Groups are created based on instructors' and funding availability. 
Students need to take an assessment to get admitted.

grades 9-10: High School I and High School II groups are currently full, but space may open up. If you are a new student, please be sure to fill out your application in detail, providing information about your child's interest and achievements in mathematics. You should be as detailed and specific as possible. Specify what course the student is currently enrolled in (or the last course completed); specify CTY scores; results of AMC8/AMC10, Math Kangaroo, Science Fairs, or other contests. 


Early Elementary Group: grades 2-3 (2 groups) - room MS 3915H
Junior Circle: grades 4-5 -- room MS 3974
Intermediate Group: grades 6-7 -- rooms MS 3915A (Ivy's group) and MS 6201 (Ishita's group)
Advanced Group: grade 8 -- room MS 6221
High school I: continuing students: grade 9; new students: grades 9 and 10 -- room MS 6620
High school II: continuing students: grades 10-12; new students: grades 11 and 12 -- IPAM (Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics), located close to the MS building, see campus map.

1) We have started a new class, "Geometry Through Problem Solving" for 6th-7th graders. The class follows the book "Geometry in Problems" by Alexander Shen and is taught by Konstantin Miagkov. The meetings are on Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 PM.

2) Several of our students are starting their own Math Circle Satellites in local elementary, middle and high schools. 

3) We have started an invitation-only Math Mentorship Program offering individual attention to dedicated current Math Circle students who require extra support. 

4) We continued invitation-only Olympiad training for middle schoolers taught by Cole Hugelmeyer and Konstantin Miagkov. We focus on proof techniques in Olympiad problem solving.

5) We will have AMC10/12 training led by Brent Woodhouse on October 23rd, November 6th, November 20th, January 22nd, January 29th, and February 5th from 2:15-3:45 PM in MS 6627. We will go over a variety of topics that are often seen on AMC 10/12.

6)Our Book "Breaking Numbers into Parts" by O.Gleizer, O. Radko, was published and is available on Amazon.com. The book is based on the  math circle curriculum for the youngest audience (ages 4-7).

What is the LA Math Circle?

Los Angeles Math Circle (LAMC) is a top-tier math circle attracting elementary, middle and high school students interested in mathematics and eager to learn. LAMC is a program of the Department of Mathematics at UCLA and over the years was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Mathematical Science Research Instittue (MSRI),  the Boeing Employees Community Fund, Raytheon, a gift from the Glickman family, and math circle families donations.

Following the traditions of Russian and Eastern European math circles, the program focuses on showcasing the beauty of mathematics and its applications, improving problem solving skills, preparing students for a variety of contests and competitions, creating a social context for mathematically inclined students as well as attracting students to math-related careers.

Types of meetings:

  • problem-solving sessions (most of the meetings);
  • expository talks on a variety of pur and applied math  topics;
  • preparation for various competitions, such as American Mathematical Competitions, Math Kangaroo, Bay Area Math Olympiad;

The topics we cover are as varied as advanced plane geometry, elementary number theory, fractals, combinatorics, game theory for the older students, logic, counting techniques, basic combinatorics for the younger ones. The main goal is to learn wonderful mathematics not covered in a typical school curriculum but accessible to the mathematically inclined students. Another goal is to actively engage students in problem solving and to learn effective problem solving strategies. To get an idea of what we are doing, please look at the titles and descriptions of past meetings which are available on our "Circle calendar" for the current year and on our "Archive" page for previous years

Please refer to FAQs if you have questions about the proper placement (choice of group) and other questions related to math circle.

Please see our Directions page for details on how to get there.

Contact LAMC

If you have any questions or comments, please write to Dr. Olga Radko, director of the Los Angeles Math Circle, at radko@math.ucla.edu after consulting the FAQs.

If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on the circle please use "Contact us" form on the left toolbar. Keep in mind that if you want to receive an answer to your comments you need to provide a return address.

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