Dates & Tuition

At Stanford Math Circles, we offer three math circle levels: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. All our classes meet on Thursday night, with extra sessions on Wednesday for Elementary school. Our circles are offered throughout the academic year from September through May. Our circles fill quickly, so students are accepted on a lottery basis.


The Stanford Math Circle runs during the Stanford academic year, with 10 sessions each quarter. The fall quarter is from late September through early December, the winter quarter is from January through March, and in the spring quarter is from early April through early June. We do not offer a summer quarter.

Fall 2019 Quarter

Week of September 30, 2019–December 12, 2019

Winter 2020 Quarter

Week of January 13, 2020–March 19, 2020

Spring 2020 Quarter

Week of March 31, 2020–June 4, 2020


All Circles meet on Thursday evenings at Stanford University’s campus.

Elementary Circle

The Elementary Circle has a session that meet Wednesdays and another session that meets on Thursdays in each time slot. Students are placed into one of these weekly courses.

1st & 2nd

  • Session Times: 5:30–6:30pm and 6:30–7:30pm

3rd & 4th

  • Session Times: 5:30–6:30pm, 6:30–7:30pm, and 7:30–8:30pm

Middle School Circle

The Middle School Circle has sessions that meet on Thursdays.

5th & 6th

  • Session Time: 5:45–7:00pm and 7:15–8:30pm

7th & 8th

  • Session Time: 6:10–7:50pm

High School Circle

The Advanced Circle has a session that meets on Thursdays.


  • Session Time: 6:00–8:00pm


The fee for participation is $350 per academic quarter.

This fee covers expenses for session leaders, website maintenance, administrative costs, and use of the Stanford University facilities.

Please note that financial aid is available and that we will not exclude students due to financial hardship, so please let us know if the fee would cause financial difficulty for your family. The financial aid application is available at the time of applying to the Math Circle.