UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

Welcome to ORMC

Fall 2024 Quarter Information

The Fall 2024 quarter registration will open in late August. Returning students should apply to the class one level above the level they attended in the Spring 2024, for example: BNP A --> Beginners 1A, Beginners 1B --> Beginners 2B, Beginners 2A --> Intermediate 1A, etc. Returning students will be registered automatically by the system, if they apply. If a returning student was not a good match for the program based on their academic performance, in-class behavior, attendance, and other factors, they may be dropped from the program later when we begin to review applications. We expect to drop a very small number of the returning students, if any at all. Vacancies will be filled by new applicants. Registration for math competitions, math competitions prep classes, and for the chess club will be available only to the students registered for the main program. Registration for math competitions, math competitions prep classes, and for the chess club will open when registration for the regular program is finalized.

  • First day of classes: Sunday, 9/29.
  • No classes: Sundays 11/10 (Veterans Day weekend) and 12/1 (Thanksgiving weekend).
  • Last day of classes: Sunday, 12/8.
  • All classes will be taught in person.

Summer 2024 Quarter Information

Registration for the Summer 2024 classes is  now closed. The BNP assessment test will be given on Sunday, 6/23, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, tentatively in MS 5200. The assessment test is for applicants to the BNP classes (grades 1-2 in the Fall 2024) only.  

The ORMC Summer quarter program is not open to students attending our regular academic year program. The Summer program is meant to give children outside of our regular ranks a taste of the Math Circle culture.

Attendance policy: if a student misses two or more classes for the reasons we do not find serious enough, such as travel, sports events, etc., we will dis-enroll the student from the program. If you plan to travel in the Summer, please do not apply.

  • First day of classes: Sunday, 6/30.
  • Last day of classes: Sunday, 8/25.
  • All classes will be taught in person.

ORMC director, Dr. Gleizer, showing a magic trick at the 2024 Math Kangaroo award ceremony


Donations form a crucial component of the Circle's budget. Quarterly donations at the level of $300 per student are needed to sustain the high quality of our program.  Please consider ORMC as a part of your giving plans this season! Donations are not a factor in enrollment decisions and do not entitle your child to enrollment.

Summer 2024 Schedule:


ClassBNPBeginners 1Beginners 2Intermediate 1
Time and room #

A: 11:00 - 11:50 AM

B: 12:10 - 1:00 PM

Both in MS 6221

A: 11:00 - 11:50 AM

B: 12:10 - 1:00 PM

Both in MS 6201

A: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, MS 6627

B: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, MS 6229

A: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, MS 3974

B: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, MS 5118

Fall 2024 school grade1 - 23 - 45 - 67 - 8


Time and room #2:00 - 4:00 PM, MS 6221
Fall 2024 school grade9 - 12


ORMC Math Videos

Satellite Math Circles

ORMC may designate some Math Circles as ORMC satellites. A request for such a designation should be sent to the ORMC director. To qualify, a Math Circle 

1. has to be free-of-charge for participating students; 

2. have a substantial part, 50% or more, of their curriculum based on the ORMC curriculum; 

3. have instructors with ORMC training; and 

4. operate in close contact with ORMC so that ORMC could attest to the quality of the instruction.

  • An ORMC Advanced 1 student, Lawrence Pang, along with his six friends, continues their ORMC Satellite Program at Wittmann Elementary School. The class was moved to an in-person format, doubling the number of students. The students found the curriculum and Math Circle methods to be vastly more fun and engaging, especially with the in-person format and interpersonal interaction that comes with it. Lawrence and his team plan to continue in-person classes to expand their community impact and help everyone interested get the Math Circle experience.
  • This is the third year that Leonardo (Leo) Lam, currently an Advanced 1 student at ORMC, and his team of assistant instructors are running an ORMC satellite program in the Upland Unified School District. The program began with a Circle at a local high school teaching the ORMC curriculum to math-inclined students from three elementary schools in the district. Leo and his team were the first to start a Math Circle in the Inland Empire region of CA. In year two, the Circle grew to include students from five out of ten elementary schools in the district. Recently, Leo established a second ORMC satellite at a local elementary school in partnership with the school's Saturday absence recovery program. Leo also improved the quality of instruction by recruiting and training his high school peers. In year three, student participation has reached nine out of ten elementary schools. Moving forward, Leo's goal is to further expand the satellite program, providing more support to the district's initiative in absence recovery.

Thank you notes

  • ORMC would like to thank the Circle's major donor, Sierra Chen, for her unwavering support.
  • ORMC would like to thank Jane Street for their donation.
  • ORMC would like to thank Prof. Sucharit Sarkar for supporting the Circle through his NSF RTG grant.
  • The Circle would like to thank the Schlessinger family for providing food and beverages for the beginning and end of the year parties for ORMC instructors for three years in a row.
  • The Circle would like to thank Julie Haubner for organizing two meetings of the Parents' Club, one with a college counselor, Gregg Murray, Director of Life Planning at Vistamar School, and another with Kanak Malshe, Bar Raiser and Software Development Manager at Amazon.
  • The Circle would like to thank all the parents helping with fundraising.

Recent News

College admissions 2024

  • Sarah Brown will be majoring in engineering at UC Berkeley.
  • Natalie Epshtein will be majoring in biochemistry at UCLA.
  • Jack Fasching will major in applied math at UCLA.
  • Hyunwoo Lee will be majoring in mechanical engineering at Columbia University.
  • Benjamin Ostrovsky will be studying math and CS at Caltech.
  • Vigyan Sahai is joining a special program called the College of Creative Studies (CCS) at UCSB in Computing as a Regents Scholar. This is a research/PhD-focused undergraduate program. Approximately 10 students join the Computing major each year. The students are assigned faculty mentors and begin research in their first year.
  • Benjamin Telanoff will be majoring in Data Science at UC Berkeley.

ORMC high school volunteer instructor has won a gold medal on the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition and will be representing the US at the IMO 2024 in Bath, the UK. 


Tiger (Qiao) Zhang was also one of the main contributors for the Team USA to beat the second place Team China by two points. Hats off to Tiger!

ORMC instructor accepts a Hans Rademacher Instructor postdoctoral position at UPenn.

Congratulations to Aaron Anderson!

ORMC Beginners 1 students' placing at 2024 AMC 8

Charlotte Huang, currently in the 3rd grade, got an Honors Roll with Distinction (top 1% nationwide). Srivibhav Mandapaka, currently in the 4th grade, got an Honors Roll (top 5% nationwide). Way to go!

ORMC students qualify for AIME

Over 30 ORMC students have qualified for AIME on AMC 10/12 in the Fall 2023.

A former ORMC instructor featured in the Quanta magazine

Alexandru Pascadi, a lead instructor of the ORMC Olympiads class in 2019-21, currently a grad student at Oxford, was featured in the Quanta magazine:


Caroline D. Bradley scholarship

Two ORMC students, Atticus Stewart and Elili Flore, were awarded the Caroline D. Bradley scholarship in the Fall 2023. The honor includes a four-year tuition, upwards of $200K per scholar, to the high school or high school program of their choosing that can meet their gifted intellectual needs.

An ORMC student named as one of the top 40 young scientists in the nation by Regeneron Science Talent Search

Regeneron Science Talent Search, formerly Intel Science Fair, formerly Westinghouse Science Fair, is possibly the oldest and most prestigious national science competition for high school students in the US. An ORMC student, August Deer, was named as one of the scholars in 2023. Hats off to August! 


The Circle is grateful to Prof. Salman Avestimehr (USC) for giving August a chance to do research in his lab.