Math Circle

    Positive Mathematics



  • Palo Alto Math Circle

    At the Palo Alto Math Circle, we do intriguing, inspiring, fun math to encourage a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and interactive discussions. Our goal is to nurture a lifelong love of mathematics, logical & flexible thinking, creative problem-solving, and meaningful learning, in a loving, joyful environment.


    Our Positive Math approach is grounded in research and supported by true mathematicians and computer scientists from Stanford, MIT, and Google.


    The founders' families have enjoyed math so much that many members have won math/CS contests such as a gold medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and Google Best Gadget Awards, as well as undertaken PhD studies in applied mathematics. The little ones also tremendously enjoy math to the extent that they frequently come up with creative math puzzles to do in their free time. We're so happy to share our love of mathematics with the next generation of young mathematicians!


    “For American students who have an appetite to learn math at a high level, something very big is happening.” - Paul Zeitz, Proof School's Co-Founder



    Palo Alto Math Circle: Grades 3-4


    Friday, November 17, 4:10-5:00pm

    Friday, December 8, 4:10-5:00pm


    Only 5 children per session for an individualized attention.

    ***Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in the Palo Alto Math Circle. The sessions are full. To learn more about future sessions, please click sign up and submit the short application form.

    Palo Alto Happy Math Circle: K-2


    Coming Soon

  • Educators


    Our founders are from Stanford, Google, and Cambridge. They have done research on learning technology and won awards from Google, Ericsson, Yahoo!, and Stanford. While pursuing their PhD studies at Stanford University, they developed language-learning technology, MapMyWord and VocabGrapher, which won first prizes from Google and was acquired by ThinkMap, Inc. Nathan joined a startup, AdMob, which was then acquired by Google, and became a Googler. Patty has been a director of Silicon Valley technology companies, conducted interdisciplinary research in learning, behavioral science, and technology, and worked as a research and teaching assistant at Stanford's School of Engineering, Graduate School of Business, and Graduate School of Education, as well as created innovative software systems for creative learning and artistic expression.


    Growing up in a family of International Math & Science Olympians, Patty enjoys mathematics and received 99th percentile on all standardized tests. She continues to be involved in the field of education while supporting her children who are Davidson Young Scholars. She has also assisted as a room parent in the Stanford Math Circle program at Stanford University. Always joyful and genuinely warm, Patty sees the light in every child, and loves nurturing and teaching children. She also holds a certificate in education from Harvard University and has finished Michael Nitai Deranja's course in Principles of Education For Life, which has proven to provide a balanced education in which individualized, deep learning and inner joy go hand in hand.


    “The miracles of mathematics awaken a sense of wonder and awe. Understanding and noticing the incredibly beautiful patterns of almost everything around us bring more meaning to our lives - the world suddenly becomes more mysterious and wondrous. ” 

    Best Universal Gadget,

    Most Intelligent Gadget

    Stanford-Facebook App Contest Winner

  • Mindful Math

    As yogis and meditators, we start every math session with mindfulness to gather our thoughts and boost mental clarity.

    "Yoga works just like mathematics." - Gyandev McCord, Director of Ananda Yoga Worldwide, PhD (Stanford MS&E)

  • Positive Mathematics

    Mainstream psychology focuses on mental ailments while positive psychology learns from happy and top performers. Likewise, our positive view of mathematics is in contrary to “negative mathematics”, prevalent in our society and in educational research, which is driven by the motivation to reduce math trauma and anxiety. What motivates children who like math to reach their highest potential is not always the same as what motivates children who dislike math to attain a little bit closer to or above average.


    The Positive Math™ model encourages thinking and learning like top mathematicians.

    Similar to studies in the rising field of Positive Psychology, we’ve studied happy, mathematically-attuned people and children and discovered what they did differently.


    Positive Mathematics™ fosters Natural, Joyful, Advanced Learning.


    “Knowledge without love will not stick. But if love comes first, knowledge is sure to follow.” - John Burroughs


    "Knowing mathematics is like wearing a pair of X-ray specs that reveal hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of the world. With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, sounder, and more meaningful way." - Jordan Ellenberg, Professor of Mathematics, PhD (Harvard)

  • PAMC is a Non-Profit Association.

    Nurturing The Children's Passions

    Our Students

    The Palo Alto Math Circle is designed for kids who like math, and our way of mathematical learning and teaching is designed to foster real understanding. We have very small, collaborative circles that nurture deep thinkers, based on common interests in math and joyful yet substantial exploration of mathematics.


    We look for students who want to learn together and play together - avid readers, writers, artists, thinkers, and kind helpers.

  • Contact Us or Share Your Story

    Palo Alto Math Circle is a non-profit association based in Old Palo Alto, California. We welcome requests, questions, suggestions, donations, and gifts.


    As part of the Positive Mathematics Project, we would love to hear your stories about how you learned and what you think have contributed to your success in learning (or teaching) quantitative subjects. Thank you so much!

  • Apply to Palo Alto Math Circle Now

    Grades 2-3: Starting Friday, November 17; 4:10-5:00pm