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Russian School of Mathematics

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Russian School of Mathematics
Established in Newton, MA
PrincipalInessa Rifkin, Irene Khavinson
Color(s)Blue, Green, White
NicknameRSM, Russian School, Russian Math School

The Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) is an after school program that provides mathematics education for children attending K–12 of public and private schools. The school provides children with the opportunity to advance in mathematics beyond the traditional school curriculum. The founder of RSM is Inessa Rifkin and co-founder is Irene Khavinson.[1][2][3][4]

The focus of RSM is on primary school mathematics. The high-school level classes offer preparation for standardized tests such as the SAT, SAT II and AP exams. Each class usually involves intensive reinforcement of topics using many examples and exercises. Accompanied by classwork, all students are given homework to reinforce what they have learned.[5][6]


According to the official website, Inessa Rifkin and Irina Khavinson left the USSR in search of a better life for their children.[7] Together, they created a math education program that was very much like their own.[7] According to the website, they "Sparked a Movement". "20 years ago", the first class was held at Ms. Rifkin's kitchen table, also said to be in her living room,[8] outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In October 1999, their first "dedicated" school building was established in a Boston-area suburb. They currently have approximately 40,000 students.


The after-school mathematics program was originally established in Boston,[9] inside Inessa Rifkin's living room.[8] Since then, the school has expanded to include more than 50 schools in the US and Canada, as well as online programs.[10][11] RSM also runs an overnight camp in Sunapee, New Hampshire.[citation needed]


  1. "About Our Founders". Russian School of Mathematics. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. Giacobbe, Alyssa (31 March 2020). "Should Your Kid Be Taking Russian Math?". Boston Magazine.
  3. Goldberg, Carey (13 April 2017). "Why Thousands Of American Parents Are Sending Their Kids To 'Russian Math'". WBUR-FM.
  4. "Masha Gershman: What Can We Learn From The Russian Approach To Math Education?". NPR. 15 March 2019.
  5. Beth Teitel (March 15, 2016) There’s fear of math, and then there’s fear of Russian Math, Boston Globe
  6. Haft, Clair Tisne (25 July 2018). "The Motherlode: Not everything adds up at 'fun math camp'". Greenwich Time.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "About RSM: The Russian School of Mathematics". Russian School of Math. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  8. 8.0 8.1 ""From Russia with Math", New Documentary About Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) Selected For Winter Fest Film Festival". PR Newswire. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  9. Donahue, Jane. "Russian School of Mathematics training brains to solve problems". The Naperville Sun. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  10. Moran, Catherine Douglas (10 August 2020). "Russian School of Mathematics to Open Tysons Location Soon". Tyson Reporter.
  11. "10,000 Students Now Enrolled!!!". Russian School of Mathematics. Retrieved 18 January 2014.

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