Award-Winning Program Comes to Princeton
The Russian School of Mathematics (RSM), the award-winning, after-school math program for K-12 students, is coming to Princeton! Recently named “one of the top 10 schools” with our students “some of the brightest young people in the world” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, we help children of all levels excel in mathematics.
Our Story. RSM was opened in 1997 by a mother and expert teacher, both Soviet emigres, who, disappointed by the level of math education in the United States, opened a school for their own children and the children of their community. Our curriculum and methodology, perfected over the last 22 years by our team of gifted academics, is inspired by elite mathematical schools in the former Soviet Union, adapted for the American educational environment. With multiple levels for every grade, from beginner to competition, our curriculum is designed to develop each child to his or her full potential.
Today our program serves over 30,000 K-12 students across North America and has been featured in the Atlantic, Boston Globe, NPR and TED.
What is Russian Math? According to Russian tradition, the study of mathematics is the preeminent tool of mental development. Learn math the right way and your cognitive abilities actually improve. The top academic minds of the Soviet Union were tasked with developing this “right way” and the resulting methods and textbooks came to be used by elite schools globally including in China, India, and Europe. In time, the Russian methodology gave rise to millions of Soviets with a deep mathematical foundation, who could think critically, creatively, and logically. The Soviet regime had unwittingly developed generations of thinkers who could see through it and who escaped its grasp the minute it loosened.
Our Approach. Our program continues in the tradition of Russian math with a focus on our four pillars:
1. Early Development of Abstract Thinking: Studies show that children are ready for abstract thinking at an early age. Our students begin to reason with abstract concepts in elementary school, and by middle school they are not only familiar with essential elements of algebra but can easily apply them in problem solving.
2. Building Mental Flexibility: Our students build connections between concepts by working with them in multiple contexts and by learning new material based on what they already know. This empowers them with a flexibility and agility of thought as they are able to view and solve problems from multiple angles and in multiple ways.
3. Challenge: Students don’t grow when in their comfort zone, so we ensure they are consistently (and appropriately) challenged. Our students become accustomed to and enjoy the idea that there are problems that require focus, thought, and persistence. We do this by regularly engaging our students with difficult and unfamiliar problems, where they must push the boundaries of their knowledge to craft a solution.
4. Environment: The classroom environment is an essential aspect of our program. Guided by their teacher through the common effort of learning and discovery, students learn how to de bate, explain and verbalize their thinking to a group of like-minded peers. This not only deepens their understanding but prepares our students for university and competitive careers.
Our Princeton Location. We’re excited to be opening our doors in Princeton this summer! For questions about our program, please feel free to call us at 732-708-4905 or visit our website at www.russianschool.com.
Russian School of Mathematics, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction. 732-708-4905. www.russianschool.com.