With multiple levels for every grade as well as a selective competitions program, we are able to best serve each child’s development based on his or her knowledge and ability.
RSM-Encino classes meet after school anywhere from 1.5 - 4 hrs a week depending on a child's grade. Class availability is subject to change; please reach out to us if you have any questions on the schedule.
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Our students post remarkable scores on math competitions, in school, and see a greater confidence in their math and learning abilities overall. Our alumni go on to attend the best universities in the world.
Our students experience soaring confidence and grades
Team RSM placed 6th out of 150 on the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament
Every 4th RSM student who participated scored in the top 5% on the AMC8!
RSM alumni go on to attend the best universities in the world
My two children have grown in both knowledge and confidence because of their experience at this school. We are grateful to have such a resource in our community.
The methods are thought provoking...It is challenging and enjoyable for them to discover new techniques in math problem solving. These classes will give them skills that will better prepare them now and for a lifetime of learning.
I attended RSM for 10 years...my teachers taught me how to think critically and use my brain efficiently throughout my entire education and life. I am incredibly thankful, without them I don't think I'd be able to say that I'm attending Harvard this fall!
Marina Soderstrom - Principal
B.S. in Chemistry & Education at UCLA, M.A. in Education with Teaching Credentials, PhD in Neuropsychology
The “Russian” comes from our approach - which is based on elite math schools in the former Soviet Union, adapted to the U.S. environment. According to Russian tradition - the study of mathematics is the pre-eminent tool of mental development. We teach math in a way that not only builds mathematical excellence, but also develops intellect and character.
Where does your curriculum come from?
We offer one continuous curriculum, from K-12. Our curriculum and methodology, perfected over 20 years by our team of gifted academics, is inspired by elite mathematical schools in the former Soviet Union, adapted for the American educational environment.
How big are your classes? What is the teacher to student ratio?
Our average class size is 12, and with three levels per grade we're able to ensure that each child is placed in a class that is appropriately challenging. Classrooms are an essential part of our methodology and curriculum as the environment enables students to verbalize and debate their ideas and exposes them to different ways of thinking.
How long are your classes? Can an elementary school child sit that long?
Our class-times vary depending on a child’s age. Starting anywhere from 1.5 hours for kindergarteners to 2-4 hours in high school. In the younger grades, we regularly mix activities and work with manipulatives to keep students engaged.
How much homework should I expect?
The goal of homework is to reinforce what was taught in class. Our teachers assign just enough to strengthen the skills developed in class. Homework is an excellent tool for you to gauge your child’s learning. It should take approximately half the length of your child’s lesson to complete. If the homework takes an unreasonably long or short amount of time, that may be a red flag indicating that your child is not in an appropriate level.
Who are your teachers?
All of our teachers have a background in mathematics or a related field and have a passion for the subject. They also go through extensive training to teach according to our specific methodology and curriculum.
What is the best age to join?
It takes many years to develop a deep mathematical foundation as well as the type of mindset we focus on building. With mathematics, as with a language or a sport, the earlier a child starts the better. 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.
What is your tuition?
Please submit the tuition request form above and we will automatically email you a pdf with our tuition costs by grade.
Is your program right for my child?
We have designed multiple levels for every grade specifically to be able to serve each child's development based on his or her knowledge and ability. We recommend scheduling a free evaluation, as these sessions enable us to get a sense of each child's needs and recommend a class that is best suited to him or her.
Will your program confuse my child in school?
The concepts that we cover are fundamental and we study them in depth. Children see concepts from a variety of different angles. This doesn’t lead to confusion but rather empowers students by deepening their understanding. Since our curriculum is generally ahead of public school, children will often first learn concepts at RSM. Once they master them, we find they can adapt to any school format.