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February Vacations

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 20:05

RSM-MetroWest is closed for February vacation break 2/16/13 through 2/22/13.  Classes will resume on Saturday 2/23/13. Have a wonderful break. 

Russian School of Mathematics RSM-Louisville Voted Best!

Summer Volunteering Opportunity

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:09

RSM-Lexington is now accepting applications for Summer Volunteers.  For more information contact

February Vacation MCAS Preparation Workshop:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 22:43

Join us for our February Vacation MCAS Preparation Workshop:

By popular demand we will offer 3-day Math MCAS Preparation Workshop for all grades during February break. For additional detail, please visit



In The Naperville Sun Times

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 00:00

Russian School of Mathematics training brains to solve problems

From left right: Heather Ramsey Oak Brook Pushkar Betsur Lisle EllLiu Naperville are classmates Russian School Mathematics Naperville. About 50

Mikhail Korenman doesn’t see math as a subject. Instead the 50-year-old educator and owner of the Russian School of Mathematics in Naperville views it as “a tool for developing a habit of mind,” which is why he opened the school in September.

“Our goal is to help children build a solid foundation for future success in taking the SAT and college mathematics,” he said. “We provide our students with a thorough understanding of every mathematical concept and help them develop excellent problem-solving skills.”

The after-school mathematics program was founded in Boston in 1997 by Russian immigrant and computer engineer Inessa Rifkin. Since then, 15 schools have opened around the country, including Massachusetts, California, Washington, Kentucky and Korenman’s facility in Illinois.

Korenman, who has a doctorate in education from Kansas State University and 27 years of teaching experience, said the program is based on classical traditions of systematic math education.

Along with his wife, Dr. Tamara Korenman, associate professor at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and Russian School of Mathematics teacher, he said they teach math because they “want young people to feel smart and have a habit of working smart and overcoming challenges in real life.”

“We believe math is a tool for developing a habit of mind; A habit of thinking creatively, recognizing patterns, and most important, a habit of enjoying a challenge. (When) working on math problems, children get used to working hard, trying different approaches, thinking and rethinking steps.”

The location at 932 N. Wright St. serves more than 50 students in kindergarten through grade 12 from Chicago and the suburbs. Learning takes place “in an individual way, at an individual pace.”

“Ever since the conception of this school, we have successfully practiced our cornerstone beliefs,” Korenman said. “Critical thinking and problem solving skills can be developed. Strong and structured foundation is a key to success and confidence.”

Terry Chang said she enrolled her two daughters, ages 8 and 10, because she wanted to supplement their current District 204 math curriculum.

“Math is something that everybody needs,” Chang said. “Russian math is giving me a supplement for them; they are doing very well in their (elementary school) math class (but) I wanted to get something more for them.”

Chang said along with the math class, the girls are taking chess at the Naperville location.

“They are taking chess for enjoyment, something they can do for leisure,” she said. “They really enjoy going to chess and to math. It’s never a drag to take them there.”


RSM-MetroWest 2012 AMC 8 Winners

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 22:49

Congratulations to the RSM-MetroWest students who took part in the 2012 AMC 8 competition:

Distinction Award (top 1%): Sonia Deodas, Rahul Krishnan, Dhruv Ramanujan, Jean Zhang,

Honor Roll (top 5 %): Alex Chen, Sumit De, Daniel Rabinovich, Satvik Reddy, Ariel Steinsaltz,

Achievement Roll: Alexandra Krylova.

For more details, please visit


Congratulations to our MOEMS Teams!

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 22:48

Our MOEMS teams performance on Contest 3 was again outstanding. Congratulations to perfect scorers:

Nikhita Bhatnagar, Danush Chelladurai, Varun Jayanti, Kevin Ji, Rahul Krishnan, Rohan Krishnan, Pranav

Manjunath, Eashan Prabhu, Alok Shetty, Asha Shetty, Shawn Wu and Alexandra Krylova.

For additional details, please visit


RSM-Naperville in The Daily Herald

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 17:20

Math – the Russian way – is coming to Naperville

By Margarita V. Bravova

The Russian School of Mathematics (RSM), one of the largest specialized after-school programs in the United States and a leader in K-12 math education, is happy to announce the opening of its newest branch in Naperville this fall.

The school was born 15 years ago , in a single classroom in Boston, the brainchild of two Russian emigrants, Inessa Rifkin and Irene Khavinson. Mrs. Rifkin, underwhelmed with the math education that her teenage son was receiving in his American public school, decided to create her own math class based on the way she was taught as a child. She was soon joined by Mrs. Khavinson and several more eager students. Today RMS has grown to over 6,000 students and more than a dozed branches across 5 states.

The school's prodigious success is based entirely on the success of its students: high school juniors attending the after-school program average 774 (out of 800) on their SAT math scores, and most go on to attend prestigious colleges and universities, including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Columbia.

The pitch of RSM program lies in its approach to curriculum and pedagogy. For children in kindergarten up to 7th grade, the workload is 2 hours of class time per week plus an hour of homework; it doubles for those in grades 8-12. Each student is assigned problems based on her or his individual level, which is assessed continuously throughout the program, and the problems become progressively more complex as they build upon previously learned material. Moreover, knowledge is not bestowed upon, but is derived by students themselves as they work through problems on their own while teachers circulate among them to monitor progress and help through rough patches.

The focus is on acquiring a depth of knowledge-not breadth: the school eschews route repetition and memorization, encouraging instead a full understanding of a handful of topics covered each year. Such skills can translate far beyond success in the classroom, as students are able to develop a multifaceted and creative approach to almost any problem and gain confidence in their cognitive abilities.

The Naperville branch of RSM is operated by Dr. Mikhail Korenman, who has been teaching in secondary education both in Russia and the United States for over 25 years. For more information, visit or call (331) 202-8254.


RSM-Newton Students Post Top Scores on AMC 8

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 09:55

Congratulations to the RSM-Newton students who earned top scores
on the AMC 8 for 2012-2013:

  • INDUMATHI PRAKASH, Score 22, Grade 8
  • DANIEL KORSUNSKY, Score 21, Grade 7
  • JACOB LEVINE, Score 21, Grade 7
  • SHREYAA RAGHAVAN, Score 21, Grade 7
  • BHAVIK NAGDA, Score 21, Grade 8
  • KYLE VENTURA, Score 20, Grade 7
  • DANIEL XIE, Score 20, Grade 5
  • MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN, Score 20, Grade 8
  • CASEY KUEHNAPFEL, Score 20, Grade 8
  • ALEX ZHONG, Score 20, Grade 8
  • LIOR EIZENBERG, Score 19, Grade 8
  • ERIK UHLMANN, Score 19, Grade 8
  • MILAN ROSEN, Score 19, Grade 7
  • ARON KORSUNSKY, Score 18, Grade 6
  • ALEXANDRA HOEY, Score 18, Grade 7
  • SREYA BOMMARAJU, Score 18, Grade 7
  • VICTOR LIU, Score 18, Grade 8
  • SHRUTIKA KUMARESHAN, Score 18, Grade 6
  • ARIEL SIMNEGAR, Score 18, Grade 6
  • DAYOON CHANG, Score 17, Grade 6
  • ANTON GEYYER, Score 17, Grade 6
  • ELIZABETH XU, Score 17, Grade 6
  • ABUDDY SESHA, Score 17, Grade 6
  • JERRY HAN, Score 16, Grade 6
  • SAKETH SARIPALLI, Score 15, Grade 7
  • HUBERT CHO, Score 15, Grade 6
  • ANNA MIKHAILOVA, Score 15, Grade 6
  • JILL PATEL, Score 15, Grade 6
  • CAMERON RUSSELL, Score 15, Grade 6
  • ADITYA SALIGRAMA, Score 15, Grade 6


RSM-Lexington Math Kangaroo Winners 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 23:35

Congratulations to RSM-Lexington's top achievers in the 2012 Math Kangaroo Olympiad.  

Massachusetts Winners:

  • DAVID LU, Grade 4, Score 96, 1 first place ribbon
  • ROHIL DHALIWAL, Grade 2, Score 93, 2 second place ribbons
  • JONATHAN SPIVAK, Grade 2, Score 93, 2 second place ribbons
  • JASON ZERMANI, Grade 1, Score 83, 2 second place ribbons
  • ALEC SUN,  Grade 7, Score 120, 1 first place ribbon
  • MARK CUI, Grade 8, Score 101, 3 third place ribbons.

National Winners:

  • DAVID LU, Grade 4, Score 96, 1 gold medal
  • ALEC SUN X, Grade 7, Score 120, 1 gold medal
  • JONATHAN SPIVAK, Grade 2, Score 93, 3 bronze medals  
  • ROHIL DHALIWAL, Grade 2, Score 93, 3 bronze medals  
  • ROBERT SHENG HONGXIANG, 2 Grade 2, Score 88, 6 bronze medals 
  • SASHA BATES, Grade 2, Score 88, 6 bronze medals 



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