Nineteen years ago, the Russian Mathematical School (RSM) was born as a result of a partnership between a passionate parent and a gifted teacher.
As a mother, Inessa Rifkin felt it was her responsibility to provide her children with the tools to succeed. As a teacher, Irina Khavinson believed that combining a good teacher with an excellent curriculum can unlock every child's potential. As immigrants, they were both convinced that the path to an excellent education begins with a solid foundation in mathematics.
The school we built is based on a simple observation: the math curriculum should be focused on understanding, not memorization. In Russia, every mathematical formula and rule had to be proven. Students were taught to ask “why?” , which develops logic, thinking and problem solving skills rather than “how?” , which only develops short-term memory.
We decided to open a school in order to raise a generation of students who are able to reason logically and solve problems in the abstract. We have spent more than a decade developing a unique curriculum to achieve this goal. In today's competitive world, we're very proud that our program has delivered tangible results to thousands of our graduates.