RSM-MetroWest is an independently owned affiliate of the Russian
School of Mathematics. It was founded in 2003
as a partnership between RSM and
a group of former RSM parents who later founded the Advanced
Math and Science Academy Charter School (AMSA) in Marlborough, MA.
This partnership enabled us to use the well established RSM
curriculum. Initially intended as a testing ground for the
ideas underlying the AMSA curriculum, RSM-MetroWest took off on its own
and turned into a vibrant after-school program which continues
to grow every day.
RSM-MetroWest uses the well established RSM curriculum, which aims to combine the best international and US practices. We introduce
algebra as early as in kindergarten, and by second grade
our students are already solving simple algebraic equations
and understand the notion of functions. The benefits of early introduction
of algebra, with its roots in theories of a well-known Russian
Vygotsky, are becoming
increasingly recognized in educational research in the United
States. See an excellent selection of information about Vygotsky, and a list of recent publications on Early
The RSM curriculum that we use here at MetroWest puts some of these ideas into practice, and
we proudly observe how our students, who attend our program
just two hours a week, are capable of absorbing complex notions
with ease at an early age.
Our emphasis in elementary school is primarily on the cognitive
development of the child, which we foster with a combination
of carefully selected assignments and teacher-student interactions,
providing the scaffolding for developing the necessary cognitive
skills, intellectual curiosity, and mastery of key concepts.
By middle school we add a heavy emphasis on proficiency
with mathematical concepts and tools, while continuing
to incorporate logical problems and puzzles into the mainstream
By the end of 7th to 8th grade, when most of our classes
complete Algebra 1 and some Algebra 2, we encourage
our students to try early SAT tests as part of the Johns
Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth admissions process.
Our older students continue to pre-calculus, calculus, AP
preparation and SAT II preparation classes. We also offer
SAT preparation classes for high school students who have
not been previously exposed to our program. Visit our Programs page for more detail.
We believe that our program and methods are consistent with
the recent recommendations of the National Mathematics Advisory
Panel, which recognized that:
must simultaneously develop conceptual understanding, computational
fluency, and problem solving skills. Debates regarding the
relative importance of these aspects of mathematical knowledge
are misguided. These capabilities are mutually supportive,
each facilitating learning of the others. Teachers
should emphasize these interrelations; taken together, conceptual
understanding of mathematical operations, fluent execution
of procedures, and fast access to number combinations jointly
support effective and efficient problem solving.”( See full report of National Mathematics Advisory Panel).
While our program is most beneficial when started early, we
have several tracks that allow children
who join our program later to catch up to our mainstream
curriculum. We give placement tests to our entering students, allowing us to place the child at the most appropriate level
in the program. If necessary, we provide additional
tutoring for students entering mid-year.
And, we also believe that the spirit of competition and intellectual
challenge and fun is essential in developing the agility
of the young minds and fostering interest in mathematics.
In view of that, we offer—free of charge to students
enrolled in our mainstream program—Math Kangaroo and Math Olympiad preparation
classes starting from grade 2, and many of our students participate
in national math competitions such as MOEMS
We are proud to have several national winners!
As we continue to welcome new families, we are heartened
that our efforts are appreciated by the communities we serve.
We are determined to continue implementing our mission—bringing
high quality math education to the children of MetroWest.
Dr. Anna Charny,
RSM-MetroWest, Managing Director and one of its Founders, received her Ph.D. degree
from MIT. She has a lifelong interest in teaching advanced
mathematics to primary and secondary school children. Her
teaching and tutoring experience
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We are fortunate to have a healthy and vibrant community
of students from a wide range of private and public schools – and
some homeschoolers - in more than 40 towns in Metrowest Area. Doctors,
engineers, scientists, teachers, and so many other professionals
choose our program and bring their children year after year. In
our classrooms students from wide ethnic, religious and cultural
backgrounds learn and have fun together.
are no less diverse, ranging from Ph.D.s to college students,
but all share the common love for children and passion for
teaching mathematics, and are all trained to teach our program
and are familiar with our methods. Their skill and their
enthusiasm bring their students back to RSM-MetroWest week after
week and year after year.
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