Frequently Asked Questions
What is the relationship of RSM-MetroWest to RSM in Newton?
RSM-MetroWest is an affiliate of the Russian School of Mathematics (RSM) in Newton. This means that
we share the same methodology and use the RSM curriculum.
What is the relationship of RSM-MetroWest to the Advanced Math and Science
Academy Charter School in Marlborough?
There is no administrative relationship of any kind. Initially
RSM-MetroWest was founded by the same group of enthusiasts who co-founded
AMSA. One of these founders, Dr. Anna Charny, remains the director of
RSM-MetroWest and continues to oversee its academics.
What is the difference between the RSM-MetroWest program and Kumon?
Kumon places a heavy emphasis on practice and mastery of
the basic mathematical tools and operations. While
we do believe this is of fundamental importance, we
also strongly believe in fostering
mental agility, out-of-the box thinking, and exposure to
unusual problems. Our program targets these
goals starting from an early age, as we encourage our students to become creative mathematical thinkers. We do of course also ensure that our students achieve mastery of basic arithmetic tools and operations. Unlike Kumon, the RSM-MetroWest curriculum introduces algebraic terminology and pre-algebra right along with arithmetic, building a secure foundation for algebra throughout the early grades. We incorporate substantial geometry into the early curriculum as well. In these ways students are well prepared for higher-level mathematics.
How is the RSM-MetroWest curriculum different from a traditional
public or private school curriculum?
Different public schools have different curricula and
different levels of success in teaching mathematics, as demonstrated
by standardized testing. Therefore, it is difficult
to provide a fair comparison
that is universally true. While our curriculum
is consistent with Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, our
key differentiators are in the early introduction of algebra and, a
heavy emphasis on logical reasoning and out-of-the-box
thinking, in combination with steady training of fundamental math
skills and tools. We also place substantial emphasis on word problems and on developing the ability to generalize. Our program includes three whole years of geometry study, whereas most public or private schools offer only one. Our students come to RSM-MetroWest from a wide
variety of public, private, and home schools in the extended MetroWest area.
How old must my child be to enroll?
As a rule, a child needs to be at least kindergarten age to attend the kindergarten
class at RSM-MetroWest.
Do we need a placement test to enroll?
Yes, we require a placement test for all of our students entering classes at grade 2 level and higher. A placement test is also required for kindergarten and Level 1 students requesting admission to a class in the middle of the school year.
Can we start attending RSM-MetroWest at any time during the year?
Yes, if space is available. You need to schedule a
placement test to determine the class level.
How big are your classes at RSM-MetroWest?
Our classes are capped at 16. Most classes are smaller, with average class size of 9 students.
What facilities do you have?
We have a spacious new building in the heart of Framingham with bright classrooms, ample free parking, and a parent waiting area equipped with free Internet and a few toys for quiet play. We also have an enormous chess set!
What can I do nearby while my child is in class?
We are in the heart of Framingham, right near the Common - home to summer concerts and a weekly farmer's market. RSM-MetroWest is one block from Route 9, where you will find numerous supermarkets, restaurants, and stores in the immediate vicinity. Natick Collection, several other plazas, and many major chain stores are within just a few miles.
How does RSM-MetroWest get young children to concentrate for a two-hour math class?
We start with about an hour of interactive learning, followed by a brief recess, then more teaching, and often conclude with lively math games or team competitions. Children are engaged and happy in our classrooms, and the two hours fly fast.
Is your curriculum the same as our child's regular school
No, our curriculum is not the
same, but it covers all the topics offered in public and
private schools and it meets or exceeds the SAT, AP and ISEE
My child is going to take the SAT this year. Do you have
an SAT preparation course?
My child forgot the homework assignment. How can
we get it?
HW assignments are mailed to those who missed a class on
request. Please contact your teacher or email: email@example.com
My child missed a class. Can you send his homework?
Homework assignments are mailed on request to those who missed a class. Please contact
your teacher or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be away for a few weeks in the middle of the school
year. Can my child return to the same class?
If your child is going to miss a few classes, you need to
discuss this with his/her teacher.
What are your tuition rates?
Click here to see our tuition schedule.
Do you provide financial aid?
Yes, in some cases. Please contact
email@example.com to schedule a time to discuss your
Do you provide private tutoring?
Yes, we provide private and semi-private tutoring. Some candidates for tutoring are those students who come to us mid-year and/or want to join a challenging class already in progress. Current students who are struggling with a particular topic, or who were absent from regular classes also benefit from one on one attetion from a teacher or older student. For further details, see Enrollment.
If you did not find an answer to your question, please
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.