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Math Competition Preparation at RSM

Our selective and tiered competitions program prepares students for the full array of national and international math Olympiads.

Competition Programs

In addition to our core program, the competition track is designed for students interested in advanced mathematical topics as well as participating in elite math competitions.

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RSM Core Program

We believe that success with math competitions comes first with a deep and broad foundation in mathematics that is best delivered in our core classes. Our multi-level curricula ensure that all students are appropriately challenged and moving between levels is always a possibility. In our advanced levels, students will regularly meet with competition-like problems that encourage them to push to the boundaries of their ability.

Open to all students in grades K-12.

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Math Competition Preparation (MCP)

The goal of this program is to prepare students for regional and national math competitions. MCP curriculum and problem solving strategies are designed by experienced specialists in competition preparation. MCP also serves as a gateway for NMCP - our most advanced competitions preparation program.

Competition focus includes: AMC8, Math Kangaroo, ARML, MOEMS, Russian Math Olympiad, Purple Comet! Math Meet (middle school).  

Interested students must submit application for review by competition faculty. Call us at 617-362-3555 or email us at online.competition@mathschool.com.

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National Math Competition Preparation (NMCP)

This is a highly selective program that works to prepare students for the full circuit of elite national and international mathematical competitions — those that require intellectual agility as well as more traditional math olympiads that necessitate mathematical depth, rigor, and creativity.

Competition focus includes: AMC8, AMC10, AMC12, AIME, US(J)AMO

A maximum of 200 students are selected each year based on applications reviewed by competition faculty. 

Individual Competitions

Our competition faculty coach their students on special topics, practice tests, and previous year's competitions to prepare them to earn top marks on the nation's most challenging math competitions.


AMC 8/10/12, AIME

A series of math competitions in America for middle and high school students, the American Math Competitions (AMC) serve as a gateway for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), the qualifier for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).


Math Kangaroo

An international math competition open to all students in grades 1 - 12 but particularly popular among elementary school students, the Math Kangaroo offers a variety of non-standard problems that serve as a great introduction to the world of math competitions for young students.


80% of students in the competitions program placed on the AMC8!


International Math Contest (IMC) Round 2

A challenging Olympiad in the tradition of European Mathematical Olympiads with complex problems that promote a deeper level of thinking for even the most advanced students.

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Math Prize for Girls

A serious invitational open only to those young women who earned top scores on the AMC 10/12.


21,000 Math Kangaroo winners across the nation!


75% of NMCP high-school students qualified for AIME, with 2 moving on to the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad, the most elite math competition in the United States.

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Math Teams Competition

Our competitive teams consist of students of different grades who train, work, and compete together, guided by their coach to earn top scores on the most challenging math team competitions in the country.

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Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament

One of the largest and most prestigious high school math competitions in the world, HMMT draws close to 1000 students from around the globe, including top scorers at national and international Olympiads.



The Math Majors of America Tournament for High Schools is a team competition conducted by a network of universities across the country.

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6th out of 150 teams!

Our students placed 6th on the most prestigious math tournament for high schools in the world - the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT).

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PuMaC Division A

The Princeton University Mathematics Competition is an annual competition run by the Princeton University Math Club. Participants from all over the US and various international teams converge on the Princeton University campus for one day to participate.

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The United States Math Competition Association (USMCA) is a collaboration of U.S. college-run math competitions, including PUMAC and MMATHs, devoted to promoting interest in math and giving the best math contest experience to all competitors.


Team RSM finished 1st out of 49 teams in the Maple Region of the Mandlebrot Competition.

Frequently asked questions

Why are you called the "Russian" School of Math?

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.

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 International Math Contest (IMC)?

The International Math Contest is a 30-minute Online Challenge based on leading math curricula from across the world. Developed by math professionals with decades of experience at the Russian School of Mathematics, the contest is specifically designed to give parents insight into how their child’s math knowledge ranks globally. The Online Challenge also serves as a qualifier for the International Math Contest Round 2 (previously known as Russian Math Olympiad): a challenging Olympiad in the tradition of European Mathematical Olympiads with complex problems that promote a deeper level of thinking for even the most advanced students.

What is the highest score on Math Kangaroo?

The highest score is 96! However, achieving a perfect score is quite rare and difficult, so any score above 80 is considered exceptional. Keep practicing and one day, you might just achieve a top score too!

Are math competitions good for college?

College applications ask for details regarding extracurricular activities. Students can use their math competition experiences here or in the essay portion of their applications. Essay questions may ask students to share a story about themselves that is central to their identity, to describe a place or environment where they are perfectly content, or to discuss an accomplishment or event that marked their transition from childhood to adulthood. If students believe that their math victories apply, they can use the essay prompts to illustrate their abilities for the Admissions boards.

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