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Math, Olympic Math

Rossinca math program has been specially designed not to duplicate, but to enhance the math curriculum taught in American schools in CA.  It is founded on many years of observation and tests of kids from public and private schools, compared to the leading means and methods in teaching traditional Russian math and uniquely put together to cover not only the “missed” material in school but to give students an upper leg in understanding (not learning by heart) math concepts, including both – algebra and geometry.
K, 1st, and 2nd-grade students have one 45-minute lesson per week. Math program on that level focuses mainly on fundamental math skills: counting, solving and creating word problems, and working with geometrical manipulatives.
3rd grade and forward children have math classes twice a week – fundamental math is a 90 min class and Olympic math 45 or 90 min class (the length of the class depends upon the grade)
The curriculum of fundamental math includes three main blocks: arithmetic, geometry, and logic. Arithmetic focuses on teaching children the art of optimal verbal counting, creative mental math, and solving math word problems.  The latest research proves the direct correlation between the ability to solve creative math problems and developing habits for calculating various outcomes of life decisions, which is very important in any profession a child would go into.
Solving math word problems is a big part of any math curriculum in Russia. Its traditions go back to the traditional Russian mathematics methodology that was founded on L. Magnitsky's "Arithmetic". His textbook and math word concepts are considered to be deeper and broader than the ones presented in American school textbooks.
The geometrical component is based on the elementary school textbook "Visual Geometry" by N.B. Istomina and "Visual Geometry" by I.F. Sharygin for 5-6 grades. It is designed to spark children's interest in geometry, as they work with geometrical manipulatives, solve geometry-based word problems, and learn interesting facts about science, physics, geometry, and technology.
The olympic math curriculum has long incorporated challenging logic math problems.  Many of these word problems were published in the book by E. Ignatiev "Witty Word Problems" in 1918, and we still can find most of them in the current math textbooks used by various public and private Russian schools.  Some of these are included in our math course with the hope of helping children develop critical thinking skills.
The “Olympic Math” course combines teaching several essential components of contemporary math (algorithm theory, combinatorics, graph theory, topology) alongside learning how to solve Olympic-level math problems using many (and very often unknown to the kids) means and methods.  The primary textbook for the course is the series "Mathematical Etudes" that was designed especially for schoolchildren by the methodologists at the Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 
Rossinca students participate annually in Math Kangaroo competition.
  • Levels 0, 1, 2: $120/ month, for afterschool students is included in the monthly tuition 
    Levels 3, 4, 5:  $200 / month, for afterschool students is included in the monthly tuition 
    Olympic level math groups:  $120/ month, $60/month for Rossinca students enrolled in an afterschool program 
Teachers:  Julia Afanasyeva, Yulia Khitrykh, Margarita Staut