Samantha, 11; Instructor Clara Lu Tripathi –

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Samantha, 11; Instructor Clara Lu Tripathi

Samantha, 11, of Sherman Oaks, California, never dreamed she would be visiting France to be honored for her exemplary math skills. Six years ago, her parents enrolled her at the Kumon Math & Reading Center of Encino, CA, because they were concerned about her reading and math skills. Now Samantha is above grade level in both subjects.

Last year, Samantha, who is now in seventh grade at Lycée International in Los Angeles, accidentally received the eighth grade test for an international math contest at her school. Despite the fact that the test was two grades above her level, she received the top score in her school. Furthermore, she ranked in the top 4 percent among thirty-thousand eighth graders at French schools around the world.
Samantha attributes her success to her studies at Kumon. “I understand a lot more when I’m taught new things in class,” said Samantha. “Kumon really helps me get good grades.”
As a result of her outstanding achievement, Samantha was invited to France by the International Mathematical Society. In July, she had the opportunity to participate in a special math and science camp and attend celebratory events in Touraine, France.
“It is quite impressive to see a sixth grader surpass the eighth grade math class,” said Clara Lu Tripathi, director of the Kumon Math & Reading Center of Encino. “Samantha sets her goals high, and I am not surprised with her remarkable achievement.”
Samantha is not the only one in her family who is benefitting from Kumon. Her younger sister, Lauren, 9, is also enrolled. Lauren watched Samantha attend Kumon when she was young and was eager to start herself. Now, both girls are flourishing at Kumon and at school.
Colin and Tammy, Samantha’s parents, are confident that the academic success they have seen in Samantha is due to her studies at Encino Kumon and Clara’s encouragement to excel. “Samantha is now studying Simultaneous Linear Equations in Three and Four Variables in Level H, and she speaks, reads and writes in French,” said Tammy. “She is small and young for her grade level and shy, but she is a confident, ‘A’ student, thanks to Kumon!”