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Our students, ranging from preschool through 12th grade, develop the skills that help them build upon each concept they learn. With individualized learning plans, motivation and practice, our center prepares students to become avid learners, encouraging success throughout their entire academic experience and beyond.


Josie’s Story


Josie is 10-years-old, studying three years above her grade level in the Kumon Program. In fact, she’s studying the same math material that her mom, who is an eighth grade teacher, teaches her students. Imagine that, a 10-year-old transforming equations, working with linear functions and simplifying monomials and polynomials. She’s well on her way to advanced algebraic expressions and she isn’t even in middle school yet.

One of the things that Josie likes most about Kumon is the fact that she’s studying above her grade level.

“Kumon gives me confidence because I know how strong of a student it has made me,” says Josie. “I know that I can do and learn anything if I do the work and practice daily. Kumon has taught me about the importance of focusing and to not be afraid of challenges, but to enjoy them and work through them because I know I can overcome anything.”

Josie embodies everything that Toru Kumon had in mind when he founded the Kumon Method. He felt that students would experience the true benefits of the Kumon Method if they acquired the study habits necessary for self-learning and advanced study.

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My 10 year old son has been going to Kumon of Santa Monica since he was in kindergarten and it has been very beneficial in helping him learn and advance in both math and reading, but more importantly, given him more self-confidence at school. He sees how it is helping him and wants to continue even with the additional homework each week. The owner and operator of the Santa Monica location is Lesteni Wilkins and she does a great job understanding and tracking the individual progress of each student as well as help each individual set goals to reach. Kumon is not a tutoring center but a self-learning program. Kumon helps students get started with each new learning concept and by doing the homework each week, students begin to learn on their own through repetition and practice. Although it can sometimes be a challenge to get our son to get his daily homework done each day, we are very happy he does Kumon.