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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.


Student Spotlight: Sidharth


Sidharth has been a student at the Kumon Math and Reading Center of East Lake since the age of 5. Sidharth states that he has learned a great deal doing his Kumon work and feels he is always ahead of his classmates. Sidharth believes Kumon has given him a solid foundation in the basics of math, including multiplication, division, fractions and decimals, as well as the ability to do math fast; which will benefit him as he progresses into calculus and physics. When presented with new concepts, Sidharth is confident, as he knows he has the knowledge base and study habits to succeed. Sidharth's advice to new Kumon students is to "keep doing your worksheets daily." 

Currently in the 5th grade, Sidharth is an outstanding, advanced student. In addition to the fifth-grade curriculum, he is also completing sixth grade math online with Pinellas County Schools. This advanced study will help him accelerate his learning into middle school and beyond. He also participates in Mighty Mu math competitions. As Sidharth wants to be a physician when he grows up, he takes schoolwork very seriously. Outside of academics, Sidharth plays football, tennis and computer games. 

According to Mrs. Donna, "Sidharth is an exemplary Kumon student. He works hard, is determined and consistently completes his assignments." As part of the Kumon of East Lake 2020 Award Celebration, Sidharth earned the much coveted "G by 4" star, representing his accomplishment of studying algebra by the fourth grade. He also earned a gold medal for his advanced study in the the math program and a silver medal for his advanced study in the reading program. Congratulations Sidharth!

Student Spotlight: Lillian


Lillian started in Kumon Math at age 7. Now, at age 11 and starting the 6th grade in school, she is studying 2 years above grade level in math. As Lillian has already passed Kumon Math Level G and moved onto Level H, she is learning to transform equations, work with linear functions, and solve simultaneous equations. At her current pace, Lillian will take on advanced algebra and calculus before she enters high school.

According to Lillian, Kumon helped her academically as it has given her a head start. She says when new math concepts are presented in school, she typically is already familiar with them. Lillian also says that “Kumon taught her to never give up.” She says, “Kumon teaches you that if you work hard and persevere, you can accomplish anything.” Lillian’s advice to new Kumon students is to keep trying. According to Lillian, “Even though at some points things might never seem to go your way, just keep trying until you succeed.”

Lillian can sum up her Kumon experience in one word: knowledge. According to Lillian, knowledge is power and the knowledge she has developed from Kumon has given her power over her grades, her life options, and her future.

Outside of Kumon, Lillian enjoys tennis and swimming. Highly confident in all that she does, Lillian is most proud of her achievements in junior tennis competitions and in Mighty Mu, a math competition for middle and elementary students. In the future, Lillian aspires to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and possibly work for NASA.

Student Spotlight: Ilesh


Ilesh started at the Kumon Math and Reading Center of East Lake at age 7. Now, at age 10 and going into 5th grade in school, he is studying 3 years above grade level in math and working ahead of grade level in reading. Though not yet in middle school, Ilesh is able to transform equations, work with linear functions, and simplify polynomials. At his current rate of success, Ilesh will have no problem doing advanced algebraic expressions and calculus before he starts high school. As math is the thing that Ilesh likes most about Kumon, one of his proudest moments was receiving Kumon’s platinum medal in math at the 2019 Kumon award ceremony, along with other awards.

Ilesh believes Kumon has helped him learn the math and reading skills necessary for success in higher grades, and has even helped him learn when there is no school. His work ethic sets a strong example for others, including his two younger siblings who also attend Kumon. As Illesh thinks Kumon is fun, his goal is to complete all Kumon levels in math and reading. He also aspires to become an inventor as an adult.

Ilesh’s advice to new Kumon students is to stick with it. According to Ilesh, “It may seem hard at first, but it gets easier with practice.”

According to his Kumon Instructors, Ms. Donna and Ms. Heidi, Ilesh exudes confidence. When presented with a new concept, he just jumps right into it. He knows he can succeed due to the strong foundation and solid independent study habits he has developed by doing Kumon. We commend Ilesh for his determination and success.