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Success  Stories


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 Success Stories

Former Kumon of Ladue Student Admitted to Stanford University
Former Kumon of Ladue student, Ina Yu, was recently admitted to Stanford University’s class of 2020. Ina began our Math program in 2010 (level J1) and continued the program up until May 2013 (level M200). She has earned many honors, including the LMI Aerospace Award for Excellence in Research (2015). Ina was named both National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction in 2014. In addition to her academic pursuits, Ina is also active in jazz music, sports, technology, improvisational theater, and community service.

“I would advise students that doing Kumon, while it may not be their favorite pastime, really does help in math class, especially in high school. Not only does it expose [students] early to some complex concepts, but most importantly, they get more practice with problem-solving by training their brains to approach math and new abstract concepts in a certain way. I would also tell students (and their parents) who are planning to apply to super selective colleges in the future to understand that there is no single formula that needs to be followed to be the best candidate. They should just maintain high grades in classes that challenge them and pursue the extracurricular activities that are most meaningful, while putting in the effort to do those activities well.”

Ina attended Ladue High School and will be studying biomedical engineering this fall. Congratulations to Ina, and best of luck to her on her future endeavors!

5th Grader Ranked #1 in the U.S.
An alumni of our Center, started Kumon Math at age 2, completed the entire Kumon Math Program - covering advanced calculus in 2004 at age 11, and ranked #1 among the Kumon 5th graders in North America. He was one of the few 7th graders who were qualified to participate in USAMO (USA Math Olympiad) in 2007. More than 50% of our students study Kumon Math beyond their own grade levels and 30% are trying to catch up to the grade levels.

Parent Testimonials

"The reading club is very helpful for encouraging my kids to read and think. After their reading, they have a comprehension test; this builds good reading habits and deeper thought. My 5-year-old boy can read chapter books so well after starting this program!"

-Shuyi Ragland

Kumon Student Achieves "Triple Crown"

The email below is from Haibao Zhao, sent on December 17, 2016 to Kumon of Ladue:

Dear Dr. Kimura,
How are you? Do you still remember my daughter, Shirley Zhao, who started Kumon at your center from 2nd grade and finished both Kumon Math and English by 5th grade in 2010. Her first name was changed to Stephanie now. We moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 2010. Stephanie studies at Pulaski Academy, a private school in Little Rock, where she is a senior now. On 12/13/2016, she was accepted to Harvard University 2021 class through early action. In her sophomore year, she got perfect scores in both ACT and SAT. In the Junior year, she got perfect scores in PSAT, SAT subject tests in Math and Chemistry. Besides, she often won State Math competitions. Her math was always 2 grades ahead of her class. I believe that her early training at Kumon, contributed significantly to her achievements today. I hereby like to share her successful story with you and your Kumon center. Stephanie started to tutoring at a local Kumon center.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Haibo Zhao, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Physiology
Department of Internal Medicine/Endocrinology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR 

Veronica G.,Kumon of Ladue Student, Attends Regional Spelling Bee Finals

Veronica, a higher level math student at Kumon of Ladue, competed with 48 other kids at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee Finals on March 18, a precursor to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Veronica placed in the Top 20 in the final Spelling Bee.