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Success  Stories


Our students, ranging from preschool through Grade 12, develop the skills that help them build upon each concept they learn. With individualized learning plans, motivation and practice, our centre 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.

Discover more inspiring success stories on the Kumon Blog !

Kristen's Story


Kristen was the first student at the Kumon of Saanich Centre when it opened in 1991. She attended the University of Victoria where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree, a Masters degree in Vocal Performance, and a Bachelor of Education degree. She currently works at the Kumon of Saanich Centre and teaches music at the Selkirk Montessori School in Victoria, B.C.

Ann's Story

Kristen Birley and Ann Makosinski

Ann Makosinski is a former Kumon of Saanich student and was a Google Science Fair Winner in 2013. She is currently a student at the University of Victoria. Ann was a featured speaker at the 2014 Kumon North America Conference where the video below was presented. Ann also works at the Kumon of Saanich Centre.

Josh's Story


As a Kumon of Saanich student since the age of nine, Josh is a program completer in both Math and Reading. He is now studying engineering at the University of British Columbia and works at the Kumon of Saanich Centre in the summer.

Naman's Story


Naman was a Kumon of Saanich student who is currently attending university. He visited us recently and made some positive comments about his experience at Kumon:

"Kumon made sure I was fundamentally secure all the way through high school and I found that the study habits translated well into first year university where learning is much more self-guided. Thank you, Linda!"