How To Enroll Your
Child in a our Kumon Center
One or both
parents (preferably both) need to make an
appointment to meet with me (Sue Monahan) so we
can discuss your child's needs and goals.
Normally these meetings take about 30 minutes. I
explain how the Kumon system works and what
tasks both the child and parents need to commit
to for the program to be successful.
Kumon is a very effective after school training
program with 41 million students in 43 countries
currently. However it should not be entered into
lightly. Both the parent(s) and child need to
understand what it involves and be prepared to
make a long term commitment to achieve maximum
for a 5 minute video description of Kumon.
Next an application form needs to be completed
for each child. It is utilized over the
months and years ahead by both our center and
the central US Kumon center to provide the
necessary workbooks, grade reports etc for each
student. It also contains information for us to
contact parents. When you arrive please fill it
A Time Slot Form also needs to be
filled out. This form indicates the
preferred subject and times each week your child
will attend the
In order to place your child at the correct
starting level within Kumon he or she will then
take a short placement test in math and/or reading.
This test typically takes 30 to 60 minutes to
complete. From it I will determine the
best starting level within the Kumon curriculum for
your child will start at.
Our fees are as follows:-
Registration fee, $50 per student.
Monthly Tuition, $120
per subject per month.
A $10 discount is given
for a second or third sibling.
A payment option of paying via Electronic Funds
Transfer (EFT) is available.
A deposit of the last
month’s tuition for the family is required if
the payment option is cash or check.
Late Fee, $10 if payment
is not received by the 1st
of the month.
Returned Check, $25
processing fee for each returned check.
Please RSVP for a New Parent Orientation
Parents and students wishing to learn more about
our Kumon program should phone our
center and setup an appointment to meet with
me. I typically meet with new parents after
class. At 7:00 PM on
Once a child is enrolled they visit one of our
two centers twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays. Each student comes at
the time indicated on the Time Slot Form
they meet with front desk staff and turn in
their completed homework and receive class work
and the next couple of days homework to take
home. They then go to meet their assigned
table center assistant to complete corrections on
their returned homework and class work.
Class work mistakes need to be corrected before
they go home. Typical students take
about 20 minutes per subject.
A successful Kumon program requires active
involvement by parents. See our
section to get some idea
of what this involves.
At each center we have a Parent Conference
Sign-up Sheet for parents to set aside a
time to review with me your child's progress.
Kumon Of Danville
You can save time before comming to the meeting if you review and fill out the
centers application forms.
forms can be seen, downloaded and
Kumon Numbers Around The World
25,000 Kumon Centers
4.4 Million Students (March 2012)
Questions and Answers About Kumon
Here are some questions that are frequently asked by
parents who are interested in Kumon.
Q: What is different about Kumon
from other tutoring programs?
A: The Kumon method and materials are unique. Kumon has
designed its own curriculum which students can self-learn
easily. They advance through the program at their own pace,
completing a small amount of work every day. Kumon also is
affordable which allows more students to benefit from it.
Q: How long will it take for my child to attain his or her
appropriate grade level?
A: That depends on your child. Kumon is a long-term program, not
a quick fix. Our goal is not just to get your child to pass the
next test at school. Our goal is to pinpoint where the
underlying weak areas are for your child, and to go back and
start from that point. That way we can re-build a strong
foundation, which is the key to success for a child's lifetime.
It takes most students that are behind approximately six months
to one year to catch up to Kumon grade level, and then work
ahead to an advanced level.
Q: How do you teach the students?
A: Our curriculum consists of thousands of
worksheets, arranged in very small steps, starting from very
simple pre-school work all the way to high school and university
level work. Each step, or worksheet, builds very gradually from
the next, and each time a new concept is introduced, examples
and explanations are given. By starting at a comfortable point,
and moving ahead only when they are ready, students can move
through much of the work independently.
I strictly implement the Kumon method at my center. We grade
student's homework and class work, monitor and analyze each
student's performance and progress, and make appropriate lesson
plans for each student. When students need help, We are always
here to guide them through and answer any questions.
Q: Are you a certified teacher?
A: No, I am not a certified teacher. I am a
certified Kumon Instructor for over 18 years. I have taught
thousands of students Kumon over that time.
Q: How do you expect my child to do Kumon every day?
A: Kumon homework only takes 15-30 minutes every
day. The Kumon work is deliberately easy at the beginning. We
give the student homework that we know he or she can do.
Completing the daily assignments quickly and with a good score
will boost the student's confidence, and make him or her see
Kumon as a positive rather than a negative experience.
Q: My son hates math. How can you help him?
A: His negative attitude is probably the result
of a bad experience that damaged his self-confidence in math.
When he has to do math, his negative feelings and lack of
confidence prevent him from doing as well as he could. Kumon
will help by taking him back to a point where he can experience
success and by showing him all of the things he can do in math.
This will relieve his frustration, improve his self-confidence,
and give him a foundation to build better skills also.
Q: Do you
A: Most students show improvements after attending Kumon, both
academically and in areas such as confidence and study skills.
If students complete their daily assignments, attend class
regularly, and follow our study plan, they will show improvement
within approximately one to three months.
Q: What kind
of test will you give my child before starting Kumon?
A: Kumon has developed its own tests for
students that enroll in its program. Their primary purpose is to
show us where students will be more comfortable starting in the
program. The math tests concentrates on assessing speed and
accuracy with basic calculation skills, because s strong
foundation in this area is crucial for success with all higher
math. The reading test concentrates on assessing basic reading,
reading comprehension, and writing skills for the same reasons.
Q: My daughter is on the swim team,
takes dance lessons, and gets tons of homework. I'm not sure if
she can fit this into her schedule.
A: Kumon recommends that your child comes to the Center twice a
week for about 20 minutes per subject. Homework must be
completed on the five days that students do not attend class,
and will take around 15-20 minutes per subject. Many students
find it easiest to do it first thing in the morning, or before
their regular homework. What is crucial is that it is done
daily, so it is important that you are able to commit to this
schedule - if not you will not see the results.
Academic success at least is equally important as other
subjects. Math and Reading are the fundamental skills for other
academic fields. Kumon believes "Practice Makes Perfect". Like
swimming and dancing, Math and Reading need practice too.
Q: My daughter is in high
school and wouldn't be comfortable working around younger
children. Do you have separate time for older students?
A: We want all of our
students to be comfortable in the Center. There is usually a mix
of ages and grades in the Center at any time. Younger children
have their own area.
Q: We live far away. Can we
come just once a week?
A: It is preferable that
you come twice a week, for several reasons. First of all, every
time students come to class, I can observe their work and give
them whatever help they need therefore the more often they can
come the better it is for them. Additionally, the more often
they come to class, the more frequently I can review their
homework. This means that I will see right away if they need to
review a section , or if they are ready to move ahead. If you
can only come to the center once a week, we can discuss more in
details for home grading.
Q: What is your student to assistant
A: The student to assistant/grader/instructor ration in our
center is less 4:1 most of the time. The Kumon Center is more
like a study hall than a traditional classroom environment.
Students come to the center at assigned times during class hours.
We prepare assignments individually for each student in advance,
based on their previous work. While in class, they work through
their assignments relatively independently, asking for help only
when they need it. Of course our assistance are available to
answer any questions when needed.
Q: My children are already getting
good grades. Won't they be bored with the low starting point you
A: Even though they are doing well at school, Kumon has
exceptionally high standards for speed and accuracy. Most
advanced students such as your children can be motivated by
showing them the work that they will be doing in the future. In
addition, giving them the challenge of "beating the clock" can
also motivate many students. Kumon recognizes each student who
is studying six months or more beyond grade level by receiving
an Advanced Student Honor Roll (ASHR) certificate at our
Award Ceremony held each summer. Currently more than 70% of
our students are in Kumon Honor Role