Top 250 Franchise by Entrepreneur – Rank no.16 – Kumon Math & Reading Centers – US
Products & Services: Supplemental education
Number of Locations: 25,437
Total Investment: $66.51K – 140.61K
Began Franchising: 1958
High school math teacher Toru Kumon developed the Kumon method of learning more than 50 years ago in Japan, when his son was struggling with second-grade arithmetic. Realizing that a strong foundation in the basics–addition, subtraction, multiplication and division–was essential for higher-level math, Kumon created a series of math worksheets for his son to work on after school. With daily practice, Kumon’s son gradually expanded his mastery of mathematical skills and by sixth grade was able to solve differential equations and integral calculus problems.
Today, at locations throughout North America, Kumon franchisees apply this method of daily practice and self-paced advancement to children’s math and reading skills.
Net Worth: $150,000
Liquid Cash Available: $70,000
Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 2 – 3. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
|FINANCING TYPE||IN-HOUSE||THIRD PARTY|
|Headquarters||Osaka, Japan (Global HQ),Teaneck, NJ (North America HQ)|
|Products||Kumon Math and Kumon Reading Kumon Chinese(In Hong Kong and China)|
Kumon Education and Research Association of Japan is a corporation and an education brand created by Toru Kumon. The Kumon method is the math and reading educational method which is practiced in the Kumon centers.
In 1954, Toru Kumon began to teach his eldest son, who was having problems in mathematics at school. Kumon developed the Kumon Method. In 1956, Kumon opened the first Kumon Center in Osaka, Japan with the help of parents who were interested in the Method. In 1958, he founded the Kumon Institute of Education, after which Kumon Centers began to open around the world. Since 2011, some 16 million students have been enrolled in Kumon. As of 2009, over 4 million students were studying under the Kumon Method at more than 26,000 Kumon Centers in 46 countries.
Kumon is a math and reading program intended to supplement rather than replace school lessons. Students do not work together as a class, but progress through the program at their own pace, moving on to the next level when they have achieved mastery of the previous level. Students are guided by trained Kumon Instructors and Assistants. Mastery is defined as speed (using a standard completion time) and accuracy. They take an achievement test at the end of each level. The ratio between the time the student takes on the test and the number of mistakes will determine which group level the student will be in on the test. There are a total of four group levels on the achievement tests, and the lower the group number the better the score.
7A-2A are preschool levels.
Levels A-F are elementary school levels.
Levels G-J are middle school levels.
Levels K-O are high school levels.
Level X is an elective level for grades 7+; also, there are no tests available yet on this level.
Answer books are available for all levels 7A through O.
The Kumon language program varies regionally. For example, the Chinese reading program in China is different from the Chinese reading programs in Hong Kong andSingapore, and the English program in the U.S., Canada, and the Philippines varies from the English program in the United Kingdom. Additionally, Kumon Korea has other subjects, such as science, calligraphy, Korean, and Chinese characters, which are not available elsewhere.
The Math program also varies. The math program for most countries goes up to Level O and Level X. However, in Japan, the math program is available up to Level V.The Kumon method is controversial in Japan, with its critics, including the Japanese Ministry for Education, alleging that Kumon promotes rote learning as opposed to critical thinking.