Globalization offers an unimaginable amount of opportunities to pursue every idea and passion beyond borders. Expanding the knowledge base alone is no longer enough to be relevant in today’s highly diverse world. Unlike the days when students merely took notes and memorized formulas, today’s world demands far more flexibility to adapt to ever-changing needs and the ability to develop out-of-the-box solutions. We at JMA strive to maximize every student’s potential and provide a unique math enrichment program for students in grades 1 to 8.
According to a 2018 survey by The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 15-year-old students in the top 10 OECD countries scored far higher than the students in the United States in math and science. The U.S. ranked 37th in math and 18th in science. Students in the top 10 countries are taught to learn how to learn and apply the learning to develop their own solutions while their U.S. counterparts still depend heavily on rote memorization. At JMA, students are coached to build a strong foundation using a unique way of visualizing the concept, so that they can build on it and find their own path.
Learning problem-solving skills and developing fluency in analytical reasoning benefits every student no matter where their future lies. Our mission is to expand each student’s horizon and show them the path to become a competent world citizen. When young students master a skill and begin to find their own approach, they get motivated to pursue further learning and discover their passion. When they gain more knowledge, more doors will open up for them. We at JMA feel honored to be part of your student’s growth to prepare them for the next stage of their journey.
Small class size of up to 4 students per class in 2 different levels
Personalized support in group environment
Active whiteboard collaboration
Emphasis on application
Unique problem solving by visualization
Pilar Botana Martinez
My daughter took 5th grade math at JMA last year and we saw the results in weeks. Her math solving skills improved greatly and she now feels super confident about 6th grade math. The Japanese math method is based on breaking problems into smaller, logical pieces, which helped my daughter “navigate and digest” complex mathematical concepts with ease. Hiroko is a great teacher, thoughtful, respectful, and patient, who can adapt to the different learning styles of the students. Because of the COVID pandemic, classes had to be moved from in-person to video conference, and Hiroko quickly adapted to the virtual environment and classes where held with the same schedule, format, and attention to detail. Last year my younger daughter in 1st grade participated in a pilot program and actually enjoyed it! She’s now enrolled for the fall term, so she can build a solid math foundation early on.
Retired teacher with Wayland Public Schools
I can’t tell you how happy and relieved I was when my two grandkids, ages 6 and 9, started math tutoring with Hiroko. COVID hit, schools were closed, and I scrambled to help my daughter and son-in-law put together a home schooling plan. Knowing that math would be professionally taught took away some of the pressure we were feeling. We had enough to cover with reading, writing, science and social studies, not to mention extra curricular activities. I asked my fourth grader granddaughter what she thought of the tutoring with Hiroko: “It helped me understand math better.” My first grader grandson said: “I liked it better than math in school. I liked doing the mazes; sometimes there was a giant monster, if I did the wrong answer!”
Hiroko is a calm, patient, personable teacher. My grandkids felt very relaxed and engaged throughout the lessons. Thank you Hiroko.