‘Kumon Math and Reading Center of Baltimore’ Opens in Otterbein

| February 7, 2024 | 0 Comments

Kumon, a mathematics and reading learning center that started in Japan, has opened a location at 575 S. Charles St. on the first floor of the Harbor Court tower. Kumon Math and Reading Center of Baltimore fills a retail space that has been vacant for 17 years.

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Baltimore is owned by wife and husband Nan Shang and Robert Robinson. They became fans of Kumon after their daughter was enrolled in the program for four years. She is now a Harvard University graduate.

Shang told SouthBMore.com, “When you are up to speed on your math and reading, there is more time to focus on other subjects and activities.”

Shang was born and raised in China and comes from a family full of teachers. She was a teacher herself in China before moving to the United States and starting a career in accounting and finance. She noted the Kumon method is similar to the teaching method used in China.

Shang began tutoring Baltimore City students in recent years and noticed how behind many of the students were in math. This experience inspired her to bring Kumon to Baltimore.

“Every kid has potential,” she said.

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Baltimore is open Monday to Friday from 3pm to 7pm. Students can enroll in the math program, reading program, or both. Students come to the Kumon learning center for approximately an hour twice a week to complete worksheets as well as their homework. Students also work with the teachers on their homework each day via a video call.

Kumon programs are available for students from ages four to 17. Shang noted the importance of high-quality instruction in first to sixth grade so students can stay on track for the advanced learning that occurs in middle and high school.

Tuition at Kumon Math and Reading Center of Baltimore is $200 per month for math, $200 per month for reading, or $360 per month for both. Kumon offers a scholarship program of up to 50 percent off tuition for low-income students.

Kumon Math and Reading Center of Baltimore will also offer four-week math summer camps.

Shang also wants to bring a Kumon conference to Baltimore that will have competitions for the students.

Shang and Robinson spent about a month renovating the classroom space with new carpet, new paint, and desks. It has space for up to 50 students.

Kumon has a drop-off zone outside on S. Charles St. and offers free parking in the garage for its teachers.

Shang said 575 S. Charles St. is “the perfect location next to the Inner Harbor and Maryland Science Center.” She is also excited to be near the schools in South Baltimore.

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