Kumon Tuition Fee Statistics

This report analyzes the average cost of tuition in US Kumon centers alongside any additional costs that may be applied upon a student’s enrollment.

  • Typically, Kumon centers offer two standard subjects to learners, mathematics and reading (in the local language of the center).
  • For each subject studied, average Kumon tuition fees are around $150 per month / $1,800 annually.
  • This works out to around $35 per week (which frequently consists of 2 classes).
  • Due to this, each class session amounts to approximately $17.50.
  • Discounts are sometimes offered for students that wish to study multiple subjects. 
  • Many Kumon centers offer free placement tests for new students to assess their ability.
  • However, new students often have to pay a registration fee of around $50.
  • The cost of study materials can be around $30 per subject studied.
  • Many Kumon centers look to quote prices in person rather than online.
  • As Kumon centers function as franchises, prices can vary greatly. 
  • This is mainly due to differences in running costs in different locations.

What is Kumon?

  • Kumon is an educational network which specializes in teaching using the Kumon method.
  • Kumon is primarily used to teach mathematics and reading, but it can also be used to teach foreign languages.
  • Students initially are asked to take a placement test with an instructor who assesses their current abilities and potential areas for development. 
  • Instructors must work to find a suitable starting point for the student and look to create a long-term study programme.
  • Kumon is used to teach content ranging from pre-primary to senior high school level (students aged 2 – 18 years old). 
  • The typical levels for each subject are given below:
    • Mathematics:
      • 21 levels (6A through to Level O).
      • Elective course (5 sub levels).
    • Reading:
      • 23 levels (7A through to Level L).
    • Foreign languages:
      • 15 levels.

Estimated first month Kumon costs

  • For a first month student:
    • The total estimated cost to study one subject is $230.
    • The total estimated cost to study two subjects is $380.
  • Registration fees are standard one time fees for each student of approximately $50.
  • Materials fees are approximately 20% of the total monthly cost of tuition (excluding any discounts given).
Fee typeOne subjectTwo subjects
Tuition fee$150$270*
Registration fee$50$50
Materials fee$30$60
Total fees$230$380
(*assumes 10% discount for two subjects)

A graph is given below to show estimated first month Kumon costs by type:

History of Kumon

  • Kumon was invented by Toru Kumon, a Japanese educator.
  • Prior to officially starting the company, he saw that his son was having difficulties with math at school.
  • To support his learning, he began writing worksheets which he would ask his son to complete each day.
  • His son’s ability greatly improved and due to this, Toru invited other local students to learn through his methodology.
  • He saw firsthand that his technique was allowing students to flourish, so decided to bring it to as many learners as possible.
  • In 1955, Toru Kumon opened his first Kumon center for math in Osaka.
  • He officially founded the Kumon Institute of Education in 1958.
  • In the following years, he continued to expand business operations.
  • By 1969, the company had reached a milestone of over 10,000 students studying the method.
  • The owner published “The Secret of Kumon Maths” in 1974 which was well received and drew further interest.
  • Kumon began international expansion by opening a center in New York during the same year.
  • By 1977 Kumon had arrived in South America. Two years later it came to Europe.
  • In 1981, the number of students enrolled in Kumon started to exceed 1 million.
  • Ten years later, Kumon began operations in Africa through a center in Johannesburg.
  • The number of Kumon enrolled students had doubled to 2 million by 1993.
  • 1998 saw Kumon arrive in the Middle East, with new centers in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
  • The 2000s saw steady growth and over 4 million students were enrolled globally.
  • The decade also saw the company celebrate its 50th anniversary.
  • By 2017 Kumon was present in 50 countries around the world.

Kumon tuition fees FAQ

How many students study Kumon?

  • Globally, an estimated 4 million students study Kumon.
  • In the US, there are around 400,000 students enrolled in Kumon.
  • Approximately 10% of all Kumon students are enrolled within the US.

How many Kumon centers are there?

  • As of 2023, there are approximately 25,000 Kumon centers around the world that span 58 countries.
  • In the US, there are an estimated 1,649 Kumon centers.
  • Approximately 6.60% of Kumon centers are located in the US.

Can Kumon students learn additional subjects?

  • In addition to mathematics and reading which are available to study at different levels, Kumon students can also learn foreign languages.
  • As of 2023, Kumon offers foreign language tuition for Chinese, English, French, German and Japanese.
  • However, foreign language programs are not available in all countries where Kumon is available.

How are Kumon tuition costs paid?

  • Kumon tuition fees are typically paid monthly or annually. 
  • Failure to pay on time or returned transactions can result in fines. 
  • Many Kumon centers require a one month notice period prior to cancellation of a student’s enrollment.