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West Hartford Girl Invited to Student Conference in Canada

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West Hartford resident Sophie Chen has been invited to the annual conference hosted by Kumon in Calgary, Canada, a unique learning opportunity for students who are studying three years above grade level.


At just 11 years old, Sophie Chen is already an accomplished pianist, flutist, and dancer. Her friends and family have seen her remarkable talents showcased around Connecticut for years, but what many people don’t realize is that Sophie is also academically advanced for her age. Even though she’s only in sixth grade, she’s studying high school level math.

Sophie’s outstanding accomplishments have earned her an all-expense paid trip to attend the second annual Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada on July 18. She will join 55 other students from the United States, Canada, and Mexico who are currently studying at least three years above their school grade level.

Out of thousands of high achieving Kumon students from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, just 56 were selected to attend the second annual Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada on July 18. The invited students are currently studying at least three years above their grade level in math and/or reading at their respective Kumon Centers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from each other through a variety of enjoyable learning activities designed to foster team building, group discussion, critical thinking, and creativity. In this unique learning environment, students will also hear from inspirational former Kumon Students who have completed the Kumon Program, which goes up to calculus and critical reading.

“The beauty of Kumon is that it’s a learning program based on ability rather than age or grade, which allows our students the opportunity to study above their school grade level,” said Sung Park, vice president of materials development and instruction at Kumon North America, Inc. “Kumon strives to cultivate confident and independent students who become life-long learners. With this conference, we are able to celebrate our students’ accomplishments and inspire them to continue on to program completion.”

The goal of completing the Kumon Math and Reading Program is to make students well prepared for the study of high school material, which was one of the founding principles of the Kumon Method.

For more information about how Kumon uses self-learning and advanced study to “unlock the potential of every child,” click here.

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