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Mathnasium of Lake Mary

by Laura Breen Galante

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Mathnasium of Lake Mary recently received an impressive award for its instructional achievements. Out of 865 Mathnasium centers in the country, the Lake Mary location secured the Right Instruction award, which was based on eight specific success factors in the Mathnasium operating standards.

The award is a big deal. “It covers everything from how the instructors operate to how they manipulate the curriculum for each individual child,” says Mathnasium Lake Mary owner/director Lynn Byfield. “It’s why we see such great improvements in our kids.” 

It’s just more proof that Mathnasium is more than a tutoring center.

“We’re focused on learning,” explains Lynn. “A lot of people compare us to a tutoring center, but we’re a lot deeper than that.”
When a student visits Mathnasium, Lynn gives a very personal and specific assessment to determine the child’s current math level. It includes both oral and written assessments, plus an interview with the parents to learn their goals, as well.

“We like to see how the child thinks about numbers, and the child actually creates the learning plan based on what he or she knows,” says Lynn. 

The resulting instruction at Mathnasium is equally personal and specific. Each child receives a customized learning plan, which addresses the concepts the child needs to master, taught in a way that makes sense to each child. With re-assessments every eight weeks, instructors are able to restructure the learning plan based on where the student is at that point.

“We are constantly moving forward on the learning plan,” Lynn explains. And when kids grasp the math concepts, not only will their grades improve – many kids see an impressive jump in FSA scores – but their attitude and confidence will soar.

Instruction isn’t always geared toward improving math scores that are too low. About half of the students at the Lake Mary location attend for enrichment, to challenge themselves and stay competitive with peers.

“If they are behind, we’re working to catch them up,” explains Lynn. “If they’re ahead, we’re providing individual instruction that is not always doable in the classroom setting.” 

Instructors at Mathnasium foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive. If your child is looking to improve his or her math skills, answer a brief questionnaire to get started at

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