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    After-school / weekend classes, Virtual Camp/Program
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  • Cost:
    $155 to $175/month
  • Ages:
    5 to 13
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  • Capacity:
    8 to 10
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  • Summary Profile

    About UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School

    UCMAS is an Abacus-based Mental Math Program for Children aged 5-13 years. It is globally recognized and scientifically proven afterschool program that promotes whole-brain development in children, leading to success in school & beyond.

    Locations in Canada: 

    Alberta: 14 Training Centres | Phone: (403) 512-1743
    British Columbia: 4 Training Centres | Phone: (604) 248-7575
    Ontario: 59 Training Centres | Phone: (905) 812-1919
    Quebec: 15 Training Centres | Phone: (514) 690-1615
    Saskatchewan: 2 Training Centres | Phone: (306) 205-1310

    UCMAS also offers i-Maths, a Pre-UCMAS early childhood learning program for children aged 3-7 years. Know More:

    • Special needs: Not available

    COVID-19 Response 

    At UCMAS training locations in Canada, we take all the necessary precautions and follow guidelines to ensure safety of our children. To know more about our COVID-19 measures, please click below.

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School currently has 3 programs available; 4 TBD.

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    Ages: 5 - 7
    Math, Instructor lead (group)
    $155 to $175
    Mississauga, ON
    20+ Halton and Peel locations
    Mar 10, 2022-Mar 09, 2023$155 - $175
    Instructor lead (group)|Math
    Ages: 8 - 13
    Math, Instructor lead (group)
    $155 to $175
    Instructor lead (group)|Math
    Ages: 3 - 7
    Math, Instructor lead (group)
    $120 to $150
    Instructor lead (group)|Math
    Instructor lead (group)|Math
    Ages: 8 - 13
    Instructor lead (group)|Math
    Day Camp
    Ages: 5 - 13
    Math, Instructor lead (group)
    Ages: 5 - 7
    Math, Instructor lead (group)
    $140 to $160

    Financial Aid & Payment Details


    Discount for 2nd child $10
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    User reviews of UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School  — Read all 8 reviews

    A+ in Academics & Life
    Mr. & Mrs. Dorin (UCMAS Stouffville) (Parent)

    We see the eagerness, Avelyn has shown when it comes to schoolwork and other activities. The program helps our child (stay) engaged in her activities and helps her in improving her capabilities in everyday situations in useful ways, and not just related to Mathematics So, we as parents, encourage everyone, to take this opportunity – your children are going to love this…think UCMAS-Stouffville…there’s so much to learn here ... Read More

    UCMAS Nurtures Champions
    Charuta & Hari ( Parents of Rishikesh) (Parent)

    We are extremely happy to see Rishi's achievement and also the success of entire center with the clean sweep of trophies in the competition this year. The hard work, motivation, and support that you provided to kids is simply unimaginable. We have seen so many positive changes in Rishi over the last four years! You have helped him realize his true potential and discover what he can achieve. I am so sure that the confidence children are developing will prepare them to face any challenge they encounter in future. Also, I must say Roshan and Kunal are doing the wonderful job working by your side and presenting a role model for all kids in the class ay UCMAS Richmond! With all my sincere thanks to you, we will cherish this moment all our entire life ... Read More

    UCMAS Competitions are Confidence Boosters
    Mark Granada - Father of Olivia and Owen (UCMAS Ottawa) (Parent)

    It's been 3 years my daughter is in the UCMAS program. Words cannot describe how UCMAS has impacted her ability to focus, to concentrate, and not to mention how much her confidence has improved since day one. Last year she won the Citywide championship trophy in her class and finished 5th nationwide. This year her goal is to win the Ottawa championship and the national championship as well. I think of it as my daughter using her brain competitively; a talent I'm confident will transfer and permeate well into adulthood ... Read More

    Highly Recommended to Other Parents
    Akinbusola Akinwunmi’s Parent (UCMAS Markham) (Parent)

    Great program that develops child’s concentration and alertness. It is highly recommended.

    Improvement in Concentration
    Kaelyn Hung’s Parent (UCMAS Richmond Hill) (Parent)

    UCMAS has greatly helped Kaelyn to boost her calculation speed and improved her over all concentration. Thanks UCMAS!

    Quick in homework!
    Raj Padhiar’s Parent (UCMAS Etobicoke) (Parent)

    I like the UCMAS program because my child has become very good at Math. My son likes to attend the classes and finishes his homework very fast.

    Growth in Academics & Soft Skills
    Om Patel’s Parent (UCMAS Scarborough) (Parent)

    UCMAS has helped my child grow in his career. Because of this program, his memory has become sharp, and he has become more responsible as well. I would recommend all my friends to send their kids to the UCMAS Academy.

    Math Skills Improved!
    Arsh Taneja's Parent (UCMAS Mississauga) (Parent)

    My son’s mathematical skills have improved a lot. He feels good about himself when he is able to solve the math problems faster than other kids in his class.

  • Location & Site Details


    Mississauga, ON
    20+ Halton and Peel locations, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6B8
    Parkwood's, Toronto
    6+ North York & Scarborough locations, Toronto, Ontario, M1R 4B8
    Montreal, QC
    15 Locations in Quebec, Montréal, Québec, H3N 1R2

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Megha Karia, CEO

    UCMAS was founded with a vision to create a brighter and better future for children by making them capable and more confident of their own abilities. Offering a unique education style in using the age-old abacus to make children proficient in Mental Math, our aim is to bring a difference by fostering key cognitive functions and improving their learning abilities to make them succeed in academics & beyond!

    In the News

    March 3, 2022
    International Grading Exams

    A non-competitive grading exams conducted by UCMAS International... Read More

    March 3, 2022
    UCMAS Spring Workshop 2022

    Fun-based Learning for Your Child during Spring Break... Read More


    • Richmond students excel in international math contest

      Richmond children have proven their excellence in math on an international stage. Six students at UCMAS Richmond, a math program focusing on developing children’s brains, returned with trophies from the 22nd UCMAS Abacus & Mental Arithmetic International Competition in Malaysia.

      Students competed with more than 2,200 participants from 40 counties by answering math questions in different categories. For example, in one contest, students answered 200 math problems in eight minutes. Nine-year-old Petra Dmitrovic won second place in the world in the “listening competition,” in which he had to calculate up to 35 rows of three-digit numbers.

      “This is indeed a proud moment for the Richmond community…and once again demonstrated the skills and talents of the students of Richmond,” said centre director Binu Kumar. The children are among more than 200 students at UCMAS Richmond, who attend the class once a week and practice math for 20 to 30 minutes every day, according to Krishna Kumar, founder of the centre.

      Read Full Article Here

    • Who needs a calculator? Calculators can't keep up with this math whiz

      Akash Sasitharan speaks four languages, maintains a 93-per-cent average in the International Baccalaureate program at St. Thomas High School in Pointe-Claire and can calculate math equations faster than a calculator. The 15-year-old was crowned champion in the most senior category of the Quebec Regional UCMAS Mental Math Competition in Pointe-Claire on May 8.

      The Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic Systems (UCMAS) Mental Math Program was established in Malaysia in 1993. It came to Canada in 2004. About 100 of the 400 competitors at the fourth edition of the Quebec regionals were from the West Island.

      Sasitharan triumphed in what is called the “I Category” — the highest level of calculating prowess in the UCMAS program. There are 10 levels to complete in the rapid-calculation program. Initially, students use an abacus — an ancient calculating tool made up of rows of beads

      Read Full Article Here


    • Richmond Students bring home international math championship

      Some Richmond children have proved their excellence in mathematics on the international stage. Six students at UCMAS Richmond, a math program focusing on developing children’s brains, brought home trophies from the 23rd UCMAS International Competition in Malaysia on Dec 9.

      Beatrice Antoni-Ching, a student of St Paul’s School, won the top honour at the competition – a Champion trophy.

      Anna Lee and Ethan Lam from Jessie Wowk elementary, Carson Lam from Tomekichi Homma elementary and Caiden Yap from Richmond Christian elementary brought home the first Runner Up trophies. In addition, Annie Lu from Queensborough Middle School received the second Runner Up trophy.

      The students competed with more than 3,000 students from over 50 countries in the contest, which tested speed and accuracy in arithmetic, with contestants having only eight minutes to solve as many as 200 math questions in their respective competition categories.

      UCMAS, the Abacus Mental Math Program, is a global afterschool program with a branch in Richmond, which trains children from four to 13 to perform mental calculations quickly and accurately.

      Read Full Article Here

    • Help youngsters ‘see’ their future successes in school and beyond

      The ancient abacus is helping young students “see” their way clear to a new way of learning, designed to bring them more than just academic success.

      That’s because the program at UCMAS (Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System) in Richmond seeks to develop a child’s learning ability in a holistic fashion, using visualization methods that begin by using an abacus to solve math problems.

      It’s an approach that attracted the interest of Krishna Kumar, director of UCMAS in Richmond, six years ago. “I’d always been passionate about education and wanted to do something in the community,” he says. “And when I found UCMAS I realized this was a program that was not just teaching for a grade.”

      “This program focuses on developing a child’s visualization capabilities that are controlled by the creative side of our brains.” The use of an abacus triggers that visual form of learning and makes it a powerful tool. “A child will ultimately be able to visualize numbers to do the math, meaning they can do complex math mentally without the need of the calculator,” Kumar says.

      Read Full Article Here

    • Hundreds of students heading to Richmond for huge mental math competition

      While most may rely on their cellphone’s calculator to solve simple math problems, hundreds of students will descend on Richmond this weekend to showcase their prowess in a fading art: mental math.

      On May 25, the sixth B.C. provincial Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) Abacus and Mental Math Competition is scheduled to take place at Westwind elementary in Richmond.

      Throughout the day, 350 Lower Mainland students will participate in a variety of competitions, solving complex math problems without the help of any tools like a calculator or scrap paper. The event brings together participants aged four to 13 who take part in an eight-minute challenge where they’re required to solve 150 to 200 math questions. In other challenges, participants are allowed to use an abacus.

      The competitions are part of UCMAS’ 10-level program and this year, 14 students are graduating from the program in Richmond.

      Read Full Article Here

    • Grade 6 math whiz aces the abacus for speedy mental calculations

      In 23 seconds, Megha Jani rattles off 10 three-digit numbers for her son to add and subtract: ” 849 minus 437 plus 172 …”

      Param Vyas, her 11-year-old, watches her intently before answering, without hesitation, “3,273.” He’s right, of course.

      After more than three years of ritual practice, the sixth-grade mental math maven was provincial and national champion in his class last year, and came third in a December international competition. At those contests, thousands of children age four to 13 line up in a gym full of tables. A person with a timer stands at the front of the room while the kids are challenged to rapidly crank out computations.

      They do the number crunching with the aid of an ancient tool: the abacus. The lattice of beads on rods dates back to pre-Christ Greece and served as a way for people to keep track of numbers as they did calculations in their heads. 

      Read Full Article Here

    • 2nd grade Windsor student places fourth in national mental math contest

      The City of Windsor may have a mathematics whiz in its midst and mental math is his game. 

      Shivam Patel, 8, recently finished as the third runner up in his age category in a national mental math contest.

      The Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS) is an international program which helps young students develop mathematic skills through the use of an abacus. Children are trained in rapid math calculation and are taught strategies to enhance their cognitive skills in order to complete complex mathematics in their head. 

      "I'm glad to win the national competition and make my country, Canada, proud," Shivam said. 

      Shivam, a grade two student at St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual Elementary School, has been a student of UCMAS for the last three years. He has participated in the national contest once before, but this was his first year achieving a high award. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 8 reviews of UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School here.

    What types of programs does UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School offer?
    UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School runs: year-round programs, day camps. Programming specializes in: Math, Instructor lead (group). Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School start?
    UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School has programs for children aged 5 to 13.

    How much does is cost to attend UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School?
    Fees to attend UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School range from $155 to $175/month.

    Does UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School offer support for children with special needs?
    UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School does not offer support for children with special needs.

    Does UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School offer busing?
    No, UCMAS Abacus & Mental Math School does not offer transportation.

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