Our History

In the 1990s, education industry pioneers Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff recognised that, to truly be successful in school and in life, students need a solid understanding of mathematics. There was a vast disconnect, though, between students’ learning skills and the maths curriculum they were taught in school.

To address that gap, they founded Mathnasium — a maths-only learning centre committed to providing the world’s best instruction. Their goal: teach children how to think, with the skills to succeed in maths and the confidence to achieve their academic potential.

After an exhaustive search, they found the perfect person to help them achieve their vision: Larry Martinek, a beloved educator, teacher trainer and curriculum consultant. Larry and Mathnasium’s expert team spent years refining the most powerful teaching methods and materials into the comprehensive, industry-leading Mathnasium Method™.

The trio opened the first Mathnasium Learning Centre in Los Angeles in late 2002 and began franchising in 2003. The extraordinary dedication of Mathnasium’s local centre owners and staff, combined with Mathnasium’s child-centered approach, proved wildly successful. Mathnasium has become an award-winning, world-class maths education company, and global demand for our service has soared.

Today, Mathnasium changes the lives of more than 100,000 children in neighbourhood learning centres on five continents.