A+ Students is a Japanese method of education that teaches children as young as 2 ½ (30 months) to solve complex arithmetic problems by playing with educational toys like the Soroban and the A+ Play Maths range of educational toys. By improving concentration and boosting self-confidence, A+ Students improves intelligence and creates a love for Maths – powerful brain development!
This maths and mental arithmetic franchise model was developed by maths teacher Marlene Mouton, who saw the potential for the local market and brought the basic system to South Africa and developed the model to suit local needs. With more than 160 teaching venues and over 30 000 students enrolled in their courses, A+ Students is on a further expansion path and are looking for franchisees who are passionate about helping kids. They do not have to have a maths teaching background. There are currently great opportunities available countrywide but especially in the KwaZulu-Natal area.
The bottom line
Joining the network is an ideal opportunity for those with entrepreneurial spirit, looking to exit the formal teaching or corporate world or even a stay at home mom who is looking to get into business. The investment cost for a teaching-only franchise is R175 000 plus Vat which enables franchisees to make a start and grow their venture in a specified area at venues such as nursery schools, pre-primary schools and primary schools, before opening a proper teaching facility and larger store. Having your own venue does not limit you from continuing to teach from schools etc, but is rather the add-on to offer more products and services to expand the business. Head office supports franchisees through initial and continuous training, on-going evaluations and visits by moderators and marketing assistance. The initial training takes place over a nine-day period at the Johannesburg head office, and any teachers that are hired to assist will also be required to attend this training. A+ Students is experiencing very good growth, despite poor economic conditions, and is in fact expanding to the US, a development which will significantly enlarge the brand.