by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Catch Up, Keep Up, and Get Ahead in Math at Mathnasium


For many students, math can be confusing and intimidating. For others, math can come easily and advancement may be desired. Mathnasium, a math learning center, now has two Carlsbad locations. Its La Costa center is located in the beautiful La Costa Town Square and its newest center, which opened in September, is by Sprouts on El Camino Real. Both locations cater to students of all learning levels in grades 1 through 12. With the mantra “We Make Math Make Sense,” Mathnasium specializes in teaching math to kids in a way that makes it understandable to them. “Our goal is to get kids to not only do the ‘how,’ but get the ‘why,’” said Owner and Director Karen Lossing. “If easier problems make sense, the harder ones become less hard. When you build on a solid foundation, you set yourself up for future success.”

So what exactly sets Mathnasium apart from other tutoring services? “At Mathnasium we focus on math only,” explained Lossing. “We custom-tailor a program to each student so they are focused on the skills they can build from. Our depth of resources allows us to move backward or forward within concepts to meet the student where he/she performs successfully and move him/her forward from there. Because of our amazing system we can find the lessons that perfectly align with a student whether they are seeking enrichment or struggle in class.”


The energy at Mathnasium is positive, with a diverse staff including engineers, statisticians, college students, and math educators. “They do a great job of connecting what a student is learning to the real world,” Lossing said of her staff. “Our instructors are clear communicators and friendly people. Between their approachability, knowledge base, and a focused learning plan identifying skills to master, the kids are more engaged because every lesson is relevant.”

While the room is filled with students of all abilities, Mathnasium offers three main methods to spotlight areas holding back a student’s success, which have proven to be life changing for many kids: Numeric Fluency, Algebra-Readiness, and High School Essentials.

cs_mathnasium4“Numeric Fluency has worked wonders with upper elementary students who weren’t fluent with calculating basic addition, subtraction, or multiplication facts,” said Lossing. “A huge burden is lifted for those kids and they can move on to more challenging problem solving.” In math, one concept tends to spill over to others, or problem solving begins to bundle multiple skills at a time. Mathnasium believes that building a strong mathematical toolbox complete with critical thinking is essential to success.

Algebra-Readiness is a program developed for elementary and middle school students in anticipation of increasing proficiency in skills needed for success in high school courses beginning with algebra. “Not being algebra-ready can set a brutal math path for a student’s secondary education, so I am especially proud of preparing those kids for their future,” shared Lossing.

cs_mathnasium3Mathnasium also has an emphasis on providing targeted support for busy high schoolers. “While we focus on specific courses, such as Integrated Math or Algebra 2, there are foundational skills that many teenagers lack. Our High School Skills Assessment allows us to streamline instruction on many gap skills that cost students better grades. These critical skills spill over from course to course but can be roadblocks to many if not mastered,” said Lossing. Mathnasium also budgets time for schoolwork, allowing students to get help with homework or preparation for upcoming tests and quizzes.

The center offers a risk-free assessment to interested students. “Students and parents can see the current level of mastery across concepts relative to a student’s grade level,” stated Lossing. “From there we build a customized learning plan that addresses any gaps initially, then move on toward advanced concepts. We set realistic expectations with the parents when discussing the assessment and give the kids their first lesson free.”


Name of Business: Mathnasium
Owner/Director: Karen Lossing
Year of Establishment: 2014
Locations: La Costa: 3451 Via Montebello Ste. 190, Carlsbad, CA 92009
North Carlsbad: 2624 El Camino Real Ste. 2624A, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: 760-452-6150; 858-335-5686
Description of Business: Mathnasium’s talented team of math professionals is looking forward to working with your student whether their goal is to catch up, keep up, or get ahead in math!