Our History


  • 1980s: Charles Ledger begins developing the Relocation Property, teaming up with fellow math educator and author Fraser Simpson to advance his four-element, non-spiral mathematics curriculum
  • 1994: Kim Langen launches an early version of the Spirit of Math after-school program in her own home with the assistance of her parents Charles and Gwen Ledger following Gwen’s retirement from the Toronto District School Board
  • 1994: Charles Ledger is named a Rene Descartes Foundation Medalist and wins the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching, recognizing excellence in science, technology and mathematics
  • 1995: Spirit of Math Schools Inc. is officially incorporated by Gwen Ledger and Kim Langen
  • 2001: First teachers and employees are hired and enrolment reaches 200 students at one campus in suburban Toronto
  • 2006: Spirit of Math Development, the organization’s franchising arm, is incorporated and the first three franchise locations open in Mississauga, Brampton and Markham, Ontario
  • 2007: The Spirit of Math formal Teacher Training program begins
  • 2009: First U.S. campus opens in Edison, New Jersey
  • 2010: Spirit of Math expands into western Canada with first Vancouver campus
  • 2012: Spirit of Math Schools India Pvt. Ltd. is incorporated in India
  • 2014: Kim Langen is named a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards by EY (Ernst & Young) Canada
  • 2015: Spirit of Math America expands its U.S. presence with locations in Plano (Dallas), Texas, and Vestavia Hills (Birmingham), Alabama
  • 2015: Spirit of Math students earn 1550 placements* on national and international math competitions
  • 2015: More than 5,000 students are enrolled across 43 campuses

* Placements include top medals and certificates of distinction

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