From Our Parents & Students...

Max is relatively new to the abacus world. He is a vivacious young man that has many abilities we are trying to tap and mold. Sensei has tapped into his number sense and is showing him the numerical pathways to learning. He has made several comments about abacus helping him understand his school math, and in fact making it quite easy. It has also given him a confidence around others that surpasses his sisters. He is eager to show his anzan and abacus calculating skills to his friends, his sister’s friends, and almost anyone that will allow him the time. -- Kelly & Erin Wheeldon

JAMS – The Japanese Abacus Math School…

Where your child’s success really adds up!

When a child experiences success, they naturally grow in confidence and self-esteem, as well as their desire to continue the pursuit of that success.

At JAMS, while we specialize in providing Abacus math classes our goal is to work closely with our students to encourage them to succeed. We believe that by empowering them to achieve success with the Abacus – focusing on classroom lessons and homework assignments – they will grow in areas that go well beyond the classroom. That’s been our approach since we opened our doors in 2001.

Of course teaching the Abacus and mental math skills is the core of what we do, but the more skill your child has at using their brain to mentally address and solve problems, the more successful they will be. Very few ‘school’ subjects are geared toward teaching children to use their whole brain to solve problems, particularly in mathematics. With the advent of technology, children have become overly dependent on calculators to solve even basic math problems. That over-dependency denies them the opportunity to learn how to handle mental math calculations, as well as fostering the ability to focus on a problem and enhance their concentration skills… LEARN MORE

A Life Skill

Life is filled with many challenges, and children who learn skills to overcome them are better prepared for the future. Sports, music and other lessons teach these skills and instill an instinct to persevere and work through things that others believe are too hard or challenging.

In the Japanese and other Asian cultures, the concept of DO (pronounced ‘doh’) represents the ability to persevere and is taught through many activities.

  • Judo
  • Kendo
  • Taekwando
  • Kado (flower arrangement)
  • Sado (tea ceremony)

…and in Abacus – Syuzando (syoo-zahn-doh).

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When JAMS students apply DO to their lessons, and with the support of their parents to not give up and follow through the challenges they experience, they will not only benefit in terms of math skills, but life skills as well.

We’re equally proud of our many alumni who have gone on to big things in academics, as well as students who have overcome struggles with math and other learning challenges. As with sport or martial arts, not every student goes on to win awards and acclaim. But students who learn and apply DO go forward with a stronger ability to meet and overcome life’s challenges.

Registration for JAMS of Portland is required for all classes. JAMS does offer a FREE class preview. To schedule your no-obligation preview, give us a call at 503.419.8084.

New Students CLICK HERE to Register Now!

Returning Students CLICK HERE to Register Now!

Summer 2016



  • Tuesday: 3:30-4:30pm, 6:00-7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday: 3:30-4:30pm, 6:00-7:00pm
  • Friday: 3:30-4:30pm
All Other Levels
  • Tuesday: 4:30-6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 4:30-6:30pm
  • Thursday: 4:30-6:30pm
  • Friday: 4:30-6:30pm

 Adult Class (NEW!)

  • Saturday 10:00-11:30
  • June 28th through August 27th

Please contact us for the details! or call 503.419.8040

Events & Closures

  • Summer 2017 Registration Now Open!
  • 6/16  Summer Term Registration Ends
  • 6/28 Session Term Begins
  • 8/26 Fall Term Registration End/Tuition Due
  • 8/26 Summer Term Ends
  • 8/28-9/12  Closed

JAMS – The Japanese Abacus Math School…

Where your child’s success really adds up!

Stop in or call 503.419.8040 to register today or schedule you no obligation preview of our Abacus math lessons!

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Register Now for Summer Abacus Camp!

Registration is Now Open! Register Today!! Register as a New Student  ::  Register as a Returning Student Summer Camp – 6/27-8/18 (8 weeks) Tuesday-Friday Beginner 3:30-4:30, 6-7pm Tuition: $720 Intermediate, PreAdvanced, and Advanced 4:30-6pm Tuition: $360 Homework option 4 weeks – $125 8 weeks – $250 There is no make up week, just make up as you go! Registration Deadline is 6/16 (Fri.). If you are not taking ...

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