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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is ALOHA taught?

ALOHA is taught in school centers - public, private, private with public funding -, academies, community centers, sport clubs and associations which include the programme as part of their curricular or complementary offer. If you want to know your closest ALOHA center contact us here.

For further information about ALOHA in other countries contact

What happens if ALOHA is not in my School center yet?

We recommend you to speak with the Parents’ Association of your School or with the staff in charge of complementary activities from your Center to raise the possibility of including ALOHA among their educational offering.

At any rate, the ALOHA delegation from your area will give you further information. Click here here to obtain the contact details. If you cannot find them here, please contact

How long does the programme last?

There is no specified time to complete all the ALOHA levels, each child will progress at their own pace depending on their needs. In any case, the expected average duration to finish the programme is 4-5 years, although from the first 6 months the benefits of ALOHA are already noticeable.

How many levels are there?

ALOHA is divided into two itineraries

Tiny Tots 10 levels For children starting the programme aged between 5 and 7 years old.
Kids 8 levels For children starting the programme aged 8 years or over.

Children will do one itinerary or another depending on their age when starting ALOHA. Either way, the children will have acquired the same knowledge and will boost the same skills.

Both itineraries are independent one from another. Once finished the Tiny Tots itinerary, it is not necessary to do Kids later.

When a child has finished all the levels, should he attend refreshment lessons?

It is not necessary, on completion of ALOHA the students will have maximized their superpowers for their lifetime.

Why from 5 to 13 years old?

The early years matter because, during these first years the brain experiments a greater plasticity as, in this time, all brain connections are formed.

The connections that are not used during this vital stage will be subjected to a “synaptic pruning” process ceasing to form part of the children neuronal net.

The cognitive work carried out by the student during the ALOHA lessons contributes to stimulate these connections so they can pass the “pruning process”. The more connections remain in the children brain, the more competent their adult brain will be.

Does ALOHA improve children’s academic performance?

The ALOHA programme enhances children skills such as attention and concentration, logical thinking, photographic memory, listening capacity…

The first noticeable changes are linked with mathematics and their capacity to keep focused.

All this will have a positive impact on their self-esteem and dexterity to face the daily challenges.

If a child already obtains good grades, Does he need ALOHA?

Look at it this way, if the parents of Novak Djokovic, the famous tennis’ player, had thought that their son was just good enough playing tennis and they had not encouraged him to train more, today he would probably not be the world champion he is today... It is the same with good grades. Obtaining good marks is always good news but it does not mean children are making the most out of their potential.

As children successfully pass through the school grades, the difficulty level is increased, so students need to work harder to obtain the same marks as in previous grades.

When children train with ALOHA their memory, their attention and concentration, their logical thinking... they need less study time and effort to keep getting good marks and even improve their school performance.

What is the scientific base supporting ALOHA?

Several studies have shown the benefits of learning arithmetic with the abacus in children cognitive skills.

For example the study 'The Impact of Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic on Cognitive Abilities of children'(2005), carried out using a significant sample of the ALOHA Mental Arithmetic students, proved the programme’s positive impact on children brain functioning and cognitive development.

ALOHA is just maths?

Definitively not. In ALOHA children learn to calculate with the abacus, what obviously helps them improve in mathematics but they also boost other “superpowers”: they learn how to have better concentration skills, they develop their mental agility, logical thinking, creativeness...

What is an abacus?

It is the ancient calculating device ever known. Thanks to it, children learn to calculate as if it was a beads game: addition, subtraction, multiplication, divisions, square roots, powers, combined operations...

From the variety of abacus existing, ALOHA students use the Japanese abacus, also known as Soroban. This type of abacus consists of an upper bead and four lower beads.

Does ALOHA interfere with the mathematics learnt at school?

No. It is as if the father of a child speaks English and the mother French: the child will learn both languages. The same happens with ALOHA. Children are given more resources, with all the benefits that come with them.

What kind of return can a Master Franchisee expect?

The economic results depend on each partner’s skills, resources and dedication. Nevertheless, ALOHA’s partners have the support of a leading brand within the educational field with proven worldwide record of success.

What is the support offered to master franchisees?

ALOHA’s Master Franchisees run their own business but they are not left on their own. They are given an initial package to shorten the time to market and benefit from the continuous support of ALOHA Europe, whose mission is to assist each partner during the opening process and to help them succeed in the market.

I am interested in setting up ALOHA in my country, How can I obtain further information?

Please contact us at or fill in the franchise form available here and we will contact you shortly.