In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
There was a time, more than 20 years ago, when Carol Maple couldn't wait to graduate and leave school behind forever. It wasn't that she didn't do well or that hers was one of the nation's many pterodactyl-besieged learning institutions—it was just the classroom format itself. Fortunately, it wasn't long before she realized that, no matter her feelings about the school system, she loved to learn; then, she set about earning five college degrees in multiple disciplines. Today, in her tutoring and test-prep programs, Maple passes on that passion for self-improvement to students ranging from elementary schoolers to undergrads and beyond. These sessions might focus on a particular topic, explore generalized study methods, or even just give kids a safe place to stay over summer vacation. Maple firmly believes that learning is a lifelong journey and does what she can to get kids on their first steps as early as possible.