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.
At North Atlanta Fencing Center, students learn to lunge and parry in the Olympic style under a coaching staff that includes USFA-certified instructors, internationally ranked competitors, and former collegiate champions. The center’s programs divide pupils into classes based on age and ability, allowing everyone the opportunity to improve footwork, test strategy, and receive an excellent cardio workout. When not practicing through focused games and drills, swordsmen and women are welcome to challenge each other during an Open Strip session, when they’ll be able to fence until one side emerges victorious or foils are abandoned for a tiebreaking bout of one-on-one tag.
The team of CPAs and accountants at QuickBooks Georgia, a subsidiary of David Whitten & Company, LLC, have been guiding small-business owners through the ins and outs of computer accounting for more than two decades. In addition to vending official QuickBooks products, they travel to local businesses to help customers optimize their QuickBooks setups. The staff's in-depth QuickBooks classes instruct individuals and entire companies on how to make Intuit's trusted accounting software work for their businesses.
More than 90 nontoxic paint colors, 600 pottery pieces, and an unlimited amount of creativity—that’s what guests find at Splatters Pottery, Painting & More when creating their own masterpieces. During a painting session, guests take the first step by selecting a plate, mug, or other glass or mosaic piece, and then cover it in doodles or paint. Once guests are satisfied with their work, they hand it over for firing and return in a week to pick up the finished product. The kiln-fired pieces are also food safe and wash easily, making them extra efficient for eating soup in the bathtub. For avid artists, parties and camps let guests sculpt their own pottery from clay, make a mosaic, or drizzle colored sands together.
Atlanta Workshop Players Acting Studio was founded in 1981 as the brainchild of seasoned artistic director Lynn Stallings. Since its inception, the company?a creative springboard for young children, teenagers, and adults?has produced dozens of plays and original musicals. FOX 5 spotlighted the program's fun-filled curriculum, which strives to improve self-confidence in students. Stallings and her husband, Don, get into the act as well, sometimes teaching classes alongside guest artists such as William Shakespeare's ghost.
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.