Ask the coed instructors of Streetwise Cycle School to name their favorite roads to ride, and they'll describe places that would rival the pictures in Condé Nast—New England's meandering back roads, South Dakota's arid Badlands, and Oregon's lush Cascade Mountains. Certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and upholding the training standards of the state's Motorcycle Rider Education Program, these instructors ready riders from beginner to advanced for their own open-road odysseys. Courses and private lessons in both motorcycle and scooter riding prepare riders to apply for their licenses. When they're not busy aiding current riders, Streetwise's team members also encourage new enthusiasts to explore motorcycling, arranging incentives through local dealers that include gift cards and discounts on diamond-encrusted helmets.
At Cosmix School of Beauty Sciences, the students quickly become the masters?with a little help, of course, from their clients. Fully licensed and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Cosmetology, the school essentially doubles as a spa. Here, in lieu of textbooks, you'll find a team of technicians-in-training who are eager to beautify skin and hair with products from OPI and other professional brands.
There's only one runway at Marlboro Airport, which facilitates approximately 37 flights each day. That single airstrip's legacy, however, surpasses that of many international airports. The airport dates all the way back to 1922, making it the oldest continuously operating commercial field in the state. The excitement didn't really start until 1946, though, when some of the airport's pilots became instructors and began training a new generation of pilots.
That flight school would become Don's Flying Service, commemorating former airport manager Don LaCouture Sr. Today, its FAA-certified instructors still help new pilots earn their wings. The airport's small size lets the instructors give students ample personal attention, as well as allows them to take on the roles of mentors during private ground and flight training sessions.
The teachers at Weston Wayland Success Learning Center have a variety of backgrounds and credentials, from early childhood education to advanced physics degrees from MIT. The staff use their vast experience and knowledge to help students tackle tough subjects and prepare for exams. They specialize in math (all the way through calculus), reading comprehension, and elements of effective writing, including grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. They also guide students toward academic success with exam-preparation programs for the SAT, SSAT, ISEE (Boston Exam School Test), and SAT subject tests.
Aptis Aviation's pilots share their passion for the rush of flying by offering ground training and flying practice for the next generation of aspiring pilots. Based out of Minuteman Airfield, the team uses their fleet of four aircraft for training and rental aircraft. Each skyward outing provides visitors the opportunity to see sweeping views of New England landscapes from a new perspective while learning to control the plane. With equal emphasis on technical knowledge and hands-on practice, Aptis Aviation caters to the learning needs of intermediate pilots as well as first-time beginners.
Combat Performance Group trains at local ranges within the 02184 area code.
Instructors supply handgun and rifle rentals.
At a Glance
Standing, kneeling, sitting, and lying prone?those are all of the shooting positions covered in Combat Performance Group's Introduction to Shooting Course. A former marine scout and sniper leads that particular session, while his colleagues?all of whom have a law-enforcement or military backgrounds?teach the other NRA-certified classes on the packed schedule. For experienced students, they can cover more nuanced techniques, including faster shooting and shooting on the move.