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.
Culled from Colombia, Mexico, and the French-speaking quarter of the College of Charleston, the staff at Foreign Language Adventure specializes in Spanish and French lessons for grade-school students. With classes spread across Roswell, Milton, Marietta, Norcross, and Alpharetta, the teachers cast a wide net and pull up eager pupils as young as 2 years old. During the summer, the schools host half-day camp sessions that liven up the learning process. They also offer adult classes periodically, laying a foundational overview of basic communication to prepare for upcoming vacations, international-business meetings, or kidnappings from UN translators.
Aya Academy of Excellence believes that every mind deserves a nurturing environment to learn. Therefore, the Academy promotes innovative instruction in small, customized academic workshops. Classes focus on stem learning—such as math and robotics—and include hands-on activities and sensory experiences. A learning lab incorporates writers workshops, Montessori sessions, and technology programs to help kids in grades 1–8 explore their academic potential and their brain's potential to move objects on its own. Saturday classes for homeschool students and summer camps also combine these lessons with topics such as environmental science, engineering, and architecture.
At The Tutoring Center, pages flip and numbers crunch as smiling students reinforce study habits during one-on-one tutoring sessions. Tutors employ the trademarked Rotational Approach to Learning, which was first developed to assist children with ADD and ADHD. The system breaks down material into 15- and 30-minute intervals to boost students’ understanding and retention. Academic subjects include basic overviews of reading, writing, and math as well as advanced programs that teach memorization strategies and stress management.
Medical Career Specialists’ team of instructors has one mission: to prepare students for medical-certification tests and future careers, all in one week or less. The nine different medical programs, which begin every week on Saturday, train students in a variety of professions, from EKG technician to medical-lab assistant. Within five days, students can learn about the complexities and procedures required of a surgical technician, or train to become a certified pharmacy technician. Additionally, the center also provides CPR and first-aid classes.