Noble Desktop instructors have been teaching graphic and web development skills since 1991. And though their curricula may have changed over the years, their commitment to hands-on learning hasn't. Using what they call the "learn, then practice method," instructors write custom workbooks for their students, who then practice the lessons on classroom computers. Because Macs and PCs are provided, students don't have to bring their own laptops or weird glowing roommates named HAL. Class topics range from software- and site-specific techniques to broader topics in the field of web development. Before they decide on a field of study to pursue, prospective students can attend a Noble Desktop free seminar, which are designed to give people a taste of the Noble teaching philosophy before they enroll.
ALOHA (Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic) is a mathematics tutoring program that was originally developed for Malaysian children. Small group classes meet after school for step-by-step instruction from a qualified teacher or sentient abacus. The program has more than 3,000 centers in countries such as India, Thailand, Philippines, China, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, and UAE, and it was introduced to the United States in 2006. It also offers tutoring in reading and writing.
Made up of certified New York City teachers, the staff of Infinity Test Prep has a unique grasp on the competitive nature of the metropolis’s school system, something usually only understood by the professors living in public schools’ vents. As such, they can help students get a foot in the door of the city’s top specialized and private high schools with their extracurricular academic, art, and dance classes. Instructors keep classes small—at or below the 30-pupil mark—to ensure learners stay engaged and efficiently soak up new knowledge, whether it’s a technique for acing the PSAT or a relaxing yoga pose. Available sessions also include drama and guitar lessons with a working actor and musician, Chinese lessons with bilingual teachers, and college-counseling workshops with a high-school guidance counselor to determine if a potential campus and student-to-water-fountain ratio are right for one’s child.
After requiring tutoring themselves—and being displeased with the results—Tutor the People founders Eliza Morrison and Andrew Nimmich wanted to offer students verified expertise in a variety of courses. To ensure the highest caliber of instruction, they hire educators who hold master’s or doctorate degrees in the subjects they teach. Whether individuals are preparing for standardized tests, such as the LSAT, GRE, MCAT, and GMAT, or independent subjects including creative writing and biochemistry, they can expect expert advice and instruction.
Montessori schools are based on the simple yet revolutionary idea that children learn best when they teach themselves. In mixed-age classrooms full of colorful learning materials, Montessori schools meld education and play in a teaching method more effective than traditional programs of lectures and dictionary smoothies. The Lower East Side Montessori School is no exception, with programs aimed at toddlers as young as 18 months and preschoolers up to 5 years old. Under gentle guidance from the instructors, kids explore the facility and develop their deliberative, initiative, and emotional skills at their own pace. Teachers do not dictate an education, they curate it, resulting in children who are not only eager to learn, but able to guide their own growth process.
Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.