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.
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.
In 1997, one of the largest stock-trading floors in the United States began offering daily coaching sessions to improve the results of a team already averaging about a half-billion dollars’ worth of transactions a day. Within four years, what was a training program for professionals became an educational tool for aspiring traders of all stripes. Through the Internet and a network of visor-wearing messenger pigeons, the academy now serves financial go-getters from across the country with classes, remote coaching, and vital tools for modern moneymaking.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is dedicated to honoring the memory of the men, women, and children lost during the Holocaust by celebrating their lives and legacies and teaching younger generations to recognize and fight injustice and oppression. The Core Exhibition unfolds over three floors and their respective themes: Jewish Life a Century Ago, The War Against the Jews, and Jewish Renewal, where first-person histories, photographs, documentary films, and a rotating collection of artifacts present the story of the Holocaust through the perspectives of those who experienced it. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum features powerful elements such as the Voices of Liberty soundscape of immigrant testimonies, and Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones, an outdoor garden open to the public, allowing all visitors to experience its contemplative space.
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.