Since 1995, Best in Class Education Center's instructors have aided students of all ages?from pre-K tots to high school seniors?in their academic journeys. They calibrate small-group and private math and English lessons that push each student at an individualized pace, helping struggling students catch up to speed or edifying advanced pupils seeking more of a challenge. The tutors give homework assignments for the kids to work on throughout the week, as well as administer weekly tests to assess their progress.
In addition to boosting success in current classes, the staff helps older students ready themselves for post-secondary schooling with SAT prep classes and college admission workshops, which help applicants decide on the right place, craft an impressive personal statement, and shimmy into their dream school's mascot costume before campus visits.
Aspire Education believes that education is the cornerstone of community. Aspire trains students to attain it through a dual curriculum of private tutoring for students, regardless of their ability to pay, and afterschool study halls and test-prep classes for groups. Professional tutors work with youth in a variety of subjects, including math, chemistry, writing, and foreign languages. But these lessons go beyond basic study sessions—tutors build relationships with students while teaching them about mitochondria and how to craft a persuasive argument. Their primary mission, along with helping kids succeed in school, is to transform them into lifelong learners and to inspire new educators.
For the past two decades, Aspire's community reading-buddies program has also been leading the charge for education by working to improve literacy rates. Through this program, high-school and middle-school students receive pedagogical training and act as one-on-one mentors for preschoolers, blending reading activities and games into regular lessons.
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Learning to drive: the most exciting (and nerve-wracking) time in a teenager's life. While some kids are haunted by the ghost of parallel parking, others seem like they were made for the driver's seat. The difference? Often, it's a class from DriversEd.com, which boasts more than 25 years of experience. Their online classes—customized and approved for each state in the US—prep new drivers for the road with a combination of streaming videos, interactive case studies, and engaging activities. Once students master the principles of the motorway, they can prep for their exam with the site's practice tests. In addition to helping student drivers on the way to their first vroom, DriversEd.com also offers remedial traffic school and defensive driving courses for those who need to brush up behind the wheel.
As you might expect, students at Barefoot Movement aren’t required to bring footwear when they take part in up to 40 weekly yoga classes. Yoga classes range from vigorous to restorative variations, and also include sessions for pre- or postnatal moms, barefoot bodywork sessions, and training for prospective yoga teachers.
Delicious as they may be, wines have one major flaw: they can’t speak for themselves. That’s where the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance steps in. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Oakland, the EBVA has since cultivated a kinship with more than 20 innovative urban wineries. The alliance acts much like a farmer’s market for wine: it creates buzz and awareness about the breakthrough wineries in the East Bay so winemakers don't have to pour buckets of their vino from blimps to get the word out. More than just the sources of award-winning varietals, the wineries that compose the EBVA also carry a high level of consumer consciousness and environmental responsibility.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.