A frequent finalist for Best Comedy Club according to Ventura County Reporter's readers, Ventura Improv Company offers the only improv comedy in Ventura and has been eliciting chortles and guffaws with family-friendly farce for the past 21 years. The VIC's veteran comedic combatants perform unscripted comedy through scenes, games, and music created on the spot. The VIC performs shows such as Spontaneous Broadway, a full-length musical whose plot is conceived through audience suggestions, and TheatreSports Team Match, a two-team battle where competitors perform a challenge set by the host.
Programs After School takes an artistic approach to science, technology, engineering, and math. To get to the moon, they argue, a scientist must first draw the path, imagine the vehicle, and design the components. All the better if those steps can be accomplished without wasting precious or rare manufacturing materials. They only way to accomplish such a feat is through visual art.
The teachers uses blend of Montessori and Waldorf methods, pitching simple, fun activities to students to get them engaged. They report that most of the learning in their classrooms almost feels like an accident on the student's part, since they're just engaged in making art and having fun. Through the fun, they engage with topics such as space exploration, the natural world, and the techniques of painting masters of yore.
Silver Tutoring's Jacob Silver believes a tutor should only work in his or her best subjects, and for him that means math and English. He's a master of areas such as algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. In the writing realm, his expertise is in grammar and composition rules. During private sessions, Jacob works with kids towards their understanding of these subjects. He can also tutor online.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers 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 a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-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. Camps and 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.
Applying to college can cause students anxiety and uncertainty about their future. To ease these concerns, Veritas Prep leads SAT and GMAT preparation courses that have garnered media attention from the likes of the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek. The company's SAT and GMAT instructors, all of whom boast scores within their respective test's 99th percentile, host lessons online or in classrooms in 70 cities worldwide. For the SAT prep course, they help students develop strategies and finger-tapping rhythms to use on each part of the test. For the GMAT, they teach how to think logically, solve problems, and avoid trap questions—skills students can hone with more than 3,000 practice problems. Both courses also grant access to practice tests, online study materials, and online tutoring.
Alternatively, Veritas Prep can counsel prospective graduate students through each step of their application; the company's director of admissions consulting even hand selects a consultant for each applicant. Consultants and applicants then work together on applications to medical, law, or MBA programs. Together they practice interview questions, craft essays, and train for the admission committee's obstacle course.