The Spanish immersion workshop is open for beginning to intermediate speakers and includes four hours (10 a.m.–2 p.m.) of interactive language instruction with passionate native speakers. The experienced instructors at Lazos de Amistad will help participants tap into their inner linguist to expand their communication skills and help cross language and cultural barriers. Activities may include listening comprehension, board games, multicultural high fives, role-playing, and discussing Spanish short stories and newspapers. When the tongue shrivels like an armadillo in a sauna from over-enunciation, enjoy complimentary cold or hot beverages to regain your vociferous pipes.
When you ride a bike or jump rope, knowledge of the science behind the actions won't help you perform them as well as practice will. Test prep is more than content review, it puts fundamental test-taking strategies and skills into practice so that you can best utilize all that stuff you worked so hard to learn. Your 90-day LSAT prep course includes six full-length practice tests, 30 online workshops, and more than 800 real LSAT questions with explanations. The three-month-long GMAT course includes eight lessons to raise your score, 300 simulated GMAT questions with explanations, and five full-length computer adaptive tests.
Manhattan Elite Prep's staff of teachers and consultants carries firsthand experience navigating the complicated labyrinth of school admissions. Some were students whose high test scores and poignant essays got them into top PhD and Ivy League MBA programs. Some consultants served on admissions committees of coveted schools and know what experience, qualities, and acrobatic feats make student applications stand out. Now, this team of insiders at a firm with more than 10 years of experience pools its knowledge to help students who are serious about acing tests and placing in their top schools. They emphasize efficiency, packing as much information as they can into the time allotted, and exceeding beyond minimum requirements. Courses covering entrance tests teach students to work smarter, ruling out wrong answers and budgeting their time wisely, and essay consultants pare down applications to deliver rich content in a limited word count. Customers may complete classes online or interact in-person with their instructors as well as fellow students.
First Class, Inc., is dedicated to short-term educational programs and has been serving up classes to D.C.-area adults for almost 30 years. Directed by Debra Leopold, the center provides a wide variety of classes in a wide variety of categories, so accountants can get in touch with their artistic side and artists can learn to balance their dwindling checkbooks. Each class is two hours along, unless otherwise stated. Learn to make soap, bath salts, and more ($39) for a cost-effective beauty regimen, or take Intro to Professional Voice-Overs ($45) and finally realize a dream of adding narration to Computer Beach Party. Online classes ($129 each) let potential pilgrims progress toward goals from the comfort of home, covering a range of topics from the ins and outs of grant writing to conversational French.
In 2007, Pace Beattie had an inkling that his life was about to change. He had discovered hot yoga—a discipline that integrates meditation with rigorous exercise—and resolved to pursue it as his vocation. He saw this as a long-term vision; something he would do after retiring from finance and moving back to his hometown of Greenville.
Then, everything changed: In the eight weeks that bridged 2008 and 2009, he lost his job and his mother passed away. In the aftermath, he scrutinized his life and realized: The time is now. Pace enrolled in workshops and conferences, completing levels I and II of the Baron Baptiste teacher-training program. He moved to Greenville, recruited a team of highly specialized teachers, and opened Southern Om.
Today, having boldly charted his own path, Pace equips others to do the same. He fosters self-discovery through two styles of hot yoga: Southern 26 and Southern Flow, a form of power yoga in which students sweat out sweet tea. These classes serve beginners and experienced practitioners alike, incorporating modifications that support alignment.
Closing the opportunity gap for middle-school youth—that’s what Higher Achievement, DC Metro is all about. The organization works to help all students, regardless of their circumstances, achieve their potential in school and beyond. To that end, rigorous after-school and summer academic programs impart Higher Achievement’s scholars with the confidence, skills, and character necessary to succeed. Youth in 5th through 8th grade work with mentors on core subjects such as literature, mathematics, and science, spending an additional 650 hours outside school on their futures. This academic work, which is aligned with state standards, combines with field trips to local colleges as well as high-school placement services and community-service opportunities. And the statistics speak. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement’s scholars advance to top academic high-school programs, 94% graduate from high-school on time (nearly double the rate of their peers), and 93% advance to college.