In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Picasso's Corner's imaginative artists offer step-by-step instruction to guide students of all skill levels as they craft 16"x20" paintings. Classes, running either two hours Tuesday-Wednesday or three hours Thursday-Saturday, are scheduled at 7 p.m. and include all necessary materials such as acrylic paint, brushes, high-powered paintball guns, easels, aprons, and canvases. Patrons may use provided bottle openers and cups during class to enjoy self-supplied beer, wine, and snacks. The studio's three-hour open-studio sessions offer a more independent painting session devoid of step-by-step instruction and performance-enhancing hugs.
Informed by an ever-growing body of developmental research, classes at The Music Class introduce tots to tunes and concepts that boost creativity and listening skills. In Music Pups (a $72 value) courses, children under 4 years of age gleefully sing, dance, and bang away on rudimentary instruments such as the drums or theremin. Four and 5-year-olds learn concepts of tone and rhythm in the Music Cats course (a $77 value), which lets kids experiment with keyboards before defending their dissertations on the narrative redundancies of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Each 45-minute course meets four times in one month-long segment, and includes CDs for parents to play at home to follow up on in-class tutelage. This Groupon may also be used toward The Music Class' ten-week music courses.
At North Atlanta Fencing Center, students learn to lunge and parry in the Olympic style under a coaching staff that includes USFA-certified instructors, internationally ranked competitors, and former collegiate champions. The center’s programs divide pupils into classes based on age and ability, allowing everyone the opportunity to improve footwork, test strategy, and receive an excellent cardio workout. When not practicing through focused games and drills, swordsmen and women are welcome to challenge each other during an Open Strip session, when they’ll be able to fence until one side emerges victorious or foils are abandoned for a tiebreaking bout of one-on-one tag.
In lieu of studios and backdrops, Jennifer Nicole conducts her sessions on location, where the atmosphere is more fun and real. This is in an effort to give each of her clients a magical memory, and her photography aims to elicit the emotions as if they were living that moment for the first time. Her shoots leave ample room for wardrobe changes and often incorporate props, such as baskets and blankets for newborns. Once her appointments wrap, Jennifer preserves her clients’ favorite photos with prints, online viewing galleries, and DVDs with high-resolution images to help turn those moments into lasting memories.
Signature service: Music production and recording arts
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Reason, Studio One, Apple, Windows
Pro Tip: Bring a list of five to ten questions to ask during Q&A sections