Since 2010, the scene at Hub City Fencing Academy has been the same. An instructor gives the signal and students leap into action, foils and sabers flashing as they lunge and parry. Head Coach Rich Beischer and his team of decorated coaches – most competed at the D-I collegiate level – lead lessons and training camps for all levels of fencer, including kids, active competitors, and those who just want to press elevator buttons with more panache. The instructors make it their goal to not only teach the physical techniques of fencing, but also the discipline and maturity that come from committing to a sport. Parents can get their children started in the healthy, mind-sharpening sport at a young age through the private Mommy (or Daddy) & Me lessons, which teach duelists up to age 7 basic skills alongside a participating parent.
With more than 350 videos across three scientific disciplines, Biology, Chemistry, Physics gives students a self-guided way to prepare for classes and tests such as the SAT and MCAT. The courses cover an extensive list of topics in each field, such as the pathways of cellular respiration, the periodic table, and the law of conservation of energy, which means turning off all the lights when you leave the physics lab. Each narrated video contains slideshow notes and hand-drawn figures, which serve as visual aids for the complex subject matter.
WHIZard Academy Academy has helped students better grasp concepts in math and English for the past 25 years. The academy tailors its programs to each individual's abilities, ensuring that students can learn at their own pace. Kindergartners up to high school seniors can benefit from programs in math, reading, writing, and foreign languages. They also have skilled tutors teaching their customized SAT and ACT prep classes, which can help students' chances when applying to college.
ALOHA (Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic) is a mathematics tutoring program that was originally developed for Malaysian children. Small group classes meet after school for step-by-step instruction from a qualified teacher or sentient abacus. The program has more than 3,000 centers in countries such as India, Thailand, Philippines, China, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, and UAE, and it was introduced to the United States in 2006. It also offers tutoring in reading and writing.
In 1977, career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their mission to give every child the best education possible is still going strong. They use an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student?s particular needs.
Due to their success in helping K?12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills, there are currently 260 Huntington franchises open nationwide.
The certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child?s skills, academic needs and potential for growth. Tutors note student response to different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child?s learning style. Teachers adhere to the company?s code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality, encouraging students to improve grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
At Sword Martial Arts, Grand Master Jin K. Seong oversees devotees training in the ancient martial art of kendo, or kumdo, a form of sword fighting nearly 2,000 years old. A member of the International Kendo Federation with internationally recognized rankings, Sword Martial Arts ensures student safety by wrapping combatants in protective gear before they spar to hone self-discipline, develop confidence, and learn how to defeat the black knight's ghost in their attic. Though it originated as a form of combat, kendo's modern form focuses on respect for others and protection of the weak. Mook-sang meditation sessions bookend each lesson, focusing minds on the kendo philosophy and bringing pupils closer to the purity of heart most often found in baby unicorns. The academy’s schedule of classes invites neophytes and younger students to drill in foundational techniques, whereas students 15 and older grip the hilt of bamboo or metal swords under the watchful guidance of expert instructors.