Enrichment & Skill Building

 

We’ve all been there.  Sometimes you need to take some time to focus on the fundamentals to ensure mastery of core concepts before taking the next steps.  Other times you want to leap ahead, ready and eager to take on new and advanced topics maybe a little earlier than your peers.  Or maybe, ready or not, you just want to learn something because it is plain ol’ interesting!

Foundations

Before students can excel in their everyday classes as well as gain the most from test preparation, a strong foundation is necessary for math and grammar. Our Foundations course is designed to build students’ core academic skills without diving prematurely into standardized testing strategies and techniques. Yet the skills we build will be utilized on the SAT and ACT!
 

Additionally, we will support students’ learning by building specific non-cognitive skills – resiliency, growth mindset, self-control, adaptability, and self-efficacy – and study skills for note-taking, writing, and pre-algebra. The curriculum is delivered through the project and activity-based learning.

 

And beyond academic, non-cognitive, and study skill building, we are going to work with students on their emotional control as it pertains to testing. Every student approaches tests differently. Some get energized. Some get nervous. Some are relaxed. Some are too energized, nervous, or relaxed. Some zip through tests and are always one of the first to finish. Others are more deliberate and require the entire testing time. And yet others far too frequently don’t seem to finish at all.
 

Do you know the one aspect many of these students have in common? They are not aware of the kind of test taker they are.

 

This unique but valuable portion of the program helps students identify what type of test taker they are and how best to harness this insight. This value is not limited to just standardized tests. The school year is filled with tests! Students will enjoy learning how best to leverage their newfound emotional control and carry their new self-awareness and test-taking confidence into their next exam!

 
 

Robotics

This incredibly fun and educational course engages students with activity-based robotics automation and block coding. Students will be programming actual robots and solving real-world problems in this interactive class that strives to inspire students to consider STEM majors and careers.
 

Students don’t need any experience with robotics or coding. This lab-based course leverages small group learning with two or three students per robot to really keep the students interacting with each other, while learning the hard and soft skills necessary to successfully code their robot.

Just like real-life science, students will encounter obstacles (physical and theoretical!) that will motivate them to collaborate to perform complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and perseverance.
 

This course requires students to have one computer per robot, internet access, and an updated operating system. We can get you the technical details if you are interested.

Math

High school math is one of those areas where it is important for more reasons than you can count.  It’s a core subject colleges review closely on transcripts.  It’s a building block not only to college math, but to a world of sciences.  It’s logical.  Theoretical.  Fantastical!  Sorry, we get carried away when thinking about math.

 

We offer an array of classes based on your students’ readiness.  Our most common programs are

 

  • Integrated Math I, II, and III

  • Algebra I, II, and III

  • Pre-Calculus

 

Not sure what math levels your students should tackle?  We’re ready to help.  We offer an efficient math assessment that can indicate which course would be best for a student.  This assessment is complimentary, and included with our math enrichment courses.

Summer Math

When math teachers think of summer, we may often think of the summer slide.  The ten weeks of summer mean not only ten weeks without math but also another four to five weeks at the beginning of the next school year just to get back on track.  Add to that fact that this past second semester's math classes were derailed for many due to the pandemic. 

 

Our summer math courses don’t just stop the summer slide, but address the topics impacted in the spring.  We can propel students ahead, creating a foundation to start the coming school year strong.

 

We take a close look at the curricula typically covered in the first several months of the school year to design customized courses that will fit into your six-week summer program.  Based on the specific needs of your cohort, these courses can be designed to focus on Common Core Math I, II, or III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig, Pre-Calculus, or Statistics.

 

And of course, we leverage our trademark teaching techniques to lead a dynamic class that will keep your students engaged!

Algebra II Enrichment

In this fast-paced review class, students solidify their understanding of three key topics that will reappear again and again in Pre-Calculus, Math Analysis, Calculus and beyond:

  • Systems of Linear Equations

  • Quadratic and Cubic Equations

  • Systems of Linear, Quadratic, and Cubic Equations

English Language Arts

Good writing, good grammar, isn’t just about following rules. It’s also about communicating your ideas more clearly. During this English enrichment course, we teach the rules, but we also teach students to be better communicators, so the important things they have to say get heard.

 

In this course we cover the grammar, creative writing, analytical writing, persuasive writing, and critical reading that makes a real difference in school, on standardized tests, and in life.

The instruction can be custom designed to target rising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th graders.  We can also structure the course for rising 12th graders as a Senior Seminar where students will learn important reading and writing skills that will benefit them beyond high school in college and

career.

Senior Seminar

Your college application essay (personal statement) is your best opportunity to tell colleges who you really are, but so many students fall into the trap of writing the same essay that everyone else is writing.  Learn how to stand out when colleges read your essay by understanding:

  • The types of essay prompts you will see on applications

  • Developing “your story”

  • How to make that story sound unique, and truly express yourself

Intro to Javascript Coding

Javascript is the most popular coding language in the world, present on over 90% of all computers and over 3 billion devices.  It is the native language of web browsers and it is a great language to get started on for students who are interested in:

 

  • Mobile apps

  • Desktop apps

  • Web apps

  • Web servers and application servers

  • Games

  • Database connection

  • And much, much more!

 

In this fun and interactive course students will learn the basics of front and back end coding.  By the end of this course students will have coded a website of their own.

 

The full course consists of 25, two-hour modules, for a total of 50 hours of instruction.  It can be customized for your program to be as short as 20 hours.

 

This class has been offered by TRIO programs as a credit bearing course, and can include a midterm and final exam if desired depending upon your institution's requirements.

 

Requirements:

  • Students will need a desktop or laptop computer with at least 4GB of available internal memory.  

  • If they are using Chromebooks, they will need a USB flash drive with 4GB of memory available to save their work.

  • Students will also need permission to download software from the internet, as we will have them downloading some free programming tools.

Intro to Data Science

Data science is one of the most in demand modern career fields.  Why, you may ask? What is data science? Simply put, it is finding valuable insights and information from data.  Businesses use it to improve production. Hospitals use it to provide better care and save lives. It can drive innovation.  Improve hiring. Redirect education. It is the backbone of artificial intelligence. The uses are endless!  

 

We make this course fun by introducing data sets that students are interested in: sports, video games. . . maybe even coronavirus.  By connecting data science to topics that students are passionate about, we engage them in meaningful conversations that make the numbers come alive.

 

In this course students will be introduced to Python, a powerful web developing language widely used in data science.

 

The full course consists of 10, two-hour modules.  It can be customized to your program’s needs.

 

Students complete this introductory course excited about pursuing careers in data science!

 

Requirements:

  • Students will need a desktop or laptop computer with internal memory.  

  • If they are using Chromebooks, they will need a USB flash drive to save their work.

  • Students will also need permission to download software from the internet, as we will have them downloading some free programming tools.

9th & 10th Grade

Non-Cognitive Skills

This program is designed to support student success in high school by bolstering specific non-cognitive skills – resiliency, growth mindset, self-control, adaptability, and self-efficacy – and study skills for note taking, writing, and algebra.

The curriculum is delivered through project and activity-based learning. The course begins with a fun icebreaker in which students are split into teams. Each day teams will work through a cross-curricular project designed to reinforce grade level math, reading, and writing skills, while at the same time stressing team work and problem solving. The group project is paused twice during each class session, so the students can go through a growth mindset intervention in which they reflect on the challenges they have faced, and how adjusting their attitudes can impact the project outcomes. At the end of this workshop students will be able to articulate specific non-cognitive skills they are using within an academic setting, will be able to use self-control strategies when confronted with challenging academic situations, will be able to plan, assign roles, and execute a project, will be able to effectively take notes using the Cornell Method, and will be able to avoid common middle school writing errors.

11th & 12th Grade

Non-Cognitive Skills

This program is designed to support student success in the transition to college by bolstering specific non-cognitive skills with an emphasis on social skills – optimism, social awareness, conscientiousness, and self-control – and study skills for transition into college. The curriculum is delivered through project and activity-based learning. The week begins with a fun ice-breaker in which students are split into teams. Each day teams will work through a cross-curricular projects designed to reinforce grade level math, reading, and writing skills, while at the same time stressing team work and problem solving. The group project is paused twice during each class session, so the students can go through a growth mindset intervention in which they reflect on the challenges they have faced, and how adjusting their attitudes can impact the project outcomes. At the end of this workshop students will be able to articulate specific non-cognitive skills they are using within a social setting, will be able to plan, assign roles, and execute a project.

Tutoring Lab

Often we receive requests for instructional programs with specific curriculum and lesson plans.  Other times the need is more akin to tutoring or homework help to support students in their understanding of their own school work.  Our Academic Study Hall services do just that. 

 

Generally arranged to have an instructor available a few times a week, we can provide this personalized instruction at your school or institution.  If you are managing multiple locations and want to be particularly mindful of costs, we can even provide these study halls online to efficiently serve a varying number of students week to week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We understand that every program has unique needs, so if you would like to learn more about how we can work together to develop a customized plan that makes sense for your students, families, program, and staff, we would love to chat.  Contact us.

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