Curriculum and Philosophy

Topics addressed:

Strategy:

  • Inference and reasoning
  • Reading for speed and accuracy
  • Overview of holistic scoring
  • Educated guessing

Content:

  • Math: Algebra and functions, transformations, exponents and logarithms, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability

  • English: Etymology and root words, literary devices, conventions of grammar and usage, essay structure and execution

  • Science Reasoning (ACT): Interpreting data, reading graphs

Cur • ric • u • lum (n): A Course of Study

The word curriculum comes from the Latin root “curricle” which refers to a race (on a track or “course”) or a racing chariot, the kind pulled by two horses, side by side. Our curriculum, too, is driven by two equal forces: strategy and content.

Many test prep programs focus solely on strategy, or how to take the test. As experienced classroom teachers, we know that a balanced approach is more effective. Students need to review and master subjects that will appear on the test while also learning how to approach the test itself.

Phi • los • o • phy (n): A Guiding Set of Principles

The word philosophy comes from the Greek “philo” (love) and “sophia” (knowledge). Our love for teaching and our experience-based knowledge are what drive our educational philosophy. We teach our courses according to the following principles:

• All students can learn and all students can improve their test scores through in-class attentiveness and at-home practice (which we provide for all students).

• A student who is engaged in the classroom is better equipped to perform well on the test. In other words, kids learn more if they’re enjoying themselves! Our classroom approach actively engages students in their own learning rather than allowing them to be passive observers.

• Students build test-taking confidence through increased familiarity with content and repeated practice of test-taking strategies.