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Q. What is the cost of the school?
A. We offer a reasonable tuition that varies with the grade level. Financial Aid is also available - please inquire about details.

Q. Is this program right for my son or daughter?
A. We believe this program is appropriate for majority of kids. It is true that high performing or gifted kids should thrive in this program. But your child does not need to be considered “gifted” or even be a high math performer currently to benefit from this program. 

Q. Should we wait until the beginning of new semester to enroll?
A. Absolutely not. The material in our courses is modularized so it is easy to enter at any point. The sooner you child starts, the sooner the learning process can begin and we can start working on closing the knowledge gap. So, to the extent classroom spots are available, you should enroll when you are ready – no need to wait for the start of a new semester.

Q. My child struggles with math, will this program help him/her?
A. It depends on why your child struggles. Many kids struggle because they find the material boring and not challenging or because they have never been properly taught. In many cases, the child will have the untapped potential and can benefit from our program.

Q. If my child gets ahead of his/her peers at school, won’t he/she be bored in the regular school?
A. It is the intended objective of our program that the kids will increasingly perceive their regular school math as “easy”. This does not automatically mean that they will be bored. Children thrive on being at the top of their class. They can set an example. They can assist with teaching of the material. They can explore options of skipping grades, which many schools offer. 

Q. Can the parents stay in the class and observe the lessons?
A. In very limited circumstances, we may allow parents to sit in on part of the lessons during their initial exposure to the program so they can get a feel for the classroom dynamics. Otherwise, we ask that parents enjoy the beautiful Wayland Square area while their kids are learning. 

Q. My child is involved in many sports/extracurricular activities, how do I know if we can fit the math program into the child’s schedule?
A. We feel that giving children exposure to a variety of different areas of sports, arts, music, and learning is great! We of course all struggle with prioritizing all these activities.  If you son or daughter is already involved in four or five activities and you are trying to “squeeze in” math, this may be difficult. In our program, kids will typically spend four hours a week between in-class lessons and homework, so you have to make a determination whether our program can fit your child’s tight schedule; or you may also think about re-prioritizing your child’s activities.

Q. What if my child has to miss a class?
A. We usually spend several sessions on one topic, so missing one class is not a huge problem; also, to the extent space is available, your child can attend the session on a different day with appropriate notice. Your child should typically be able to complete homework online.

Q. Should the parents try to help kids with their homework?
A. Yes! If the parents are able to help, by all means! Involved parents contribute greatly to the success of their kids.

Q. How do I keep track of my child’s progress?
A. You will have access to the results of tests and you can also speak to instructor and receive feedback on your child’s progress as well as schedule an in-person meeting with instructor/administration.

Q. We had hired a math tutor for our child a while ago; how is your program different?
A. Our program is very different from tutoring. Tutoring helps kids to catch up or get proficiency in areas of the standard US math curriculum. Our program does not teach to the standard US math curriculum. Our goal is to give your child a more solid math education, and not to “patch up” some trouble areas here and there. Tutoring of course has its role and if it helps your child, by all means keep it.

Q. Do you provide individual tutoring?
A. Our philosophy is that group learning achieves the best results. We do provide individual tutoring upon request, please inquire about details.

Q. If my child enrolls in your program, should we change our approach to the regular school math?
A. No at all. In fact, your child needs to continue to attack the regular school math with fervor, and aim, with the help of our program, to do well in the school math classes.

Q. How soon will I see the benefits of the program?
A. Could be as soon as three months or could take a year or more. A great deal depends on the effort of the child. We do expect that after sufficient amount of time in the program, you will see clear improvement in your child’s math skills. 

Q. What other resources should I be using to help my child with math?
A. You may not need to use any other resources, but to the extent your child has ability to handle additional practice, it will only benefit his or her progress. There are multiple online and book resources that can provide additional help.

 

Is the world built according to a mathematical formula? It is possible. Case in point is the mathematical sequence embedded in many living organisms, like the seashell. Leonardo de Pisa (aka Fibonacci), who is responsible for bringing Arabic number system to Europe, discovered a sequence a thousand years ago. The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers (1,1,2,3,5,8,13 and so on). The expansion of shell’s spirals is governed by this sequence, which seems to provide framework for many other cellular organisms in our world.

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