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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Altoona District Curriculum
Elementary grades are an introduction to new skills and ideas, helping K-6 students gain experience and master concepts, to then build on as they develop. Junior high grades are centered on the educational needs of adolescents as they transition between elementary school and high school. High school years are an opportunity for students to select courses and electives specific to potential college and career interests, developing necessary skills for entering the workforce.
Once in high school, they will still be core classes required for all graduates, but the subjects of these courses as well as their electives will be different. Students also have the opportunity to pursue other options such as dual enrollment and Advanced Placement classes. These offer students rigorous coursework and the chance to earn college credit while still in high school.
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SchoolTutoring Academy’s tutoring programs for Altoona students start with a free academic assessment with an Academic Director. Our flagship tutoring programs are available for $199.99/month which include regular one-on-one tutoring, academic mentorship, bi-monthly progress reports, learning profiles, and parental conference calls.
Altoona District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
Students in the Altoona area attend either Southeast Polk Community School District. Teaching and learning follow Iowa Core Curriculum – a student-based approach used for implementing high academic expectations for all students at each grade level. Instruction focuses on research-based standards in literacy, mathematics and essential concepts and skills in the subjects of science and social studies. Instruction also emphasizes learning and application of 21st century skills – civic literacy, financial literacy, technology literacy, health literacy, and employability skills.
We currently cover the following Altoona-area school district: Southeast Polk Community School District.
Keeping Informed: Recent Altoona Educational News
- Summer Fun - Make it a point to bring the kids to Adventureland of America sometime this summer. Filled with hundreds of rides, from the extreme to the simple, Adventureland has something for thrill seekers of every age. There amusement park also includes Adventure Bay, a water park to keep the family cool. You may even be able to catch a performance or show the day you’re at the park, scheduled many days during the summer.
- SPHS in Softball Regional Finals - The Southeast Polk high school softball team is playing in the regional finals!! The high school team plays Cedar Rapids Kennedy, with home field advantage. In support of the team, fans were asked to wear black as part of a “blackout.” Congratulations!
- Career Exploration at Willowbrook - As one of the final lessons of the school year, second, third and fourth graders at Willowbrook participated in career exploration. Students in second and third grade learned about the idea of career clusters and that various careers that fit within a cluster. Students in fourth grade learned about the idea of multiple intelligences - each person possesses different strengths and interests both of which explains how one learns best and the type of career one may be involved in later in life. As part of the lesson, students were able to use a web-based program to engage them further in exploring career possibilities.
Testimonials and Case Studies from Our Parents
SchoolTutoring Academy has played an important role in improving our son’s confidence and attitude towards school. His grades have also improved steadily throughout the school year.
My daughter was very self-conscious about her difficulties with the math section of the SAT. SchoolTutoring Academy’s Academic Directors created an action plan that boosted my daughter’s score and confidence level.
SchoolTutoring Academy has not only improved my son’s standardized test scores but also his high school math and English grades. Test Prep Academy has not only improved my son’s standardized test scores but also his high school math and English grades.
SchoolTutoring Academy Increased My SAT Score By 200 Points
My son’s math marks in high school have always been weak so I found it very beneficial that his ACT tutor worked on solidifying his fundamentals while prepping for the ACT.
SchoolTutoring Academy gave my daughter the confidence she needed to boost her SAT score Thank you!
SchoolTutoring has played an important role in improving our son’s confidence and attitude towards school. His grades have also improved steadily throughout the school year.
My daughter was able to improve her test scores after a few months of tutoring with SchoolTutoring. However, while raising test scores is great, the real payoff is in the self-confidence that she gained.
I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank-you! My son is very impressed with his tutor and looks forward to each session. What’s particularly amazing about this is our son has never really looked forward to math or school for that matter!
We are so happy with the results of your tutoring program and academic support. Homework time was such a stressful evening for the entire evening before we brought your tutors into our home. Thank you for all your help!
Our daughter, a first grader, struggled with basic reading and handwriting. When she began with SchoolTutoring she was almost a year behind her class. Within a year of being enrolled, she is reading above her grade level and has the confidence to match.
One-on-one learning with a certified private in-home tutor
Tutoring at your child's pace & schedule - available 7 days a week
Personalized instruction in the comfort of your home
Tutors that are highly-qualified K-12 and university educators
Our instructors hail from Harvard, Stanford, Duke and other top institutions
Our tutors are different from the ones you find in your neighborhood
Staff Tutors with Outstanding Credentials
Our educators have graduated from top academic institutions, and many of them have achieved in the 90th percentile or higher on standardized tests. Equally importantly, they enjoy coaching students across a variety of subject areas and standardized tests
Educators Beyond What You Find Down the Block
Students work collaboratively with their private tutor who is a top-notch college graduate well beyond the academic caliber that you’ll typically find in your neighbourhood
Experienced Academic Directors to Create and Adjust Learning Plans
Every student is paired up with both a private tutor and an Academic Director responsible for creating a comprehensive learning plan and constantly tweeking it to optimize for results
Fully Customized Programs with Regular Progress Reports
With regular progress reports and archived copies of your lessons, you can easily track your progress and review concepts from past lessons
Meet Our Tutors
Each of them is highly-qualified K-12 and university educators
My name is Michelle O. and I am a certified Calculus Tutor from Bloomington,
My name is Davis H. and I am a certified English Tutor from Greenville, South Carolina.
My name is Jane W. and I am certified SAT/ACT Tutor from San Diego, California.
My name is Ken B. and I am a certified Math and Statistics Tutor from California.
My name is Kevin L. and I am a certified Social Studies Tutor from Guelph, Ontario.
My name is Daniel C. and I am a High School Math, English and Economics.
My name is Amy B. and I am a Math, English Tutor from Darlington, South Carolina.
My name is Owen M. and I am a Math, English, Languages, ACT Tutor from Dundas, Ontario.
My name is Daniel H. and I am an English, ACT, SAT, Social Studies Tutor from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
My name is Akosua A. and I am a Math, Science, English, ACT Tutor from Brampton, Ontario.
My name is Davis H. and I am a certified Math, Science, English Tutor from Greenville, South Carolina.
My name is Jania B. and I am a Math, English Tutor from Eight Mile, Alabama.
Chalk Talk: School Vaccines
Vaccines are most often talked about as your child becomes of school age. Most states require students to be vaccinated prior to beginning kindergarten, with some vaccines due or to be kept up to date during the early grade levels. The requirements are based on doctor recommendations and specific to the child’s age. Vaccines protect your child and others and can save money and time (less spent on doctor visits or medicine, less time out of school). Vaccinations are a means of keeping your child healthy and helping them avoid illnesses such as the chicken pox. Summer is the perfect time to make sure your child is up-to-date on their vaccines. Make your child’s physical appointment to ensure they are ready for the first day of school. Check your school’s recommended immunization schedule to learn what vaccines are required for their upcoming grade level.