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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Columbia District Curriculum
In English Language Arts instruction, students in K-2 work to identify key ideas and details within stories. By the end of grade 2, students can read literature and poetry and reading instruction builds in each grade level. For grades 6-12, reading instruction is divided into reading literature and reading for information, and by the end of high school students should use evidence from the text to support analyses of structure, theme, and style. The writing curriculum centers on opinion and informative essays and research writing, with skills in writing building over consecutive years.
Kindergarten Math introduces students to whole numbers in terms of sets of objects, and includes an introduction to shapes within space. By grade 3, students learn to use multiplication and division, to measure perimeter and area, and to understand fractions. Algebraic and geometric constructs form the basis of math instruction for grades 5-8, and high school students take classes focused on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
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SchoolTutoring Academy’s tutoring programs for Columbia 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.
Columbia District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
The curriculum in area schools is aligned with South Carolina’s Common Core State Standards, which are tied to the Education Accountability Act of 1998 and No Child Left Behind Act. The curriculum centers on English Language Arts and Math skills. Students learn foundational language skills that can be translated to disciplines such as History, Science, and technical subjects; these foundational skills include reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The Mathematics curriculum is rooted in functional key concepts and organizing principles that are necessary at all hierarchical levels of mathematics, and each year of instruction builds on the one before.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Columbia Educational News
- School Improvements - South Carolina’s schools have made many key improvements. Graduation rates have risen for the second year in a row, and the number of schools graded “Average” or better has increased. Several South Carolina schools had 2012 graduation rates at 100%, and disparities in graduation rates are decreasing.
- Teaching Community Outreach - History teacher Perry McLeod hosts an annual event that brings students and veterans together. Students thank veterans with valentines, listen to stories of service, and learn from their own acts of community outreach.
- Expanding Early Kindergarten - Research shows that early childhood education is a factor in later success in school. In 2006, South Carolina introduced a pilot 4-year-old kindergarten program, and now the state is considering expanding the program statewide.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Chalk Talk: The Value of Joining the PTA
A broad portfolio of research supports it: when parents are involved in a child’s education, the child does better in school. What’s more, the most important kind of parental involvement may be the kind that takes place on school grounds. The Parent-Teacher Association is one place where parents can get involved—but busy parents have a lot on their plates. Plus, some parents feel that they don’t belong in the PTA; they don’t speak the language of curriculum and fundraising. So, what are some of the reasons to join your local PTA?
One of the main reasons to join the PTA is to have a voice in what happens at your child’s school. At PTA meetings you can hear about upcoming developments and policy changes, and you can speak up on behalf of your child. You’ll also meet lots of other parents and teachers, and you may learn tips and tricks from them. But the number one reason to join the PTA is to show your child that you care. When children know that you’re involved, they feel that someone is backing them—and they’ll work harder because they know you’re waiting in the wings to watch them succeed.