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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Mendota District Curriculum

Math instruction focuses on deep conceptual understanding, with students solving real-world problems and collaborating with classmates. The development of 21st century learning skills and the implementation of instructional technology are infused into aspects of the math curriculum. Students math literacy, including understanding word problems, reading graphs and charts, and being able to describe their math thinking are goals. Further on, quantitative and logical reasoning skills are goals of the curriculum.

One goal of the math curriculum is for students to develop fluency in problem-solving. Fluency does not necessarily mean that calculations have to be memorized; although, this is indicated at times (for example, by third grade, students should be able to recall all single digit sums and products by memory). It is essential that students be afforded with abundant practice in order to gain this fluency. This ability also serves in the development of mental math skills which students will find practical applications for in their life.

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SchoolTutoring Academy’s tutoring programs for Mendota 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.

Mendota District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs

The districts which serve Mendota’s students follow the Illinois Learning Standards which recommend the learning objectives that should guide teachers lesson planning. The objectives include the key skills and knowledge within each topic of a subject and also suggests the scope and sequence that learning should take. General learning outcomes of the curriculum include the ability to think critically and to develop independence in learning. The hope is that students will take responsibility for their own learning in order to become self-guided, engaged learners who achieve success academically and in their own lives.

We currently cover the following Mendota-area school districts: Mendota Consolidated Community School District 289 and Mendota Township High School District 280.

Keeping Informed: Recent Mendota Educational News

  • MHS Clubs and Activities - There are a number of groups that high schoolers can join that may dovetail with their interests. Students at Mendota High School who are interested in the arts can participate in the Drama Club. FFA is open to those with an interest in agriculture. There is also a variety of sports teams for students to join.
  • Mendota Booster Club - The Mendota Booster Club is a group of parents and community members who aim to support the extracurricular activities at the high school. The group also works to increase parent involvement and liaison with the school administrators to make sure students are receiving the best opportunities.
  • District Report Card - The school report card for District 280 was issued by the state and provides families with information about how their school is doing in meeting the objective of educating all students to the standards. Information about test scores, graduation rates, college acceptance rates, advanced academic opportunities, and other categories are available in the report card.

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Tutoring at your child's pace & schedule - available 7 days a week
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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.

My name is Jania B. and I am a Math, English Tutor from Eight Mile, Alabama.

Chalk Talk: Early Action vs. Early Decision

Two of the most popular application types are Early Action (EA) and Early Decision (ED). They are both early, due in November, and both promise a fairly quick response, usually before the end of the calendar year. The biggest difference between the two is that Early Decision is a binding application, which means that students sign a contract agreeing to attend that college if accepted. Because of this, Early Decision applications have a significantly higher acceptance rate than Regular Decision applications. Early Action tend to be lumped in with these, but aren’t favored quite as much. Of course, Early Decision being binding could be a drawback for some. If a student is offered a better financial aid package, for example, but can’t take it because of applying Early Decision, this could be a real problem.


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