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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Waterloo District Curriculum
There are many high school options available to students so that they have a level of choice in determining what they study. During freshman and sophomore year, many electives are available to help them recognize areas of interest. There are also advanced and honors courses available, which students should be preparing for during their first years of high school as well. Students can also take on an independent study which may focus on one topic or take an interdisciplinary approach. There are also career-technical courses available for students interested in studying topics related to a future career.
The curriculum stresses critical thinking skills across divisions. Students learn to tackle problems using logic. They also learn critical reading skills by reading a variety of challenging, complex texts in varying formats, for comprehension but also structural questions and authorial intent. They learn analytical writing skills and develop opinions about their reading, which they discuss and write about using information they’ve gathered to support their ideas. Oral presentations are also emphasized so that students can show what they have learned.
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SchoolTutoring Academy’s tutoring programs for Waterloo 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.
Waterloo District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
The curriculum used in the Waterloo Community Unit School District follows the Illinois Learning Standards, which are internationally referred, rigorous standards intended to ensure a quality, equal education for all students. Faculty, staff, and other students model accountability. Students are expected to make healthy life choices to benefit themselves, both physically, psychically, and socially. Students are taught to take responsibility for their own actions and their own education. The hope is that engaged students will be more likely to pursue success and to be engaged in their own communities after graduation.
We currently cover the following Waterloo-area school district: Waterloo Community Unit School District No. 5.
Keeping Informed: Recent Waterloo Educational News
- Waterloo Foundation for Excellence - Community members have organized the Waterloo Foundation for Excellence to promote academic achievement and excellence in classroom experiences for the students. Through fundraising, the group is able to support teacher grants, students scholarships, and support extracurricular activities.
- WCUSD5 Wellness Team - A new initiative in the district is the WCUSD5 Wellness Team, which has both online and in-person resources available. The group promotes wellness among students, staff and families and works on developing activities for everyone to participate in. Parents who are interested in participating in these initiatives should contact the department.
- New Illinois State Standards - The district provides resources for parents to understand the changes made to the curriculum. The new Illinois State Standards for English Language Arts and Math are described on a grade-by-grade basis so that parents can understand what is expected of their children.
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.
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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.
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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!
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.
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My name is Davis H. and I am a certified Math, Science, English Tutor from Greenville, South Carolina.
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Chalk Talk: College Interviews
The first thing to consider when being interviewed by a college representative is who is interviewing you. Is it an admissions representative or an alumni? If it’s an alumni, this might not have the desired impact. Many alumni who conduct interviews are simply sharing information about the college. They often aren’t trained, and they don’t have much influence. It might not be worth the time. Some are, of course, and their recommendations can hold weight, but a good rule of thumb is to aim to have a member of the admissions committee conduct the interview, even if that means doing it over Skype or some such way; even though it isn’t in person, it will hold more weight. Of course, not all colleges offer interviews, and if they don’t, pursuing one probably isn’t as valuable.