Frequently Asked Questions about our Academic Enrichment Program

After assessment and placement, students work closely in the fields of Math and English.  A+ English classes focus on active reading and writing skills. Active Reading is instrumental in helping students understand ALL TYPES of written work, from English novels to scientific articles. Active reading and writing challenges students to:

  • Critically engage with the texts they read.
  • Ask incisive questions to demonstrate comprehension.
  • Deeply probe the theme, tone and style of texts.
  • Effectively communicate their ideas in a clear and thoughtful way.
  • Compose and revise well-structured, organized and eloquent essays.

 

In Math class, our rigorous mathematics curriculum covers everything from basic skills to advanced mathematical concepts and how to apply them to the real world beyond the classroom. A+ Math emphasizes:

  • Inspiring advanced thinking by working with challenging course materials.
  • Mastering and solving complex word problems.
  • Practicing effective test-taking strategies for improved grades.
  • Reinforcing math skills through an assessment battery of homework, quizzes and a final exam.

ASC teachers are all highly-trained professionals who specialize in their field. 

Our teachers have graduated from many of the top schools around the nation, including Ivy League schools such as Harvard University, Brown University, and Columbia University. All are state-certified and many teach in Boston Public Schools. We even employ instructors with backgrounds in special needs education as well as in English as a Second Language.

We have 10-15 students per class. 

Teachers use a variety of teaching methodologies to present our curriculum to a wide group of students.  

By working with a smaller group of students, teachers can pay attention to smaller details (errors and successes) that larger public room classes cannot take the time to discuss.  In effect, students return to the regular classroom with added training, confidence, and strength in the related fields of academia. Teachers also communicate with our staff members regularly regarding student progress. If a student is excelling, the student will be given more advanced work and maybe recommended to move to a higher level and if a student is struggling with the concepts, teachers will provide additional materials to students to reinforce concepts and work closely with them to ensure that the student is understanding the material.

ASC Boston has developed its very own English reading and writing curriculum using consultants from both the private and public education industries in order to maximize teaching efficiency and to avoid learning redundancy. We are proud to announce the introduction of Singapore Math into our 2012-2013 mathematics curriculum.

We have offices in Boston near Brookline and Downtown. 

The tuition fees depend from class to class. A list of the tuition fees can be found here.

Classes during the school year are divided by grade level but depending on the results of the placement test, the student may be placed in a class different from one’s school grade. 

ASC curriculum is geared toward engaging students and encouraging rapid improvement.  Our goal is to encourage students to develop a genuine interest in and curiosity for each subject.  Furthermore, as our facilitators work with a smaller group of students, they can pay attention to smaller details (errors and successes) that larger public room classes cannot take the time to discuss.  In effect, students return to the regular classroom with added training, confidence, and strength in the related fields of academia.

80 percent or more of our ISEE students achieve the scores they need to enter Boston Latin School.

On average, our SAT students see score increases of 150-375 points between their diagnostic test and their final exam. Students have even seen total score increases of up to 870 points.

While the public schools emphasize learning, exercise, and review of math, Singapore Math methods emphasize in-depth exploration of mathematical principles that can be applied to all areas of their learning. A complete description of our Singapore Math curriculum can be found here.

Students should take a placement test in order to determine their current abilities as well as their eligibility for more advanced classes.

This program aids as enrichment to the regular school experience.  It also offers students who are advanced in their regular school experience extra challenges.  Because students are assessed prior to entering into each session, the program will challenge each student at their individual levels. Skilled teachers also work closely with a smaller group of students to encourage student growth to grade level and beyond.

Students in our Summer English and Math Enrichment courses will be placed among other students who have just finished their same grade level. The summer curriculum will address the materials that will be learned in their September classes. For example, a student who has just finished 5th grade in June will be placed among other “5th grade” students. However, these “5th graders” will be getting a head start on the upcoming academic year by learning 6th grade materials.

No. Our Summer Program offers academic enrichment courses, with optional full-day activities that are related to their in-class learning. Students do not stay overnight at ASC, nor do they perform camp activities like swimming or boating. We are unable to make formal invoices or receipts that recognize our program as a “camp” for these reasons.

You may call our Main Office at 617-730-3705 or e-mail aplusinfo@ascenglish.com in order to obtain a formal receipt of your payments.

Please call 617-730-3705 for our tax ID number or for a formal invoice.

Book and material fees vary by class and by session. Our instructors work diligently to select the best materials for your students, while keeping cost-effectiveness in mind. Some textbooks may even be used for more than one session.

Upon intake, students will take a placement test. 

Each year our students improve over 100-150 points from their diagnostic scores. Over 90 % of our students get admitted into Boston Latin School upon completion of our ISEE training classes. 

It generally takes about two hours to complete Math and English homework. For math class, we strictly use the homework portal that allows students to have access to doing practice problems for over thousands of math skills, if they are enrolled in a class. Students are generally assigned 4-5 different math skills based on the topic of the lesson, and 2-3 English skills on homework portal in addition to reading and writing assignments. 

Our Saturday program runs from Sept- June and we have summer sessions for July and August. Most classes Level classes from Grade 1-8 are from 9 am-12 pm and most specialized classes are from 1-4 pm (Sept- June) and 2-5 pm (Summer sessions) 

Teachers can help reinforce critical, key concepts in the fields of Math and English for the student requiring review. If you have concerns, please feel free to talk with program administrators. 

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