LEAP for English!
Raise skills by 60% or more as you progress through our program!
Our English Language Arts program is progressive, constructive, and intensive but with achievable goals and high rigor and expectations. As a result, the more students commit to the process and development of our program, the better their skills will become.
In so doing, students in our program can see marked improvement of up to 60% or more improvement from their current skills and understanding in the following ways upon completion of our program:
Overall Quality of Written Work in School
College Preparatory Skills
Improved performance in reading, critical thinking, speaking, and writing
Standardized assessment scores for English
Early preparation for higher grade levels and advanced coursework
College writing and testing preparation
Development of self-efficacy, time management, discipline, and focus
Preparation for rigor, discipline and quality to meet college expectations and requirements
Cultivation of leadership, presentation, critical thinking and metacognition skills
Our English curriculum prepares students to meet and exceed Core Standards. This program has 5 different levels; each level has a 2-semester curriculum that addresses the variety of skills and concepts students need:
To have consistent and thorough practice and application
To be ahead of their current grade
To cover current gaps in school learning
To be prepared standardized assessments
To be college-bound and college-ready
To be ready for AP, Honors, and/or IB courses
To advance and support homeschooling education
To improve professional and business communications
Each program is offered at the various levels based on students’ current understanding and needs to cover gaps in their learning and skills. To understand more deeply about our programs, click here.
Each level c provides a thorough and systematic learning of the concepts for
Practice and development
Constructive building of understanding and skill sets
Meaningful and real-life application
There are 3 different programs to choose from. Learn more about them here.
Our E-Levels for the ELA Programs
Our English Language Arts program is designed with core foundations in the curriculum, such as reading analysis, critical thinking, logical reasoning, writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and much more. Learn more about it here.
The curriculum is designed with specific E-Levels. These levels address a range of skills and concepts for students to develop, practice, and advance in. Each level consists of 2-semesters worth of curriculum to ensure consistent practice and application as they weave new concepts with learned skills through the program.
This is the recommended breakdown for each E-Level:
E2: for advanced 5th graders, committed 6th graders, and catching up 7th graders
E3: for advanced 6th graders, committed 7th graders, catching up 8th graders, and college-bound students who have not had enough ELA preparation
E4: for advanced 7th graders, committed 8th graders, catching up 9th graders, and college-bound students who need further ELA preparation for community and traditional college
E5: for advanced 8th graders, committed 9th graders, catching up 10th graders, and college-ready students who need to improve their ELA skills for traditional college and top-tier university
E6: for advanced 9th graders, committed 10th graders, catching up 11th graders, and college-ready students who need to advance their ELA skills for top-tier universities
To learn about our 4 programs, click here.
1. Question: If I decide on an E-level for my child and then find that it's too hard or too easy, can we jump to a different level during the semester?
Answer: Students need time to get acquainted with our rigor and approach Their performance will clearly indicate if the curriculum and rigor is too easy for them or if they need some time and patience with it. The beauty of private sessions is that the curriculum can be customized to meet their skills and needs very easily. We can spend more or less time on various concepts and keep pace with their abilities.
2. Question: When does my child move to the next level?
Answer: Each E-level contains 2 semesters worth of curriculum. But this can be expanded and paced based on the student's skills and needs. Typically, students will need to finish both semesters at the one level and maintain 80% or higher to be ready for the next level. Some students may need an extra semester at the same level to maximize progress. In other cases, some may need just one semester. We pay close attention to their performance and will be the first ones to tell you if they are ready to move up.
3. Question: My child is high/low in reading, how do I know which E-level will be the right fit?
Answer: Typically, these are the authors assigned for each level:
E2: Katherine Paterson, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Elisa Carbone, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
E3: John Boyne, Jane Austen, Grace Lin, Mark Twain, Deborah Ellis, Elie Wiesel, and others
E4: Charles Dickens, Linda Sue Park, Charlotte/Emily Bronte, Markus Zusak, Mildred D. Taylor, and others
E5: Sophocles, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harper Lee, Arthur Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lorraine Hansberry, and others
E6: Shakespeare, Albert Camus, Franz Kafka, and others
4. Question: What type of homework do students complete each week?
Answer: We utilize all sorts of assignments and assessments: Discussions, prepared oral reading responses, tests, quizzes, essays/writing paragraphs, writing sentences, and oral presentations. We have a heavy focus on writing and application of concepts through writing. In other words, learning grammar will involve applying the grammar in specific writing assignments as well as short quizzes. Similarly, learning vocabulary and spelling will involve applying them through writing in addition to standardized test formats. Programs 1-3 are tailored to the student's needs and focuses on reading, writing, oral responses, and discussions with more emphasis on constructive feedback than on finite grades.
5. Question: How much time will students need per week to do the homework?
Answer: This really depends on the child and the assignments. Some weeks may take longer, while other weeks may require less time. Typically, when paragraph/essay writing or research is assigned, we hope students will spend more time on the process. For Programs 1-3, we anticipate 3-5 hours per week, depending on the skills and concepts being developed at that point.
6. Question: My child is involved in a lot of extracurricular activities, plus they get a lot of homework from school. Will my child have enough time to do the homework?
Answer: It will be challenging for sure. But as they approach high school, students will be expected to know how to juggle multiple activities and workloads. In college, it's expected that students not only spend the necessary time doing the assignments but also completing all the extra and "recommended" readings, research, and activities. Managing our work is part and parcel of helping them learn how to handle multiple commitments. We know students are very busy- and we always bear that in mind when assigning work and designing the curriculum. That's why our curriculum is methodical.
At the same time, however, we also need to help students advance, get ahead of the ballgame, and be ready for higher grades, advanced programs/courses, standardized tests, and college. We know that if they stick with the program, however little or much they can do in our program, they will gain the necessary skills and concepts to apply them where it counts-- in school, in standardized assessments, and in college. Learning is like exercise- the more students commit and practice the skills and concepts we provide them, the faster and better they will become in their performance.
We recommend Program 4; however, it is possible to continue with Program 1-3 if the student's schedule and load is very heavy during a particular semester.
7. Question: Will my child receive feedback on the homework?
Answer: Yes! We not only provide feedback, we provide rubrics, mid-semester and final semester progress reports as well.
8. Question: I homeschool my children. How will this program help?
Answer: What makes this program unique is that it is not limited or structured by each grade level. Rather, it focuses on the skills, gaps, and needs of the student. Thus, each E-level can have students from a range of grade levels depending on the areas they need knowledge, development, application, and advancement in. At the same time, we align our assignments and assessments to Core Standards as a way to gauge students' performance for state/district assessments and evaluative purposes. This makes it a perfect fit for homeschooling because not only is it flexible enough for the child to be at any level, depending on his/her current skills, but it also advances their skills and understanding and prepares them for standardized assessments with the added flexibility of extending the curriculum to other subjects of you and your child's interest.
9. Question: My child has been going to places like Kumon and Best Brains. How is your program different?
Answer: We do not follow a worksheet-driven methodology. Worksheets are great for providing the stepping stones of concepts. But these are learned in silos and soon forgotten. Rather, we are more focused on taking those concepts and applying them through thinking, writing, and speaking. We are aiming for higher level learning and long-term learning.
We do not assign worksheets at all. Our method focuses on learning the concepts in silos, as they do at other places, but applying them through writing. In addition, there is consistency in our methodology- students will be expected to apply the concepts they learn each semester and at each E-level, so they become adept at the skill and learn to advance that skill through form, depth and style. In this way, students learn not only conceptually but practically; they learn to pay attention to the details while learning to write and speak well holistically. They learn about what they are writing and why.
Finally, we actually teach in our classes. We are certified, very dedicated teachers who not only believe in this program and wish to impart it to students, but wholeheartedly believe that consistency and application is key to long term learning and that students are indeed capable of higher level learning. We see the expectations and demands of the work industry and passionately prepare students for the skills necessary to be heard and to lead.
10. Question: My child is very busy, but I know s/he needs to work on these skills. I don't think there is time to handle a lot of homework or deal with the pressure of grading. So should I enroll my child?
Answer: Well, you know your child and his/her schedule best. The private sessions for Programs 1-3 have been designed with the busy student in mind. We deal with a more focused curriculum content: Reading and Writing or Vocabulary and Mechanics. Yes, it follows a 10-week format, however, we are not locked into finishing a particular level within those 10 weeks. It's completely up to the student's schedule. This is also perfect for the student who needs more time and patience on concepts. Programs 1-3 also do not deal with the pressure of grading. We focus on constructive feedback on their work so that the student can progress.
11. Question: I really love the idea of working on Program 1-3 myself! Can an adult join?
Answer: Yes! Programs 1-3 are private sessions and perfect for the adult who wishes to improve their oral and written communications for professional, business, and social environs. These programs do not need to be locked to an E-Level and can be customized to the skills and needs of the adult.