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FAQ

MATH CLASSES

1. What is Singapore Math? 

Singapore math is the curriculum that Singapore students use.  Since 1994, Singapore students have come in first in the Trends in International Math & Science Studies 8 out of 11 times.  Since then, Singapore math has become world renowned, and many private and charter schools in the US are beginning to adopt this curriculum. 

This curriculum is also used to prepare students for math competition. The owner of the company, Ms Leeling, homeschooled her two children using Singapore math, and now that her children are older, she teaches over 100 students using this curriculum. 

2. Does it cover the school materials?

Not specifically. Singapore math purposefully limit its curriculum to a few important topics but cover them in depth, whereas US math curriculum covers many different topics, but very shallowly.  Students who use Singapore math curriculum are trained to think critically and deeply.  They understand the language of numbers, so school math becomes very easy for them. One example is the topic of “Mean, Median, and Mode” in grade 4 in the US math curriculum. Singapore math doesn’t cover this topic because it is essentially not math.  “Mean” is the average of some numbers.  “Median” is the number right in the middle of a data range.  “Mode” is the number which occurs the most number of times.  It’s actually the understanding of terms.  So Singapore math chooses not to cover this topic but rather go a lot deeper in more important topics. 

3. What is the success rate? 

99% of our students improve in their math grades, and 95% of them improve in all subject areas. Because their critical thinking skill is stimulated, and that skill applies across the board to all subject areas. 

4. Do you have homework? 

Yes.  Teachers will assign homework from the workbooks after each class. 

5. How many students do you have in each class? 

We have a minimum of four students and maximum of 6.  Interestingly, the students who are in classes make the most progress over the long run because they all do their homework due to peer pressure.  Students who come to us privately or not in classes generally do not do their homework and so don’t make as much progress over the long run.  On average, students in classes finish four workbooks each year.

6. What is the enrollment process?
  1. Take the assessment. Your child’s score will be sent to Ms Leeling and she will notify you about the class your child fits into. 
  2. You will be added to the parents’ whatsapp group where  the teachers will assign homework and send zoom link.  
  3. Buy the workbooks appropriate for the class.
  4. Fill out the class enrollment form.
  5. Pay tuition payment..
  6. Your child starts class. 
7. Are the students grouped by grade level? 

No.  We group students by their assessment scores instead of their grade level.  Some young students are quite advanced and some older students need some catching up.  So grouping them by their assessment scores is more accurate.

8. Is it once-a-week class and are the classes an hour long? 

In general yes, although some parents request for two hours weekly and we can accommodate that. The classes are one hour long.

9. What days and times are the classes? 

It depends on your child’s assessment score.  Once we have his score, we will determine which class he fits into, and we will notify you of the day and time of the class.

10. What are the fees and payment methods? 

Grade 1 and below is $25/hr. Grade 2 to 5 is $30/hr.  Middle schoolers are $35/hr, and high schoolers are $40/hr.  We have over 100 students and it will not be possible to collect tuition every month, so we do a semester payment system.  If you join mid-semester, the tuition will be prorated.  If for any reason, your child needs to stop classes half way, just give us a two-week notice, and we will refund all the unused tuition to you.

11. Can we have a trial class?

Yes, you may have a free trial class, but if your child decides to enroll in the class, then tuition will start from the trial class.

ENGLISH CLASSES 

1. What curriculums do you use? 

We use the best curriculum that the owner used when she was homeschooling her children.  For third grade and up, we use Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) for writing, Rod and Staff for grammar, Killgallon for sentence composing, Wordly Wise or Vocab from the Classical Roots for vocabulary.  For the younger grades, we use Rod and Staff phonics, and different readers to help them with reading. 

2. Do you have homework? 

Yes.  Teachers will assign homework from the workbooks after each class. 

3. What is the enrollment process?
  1. Take the assessment. Your child’s score will be sent to Ms Leeling and she will notify you about the class your child fits into. 
  2. You will be added to the parents’ whatsapp group where  the teachers will assign homework and send zoom link.  
  3. Buy the workbooks appropriate for the class.
  4. Fill out the class enrollment form.
  5. Pay tuition payment.
  6. Your child starts class. 
4. Is it once-a-week class and are the classes an hour long? 

The classes are once a week. For third grade and up, there are one and a half hours long full language arts classes or an hour long writing classes.  For 2nd grade and under, the classes are one hour long. 

5. What are the fees and payment methods? 

For 1st graders and younger, classes are $25/hr.

For 2nd graders, hour long classes are $30/hr. 

For 3rd to 5th graders, the rate for Full Language Arts Classes is roughly $25/hr (1.5 hr sessions are $40/session); Writing Classes (1 hr classes) are $30/session. 

 For 6th to 8th graders, the rate for Full Language Arts Classes is roughly $33/hr (1.5 hr sessions are $50/session); Writing Classes (1 hr classes) are $35/session.          

            We have over 100 students and it will not be possible to collect tuition every month, so we do a semester payment system.  If you join mid-semester, the tuition will be prorated.  If for any reason, your child needs to stop classes half way, just give us a two-week notice, and we will refund all the unused tuition to you. 

6. What days and times are the classes? 

It depends on your child’s assessment score.  Once we have his score, we will determine which class he fits into, and we will notify you of the day and time of the class. 

7. How many students do you have in each class? 

We have a minimum of four students and maximum of 6. 

8. Are the students grouped by grade level? 

No.  We group students by their assessment scores instead of their grade level.  Some young students are quite advanced and some older students need some catching up, so grouping them by their assessment scores is more accurate. 

9. Can we have a trial class?

Yes, you may have a free trial class, but if your child decides to enroll in the class, then tuition will start from the trial class.