All About us - FAQs
Everything you ever wanted to know about Achievement Learning Center. Of course, we are always glad to answer any questions...
How long will a student's tutoring program take?
What we usually see is that it takes about six months for a student to gain 1 to 1 1/2 years of academic growth. This is based on two, one-hour sessions per week. Of course, students can vary with this, as each person is different and individual. Data from learning centers, in general, support this time frame. Based on our own data of tracking student progress, we are seeing average gains of one full grade level after 40 hours of instruction.
What is your teacher/student ratio?
It may vary depending on the age of the student, or on the degree of their weak skills. As a rule, we have no more than three students to one teacher, and our ratio for our early reading program is only two students to one teacher. The program is completely individualized; each student is on his or her own plan. Even with only two or three in a group, the teacher works with each student—not the group.
How is your program better than a tutor who would work one-on-one with my child?
Tutors can be a great solution if a student needs help understanding an isolated concept or skill. But by design, tutors usually are not equipped to provide a diagnostic evaluation that actually identifies gaps in the learning process. We also feel that, though it sounds great, a one-on-one can encourage dependence—we encourage independence in learning. When we see students assume ownership of their learning, we see results that set very positive, life-long habits.
What about guarantees?
Our competition’s guarantee policy has several conditions to it and is not a money-back guarantee. It is not our goal to use a guarantee as a marketing strategy, yet we stand behind the quality of our program. In addition, we have chosen to price our services lower.
My child has already been tested in school. Why do they need to be tested again?
The TAKS test provides the schools with feedback on skill areas that a student is strong and weak in. However, the test results do not show what grade level the student is actually performing at. It is important to measure grade, as well as age equivalence when providing academic intervention. By knowing the specific skills needed, time is not devoted to skills already mastered.
What are your teacher’s qualifications?
Our teachers are professionally trained and state-certified with experience ranging from elementary through high school. We offer a pay scale higher than industry norm, which enables us to attract highly qualified teachers. As a result, we are able to be very selective in acquiring the most well trained and experienced teachers to work with our students.
How are you different from other learning centers?
There are no contracts for service and do we not require paid evaluation to start a tutoring program.
We are Austin-based and independently owned and operated—not franchised.
Our owner has 30 years experience in private elementary, early childhood education and educational consulting in the Austin area.
Our curriculum is based on Texas standards (as well as National) and is correlated to STAAR objectives.
We re-evaluate throughout the prescribed program at no additional fee.
We have strong ties with "the school" and conference with teachers at no additional fee.
Our program focuses on the student as a whole, incorporating tools to evaluate their learning style, habits and general attitudes about learning.
We include stress management and study skill strategies in all student plans.
Our facility has been designed with the student as priority. While state-of-the-art, it is also comfortable and "friendly".
We have computers that incorporate student work plans and lessons in an easy-to-use format.
How will I know how my child is doing in your program?
We include parents in the process while students are here with us. We feel your goals for your child are an important factor when designing a learning plan. We communicate with you after each session and have progress conferences every six weeks. We support parents through providing pertinent on-going information so that you can support your child. Learners show more progress when a partnership is formed with educators and families. We feel the involvement of parents is essential for student success.