Closing the Opportunity Gap Through Innovation

The Learnatory. Education Re-Imagined.

Advocating Education Equity. 

Partnering with schools, organizations, institutions, and government agencies to bring world-class education to the unprivileged.

Advancing Effective Leadership. 

Providing consulting services and human capital development for school leaders, teachers, and change champions. 

Transforming Through Innovation.

Delivering high-impact experiences that optimize technology, foster deeper learning and personalize education while working to close the opportunity gap for improved student outcomes.

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Who We Are

Mission, Vision, Promise

The Learnatory is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt education organization committed to closing the opportunity gap for young women and under-served communities.


We believe every child, regardless of zip code, has the right to a high-quality education.  The Learnatory Mission is to close the opportunity gap by advocating for education equity, advancing effective leadership,  and transforming our system through innovation.   By creating cutting-edge learning opportunities, we cultivate professionals and arm students with in-demand skills and knowledge required to successfully compete in a global society.  

We focus on the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) delivering real-world learning that enable students to:  

  • Improve their competitive standing
  • Elevate their marketability, and
  • Strengthen their self- confidence in an ever-changing global society    


We see a world where students inherently value the skills, attitudes, and motivation it takes to succeed; a time when they surpass their own expectations academically, personally, and professionally.  We seek to provide insightful analysis, rigorous enrichment, and personalized guidance through a combination of experiential learning and focused skills development to support their success not only in school, but in life.  


The Learnatory is proud of its history of serving the college-bound community with both passion and excellence.   Founded in 1978 by Debra E. Brown-Thompson, The Learnatory has evolved from a single focus on after-school homework help to a multi-faceted operation with three central goals:     

  • Academic Enrichment
  • Personal Development
  • Professional Preparation

Over the past 40 years, The Learnatory has educated, inspired and supported more than 12,000 families in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.  By continually assessing programs, conducting research and surveying participants, The Learnatory remains at the forefront of supplemental enrichment education.   Today, The Learnatory serves students in grades 2nd  - 10 through in-school, after-school, extended-school, weekend, and summer programs with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

We promise to continue fulfilling our commitment to providing world-class educational experiences to the unprivileged supporting their college aspirations - regardless  of their zip codes.

Our Founder

Debra E. Brown-Thompson is a native of Chicago, Illinois currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.   She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Speech with teaching credentials from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior with a concentration in Organization Development from Benedictine University. Her teaching background includes Bloom Township High School, Beverly Hills High School, and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.    

Thompson also has a strong background in Telecommunications and Learning Development with several Fortune 100 corporations.    


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