The Learnatory. Not School. Life.

EDUCATORS: Real-World Learning Starts With You

Collaborate with us to benefit your faculty and provide your students with the best possible programming and services in the interdisciplinary world Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).  The Learnatory is a leader in the field of STEAM education, helping schools and families identify and nurture interests and talent in young people since 1978. Collaborating with The Learnatory can help your school and district staff:  


  • Identify the skills, interests, talents, and abilities of students in STEAM
  • Monitor their achievement and growth
  • Provide exceptional programming to develop their skills, interests, talents, and abilities fully.


The Learnatory School Services team members are available to work with you to develop a package that meets your school or district's needs:  


  • STEAM program development and/or delivery
  • STEAM Program Evaluation
  • Professional development
  • Programming for students and parents
  • Policy development
  • Assessment and growth monitoring
  • Personalized Pathways to college


Our curricula offer:

Differentiated grade bands. We offer differentiated, age-appropriate curriculum separated into lower elementary (grades 2 - 4), middle school (grades 5 - 8), and high school (grades 9-10). Bands vary by content.

Structured tier levels.   We offer structured tier-leveled courses differentiated by the level of difficulty of the materials.:  Emerald Tier: Enrichment courses; Ruby Tier:  Advanced Enrichment courses; Sapphire Tier:   Accelerated Enrichment courses

A course in a box! All the lesson planning is done for you. Each lesson features detailed preparation, step-by-step instructions, teaching tips, and all the slides and handouts. Special components such as Pre- and Post Test are also included.

Flexible implementation. Our curriculum features flexible lessons with activities that can be taught sequentially or plugged into existing coursework, after-school programs, or camps. Class lengths can be modified from 90 to 55 minutes.

Cross-curricular connections. STEAM is an interdisciplinary field and demands a varied skill set. Lessons bring to life STEAM, maker, and design thinking concepts under the umbrella of entrepreneurship. Content is specially designed to be diverse and all-inclusive, especially for girls and people of color!

21st-century skills made accessible. Critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, communication and collaboration are explicitly taught. Guided reflections after each activity deepen understanding.

Curriculum designed with the world in mind. Lessons emphasize real-world cultural connections and problem-solving for a cause. Whenever possible, we use real-life examples from communities and the latest news around the world. 

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Real-World Learning Starts with You

School Programs

 In-School & After-School Programs


A wide range of project-oriented classes integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) are offered in-school as part of the regular curriculum, and in an After-School format for grades 2nd -8th. 


The Learnatory will develop a customized STEAM Program designed to meet your specific needs, interests, and levels.   All courses are aligned with Common Core Standards


Contact: Debra E. Thompson, dthompson@thelearnatory.org,   347-787-0435


Home School Programs


A wide range of project-oriented classes integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) customized to address the academic needs and interests of Home-Schooled children in 2nd - 8th.​​​


The Learnatory offers a discounted tuition for school districts and home-school groups that sign up five or more students for courses with the same start date. 


Contact: Debra E. Thompson, dthompson@thelearnatory.org,    347-787-0435

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Choose how you’d like to use The Learnatory to get started.

Whether for In-school courses, an after-school program, weekends, summers or Special Events, we are happy to discuss your interests and needs.

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Thank You Partners & Donors

PARTNERS & DONORS

Mission


The Learnatory delivers engaging, inspiring, and empowering learning experiences to elementary, middle and high school students. We provide students with interdisciplinary, interactive environments enabling them to develop in-demand knowledge and skills that:


  • Improve their competitive standing
  • Elevate their marketability, and 
  • Build their confidence in the ever-changing real-world.  


Promise


We are committed to helping students develop the skills, attitudes, motivation, and plans to pursue and succeed academically, personally, and professionally providing insightful analysis, rigorous enrichment, and personalized guidance. Through a combination of experiential learning and focused skills development, we help young people choose Pathways to succeed not only in school but in life.


Partnerships


We partner with schools and organizations to build synergy and optimize resources for a greater impact on the students we serve.   Based on thoughtful conversation with your organization, we’ll develop a customized partnership with donors to direct your contributions to initiatives and programs that target a specific field or provide general support.  


If you make a commitment to generally support The Learnatory, your funding will go toward programming helping students toward academic success and meaningful enrichment experiences.


The Learnatory appreciates support from partners to drive our work.   

Thank You For Supporting Our Efforts:

St. Joseph's College

Empower Charter School

The Bible Speaks Church

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Help Our Cause

OUR MISSION?  HIS DREAM.  


Your support and contributions will enable us to help more young people improve their competitive standing, elevate their marketability, and build their confidence in the ever-changing real-world. 


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 Mission


The Learnatory delivers engaging, inspiring, and empowering learning experiences to elementary, middle and high school students. We provide students with interdisciplinary, interactive environments enabling them to develop in-demand knowledge and skills that: 


  • Improve their competitive standing
  • Elevate their marketability, and
  • Build their confidence in the ever-changing real-world.  

Promise


We are committed to helping students develop the skills, attitudes, motivation, and plans to pursue and succeed academically, personally, and professionally providing insightful analysis, rigorous enrichment, and personalized guidance.Through a combination of experiential learning and focused skills development, we help young people choose Pathways to succeed not only in school, but in life.


 Our Story


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, weekend, and summer, programs with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics


.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 Organization Development with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University. Her teaching background includes Bloom Township High School, Beverly Hills High School, and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.  


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

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