Kids Have So Much Fun, they don't even realize they're learn

                              It Feels So Good!


It's a good feeling to know your child is having fun and really learning at the same time!  


REAL ENGINEERS teaching Robotics & Coding!  


REAL SCIENTISTS teaching Microbiology & Nanotechnology!


REAL GAME DESIGNERS teaching Game Design!


Solving REAL-WORLD Challenges!


                   The Learnatory!  The Place To Be!

The Learnatory. Not School. Life.

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STEAM Weekend Enrichment Program

Challenging Programs for College-Bound Students
 

The STEAM Weekend Enrichment Program offers classes that engage students in challenging hands-on activities. Unique courses are available throughout the school year and range in duration from a single weekend to eight consecutive Saturdays or Sundays.


Saturday Classes

The STEAM Weekend classes offer challenging and enriching courses for 2nd through 10th grade students. Our courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) engage students during Saturdays in Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions. 

Our research-driven courses, outstanding instruction and the camaraderie of learning with like-minded peers make our weekend programs 

the place to be!


Accelerated Weekend Classes (AWE)

The Accelerated Weekend Classes are series of interdisciplinary classes involving Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) as well as social science topics lasting 2 days, usually on 

Saturday and Sunday. 

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Effective Test Prep

Pre-AP Prep

Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) Prep Classes  

English I and Algebra I


The Learnatory Pre-AP classes are offered to students in Grades 6 – 8. These are not AP courses and they do not provide college credit or placement advantages. These courses are intended to prepare students to take Pre-AP classes in 9th grade. 

​Students are much more likely to succeed in an AP course if the student has taken a Pre-AP course preparing them for AP content and expectations. Pre-AP courses provide a targeted way for students to ensure that they’re building the requisite skills in advance.

  

SHSAT & SSAT Prep

The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and the Secondary School Admissions Test Prep classes identify areas needing special attention as well as offer effective strategies for test taking.

A Prescribed Instructional Program is constructed to address gaps and integrate skills into the content anticipated to be on the test. A variety of online, paper, and gamification activities are used to teach skills with regular and 

on-going evaluations.

Practice test-taking and analysis help students fine tune techniques for taking the test as they are guided and nurtured to build self-confidence.


Personal Tutoring

Using Assessment data, The Learnatory offers personalized tutoring by developing a plan that directly targets a child's specific areas of concerns closing gaps and building solid foundations in the areas of Math, English/Language Arts (ELA). Tutoring is done in small groups of 2 – 3 students studying the same academic subject. A variety of online, paper, and gamification activities are used to teach skills with regular and on-going evaluations.

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STEAM Summer Camps

Multi-Faceted Learning and Fun!

The Learnatory Summer Camps offer hands-on engagement challenging students to delve into subjects of intrigue and build upon their strengths. Rigorous but fun hands-on academic adventures connect students with peers of all levels.  Combined with thrilling outdoor recreation and special activities, the summer camps keeps students’ minds sharp for Fall. 

But, they have so much fun, they don’t even realize they’re learning!

A personal approach

Adventures In The Looking Glass

For the young adolescent, the threat to emotional and social survival is commonplace.   He or she is virtually in emotional turmoil for years as they search for their identities and places in the world.  They are developing physically in ways that are new and strange, society is constantly bombarding them with what they ought to be doing and what everyone else is doing.  The impact of Social Media is staggering.  


The concept of pride sometimes gets lost, and often so goes self-confidence.  The armor of one's faith and family can become worn and vulnerable.  It is the inner strength and the ability to communicate with one's self, as well as others, that helps mold us into forces capable of overcoming life's challenges.


These life skills should be part of a child's daily life - even in school.  Almost, especially in school where peer pressure and outside influences challenge family values daily. Teaching young people to stay in touch with themselves is a gift that gets them through the negative pressures that can distract from academics, extracurriculars, and personal development.  


"Adventures in the Looking Glass" teaches young people to understand and better communicate with themselves and others.  It guides them toward positive goals and Pathways to success in life.  It reaches back to teach young people their proud histories and connects them with those souls whose shoulders on which they now stand.  It boosts them to heights of achievement and helps them build strong shoulders for those who will follow them.


The Looking Glass is the piece missing from most educational experiences and provides a Holistic approach addressing the psychological support needed to succeed in school and in life.


The "Adventuresin the Looking Glass" program Looking Glass is a major component of The Learnatory deeply impacting student achievement and success.  We believe this new built-in approach to educational enrichment is a vital piece of their academic achievement, personal development, and professional preparation.   We strongly recommend it for every child.

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Explore Courses!

There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site.

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Educators

Schools & Other 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. 

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

47-787-0435

Pathways, Eligibility & Selection

Pathways

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The Learnatory's signature approach profiles the interests, gifts, and talents of all students to guide development for multiple pathways. 


The Pathways offer academic enrichment, personal development, and professional preparation guiding students and families through the journey of intellectual, emotional and social growth.   
 

The Learnatory offers a variety of courses in four (4) Pathways with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM):

  • Science 
  • Technology & Digital Arts
  • Engineering & Coding
  • Interdisciplinary STEAM 

Program Components

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There are three (3) Components of the Pathways Program:


Assessment,  Evaluation & Analysis 

The Learnatory offers research-based assessment to identify academic ability, measure growth, set academic goals, and connect students to resources and experiential learning opportunities.

Each student entering the program is assessed in Math, Reading, and Spelling to provide insights as to how best support his or her abilities, skills, and interests.
 

Talents and Interests Identification

Each learner is given assessments in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) and the Multiple Intelligences. This information provides a more accurate assessment of their interests and abilities and helps in future Pathway and course selections. 


Eligibility & Selection

Learnatory programs help students in grades 2 - 10 set ambitious learning goals and realize the full potential of their talents. 


The Learnatory offers a complimentary suite of academic and enrichment classes with varying duration and subject matter.  Students may show interest in one or more Pathways.  Exploration is always encouraged.


Parents receive a report via email of their child’s assessment results and Eligibility Level.

Program Tiers

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The Learnatory offers a variety of enrichment courses, allowing students to master content at as well as above and beyond what is traditionally offered at their grade level. This variation in course types allows students to develop their talents to the fullest and to have fun, engaging learning experiences in environments best suited to their current needs and learning goals:  


  • Enrichment
  • Advanced Enrichment
  • Acceleration


Some courses require students to have completed prerequisites in order to qualify for admission. Any prerequisites are listed at the beginning of the course description. Students must submit proof of prerequisites, where necessary (e.g., transcripts, report card, etc.) in order to be considered for course enrollment.


  

Enrichment

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Emerald Tier | Enrichment


 Enrichment courses are open to all learners who want to explore 

non-core academic subjects or receiving tutoring. These courses encourage students to think creatively and learn to problem-solve. 


The Introductory Emeral Tier courses give students opportunities to focus on specific areas of study within a community of like-minded peers. Students delve deep into topics and fields which are not typically a part of the core curriculum at school. 


Courses place greater emphasis on higher-order thinking, facilitate creativity, and provide exposure to concepts in developmentally appropriate ways.     


Students receive a Performance Evaluation and a Certificate for successful completion of a course.    


Eligibility:

  • Grade point average of at least "D+" (1.50/4.0 scale) on the current or previous semester       of the last report card.
  • May take any courses in the Emerald Tier.
  • Students receive Evaluation and a Certificate  for successful completion of a course.    

See individual course descriptions for qualifying subject areas and any prerequisites.     · 

Advanced Enrichment

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 Ruby Tier | Advanced Enrichment 


Ruby Tier Advanced Enrichment courses offer the same type of content as Emerald Tier Enrichment courses, but may present considerably more content in a compacted time frame, or may have higher requirements for successful completion. Instruction is faster paced, which many advanced learners need and want. For example, a course may teach content typically presented over eight or more weeks in only three weeks.     


Learners may take Pre-AP and  Admissions Test Prep courses


Students receive a Performance Evaluation and a Certificate for successful completion of a course.  


Eligibility:

  • Grade point average of at least "C” (2.0/4.0 scale) on the current or previous semester of the  last report card.
  • May take any courses in the Emerald or Ruby Tiers.
  • Students receive Evaluations and a Certificate for successful completion of a course.    

Students must submit proof of prerequisites (e.g. transcripts, report card, etc.) in order to be considered for course enrollment. 

Accelerated Enrichment

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Sapphire Tier | Accelerated Enrichment 


Sapphire Tier Accelerated courses provide rigorous content to students, earlier than typically introduced in most schools. Courses range from traditional subjects to more specialized elective topics, introducing students to potential college majors and career paths. 


Students receive a Performance Evaluation and a Certificate for successful completion of a course except for 2-Day Courses..     


Eligibility:

  • Grade  point average of at least "B” (3.0/4.0 scale) on the current or previous semester of the last report card.
  • May take any courses in the Emerald, Ruby, or Sapphire Tiers.
  • Students receive Evaluations and a Certificate for successful completion of a course.    

Students must submit proof of prerequisites (e.g. transcripts, report card, etc.) in order to be considered for course enrollment.