Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Academic Advantage

1.

Name of organization:

Academic Advantage

Primary location:

New York City

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

Telephone: (866) 7-TUTORS
Email: nclb@academicadvantage.com
Website: www.academicadvantage.com

LEAs where service will be provided:

All districts/LEAs in NYS

2.

Years provider has delivered service:

11 years

3.

Evidence that services have been effective:

Academic Advantage has a proven track record of academic success and building confidence in our students. Data gathered shows averages of students improving 39.7% from pretest to post-test assessment in English language arts (including reading) and mathematics.

4.

Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate):

Academic Advantage uses Scantron’s Achievement Series and Skills Connection, which allows our tutors to create an individualized curriculum for each student based on his/her specific learning needs. All curricula aligns with New York State Learning Standards. In addition to Scantron’s curriculum, we will be using supplemental curriculum including: BrainPOP, netTrekker, Math Triumphs, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scott Foresman Reading (Pearson), New York Buckle Down and Side Streets (Core K12 Education).

5.

Grade level(s) the provider will serve:

K-12

6.

Content area(s) provider will serve:

English language arts (including reading) and mathematics

7.

Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable:

Typically 1-5 times a week, as per the preference of the parent/guardian

8.

Average length of each service session (minutes/hours):

1 hour, 1 1/2 hours or 2 hours

9.

Duration of the available service period (e.g. September 1 – June 30; September 1 – August 31; weekends only; summer school only; specific number of weeks or hours, other, etc;):

Services will be delivered after school hours for both group and individual tutoring from Monday through Friday.  Tutoring will also be offered on weekends for those students receiving individual instruction. Services will take place from September 1st through June 30th.

10.

Type of instruction:

We offer one-on-one and group tutoring. One-on-one tutoring take place either in the student's home or at a preferred location, such as a local library. Group tutoring is offered at school sites.

10a

Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities:

We match students with disabilities with tutors who have an educational background and/or experience working with special needs students. Scantron’s Achievement Series curriculum has particularly benefited students with learning disabilities because it tests students on a per-skill basis and allows tutors to address the specific abilities of each individual.

10b

Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with limited English proficiency:

We offer tutors who speak in the student’s native language. If a student requires a Spanish-speaking tutor, they always receive one. With other languages we do our best to accommodate the student. We also adjust our curriculum by using supplemental materials in the student’s native language. 

11.

Qualifications of the service provider(s)/instructor(s):

New York State certified teachers, college students, and college graduates; and bilingual tutors are available upon request.

12.

Reports to parents, teachers, and LEA (Content, frequency, method of delivery):

Our tutors are required to complete a written progress report on each student once per month. These reports are given to the parent/guardian and the school district once per month,  or as per the requirement of the district. Tutors are also required to communicate with parents/guardians in person after each meeting.

13.

Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation)

No. All instruction takes place in the student's home or at a preferred location, or a school site.

14.

Additional relevant information:

We are proud to have received many awards of recognition and commendation from Governors, Senators, and Mayors. See www.academicadvantage.com for specific awards.

Last Updated: March 20, 2014