We understand private schools.
Private schools exist to support students in achieving their full potential, by offering small classes, dynamic instructors, and an abundance of exciting extracurricular activities. Jordan Prep was founded for the same reason. Our mission is to help motivated students excel on the SAT, so that they can access every possible collegiate option and find the one that’s right for them, without their test score holding them back.
We work closely and exclusively with private schools. Over the years, what we’ve found is that private school administrators want high-quality SAT prep that integrates into, rather than takes over, their students’ already-busy lives. Our clients include some of the most well-regarded boarding schools in North America. They told us they wanted flexibility, reliability, and quality, and we listened.
At Jordan Prep, adaptive scheduling of our courses is the foundation to creating exceptional results. Our students dramatically raise their scores when they master our concepts, strategies and techniques, but if students can’t attend our course because of conflicts, they won’t be able to achieve the fullest understanding and maximum improvement.
How do we facilitate convenient scheduling and an attendance rate of nearly 100%? Unlike other courses that have schedules fixed in advance, Jordan Prep has built-in flexibility. We schedule several “flex days” in addition to the main schedule; then we communicate throughout the course to avoid conflicts. Inevitably unexpected situations occur. For example, perhaps the debate team qualifies for a tournament that will have several students away for a session. No problem—we change that class’s scheduled date to one of the flex dates we’ve set aside. And if a certain time might be more convenient—say, morning instead of afternoon or evening—we will schedule the classes to accommodate this as well.
Accommodating the often-unpredictable nature of private school life is where Jordan Prep shines. The result is that every student has the greatest opportunity to attend SAT or ACT prep at a date and time that works for them.
Jordan Prep stands out for our small group classes. We have a maximum class size of 11 students. Other test prep providers have a minimum class size of 12, and classes can be as large as 30-40 students. Small groups let us work closely with each student, to deliver the material they personally need to fill comprehension and strategic gaps and maximize their score. Through diagnostic testing and in-class observation we monitor each individual student’s progress, and make interventions where optimal.
When we look at other SAT and ACT prep courses, we see a major problem: the curriculum is one-size-fits-all. This causes some students to feel lost when advanced topics are covered, while other students experience boredom during segments that cover subjects they are already strong in. A student scoring 1000 on the SAT needs a very different set of skills to improve than does a student starting with a 1400, yet in a traditional prep program, both students sit in the same class and receive the same lessons. A student for whom English is a second language receives the same material as a native speaker. It has been obvious to us throughout our history that this is not the most efficient or effective way for students with vastly different needs to learn how to improve on the SAT or ACT.
Jordan Prep solves this problem by organizing our small group classes by strengths and abilities. Now, students with similar needs receive lessons tailored to those needs, whether those needs be for advanced math concepts or the basics, or top-end English skills versus the fundamentals. The benefit is greater score improvements and less time wasted. Our tailored approach allows each student to achieve the maximum improvement from his or her starting point.
Our adaptive approach works! We’ve had Foundations of Math students get accepted to the Ivy League, and non-native English speakers dramatically improve their reading and writing scores, because we are able to give student the focused help they need to address their specific weak spots, regardless of their starting point.
Jordan Prep instructors come prepared with a deep first-hand knowledge of the test. This is because all our instructors take the real SAT and/or ACT multiple times each year. We do this to stay as current with these ever-evolving tests as possible, and also to validate that our methods work. Basically, we wouldn't feel right teaching others how to excel on these tests if we couldn't achieve perfect or near-perfect scores ourselves. We also practice our communication and presenting skills, because knowing how to achieve excellence on the test is only half the battle—conveying that knowledge to our students is the other half.
We have worked with students of all different backgrounds and needs, including those with learning disabilities and other challenges. Empathy for our students—understanding their abilities, hopes, struggles and fears—is a core value of ours. Working with Jordan Prep means you will benefit from exceptional instructors who truly care about their students, and who are dedicated to finding ways to better achieve great results.
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