Our Programs

Saturday School is our main program for academic support and tutoring. 

 And the George B. Thomas Learning Academy also offers other programs and partnerships – to enhance student success in Grades K-12 and beyond, as they continue into college and careers.

 

 

 

Working with other local organizations, we look to provide learning opportunities for families and the entire Montgomery County community. Read more about our programs below.

 

 

 

Our signature program offered at 12 center locations in Montgomery County.

Aristotle Circle Peer Tutors – customized tutoring in math for middle and high school students.

Very affordable SAT/ACT Test Prep classes at some of our Centers.

Curiosity Academy – Science and Technology program offered in Spring and Fall.

ACES (Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success) supports students Grade 11 and 12, then in college.

Our High Achievement Scholarship for high school seniors.

Java Programming and Robotics Application – Grades 6 through 12

Adult literacy program in partnership with the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy.

Saturday School Program

OVERVIEW

Our Saturday School program takes place on most Saturdays from September 21, 2019 to May 2, 2020. Students can begin at Saturday School any time throughout our 2019-2020 season.

The program takes place from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., with free breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Saturday School is offered at 12 Center locations in Montgomery County MD. See our Calendar for dates that we are in session.

Our core program for Grades K-12 focuses on Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Test-Taking skills. Certified teachers review material that is aligned with the curriculum at Montgomery County Public Schools/MCPS, and students have an opportunity to review concepts and homework covered during their school week.

For high school, Grades 9-12, support continues in core subjects of English and Math. We also offer specialized support in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, including for preparation for Advanced Placement exams. Each student gets the right match of homework support or tutoring they need – to be ready for college and career.

SAT/ACT Test prep is also offered at some of our Centers (Click to Test Prep, below).

OUR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

Our Kindergarten classes at Saturday School are taught by MCPS early childhood educators and give young students more time to practice the reading and math concepts taught during the week.

The Kindergarten program is currently only offered at 3 Saturday School locations:

In Burtonsville – at Paint Branch High School

In Silver Spring – at Wheaton High School

In Silver Spring –  at Montgomery Blair High School

FEES

Our fees are low-cost for students and their families.

$85 covers the entire year (fee for the 2019-2020 school year).

(And the fee is $40, If your family is eligible for FARMs (Free And Reduced-priced Meals).)

Aristotle Circle Tutors – in Mathematics

OVERVIEW

Saturday School partners with Aristotle Circle Peer Tutors (AC Peer Tutors) to provide middle and high school students with customized tutoring in mathematics  — from Pre-Algebra (Middle School Math) through AP Calculus.

AC Peer Tutors are high-achieving high school student tutors that are matched for each request. The AC Peer Tutors are carefully screened and serve as effective tutors and role models for other students.

FEES:

To get discounted rates for Aristotle Peer Tutors (math tutoring only), you must register first through Saturday School.

If Registering also for Saturday School:

Students already registering for Saturday School, pay no additional fee to get the discounted rates for AC Peer Tutors. For the 2019-2020 year, our students pay $38 for a full hour of tutoring. (No half-hour sessions).

To Only Requester for Aristotle Circle Peer Tutors:

First, pay a $25 initial fee through the Saturday School registration process. Then, students can request AC Peer Tutors at the discounted rates, above. Each student will schedule the tutoring sessions directly through AC Peer Tutors.

SAT/ACT Test Preparation

OVERVIEW

This year, Saturday School will offer SAT/ACT Test Preparation at 6 center locations:

Burtonsville – at Paint Branch High School

Gaithersburg – at Gaithersburg High School

Kensington – at Albert Einstein High School

Rockville – at Magruder High School

Silver Spring – at Montgomery Blair High School

Silver Spring – at Springbrook High School

 

Be ready for the SAT/ACT with our affordable Test Prep program. This 6-week program is offered several times a year. Current program dates are:

September  – October (to be announced)

FEES:

Students only pay the fee for our core Saturday School program ($85 for the year, or $40 if eligible for FARMs).  

See our online registration form, then select one of the 6 locations where the SAT/ACT Test Prep program is offered.

Connect to the online Registration Page, below.

Curiosity Academy

OVERVIEW

The Curiosity Academy is a special 6-week program. It introduces students to a variety of science, technology, and engineering topics through fun and hands-on experiences.

The program will be offered twice during the 2019-2020 school year, and classes are available at 2 levels:

Elementary School –  Grades 3-5

Middle School – Grades 6-8

Our Fall 2019 program:  To be announced 

Our Spring 2020 program:  To be announced

 

Flyers: See our Flyers for information:  Flyer in English / Detalles en español

 

DETAILS

Fee is $200 for the 6-week program. This includes all class materials.

Locations: Curiosity Academy is now available at 3 different Saturday School center locations. See below, and find directions on our Find A Center Map:

Germantown – at Northwest High School 

Rockville – at Rockville High School

Rockville – at Magruder High School

Students can register for the Curiosity Academy online. Link to the Registration form, below.

Java Programming and Robotics

OVERVIEW

Our new program – Java Programming with Robotics Application – started in 2018 and is being planned again for the 2019-2020 school year. The class will focus on learning to code in the Java programming language, which can be used to program a robot.

Details coming soon!

This special class is offered for just the cost of Saturday School, and at no additional cost to students already enrolled in our base program. Open to students in Grade 6 through Grade 12 who have completed the Math 6 curriculum of Montgomery County Public Schools/MCPS.

Join the fun to learn Java coding, and see how your skills can make a robot move!

The affordable fee for Saturday School covers this class for the entire 2019-2020 school year:  $85, or $40 for families eligible for FARMS (Free And Reduced Meals).

DETAILS

WHERE:  Only in Silver Spring – at Montgomery Blair High School

WHEN:  Java Programming with Robotics Application is a 2-hour class that will take place each day that Saturday School is in session. Class starts after the regular program – from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Must register by ?.  This is a full-year program, offered from (To be announced).

INSTRUCTORS:  This class will be taught by members of The Blair Robot Project, a successful MCPS high school team that has participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition events since 2000. For more information about the class, please email (coming soon).

More details, click here.     or Program Flyer (pdf)

 

ACES Program

OVERVIEW

  • An academic support program for students in Grade 11-12 that continues into college.
  • A free program for eligible and selected students.
  • APPLY IN 10th GRADE

The Academic Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) program provides academic coaches and support to targeted high school students in Montgomery County (MCPS) and helps them succeed in completing an undergraduate degree at Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove.

Targeted students are those who are generally underrepresented in college, or who would be first in their families to graduate from college.

Saturday School is a partner in this program, offering academic support at our Centers during the 11th and 12 Grades of high school.

DETAILS

ACES is a free program that starts in 11th grade and continues through 12th grade, then through college.

Application Process:

Students apply for ACES in the Fall of their 10th grade, to begin in the Fall of 11th grade.

The ACES applications are submitted in the Fall, with a deadline in mid-December.

For details, a list of the 10 high schools that participate, and the application – please visit the ACES website – click here.

Scholarship

OVERVIEW

The George B. Thomas, Sr. High Achievement Scholarship rewards high school seniors who have been a part of our Saturday School program and the George B. Thomas Learning Academy.  Students must have consistently attended Saturday School, or have served as a MCPS Student Volunteer in our program.

This is a competitive scholarship, and students must show academic achievement. The awards are based on criteria which is detailed in the yearly application guidelines.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications are usually due in April.

Scholarship details for 2020 to be announced. See our application guidelines, here: Scholarship Guidelines

Click here for Scholarship Application: (2020 Application available in Spring)

Awards winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremonies of Saturday School.

 

 

Adult English Literacy Program (MCAEL Partner)

OVERVIEW

The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) is a community coalition – a group of individuals and organizations from the community that have come together to strengthen and promote adult English literacy services in Montgomery County.

 

English language classes by MCAEL are offered on Saturdays at two locations of Saturday School (of the George B. Thomas Learning Academy):

In Rockville:   Saturday School – at Magruder High School

In Silver Spring:   Saturday School – at Montgomery Blair High School

This program is free and made possible with a grant from MCAEL, the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy.

DETAILS

To learn more, or to register, please call our offices 301-287-8980.

You can also learn more on the MCAEL website – click link, below.