In addition to Saturday School, the George B. Thomas Learning Academy offers other programs and partnerships to enhance the learning success of students in Grades K-12 and beyond, as they continue into college and careers.
We also work with other organizations to provide learning opportunities for families and the entire Montgomery County community. Read more about our programs below.
This is 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.
Take SAT/ACT Test Preparation classes at some of our Centers.
Curiosity Academy is a Science and Technology program offered several times throughout the year.
ACES (Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success) supports students in Grade 11 and 12, then into college.
Rewarding high school seniors for academic achievement and participation in Saturday School.
Java Programming and Robotics Application – Grades 6 through 12
An adult literacy program in partnership with the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy.
Saturday School Program
This year Saturday School runs from September 15, 2018 to May 4, 2019. And students can begin at Saturday School any time throughout our 2017-2018 season.
On scheduled Saturdays – from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., with free breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Program is offered at 12 Center locations in Montgomery County MD –
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, our support continues in core subjects of English and Math. Specialized support is also offered in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, including for preparation for Advanced Placement exams. Each student is provided with the right match of homework support or the tutoring they need – to be ready for college and career.
SAT/ACT Test prep is also offered at some of our Centers (see 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.
Our Kindergarten program is currently only offered at 3 Saturday School locations:
In Gaithersburg – at Watkins Mill High School
In Silver Spring – at Wheaton High School
In Silver Spring – at Montgomery Blair High School
Our fees are set to be low-cost to students and their families.
$85 covers the entire year (fee for the 2018-2019 school year).
(Fee is $40, If your family is eligible for FARMs (Free And Reduced-priced Meals).)
Aristotle Circle Tutors – in Mathematics
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 local 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.
To be entitled to discounted rates for Aristotle Peer Tutors (math tutoring only), you must register first through Saturday School.
If Registering also for Saturday School:
If a student registers to attend Saturday School, there is no additional fee required to get the discounted rates for AC Peer Tutors. Rates for our students are $20 per 30 minute session or $35 for a full hour.
If Only Requesting 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
Saturday School currently offers SAT/ACT Test Preparation at 5 of our center locations:
Burtonsville – at Paint Branch High School
Gaithersburg – at Gaithersburg High School
Kensington – at Albert Einstein High School
Silver Spring – at Montgomery Blair High School
Silver Spring – at Springbrook High School
SAT/ACT Test Prep is offered as a 6-week program several times a year. Current program dates are:
September 22 – October 27
For more about this session, click here:
Students wanting to participate in the SAT/ACT Test Prep program will register first for Saturday School, and select one of the 5 locations where our Test Prep classes are offered.
Connect to the online Registration form, below.
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 2017-2018 school year, and classes are available at 2 levels:
Elementary School – Grades 3-5
Middle School – Grades 6-8
Our Fall 2018 program: September 22 – October 27, 2018
Our Spring 2018 program: To be announced
Fee is $200 for the 6-week program. This includes all class materials.
Locations: Curiosity Academy is now available at 6 different Saturday School center locations. See below, and find directions on our Find A Center Map:
( Germantown – at Northwest High School ) – CURRENTLY FULL AND CLOSED
Kensington – at Albert Einstein High School
Rockville – at Rockville High School
Sandy Springs/Olney – at Sherwood High School
Students can register for the Curiosity Academy online. Link to the Registration form, below.
Java Programming and Robotics
Java Programming with Robotics Application is a new program starting November 3, 2018 and will run into April 2018. The class will focus on learning to code in the Java programming language and will applying the coding skills to program a robot.
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 2018-2019 school year: $85, or $40 for families eligible for FARMS (Free And Reduced Meals).
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 Nov. 1, 2018. This is a full-year program, offered from Nov. 3, 2018 – Apr. 13, 2019.
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
ACES is a free program that starts in 11th grade and continues through 12th grade, then through college.
Apply for ACES in Fall of 10th grade to begin in the Fall of 11th grade.
Applications for ACES program beginning in the Fall of 2017 are due December 23, 2016.
Find all the details, the list of the 10 high schools in program, and application on the ACES website here.
The George B. Thomas, Sr. High Achievement Scholarship rewards high school seniors who have been a part of our Saturday School program of the George B. Thomas Learning Academy. Students can either have consistently attended Saturday School or served as a MCPS Student Volunteer for our program.
This is a competitive scholarship, and students must show high academic achievement. The awards are based on established criteria which are used to evaluate each applications.
Adult English Literacy Program (MCAEL Partner)
Saturday School/George B. Thomas Learning Academy currently offers an Adult Literacy Program at our Watkins Mill High School center location in Gaithersburg. This program is made possible with a grant from MCAEL, the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy.
To learn more, or to register, please….