First: current students staying in current classes. Second: current students switching and adding classes. Third: new students. Priority within each group is based on signup order. Give alternate classes to ensure a spot. After 3/10/19, we sort priority for the second and third groups. Invoices are sent when spots are available and must be paid within 72 hours to secure a spot.
5% Early Bird Discount (sign up and pay full school year by 4/6/19 – NO EXCEPTIONS – Not even a day late.)5% Loyalty Discount (for previous full-school-year students signing up for a new full school year)
5% Brother/Sister Discount (sorry, no cousins or friends)
3% Summer Student Discount for those signed up for an SAT/ACT Boot Camp or 10+ summer classes.
Monday Discount 10% (Fewer classes due to holidays – full school year only)
All classes are 1 hour, once per week.
Writing Classes prepare students for honors, AP, and college writing. Teaching across all grades means that, even with second graders, we have their futures in mind. We cover literary response, persuasive, expository, creative, and personal narrative essay writing, varying by grade level. Prompts are derived from released SAT, ACT, and AP exams as well as our own curriculum. Classes start with editing student writing on a large screen for about 45 minutes. Students see editing of their own work and other student’s work, learning from everybody’s strengths and weaknesses. Then we teach a lesson focusing on next steps, areas of struggle, or a new form of writing, depending on the week. Finally we assign homework, which takes 1-2 hours per week total to complete. Homework includes editing, new writing, and news reading with analysis.
Reading Classes develops a love of reading through fiction and non-fiction books, improving fluency, expression, comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, metacognition, and analysis. We read aloud in a round-robin format with every student and the teacher taking turns. The teacher guides by modeling aloud the thinking skills of good readers, including using context, word roots, and metacognition. Homework covers reading and vocabulary, with minimal writing. This is not a test preparation class.
Private Classes provide homework help, personalized curriculum, customized pacing, and accommodations for special needs. Mathematics is taught only in private classes. Call or email for availability. Mr. Simon does not teach private classes.SAT/ACT Classes provide practice, test-taking techniques, and advice for both college entrance exams. These classes are especially useful for students who have already taken a quality boot camp. We offer private SAT and ACT tutoring and a summer boot camp.
College Counseling covers choosing extracurricular activities, classes, and summer programs, scheduling testing, career planning, goal setting, private school and college selection, and assessment of weaknesses and strengths. Assistance with college applications and personal statements is available. We recommend receiving counseling starting in middle school or by 9th grade at the latest. Several different packages are available. Typically students take 6-10 hours of counseling per year.
Simon Academics Policies and FAQ
Cancellations: All rates: By 5/1/19, $150 fee. By 6/7/19, $250 fee. By 8/15/19, $350 fee. After 8/15/19, Rate A and B receive $25 per remaining class after two weeks’ notice. Rate S1, S2, and Private receive $43 per remaining class after two weeks’ notice. If your child stops attending classes, their spot is still reserved and their classes are still deducted until you notify us of your cancellation or a pause. No credit will be given for such missed classes. No refunds after 4/15/19.
Pick Up and Drop Off: Students must be dropped off and picked up within 5 minutes of class time. For safety, an adult must walk children into the office for pick up and drop off. Vehicles may not stop in front of the office for drop-offs and pick-ups and may not honk for pickup. Parents must let all drivers know this rule. Children must stay in the waiting rooms before and after class, not in the lobby. Late pickups incur a $1/minute charge.
Privacy: Simon Academics may freely use student work as well as photos, videos, and recordings of students for blogging, advertising, training and educational purposes, without compensation to the student or guardians.
Student Behavior: Students are expected to listen to and obey teachers, complete all assigned work, and exert appropriate levels of effort. Students who are rude, disruptive, or dangerous may be asked to leave class temporarily or permanently, and there will be NO REFUNDS for behavior-related expulsions and suspensions. There is no eating on Simon Academics property except when the food is provided by Simon Academics. Do not bring any drinks but water, and water must be consumed before or after class, not during.
When can I sign up a new student?Sign up as soon as possible. You will not be billed until we know there is a spot. The sooner you sign up, the higher your priority. We will sort through priority groups on 3/10/19. Then we will contact and invoice you.
When and how do I pay?Once we send an invoice to you, you have 72 hours to pay. If you do not pay within that time, you may lose your spot. We do not hold spots for longer. Payments are through Bill & Pay using ACH transfers. Credit card transactions take a 3% charge.
What is the ∞ for class ratios?Most classes have an 8:1 student to teacher ratio. Some classes with Mr. Simon have up to 23 students in the classroom with more (no limit) joining via teleconferencing like Skype. These classes use the ∞ symbol.
Can I pay for a part of the school year?For Rate A and B classes, you may pay for 5 classes at a time, half a school year, or a full school year. The classes must be taken every week. There is no spreading them out through the school year. All rates are prepaid. To get the full school year rate, you must prepay the full school year. If you sign up for half a school year, you will have to pay the same rate for the second half. Rate S1 and S2 classes must pay for a full school year to enroll.
Which grade level should I enroll my child in?Each class has a grade range: 2-5, 4-7, 7-9, and 9-12. Stronger students fit into the lower end and weaker students fit into the top. Placing a child in an overly difficult class does not help them. Most 6th grade students will be highly challenged in a grade 4-7 class, and a 7-9 class will be frustrating. Second or third grade is a good time to start writing classes. Starting later allows bad habits to solidify.
Should I start with reading or writing? Private or group classes?It depends on the child. Most parents and students are happiest starting with group writing classes as the learning results are visible on the page. Group classes meet the needs of most children. Private classes are best for kids who struggle or need homework help.
What about math?We have found that math is most effectively taught in private classes. Please contact us for available times.
What are these different rates?Rate A is for newer teachers, earlier hours, and ∞ groups with Mr. Simon. Rate B is for popular evening hours, weekends, and impacted teachers. Rate S1 is for 8:1 earlier classes with Mr. Simon. Rate S2 is for 8:1 limited availability and evening classes with Mr. Simon. All our group writing lessons are written by Mr. Simon and used across the writing classes, no matter the teacher. That said, we hire and train intelligent professionals.
Why these prices?We hire experienced, professional teachers and pay them living wages in the Bay Area. Finding, training, and retaining good teachers is difficult, limiting our supply. We offer a variety of price points and teacher choices, so you have many options. All our teachers impart knowledge and skills.