If you’re looking for some useful information about Explore Horizons, you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
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When are you open?
We are open 7 days a week both in school term time and during school breaks with very few exceptions. You can find out the opening hours of your nearest center here.
How often can my child attend?
Children can attend the center up to twice a week. Sessions are based on a drop-in, flexible basis lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Do I need to book my child’s sessions?
No! Once you are member of Explore Horizons, you can visit the center on a drop-in basis. Sessions are designed to be flexible around you and your family routine. You don’t have to visit the center at set times or on set days each week. As long as the center is open for sessions, your child will be able to attend. The only exception to this is the set times for our specialist courses: Enhanced Math, Enhanced Writing or Advanced Writing & Study Skills.
Do I have to attend twice a week?
No! Although you are entitled to attend the center twice a week, this is just a guide. Many children only attend an Explore center once a week and make excellent progress.
Is there proof that it works?
Yes! The University of Reading in England has conducted detailed independent research into the benefits of Explore tutoring. Their headline finding was that “On the whole, this research shows that Explore tutoring is beneficial to both boys and girls, of all abilities, living in all socioeconomic areas.” You can read more about the efficacy study here. In the US, we have already seen fantastic progress from the children we have worked with so far, and are looking to commission a similar study once we have a viable sample. That being said, our testimonials speak for themselves! See our results.
What happens in a free in-person assessment?
The assessment session allows parents and their children to view the center in action. The session lasts approximately one hour, during which time your child will be introduced to the Explore team and initially assessed for their working levels by one of our center managers. It will also be a chance for you to discuss your child’s requirements in depth and establish your goals in order to enable the team to begin to tailor their customized learning plan.
Does Explore Horizons enrichment and tutoring work alongside what my child is learning at school?
Yes. The Explore Horizons curriculum is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The Explore tutors are trained to teach using curriculum approved teaching methods to ensure that the children have consistency with how they learn at school. This means that your child can always take the skills that they have learned at Explore back into the classroom.
What feedback will I get about my child’s progress?
We will provide regular comprehensive feedback about how your child is progressing at Explore. We hold parent progress meetings and open house sessions regularly throughout your child’s Explore membership. These meetings are designed to give you more in-depth feedback about your child’s progress, answer any questions you may have, and create a learning pathway for your child to help them reach their individual goals.
What is the ratio of children to tutors?
At Explore we work on a ratio of six to one. This means that one tutor works with a maximum of six children who are all working on their own individual programs. We feel that this creates a good balance of individual support for the children, while still encouraging them to build independent learning skills that are vital for success in the classroom.
What role do the tutors play in my child’s learning?
Our tutors are the most important factor in children’s progress at Explore. All of our tutors are trained in the curriculum, and teach using a range of interactive resources that adapt to each child’s individual ability, challenging them at exactly the right level. By getting to know each child as an individual the tutors also play an essential role in boosting children’s confidence and motivation for learning.
What role do the computers play in my child’s learning?
We use the very best computer based tools available to support your child’s learning. They are designed to be interactive and engaging for your child while providing the tutor with a fantastic tool for recording their progress. Children are still required to show their working out on paper just as they would in a classroom. We also offer a range of paper based resources to help practice key literacy skills such as handwriting, comprehension, grammar and personal and expository writing.
My child has special needs – can they benefit from coming to Explore Horizons?
Yes. At Explore we get to know all of our members as individuals. This means that we are able to tailor our curriculum and environment in order to enable each child to reach their potential. During your free in-person assessment, we will discuss your child’s unique needs with you in detail and create a course tailored to them. You can read more about Explore for children with Special Educational Needs here.
My child is gifted - can they benefit from coming to Explore Horizons?
Yes. Hundreds of gifted children benefit from attending Explore. We tailor our courses for each child’s individual requirements. We design the course around the child’s academic ability rather than their age, allowing gifted children to work at their own pace. During your free in-person assessment you will be able to discuss in more detail your child’s personal goals and requirements.
My child is pre-k - can they attend?
We do accept children who are at least 4 year old on a case by case basis, if we feel that they are ready to thrive in our learning environment. Please call your local center to discuss his or her individual needs with a center manager. They will then be able to arrange a free in-person assessment where one of our center managers can assess their ability levels.
I’ve heard that you work with local schools. What do you do?
Explore tutors develop strong relationships with local schools and regularly hold free math, reading , and writing workshops for students as well as supporting PTA events. Click here for more information about what we do with schools.
What is the monthly membership fee?
Our Success in Elementary membership is $195 per month and our Prep for Middle School and Prep for High School packages are $225 per month. There are also a number of payment options available to help you pay for Explore membership. For more information about membership fees, please visit your local center web page. Find your nearest center.
Does Explore operate on a franchise basis?
No. None of the Explore centers are run by franchisees. All of our center managers are employed and trained by Explore. This ensures that all of our centers are run to a consistently high standard. If you are interested in a career at Explore, please visit our careers site.
How much notice do I need to give if I have to stop my membership?
Initially, you should speak to your center manager to discuss your child’s membership to date, and the progress that they’ve made. If you then wish to cancel your membership, we require written notice on or before the 23rd of the month. This will then cancel your membership from the 1st of the following month.
Do you have other tutoring centers outside of Texas?
Yes our parent company Explore Learning operates nearly 130 centers in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. To find out more about our tutoring and enrichment in the United Kingdom visit www.explorelearning.co.uk.