This transition can be a difficult time for students as they enter a new academic and social environment with tougher lessons, homework, organization, and more competition.  That’s why here at Explore, our preparation for this challenge starts as early as third grade.  We will work hard with your child to stretch their academics, prepare for research and homework, and most importantly, continue to foster the attitude of a confident, fearless learner.

Summary of the benefits of the “Prep for Middle School” Package:

  • Ongoing assessment in math, reading, and writing
  • Up to two personalized, 1 ¼ hour sessions per week
  • Option to upgrade one session to Enhanced Writing or Enhanced Math group, teacher-led class
  • Regular one-on-one parent progress meetings & information sessions to increase your knowledge and confidence with the school curriculum
  • Option to attend the drop-in Homework Clinic on a Wednesday evening
  • One bookable one-to-one tutoring session per month on an identified area of difficulty
  • Member-only vacation workshops based on specific skill focuses for current or next grade
  • Member-only focused STAAR and test preparation classes

Best foot forward…

When your child begins their membership with us, we will take the time to get to know them and understand their needs as an individual. After your family has settled into a routine, gotten to know how the center runs and all our wonderful staff, each student will undergo a personalized academic assessment. This will not be stressful, but it will give us the information we need to understand what your student finds easy and challenging, how to move them forwards, and how to best impact their success at school. We will then design a personal program of work which may include elements of our math, comprehension, analysis, and research resources, together with the possibility of a group teacher-led class focused on sustained writing or advanced mathematical problem solving.

Our unique approach

Once we have designed your child’s personal program of study, then we are here for your family everyday moving forwards! Our centers are open around the clock to provide a flexible, family-friendly service – we know you are busy so we want to make it as easy as possible for your child to attend at you and their own leisure. Whether you make it along for one or two sessions per week, we know that with regular attendance, we can work in partnership to ensure your child meets your learning goals for them.

Showing tangible progress

We hope that you will see immediate and lasting changes in your child’s abilities and attitudes from day one of your membership with us, but grade-specific goals and progress across the board will take time and dedication to achieve on both sides. No one knows your child better than you, so we know our approach is most effective when we work in partnership with parents and schools. We want to keep you informed about what your child is achieving with us, and we want to hear from you as your goals and priorities change. After every lesson you will receive a brief but informative session card with verbal feedback, letting you know how your child did that day. This is not designed to tell you everything, but it will provide an essential overview and allow you to celebrate academic success everyday!

Every other month you will be invited to have a one-on-one progress meeting with a manager where we will discuss your child’s achievements in more detail. You will hear an overview of their academic progress against Texas and peer standards, understand their progress towards personal learning goals, and explore areas of strength or for development in detail. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to find out everything you need to know, and for us to continue to support you and your child in the best way moving forwards.


Keeping you in the driver’s seat

As your child’s learning goals evolve and new challenges arise, our flexible approach and resources will continue to meet their needs and yours.

As your child’s learning goals move forwards and new challenges arise, our flexible approach and resources will continue to meet their needs and yours. Beginning in third grade, Texan students are tested annually for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. If your child accesses an alternative method of education, then this is still usually the time when more formal testing begins. We know that this can be a stressful time of year for students, teachers, and parents alike, and we are here to help. At Explore, we are the only tutoring center to offer a stress-free, effective, and totally-Texas focused preparation course which is free for all members and runs from January to April. We don’t want your child’s only learning goal for the year to be passing these tests, but at the same time we know that these measures are essential for ensuring future academic success for our students. Our unique approach balances the development of overall student ability with developing strategies and confidence for these tests, while not neglecting or extinguishing the passion of our fearless learners. Find out more about our testing and STAAR preparation approach here. 

Throughout school vacations we also offer a range of member-only skill-based workshops to strengthen current skills or prepare for the next grade. These skills include: character analysis, geometry, expository and personal writing, budgeting, and much more.  There are at least 10 skills-based workshops available at each grade level, that you can access throughout the school year.

We will decide with you as a team when your child is ready to take the step up to our “Preparation for High School” package, but this will be based on their individual learning needs rather than just their age. Find out more about key benefits of the “Preparation for High School” package here.