What are the STAAR tests?

The STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) tests are standardized tests used by Texas schools to assess a child’s readiness for the next grade level. The STAAR tests are for grades 3rd – 8th and assess performance on TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards, which are the same standards to which Explore Horizons have aligned our in-center curriculum. We believe supporting a child’s whole development means working in tandem with the students’ in-class standards.

 Take the 3rd grade, 5th grade, or 7th grade practice test and see how you or your child might perform on questions pulled from the Texas Education Agency’s past exam questions.

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What skills will my child learn during STAAR and Test Prep?

Core skills are the foundations which assist your child in feeling confident within a subject – for example, knowing their algebra, patterns, and phonics. Advanced skills are those that take a step further in applying knowledge and understanding into a real-life context. These skills are not just necessary for the classroom but for the success of the STAAR tests and will set your child up for the years ahead.

Math core skills

  • Number Sense and Operations
  • Data Analysis
  • Probability and Discrete Mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Patterns, Algebra, and Functions
  • Fluency (Speed Games)


  • Concepts of Print
  • Comprehension
  • Word and Reading Fluency
  • Grammar
  • Phonics
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary


  • Time management
  • Understanding key themes
  • Research and planning
  • Breaking down tasks into manageable steps
  • Asking the right questions
  • Stress management
  • Note taking
  • Critical evaluation

How can Explore Horizons help prepare students for STAAR Tests?

Just because the stakes are high, doesn’t mean the preparation process should take the wind out of your child’s sails. Here at Explore Horizons, we work closely with parents to design a personalized learning program for your child in preparation for the STAAR tests.

From members-only workshops to enhanced specialist courses our curriculum provides the best preparation and foundation for your child, covering not only core skills but also applied skills – which are fundamental in ensuring your child excels in the classroom, succeeds in the STAAR test and applies their skills to real-life contexts.

What’s more, we always strive to make learning fun and engaging for your child while aligning to the Texas curriculum meaning you can rest assured that our tutoring and enrichment is the best possible complement to your child’s education.

Don’t just take our word for it: our proven results, student, and parent testimonials highlight our success in assisting students in achieving their academic goals but most importantly building confidence and becoming a fearless learner.

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Unique Approach

We believe that developing skills and confidence as a fearless learner throughout the academic year will be the best possible preparation for school tests.

Our stress-free approach focuses on sustained acquisition of academic skills from the Texas curriculum, helping students achieve great STAAR test results but also helping to improve their skills way beyond the tests.  We believe that student annual success should be measured in their new skills, attitude to learning, and achievements across the board – not just how they perform on one day, in one test.

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Our tutors

Alongside our teaching methods and tools, our tutors are essential to making your child’s learning a success. We work with no more than 6 students at a time, meaning your child has access to immediate support but can develop their confidence and independence.

All of our tutors are experts in the Texas school curriculum, and the rigors of STAAR and other school testing. They receive regular training on current teaching methods and are supported by center managers who are college graduates in multiple disciplines from top ranking colleges in Texas and throughout the states. Our teams love their jobs, and this passion creates a vibrant, positive working environment that students thrive in.


Our Environment

Children learn best when they are engaged and comfortable. Explore centers are lively, vibrant, and full of positive energy, but most importantly they’re a safe place where our members can feel at home.

This is particularly important around test-taking times, when pressure at school can be increasing; we will continue to be a place of security for your child where they feel respected and appreciated. It’s much easier to practice for STAAR tests when anxiety is lowest. Central to our company visions and values is ensuring that everyone feels part of the Explore family; our members, parents, staff, and communities. Our centers are welcoming homes for children regardless of their ability and our staff are always there to offer a listening ear and expertize to ensure we deliver an outstanding, tailored service to every parent and child.

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Our Curriculum

We know how important it is to get exactly the right balance of resources that will enable a child to grow in their learning and understanding.

Your child’s STAAR test results in 2018 will get to the next level thanks to the support system Explore offers. Our Texas standards-aligned digital learning is constantly exposing learners to the same objectives they find on the STAAR test, without them even realizing that they’re preparing for it. Our learning programs also embrace the increased focus on technology in education, as well as traditional learning methods. We value the benefits that paper-based working can bring, such as practicing neat handwriting, writing a research paper, or working out your standard algorithm for division. We use a range of fantastic online tools which allow us to really tailor our service to suit your child.  Our tools offer an effective and reliable way for us to track their progress over time, in math, reading and writing, and evaluate those test-taking skills. It also means we can share detailed results, keeping you involved throughout every step of your child’s Explore journey.

We also offer a unique writing service designed to support the rigors of STAAR writing in 4th and 7th grade, by working exclusively on personal and expository writing styles. Our Enhanced Writing program inspires students in a group setting, equipping them with a toolkit of relevant writing skills to impress their examiners.

Proven Results

Understandably many parents are looking for support that promises success in STAAR or other tests. We will deliver that, but we also promise to nurture fearless learners with a thirst for knowledge.

Last year at Explore Horizons, we helped over hundreds of students improve their STAAR, CogAT, and end of year test results, and we are excited to help even more this year! We celebrate every child, not based on their peers, grade level, or test scores, but based on them. That’s why we’ve managed to support over 175,000 children in the United Kingdom and Dallas/ Fort Worth to become fearless learners who are ready for their educational next step.

Explore Horizons are the best learning centers in the DFW metroplex by far. My son was not working at his grade level before he started. He was also struggling to pass a private school exam to get admitted. The managers and tutors from the Garland location are the best!! They helped him so much that he is now working at grade level. Not only that, but he passed the exam with the help of the Explore Horizons team! Thank you so much you guys!! I totally recommend it to everyone..what are you waiting for? Get your free trial today! 🙂

Mr Rashid – Garland Dad

Explore Horizons is the best!!! I’ve seen so much growth in my boys. The people here are amazing!!! Look no further if you want to give your children the educational advantage.

Marcus Richard

My son was not that good at reading, but with only a few classes at Explore Horizons,  he was able to achieve  “Commended” in his staar test.

Minaz Cell – Colleyville mom

We believe delivering the best standard of education shouldn’t cost the world.

That’s why we offer our award-winning service at a price that’s accessible for everyone.

Our membership is simple and a great value. We offer a sibling discount so that your whole family can benefit, and we’re proud to offer a needs-based scholarship program, with a 50% discount for a limited number of qualifying lower income families. What’s more, with our ‘Refer A Friend’ program you can reduce your monthly membership to as little as $75 per month, simply by successfully introducing other members to Explore Horizons. For every child that joins as a result of your recommendation, you will save $10 per month, every month, and so will your friend! Just contact your nearest center to find out more.

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