St. Patrick’s Day Acrostic Poems from the Students at A Grade Ahead

As St. Patrick’s Day was fast approaching, the students in my 4th grade English class wanted to do a project.  Since we have been working on a poetry unit, we decided that we would use this  theme for our project.  First, we discussed the who, whys, and hows of St. Patrick’s Day.  We talked a […]

How Long Do Students Stay with A Grade Ahead?

Unlike regular school teachers, many A Grade Ahead teachers have the opportunity to teach the same students in multiple grades. In fact, it’s not uncommon for teachers to have the same students for 2 or 3 years in a row, which can be great for developing a good rapport and encouraging progress. At the same […]


Sarah is a graduate of Queens College, in Flushing, New York, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has been with A Grade Ahead for over 3 years. Sarah wears duel hats:, she is a teacher and works in administration as well.  Sarah and I met to talk so I could ask her a few […]

Why Online Math Tutoring Is Hard to Do

With all of the technology available today, online tutoring can seem like a convenient way to fit math help into your family’s busy schedule. Unfortunately, online math tutoring is hard to do – it’s especially hard to do well enough to get the same benefit as in-person tutoring or enrichment classes. What Makes Online Math […]

President’s Day Quiz: 9 Fun Facts about U.S. Presidents You Might Not Know!

On February 18, 2018 the citizens of our country will honor our nation’s Chief Executives. Originally a day to honor President George Washington, the day now celebrates all of our past Presidents whose ideas, policies, and decisions have shaped our country today. Test your knowledge, or just learn some facts to impress your family and […]

Common Valentine’s Day Traditions for Kids in the U.S.

There are many common Valentine’s Day traditions for kids to follow in the United States. Some of them go back to ancient customs and stories, some of them are new fads, and some are traditions made and kept by individual families. Valentine’s Day Traditions The origin of Valentine’s Day is somewhat of a mystery.  It […]

How Standardized Lessons Improve Enrichment Classes

The word “standardized” sometimes gets a bad rap in the education world because making everything the same can seem negative when dealing with students. We all know students are different and should be taught differently. But just because something is “standardized” doesn’t mean teachers ignore students’ individual needs. In fact, standardized lessons can actually improve […]

What’s New at A Grade Ahead? January 2018

A Grade Ahead ended 2017 with a flurry of activities. The corporate office and central Ohio academies raised money through a Change for Puerto Rico campaign. Our central Ohio students participated in a trial of a new online system used to take the December curriculum test. A Grade of New Albany/Gahanna hosted a Halloween party […]