Could Free ACT and SAT Exams Benefit Low-Income Students?

College enrollment among lower income students has been an issue for years. High schools want their students to move on to college, but among lower income students, that has not been a reality. New research suggests that if states pay for the cost of college entrance exams (ACT and SAT), college enrollment among lower income […]






3 Important Writing Skills to Improve Right Now

With anything someone decides to learn, there are easy concepts, and there are concepts that take more time, effort, and practice to master. English has many skills that cannot be taught within a few months of English lessons, especially when it comes to writing. That’s why you need to know about these important writing skills […]






7 Reasons Students Should Write Every Day

It seems that teachers are always talking about the importance of writing every day, but as with many things, when kids are hit with something they are not particularly fond of, the response to such recommendations might be something along the lines of, “But why?” Well wonder no more! Be prepared for the next time […]






Helping Students Transition to Middle School

Preparing for middle school is an important step to a lifetime of learning.  While elementary school puts more focus on the student, and high school focuses on the skills, middle school is when a student will decide the importance of education. Middle-school will teach students not only the facts, but also how those facts and […]






Summer Enrichment Activities: Nature Walk Ideas for Kids

If you’re looking for summer enrichment activities but want your children to spend more time outside, check out these nature walk ideas for kids. They’re great ways for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors while still learning. Summer Enrichment Activities Kids Can Do Outside Nature Walk Activities to Learn Local Animals and Plants Nature […]






What’s New at A Grade Ahead? July 2017

The last three months at A Grade Ahead have been a blur of activity for staff, students, and parents. We have had held graduation celebrations at our academies, introduced hands-on activities into our curriculum, launched our Parent Portal to all A Grade Ahead families, painted the corporate offices, celebrated Mother’s Day with crafts, welcomed our […]






4 Qualities of a Good Math Tutor

No matter what type of math tutor you choose for your child, the extra attention your child receives in tutoring sessions or enrichment classes can be beneficial. That attention can boost the child’s confidence, customize learning goals, and expand your child’s education opportunities through enrichment. Because there are so many options for tutoring, you can […]






10 Reading Enrichment Activities for Elementary Students

Before I dive into listing some great reading enrichment activities for elementary students, I should probably take some time to discuss what exactly enrichment is. When we refer to enrichment in education, we are usually talking about activities that go beyond regular classroom instruction and focus on expanding upon knowledge. In short, enrichment activities are […]






How to Combine Exercise with Learning

At first thought, learning and exercise do not seem to have much in common, but that’d be incorrect! There are actually many academic benefits of physical activity. If you’re wondering how physical activity affects understanding and how to combine exercise with learning, keep reading! How Does Physical Activity Benefit Academic Performance? Motor Skills: Fine motor skills […]