Home school students seeking academic and career guidance will have a new place to go when the Academic Advantage Center opens in the Ballantyne Business Park this fall.The 5-year-old business, which has been providing tutoring services at its current location at the intersection of Ardrey Kell and Marvin Road, recently relocated to 13850 Ballantyne Corporate Place.The school tutors about 50 students regularly, although company owner Debbie Bodenarain expects that number to increase in the new location. In addition to tutoring services, the business will add a school to help parents teach home-schooled children.“My belief for starting the school is that every child can learn, you just have to find the right way to teach that child,” she said.Traditional schools have to cater to the majority because of limited resources, Bodenarain said. That puts students who learn in a different way or at a slower pace at risk of being left behind.“Our goal is to find out within a couple of weeks the right way to teach a child and approach them,” she said. The school will offer higher level classes for grades 5 through 12 in such subjects as Spanish, French, biology, chemistry, history and statistics.High school students will also have the opportunity to be placed in business internships nearby.“So students have an accurate idea of the world of work,” she said. The center will also continue to provide year-round SAT and ACT Prep classes. An open house of the new facility is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on June 23. Bodenarain said the school will have a 25-student cap during the school’s first year, which will begin September 3.She expects the school to augment what parents are already teaching their children at home.She noted that some parents may only be able to teach up to Algebra I, which is where the new home school will step in. “We want to fill in the gap where parents are not knowledgeable,” she said. If the first year is a success, Bodenarain said she expects to open a second school in the Lake Norman area.
Friday, Jun. 21, 2013
Charlotte tutoring service plans expansion
Learn more: An open house of the new facility is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on June 23. Contact the center, 704-542-2042 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • School rates $150 registration fee per student with a $300 cap per family; $55 per hour for high school students; $1,100 per year for students in grades 5 through 8. • Tutoring rates $35 registration fee for tutoring; $50 per hour regardless of grade; tutoring is one-on-one and by appointment only. It begins after 4 p.m.
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