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Educational after school programs come to north Fulton
by Nicole Dow
August 14, 2013 10:48 AM | 4401 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tutor Shop, an educational company in north Fulton, is bringing academic-based after school programs to local elementary schools.

Co-owner Terri Eisenberg, a mother and teacher with more than 25 years of experience, said the company started out offering one-on-one tutoring services. She would hear from parents about how there were not any local options for kids to get their homework completed, work on school projects and study for tests while in after school care.

Eisenberg said the intent with launching The Tutor Shop’s after school program was to take the stress off families and get them back to spending enjoyable time together after school and work.

“Particularly [for] families where the mom has had to go back to work,” she explained. “It used to be the mom could be at home and help with the work load and help with the tests and go to PTA. Most moms now have gone back to the workforce.”

One of Eisenberg’s two sons recently graduated from Milton High School — the other is still a student there — and reflecting back, she wishes she had spent more time having fun with her son then dealing with homework struggles and school pressures.

Eisenberg said 10 elementary schools in north Fulton have signed on to be a part of the program and she is currently negotiating to bring the service into more schools. The Tutor Shop After School Program works with first through fifth graders directly in their schools.

Parents can sign their children up for the entire school year, a semester or per month. Costs vary from about $300 for a month to nearly $3,000 for the year.

Eisenberg said the program keeps the student to teacher ratio at 12 children per teacher so students are able to get the personalized help they need.

A typical after school session will start with physical activity and a snack, followed by homework and study time. The last hour is reserved for activities such as art or chess, she said.

“We have fun, but it’s all about helping these kids feel ready for school the next day,” she said.

Eisenberg piloted the program at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School last spring and received positive feedback.

She plans to expand the program through the county and surrounding areas and is also thinking of adding more grade levels.

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