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More students heading to class after school

Christine Stanley

Students today are feeling more pressure to meet ever-increasing standards. But a number of supplemental academic resources are now available in Truckee, and educators are saying that the demand is rising.”The need is increasing because standards are trickling down, and school is becoming more demanding,” said 20-year educator Lisa Crosby. “Graduation requirements have been increasing. Kindergarten is now what first grade used to be. It’s the nature of the technological society in which we live.”Crosby, a literacy specialist who taught high school math for 14 years and who also has science credentials, including chemistry and physics, opened her nonprofit Custom Learning Academy in a new facility in September. She is now has more than 60 students.”I’m seeing that when a [student] has problems, we have limited resources for them in the public schools,” Crosby said. “All people learn differently and may have specific needs that the public school setting is unable to address. You can’t always meet individual needs in a large group.”And those groups can be quite large. While the state of California provides financial incentives to keep kindergarten through third-grade classes at 20 students and fourth through seventh grades average 28 students, by the time a student gets to high school, he or she could be sharing a classroom with even more.”When you’re in a class with 30 other students, to get individual attention is never going to happen,” said eighth-grader Nicole Ramm.If individual attention isn’t the issue, the speed at which teachers must move through curriculum often is. Yet others sign up for tutoring simply to stay on top of their game and obtain additional learning strategies.”We wanted our daughter to be comfortable with different learning styles and tools,” said Annie Seelenfreund, whose second-grade daughter Natalie attends the Custom Learning Academy. “We wanted to stay on top of everything and build her strengths. She just took off, and school this year has been way easier.” According to Crosby and other area educators, the most common subjects for which students seek help are math, reading, writing, and comprehension. “If [students] are not doing well in math, we first take a look at their reading skills,” said Sue Beauchamp, owner of Brainworks tutoring service in Glenshire. “Because there are often directions to read on math problems, if [students] have a background in reading their math tends to be more fine tuned.” With high standards to reach and multiple subjects to master, the need for tutoring and supplemental academic resources is only increasing, and many educators are saying that the only way to get a handle on the system is by changing it. “The level of education has got to get better,” said Vicki Isacowitz, co-owner of Clever Minds Learning Center in Truckee. “We live in a school district where we are constantly being stripped of our funds. Time is money and there is not a lot of money to be spent.”SIDEBAR:Some tutoring options in Truckee:Brainworks:Private tutoring, test preparation, and academic assessments with 20-year educator Sue Beauchamp16221 Edinburgh Drive, off Somerset Drive in GlenshireContact Sue at 587-4032, or at suebeauchamp123@yahoo.comClever Minds Learning Center:Private and group tutoring, kindergarten readiness, test preparation, home-schooling curriculum, and more.10090 Church St., next to the Truckee Donner Recreation CenterFor more information visit http://www.cleverminds.org orcontact Vicki or Katie at 582-1707Custom Learning Academy:Private and group tutoring, homework club, courses for credit, home-schooling curriculum, art classes, and more.12716 Northwoods Blvd., Suite 2 next to Ames Deli MartFor more information visit http://www.customlearning.org orcontact Lisa at 587-5420 or at lisa@customelearning.org