Our Programs

Saturday School’s core program provides learning support and academic tutoring for Grade K-12

Other programs are designed to enhance student confidence and success – and to provide support for families

SATURDAY SCHOOL

Our signature program offered at seven virtual centers in
Montgomery County.

ARISTOTLE CIRCLE PEER TUTORS

Customized tutoring for middle & high school students.

SAT/ACT PREP

Very affordable SAT/ACT Test Prep classes at some of our Centers.

Pre-K Rising Stars

New Program! Contact the office at 301-287-8980

CODING

4 sessions of computer coding with a showcase of projects

ROBOTICS

Code virtual robot missions linked to real world concepts.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Our High Achievement Scholarship for high school seniors

ACES

Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success supports students Grade 11 and 12, then in college

MCAEL

Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy partnership program

AP/IB Support

The Scope and Sequence from the College Board will be followed in preparation for the AP/IB May 2021 exams.

Crash Course 2 College

Get help with the complicated path to college entrance.

Saturday School – Core Academic Support

OVERVIEW

Saturday School provides academic tutoring and instruction with certified teachers in a nurturing and supportive virtual environment. The program is aligned with the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) curriculum. MCPS students Grades K through 12 may attend after registering for Saturday School for $85 per year ($40 for students who receive FARMS).

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Grades K through 8 focus on reading, language arts and math
  • Grades 9 through 12 focus on core subjects (English and math); support for High School Assessment; SAT/ACT support
  • College and career readiness is emphasized

Also Offering:

  • Robotics
  • Coding
  • Crash Course to College
  • SAT/ACT Prep

DATES

SATURDAYS – VIRTUAL ONLY / 8:30 – 11:00 AM

September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30; May 7

FEES

$85 for the academic year ($40 for students who receive FARMS).

OVERVIEW

Are you enrolled in MCPS Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses? The Learning Academy Online offers support for Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) students enrolled in this curriculum. The Scope and Sequence from the College Board will be followed in preparation for the AP/IB May 2021 exams.

This program is only for MCPS students enrolled in an AP/IB class.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

AP Subjects

  • Government
  • Calculus AB/BC
  • Language and Literature
  • US History
  • World Language

IB Subjects

  • Extended Essay/TOK Support
  • History (IA Support)
  • Math (Analysis and Application (AI Support)
  • Science (IA Support)

Dates:

SATURDAYS – VIRTUAL ONLY / 8:30 – 11:00 AM

September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30; May 7

FEES:

$85 for the academic year ($40 for students who receive FARMS).

Aristotle Circle Tutors

OVERVIEW

Saturday School partners with Aristotle Circle Peer Tutors (AC Peer Tutors) to provide middle and high school students with customized tutoring.

AC Peer Tutors are high-achieving high school student tutors that are matched for each request. The AC Peer Tutors are carefully screened and serve as effective tutors and role models for other students.

 

FEES:

To get discounted rates for Aristotle Peer Tutors, you must register first through Saturday School. Each student will schedule the tutoring sessions directly through AC Peer Tutors by emailing Lynn@aristotlecircle.com.The tutoring cost will be $40 per hour and $25 for 30 minutes. 

SAT/ACT Test Preparation

OVERVIEW

This year, Saturday School will offer SAT/ACT Test Preparation virtually.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Receive expert advice on test taking strategies
  • Understand how the SAT/ACT are structured
  • Learn how to best prepare to improve test scores

 

PREP DATES:

  • Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 31 (Prep for Oct. 23 ACT, Nov. 6 SAT and Dec. 11 ACT)
  • Oct. 23, 31, Nov. 6, 13, & 20, (Prep for Dec. 4 SAT and Dec. 11 ACT)
  • Dec. 5, 11, 18, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26, & March 5 (Prep for Feb. 12 ACT and March 12 SAT)
  • March 12, 19, April 2, 23 and 30 (Prep for April 2 ACT,  May 7 SAT, June 4 SAT and June 11 ACT)

FEES:

Students only pay fee for our core Saturday School program ($85 per year, or $40 if eligible for FARMs).

Pre-K Rising Stars

OVERVIEW

This is a new offering from the Saturday School for preschoolers. For information and registration, please call us at 301-287-8980.

OVERVIEW

Intro to Coding is offered as a special 4-week session. Program times are 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Students learn the basics of coding using Code Combat. It is a coding program using python.

Students who took our Intro to Coding class before can register again to continue advancing their skills.

Four sessions are available for the 2021-2022 school year, and classes are available at 2 levels:

Elementary School –  Grades 3-5

Middle School – Grades 6-8

DATES

Session 1: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Closing)

Session 2: Nov 13, 20 and Dec 4, 11, 18 (Showcase)

Session 3: Jan 29 and Feb 5, 12, 26 and March 12 (Closing)

Session 4: March 19, 26 and April 2, 23, 30 (Closing)

FEES:

$150 per session

Robotics

OVERVIEW

This new class lets students have fun while learning to program their own virtual robots.

Teachers will guide students in learning how to code virtual robot missions that are linked to real world concepts.

The program is designed to run within the CoderZ online educational environment.

Students will:

  • Sharpen their problem solving skills
  • Learn basic and advanced robotic operations
  • Arrange codes to send commands to virtual robots

DATES:

Session 1: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Closing)

Session 2: Nov 13, 20 and Dec 4, 11, 18 (Showcase)

Session 3: Jan 29 and Feb 5, 12, 26 and M arch 12 (Closing)

Session 4: March 19, 26 and April 2, 23, 30 (Closing)

FEES:

$150 per session

 

 

Scholarship

OVERVIEW

The George B. Thomas, Sr. High Achievement Scholarship rewards high school seniors who have been a part of our Saturday School program and the George B. Thomas Learning Academy.  Students must have consistently attended Saturday School, or have served as a MCPS Student Volunteer in our program.

This is a competitive scholarship, and students must show academic achievement. The awards are based on criteria which is detailed in the yearly application guidelines.

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications are usually due in April.

Scholarship details for 2021 to be announced. See our application guidelines, here: Scholarship Guidelines

Click here for Scholarship Application: (2021 Application available in Spring)

Awards winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremonies of Saturday School.

ACES Program

OVERVIEW

  • An academic support program for students in Grade 11-12 that continues into college.
  • A free program for eligible and selected students.
  • APPLY IN 10th GRADE

Academic Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) provides academic coaches and support to targeted high school students in Montgomery County (MCPS). Goal is to helps student complete an undergraduate degree at Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove.

Targeted students are generally those underrepresented in college, or who would be first in their families to graduate from college.

Saturday School is a partner in this program, offering academic support at our Centers during the 11th and 12 Grades of high school.

DETAILS

ACES is a free program that starts in 11th grade and continues through 12th grade, then through college.

REGISTRATION

Please contact your ACES coach at the student’s school to register for ACES. You do not register through Saturday School.

Crash Course 2 College

OVERVIEW

Let the Learning Academy Online help you with the complicated path to college entrance. This support is offered on the dates below from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.

Students from any high school in the county may attend after registering in the Learning Academy Online for $85 ($40 for students who receive FARMS). Students may attend as many classes as needed to accomplish their college admission goals.

Fall Semester
SENIORS ONLY
Topics Include:

  • College Applications
  • Scholarship Applications
  • Essay Editing
  • College & Scholarship Search
  • Naviance Assistance
  • Student Brag Sheet
  • Teacher/Counselor Recommendations
  • ACT/Sat Registration
  • FAFSA Tips

Winter Semester
Grades 10 thru 12
Topics Include:

  • College Search
  • Scholarship Search
  • Naviance
  • Student Brag Sheet
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Presentations
  • ACT/SAT Registration

DATES:

SATURDAYS – VIRTUAL ONLY / 8:30 – 11:00 AM

September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30; May 7

FEES:

$85 for the academic year ($40 for students who receive FARMS).