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

The 2021 Summer Program


The George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. is offering a virtual SUMMER SOLUTION program for MCPS students in grades Pre-K – 12.


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


Customized tutoring for middle & high school students.


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


4 sessions of computer coding with a showcase of projects


Code virtual robot missions linked to real world concepts.


Our High Achievement Scholarship for high school seniors


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


Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy partnership program

Crash Course 2 College

Get help with the complicated path to college entrance.

The 2021 Summer Program


The George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. is offering a virtual SUMMER SOLUTION program for MCPS students in grades Pre-K – 12.

Courses will take place on Saturday mornings and will include social-emotional learning lessons.

Each Saturday, the curriculum will highlight grade-level content from the 2020-21 school year and preview items for the 2021-2022 school year.

FREE for MCPS students.

Saturdays 8:30 – 11:00 AM

Courses are available all Saturdays starting July 10 and ending on August 14.

July 10: Opening: pre-assessment
July 17: Tutoring Session
July 24: Tutoring Session
July 31: Tutoring Session
August 7: Tutoring Session
August 14: Closing: post-assessment

 Virtual Summer School Centers:

  • Adventurers: Pre-K – 5th grade
  • Scholars: 6th – 8th grade
  • Dreamers: ESOL students – All grades Pre-K – 12
  • Achievers: 9th – 12th grade (including AP/IB and SAT/ACT Prep)
  • Conquerors: STEM Program (Coding, Robotics)


Saturday School – Core Academic Support


Our Saturday School program runs Saturdays from mid September to May. Students can begin at Saturday School any time throughout our 2020-2021 season.

Program times are 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. For 2020-2021, Saturday School is offered virtually. See our Calendar for scheduled dates.

Our core program for Grades K-12 focuses on Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Test-Taking skills. Certified teachers review material that is aligned with the curriculum at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and students can review concepts and homework covered during their school week.

For high school, Grades 9-12, core subjects include English and Math. We also offer support in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, and in preparation for Advanced Placement exams. Each student gets the right match of homework support or tutoring they need.

SAT/ACT Test prep is also offered at some of our Centers (Click to Test Prep, below).

Aristotle Circle Tutors


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.


To get discounted rates for Aristotle Peer Tutors, you must register first through Saturday School.

If Registering also for Saturday School:

Students already registering for Saturday School, pay no additional fee to get the discounted rates for AC Peer Tutors. For the 2019-2020 year, our students pay $38 for a full hour of tutoring. (No half-hour sessions).

To Only Requester for Aristotle Circle Peer Tutors:

First, pay a $25 initial fee through the Saturday School registration process. Then, students can request AC Peer Tutors at the discounted rates, above. Each student will schedule the tutoring sessions directly through AC Peer Tutors.

SAT/ACT Test Preparation


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


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


Be ready for the SAT/ACT with our affordable Test Prep program. This 6-week program is offered several times a year. Current program dates are:

Fall Semester:  September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 November 7, 14 & 21

Spring Semester:  January 20, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8

SAT Testing Dates:
November 7, December 5, May 8, June 5, December 5, 12, 19

ACT Testing Dates:
December 12, February 6,April 17, June 12



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

Pre-K Rising Stars


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



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 Google CS First and build projects in the Scratch programming language.

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

Four sessions are available for the 2020-2021 school year, and classes are available at 2 levels:

Elementary School –  Grades 3-5

Middle School – Grades 6-8


Term 1:
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (Closing)
Term 2: November 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19 (Closing)

Term 3:
January 30, February 6, 20, 27, March 13 (Closing)
Term 4: March 20, April 10, 17, 24, May 1(Closing)


Fee is $125 for the 4-week term.

Location:  Intro to Coding is only available online in 2020-2021



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


Saturdays 9:00-11:00 AM

Term 1:
October 2, 10, 17, 24, 31
Term 2:
November 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19 (Closing)

Term 3: January 20, February 6, 20, 27, March 13 (Closing)
Term 4: March 20, April 17, 24, May 1 (Closing)

$125 for each Robotics Term.





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.


Applications are usually due in April.

Scholarship details for 2020 to be announced. See our application guidelines, here: Scholarship Guidelines

Click here for Scholarship Application: (2020 Application available in Spring)

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

ACES Program


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

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.


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

Application Process:

Students apply for ACES in the Fall of their 10th grade, to begin in the Fall of 11th grade.

The ACES applications are submitted in the Fall, with a deadline in mid-December.

For details, a list of the 10 high schools that participate, and the application – please visit the ACES website – click here.

Adult English Literacy Program (MCAEL Partner)


The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) is a community coalition – a group of individuals and organizations from the community that have come together to strengthen and promote adult English literacy services in Montgomery County.


English language classes by MCAEL are offered on Saturdays. For the 2020-2021 school year, they will be offered online in our virtual ESOL center.

This program is free and made possible with a grant from MCAEL, the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy.


Fall Semster: September 26 – December 19

Spring Semester: January 30 – May 8

To learn more, or to register, please call our offices 301-287-8980.


Crash Course 2 College


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
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


$85 ($40 for FARMS recipients) – one time payment covers the Fall semester (Sept. 26 – Dec 19). Students may attend as many classes as needed.

$85 ($40 for FARMS recipients) – one time payment covers the Winter semester (Jan. 23- May 8) Students may attend as many classes as needed.


Fall Semester: September 26 – December 19

Spring Semester: January 30 – May 8

To learn more, or to register, please call our offices 301-287-8980.