Back to School Savings on Tutoring at WHIZard Academy; New Minnesota Graduation Requirements Have Many Parents Seeking Extra Study Help

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New Minnesota graduation requirements in English and math have many parents seeking extra study help at local tutoring centers, such as WHIZard Academy. Each student's program is tailored to state requirements, fills the skill gaps identified by a WHIZard Academy's evaluation tool and results in a customized program for each student. Parents can save 10 percent off of a tutoring program that is tailored to Minnesota state education requirements when signing up by the end of September for one or more of their children.

Parents are seeking extra study help because they're concerned about the new high school graduation requirements

Parents can save 10 percent off of a tutoring program that is tailored to Minnesota state education requirements when signing up by the end of September for one or more of their children.

Back-to-school savings are available on the most popular 50-hour and 100-hour tutoring packages. Parents can combine subjects, such as math and English, into one student's program or include multiple siblings under one package.

"Based on WHIZard Academy's 15-year success with its own tutoring model, students can improve one or two grade levels in six months with a minimum of three hours per week of tutoring," according to Claude Chenard, owner of the Eden Prairie WHIZard Academy. Unlike other tutoring centers, which dictate the frequency of their programs, WHIZard Academy offers flexibility for parents to choose the number of hours per week their students receive tutoring.

"Parents are seeking extra study help because they're concerned about the new high school graduation requirements," says Chenard. The new requirements are tested in grade 10 for the English requirement (86.2 percent passed in Minnesota last year) and grade 11 for the math requirement. This is the first year that the math requirement must be passed for graduation. More than 58 percent of grade 11 students in Minnesota failed the math assessment last year. Testing will take place next April 2009.

WHIZard Academy serves the southwestern suburban area. It specializes in math, English and science using a multi-sensory approach that combines listening, reading and writing. Each student's program is tailored to state requirements, fills the skill gaps identified by a WHIZard Academy's evaluation tool (free with enrollment) and results in a customized program for each student.

Tutoring hours are Monday through Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. The tutoring center is closed on Friday due to students' extra-curricular activities.

WHIZard Academy is a U.S. company founded on the successful tutoring model and 15 years of international experience of its Canadian affiliate, Academy for Mathematics & Science. The Academy has over 50 learning centers across North America. In Minnesota, WHIZard serves students in Bloomington, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Shakopee, WHIZard Academy is located at 8353 Crystal View Road in Eden Prairie. Visit http://edenprairie.whizardacademy.com.

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