Discover Learning Center
Ph 703-856-7057
discover386@hotmail.com
Wechat ID: dlc386

Summer Courses in Discover Learning Center:

TJ Language/ Essay Writing& Math (Part 1) (Tuesday 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm)

Geometry (Thursday 7:00pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 1:30pm to 5:00pm) 

Trigonometry-Pre-Cal/TJ math 4_math5 (Wednesday 7:00pm to 9:00pm,Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm)

AP BC Calculus (Monday 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Sunday 1:30pm to 4:30pm)

​Enhanced Java Programming (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 7:00pm to 9:00pm) 

SAT _ ACT prep Reading/Science/writing/English Language/Essay writing (Monday + Thursday + Friday + Sunday) 

SAT _ ACT prep Math (Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm) 








TJ Prep for rising 8th grade students: Language/Writing Class and Math Class (Part 1):
 Our TJ admission test preparation program is well known for being a highly successful program in the Northern Virginia area. Students in this program will learn the tools that enable them to be successful when they take the TJ Entrance Exam, Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Essay writing in December 2015. In the fall of 2010 class, 10 out of 12 students were accepted for the 2015 class. In the fall 2011 class, 21 out of 27 students were accepted for the 2016 class. In the fall 2012, 13 out of 20 students were accepted, plus two students were accepted in summer round in 2013. In fall 2013 class, 22 out of 30 students were accepted by TJ. In 2014 classes, 23 out of 37 students were accepted by TJ. In 2015 classes, 28 out of 43 students were accepted by TJ. In fall 2016 classes, 16 out of 25 students were accepted by TJ.
We designed a one-year program for the TJ Entrance preparation from spring/summer (Part 1) to fall (Part 2) semester. In the summer semester, we focus on more basics. In fall, we will have more practices and test skill practices. We recommend students to take the TJ preparation program from spring/summer to fall. The statistics data indicate to us that students who took both the spring and fall semester had a much higher TJ acceptance rate. Also, we always implement the new requirement changes from TJ admission office to the classes.
New Admission Test for TJHSST will be introduced during 2017-18 School Year. The ACT Aspire test will test reading and science skills, and the Quant Q will test math skills.
The TJ preparation sessions for rising 8th grade students in summer 2017 at Discover Learning Center will prepare the students for the new admissions test. 

Overview: Language/Writing Course
The goal of the Language/Writing course is to prepare students for the Verbal section of the TJ Admissions test and to prepare students for both the Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Timed Essay. Over the course of the spring and summer, students will spend considerable time reading and writing, both in and out of class. The course will cover grammar and writing conventions, and students will be required to practice writing one essay during each class session and another essay between sessions at home. The instructor will provide students with individualized feedback designed to help each student to improve his/her writing skills. Students will also spend considerable time reading non-fiction passages to prepare for the verbal section. The course will cover:
-- ACT Aspire reading comprehension
--ACT Aspire science
--SIS: Students Information Sheet
--TJHSST Essays: Problem Solving 

Overview: Math Course
The math course will prepare students to take the math portion from Quant Q of the TJHSST admissions exam in November 18th 2017. The course will cover all of the following topics: Arithmetic and Number Operations, Number Theory and Number Sense, Statistics, Probability and Data Analysis, Simplifying and Evaluating Variable Expressions, Solving Equations and Solving Algebraic and Geometric Word Problems, plus the math problem essay writing. The course will also cover test taking strategies and multiple choice strategies. Intensive practice will be introduced.

Date and Time:
Tuesday and Sunday; two days a week for six weeks, Tuesday (7:00pm to 9:00pm), Sunday (9:00am to 1:00pm)  

Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County PKWY) and is right off Elden Street. 

Books: 
TBD

Language/Writing Teacher: Ms. Raffel
Math Teacher: Mr. Ascarrunz

Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County PKWY) and is right off Elden Street. 


Language/Writing Teacher: Ms. Raffel
Math Teacher: Mr. Ascarrunz

Class Calendar:

Tuesday                Time                                       Sunday                             Time
                                                                        7/9/2017             9:00am to 11:00am -- Language; 11:00am to 1:00pm -- Math
7/11/2017        7:00pm to 9:00pm -- Language    7/16/2017            9:00am to 11:00am -- Language; 11:00am to 1:00pm -- Math
7/18/2017        7:00pm to 9:00pm -- Language    7/23/2017            9:00am to 11:00am -- Language; 11:00am to 1:00pm -- Math
7/25/2017        7:00pm to 9:00pm -- Language    7/30/2017            9:00am to 11:00am -- Language; 11:00am to 1:00pm -- Math

8/1/2017          7:00pm to 9:00pm -- Language    8/6/2017               9:00am to 11:00am -- Language; 11:00am to 1:00pm -- Math
8/8/2017          7:00pm to 9:00pm -- Language     8/13/2017            9:00am to 11:00am -- Language; 11:00am to 1:00pm -- Math
8/15/2017        7:00pm to 9:00pm -- Language  

Ms. Raffel, English Teacher
Ms. Raffel graduated from UCLA. She has advanced degrees in linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language, and has several teaching credentials. Ms. Raffel has taught all levels of English to elementary, middle, and high school students for 39 years, in both the public and private sector. She has taught English at George Mason University for 36 years. She also taught in Mexico and in Brazil.

Mr. Ascarrunz, Math Teacher
Mr. Ascarrunz is a former graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has also attended George Mason University where he received his Masters degree in Secondary Education. He has 8 years of high school teaching experience in the Fairfax County Public School system, and 8 years of private tutoring experience. He has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry, and AP Calculus AB and has worked with students in Grades 9 through 12. He is certified to teach both AP Calculus AB and BC. Every student doesn’t want to miss his class. The students love his teaching style very much.

Please send your check or other payment style to reserve the seat:
Discover Learning Center
P.O. Box 386
Great Falls, VA 22066
Please e-mail us at: discover386@hotmail.com(Phone: 703-856-7057) We will e-mail you a registration form. 

Supplies (required)

Please read the supply list carefully. NO substitutions. There are reasons for everything on the list.
laptop (don't forget your power cord)
TWO (2) dedicated flash drives
college/narrow-ruled 8 1/2 x 11 notebook paper
college/narrow-ruled 8 1/2 x 11 SPIRAL notebook
two blue or black BALLPOINT pens (not gels, not rollers, not erasable) 
BALLPOINT pen in a color OTHER THAN blue, black, or purple
sharpened pencil (no sharpener in room)
highlighter







Geometry Honor for 7th and 8th grade students: 

Course Description:
Geometry introduces the study of points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, solid figures, and their associated relationships as a mathematical system. Emphasis is placed on the description and use of inductive, deductive, and intuitive reasoning skills. Powers of abstract reasoning, spatial visualization and logical reasoning patterns are improved through this course. Points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, and solid figures are the structures studied. The focus is on comparisons between these figures concerning surface areas, volumes, congruence, similarity, transformations, and coordinate Geometry

Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County PKWY) and is right off Elden Street.

​Date and Time:
Thursday and Saturday; two days a week for five weeks, Thursday (7:00pm to 9:30pm), Saturday (1:30pm to 5:00pm)  

Teacher: Mr. Ascarrunz
Mr. Ascarrunz is a former graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has also attended George Mason University where he received his Masters degree in Secondary Education. He has 6 years of high school teaching experience in the Fairfax County Public School system, and 10 years of private tutoring experience. He has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry, and AP Calculus AB and has worked with students in Grades 9 through 12. He is certified to teach both AP Calculus AB and BC.

He is the current TJ math class teacher in Discover Learning Center. Every student doesn’t want to miss his class. The students love his teaching style very much.

Class Calendar

Thursday         Time                            Saturday            Time
7/20/2017        7:00pm to 9:30pm        7/22/2017        1:30pm to 5:00pm
7/27/2017        7:00pm to 9:30pm        7/29/2017        1:30pm to 5:00pm

8/3/2017          7:00pm to 9:30pm        8/5/2017          1:30pm to 5:00pm
8/10/2017        7:00pm to 9:30pm        8/12/2017        1:30pm to 5:00pm
8/17/2017        7:00pm to 9:30pm        8/19/2017        1:30pm to 5:00pm






Trigonometry_Pre-Cal /TJ Math 4_5

Course Description:
This class will cover the most important concepts of the newly designated TJHSST course "TJ Math 4" commonly referred to as "Trigonometry". In this course, students will become familiar with the following topics: right triangle ratios, radian angle measures, circular functions, the unit circle, solving trigonometric equations, inverses, identities, the Laws of Sines, the Law of Cosines, graphing trigonometric functions, and applying trigonometric techniques to solving real-world problems. A transformational approach to graphing is used with families of related graphs. Numerical, graphical, and algebraic solutions are considered for all problems as applicable. Graphing utilities on the graphing calculator are integral to the course. 

Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County PKWY) and is right off Elden Street. 
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Date and Time:
Wednesday and Sunday; two days a week for six weeks, Wednesday (7:00pm to 9:30pm), Sunday (1:30pm to 4:30pm)  

Teacher: Mr. Ascarrunz
Mr. Ascarrunz is a former graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has also attended George Mason University where he received his Masters degree in Secondary Education. He has 6 years of high school teaching experience in the Fairfax County Public School system, and 10 years of private tutoring experience. He has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry, and AP Calculus AB and has worked with students in Grades 9 through 12. He is certified to teach both AP Calculus AB and BC.


Calendar:

Wednesday                    Time                      Saturday                        Time
7/12/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm            7/15/2017                10:00am to 1:00pm
7/19/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm            7/22/2017                10:00am to 1:00pm
7/26/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm            7/29/2017                10:00am to 1:00pm

8/2/2017              7:00pm to 9:00pm            8/5/2017                  10:00am to 1:00pm
8/9/2017              7:00pm to 9:00pm            8/12/2017                10:00am to 1:00pm
8/16/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm            8/19/2017                10:00am to 1:00pm










AP BC Calculus:

 This course is intended to prepare students for the standard AP Calculus BC course. The course will cover the major topics from AP Calculus BC. The class will be designed around the curriculum used at TJHSST and most of the students in the class will be TJ students. TJ students planning to take AP Physics or AP Calculus BC during the 2014-2015 course will benefit greatly from the course.
Instructor: Mr. Ascarrunz
Mr. Ascarrunz is a former graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has also attended George Mason University where he received his Masters degree in Secondary Education. He has 6 years of high school teaching experience in the Fairfax County Public School system (all at the same school), and 10 years of private tutoring experience. He is certified to teach both AP Calculus AB and BC. He has tutored students in every level from Algebra 1 to Calculus BC and IB HL 2.  

Location: 503 Carlisle Dr. room 125, Herndon, VA 20170 Near 7100 (Fairfax County PKWY and Elden Street). 

​Date and Time:
Monday and Saturday; two days a week for six weeks, Mondayday (7:00pm to 9:00pm), Saturday (10:00am to 1:00pm)  

Class Calendar
​Monday                Time                                    Sunday                    Time
7/10/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm                7/16/2017            1:30pm to 4:30pm
7/17/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm                7/23/2017            1:30pm to 4:30pm
7/24/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm                7/30/2017            1:30pm to 4:30pm
7/31/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm
                                                                           8/6/2017            1:30pm to 4:30pm
8/7/2017               7:00pm to 9:00pm               8/13/2017           1:30pm to 4:30pm
8/14/2017            7:00pm to 9:00pm                 8/20/2017           1:30pm to 4:30pm




Please send your check or other payment style to reserve the seat:
 Discover Learning Center,
 P.O. Box 386, 
Great Falls, VA 22066

Please e-mail us at: discover386@hotmail.com(Phone: (703) 709-7324), 






Enhanced Java Programming course in summer 2017
This course is for beginners who are willing to learn condensed and advanced computer science, no programming experience required. The course will cover not only basic/foundational java programming skills, but also high logical thinking and challenging problems and projects.  
 This course is compatible to the Computer Science 1 in a magnet high school.  

Teacher: Mrs. K
Mrs. K has a BS of Information Engineering and Multimedia Engineering under the Computer Engineering department. She also studied Computer Science Education at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has two professional teaching endorsements: high school mathematics and computer science. She has taught gifted-talented high school students since 2009. She is currently teaching intro computer science, AP Computer Science, and Data Structure at a magnet high school. She is also a sponsor of the computer team which competes at the ACSL (American Computer Science League) and local high school programming contests which are hosted by universities and companies.

Location: 3901 Fair Ridge Dr., Fairfax, Virginia 22033, on route 50, near Fairfax County PKW/286.

Books and Materials:
We will provide the detail material in the classes.
A working laptop computer is required
Flash Drives/USB





























































Advanced SAT_ACT intensive course
This course will help students gain the strategies, skills and practice needed to achieve a top SAT and ACT score. Instruction will focus on the specific mistakes and deficiencies of the high-scoring students in the class, and the lessons will be tailored to the participants. Students will also learn how to be more consistently accurate, how to improve their pacing, and how to identify and fix their own mistakes while taking the test. This course requires extensive work outside of class on the part of the student. 

This course will cover Reading, Science, writing and English Language, Essay writing for both SAT and ACT, which includes:
--Relevant words in context
--High-utility academic words in phrases; Analyzing Word Choice Rhetorically; making effective use of language 
--Command of evidence in reading and writing: use of evidence, understand how an argument uses or doesn’t use evidence.
--Essay analyzing a source
--Problems grounded in real-world contexts in reading writing and language sections.
--Analysis in science, history and social studies: interpreting data presented in information graphics; improving a passage’s structure, support and focus; 
--Founding documents and great global conversation
--Science: Charts and graphs interpret the information; distinguish the experiments passages from research summaries, fighting scientist as known as conflicting view points.
--Essay--analyzing a source

Math (optional) will focus on heart of algebra, passport to advanced math, problem solving/data analysis, Geometry, Graphing and coordinating Geometry, Trigonometry.
Location: 3901 Fair Ridge Dr., Fairfax, Virginia 22033, on route 50, near Fairfax County PKW/286.

Day and Time: 
English Schedule: (four times a week) Monday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday from 6:30pm to 10:00pm, Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
​Math schedule: (once a week) Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Book: TBD

Calendar
English schedule
Monday                    Time                     Thursday                Time                        Friday                        Time                                           Sunday                Time

                                                               7/27/2017      7:00pm to 9:00pm          7/28/2017               SAT test _6:30pm to 10:00pm        7/30/2017          1:00pm to 3:00pm 
7/31/2017   7:00pm to 9:00pm  


                                                                8/3/2017          7:00pm to 9:00pm           8/4/2017        SAT test _6:30pm to 10:00pm        8/6/2017                1:00pm to 3:00pm 
8/7/2017      7:00pm to 9:00pm             8/10/2017        7:00pm to 9:00pm           8/11/2017       ACT test _6:30pm to 10:00pm       8/13/2017              1:00pm to 3:00pm 
8/14/2017    7:00pm to 9:00pm             8/17/2017        7:00pm to 9:00pm           8/18/2017       SAT test _6:30pm to 10:00pm       8/20/2017              1:00pm to 3:00pm 



Math schedule
SundayTime
7/23/20173:00pm to 5:00pm 
7/30/20173:00pm to 5:00pm 

8/6/20173:00pm to 5:00pm 
8/13/20173:00pm to 5:00pm 
8/20/20173:00pm to 5:00pm 

Ms. Raffel, English Teacher
Ms. Raffel graduated from UCLA. She has advanced degrees in linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language, and has several teaching credentials. Ms. Raffel has taught all levels of English to elementary, middle, and high school students for 39 years, in both the public and private sector. She has taught English at George Mason University for 36 years. She also taught in Mexico and in Brazil.

Mr. Ascarrunz, Math Teacher
Mr. Ascarrunz is a former graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has also attended George Mason University where he received his Masters degree in Secondary Education. He has 8 years of high school teaching experience in the Fairfax County Public School system, and 8 years of private tutoring experience. He has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry, and AP Calculus AB and has worked with students in Grades 9 through 12. He is certified to teach both AP Calculus AB and BC. Every student doesn’t want to miss his class. The students love his teaching style very much.

Please send your check or other payment style to reserve the seat:
Discover Learning Center
P.O. Box 386
Great Falls, VA 22066
Please e-mail us at: discover386@hotmail.com(Phone: 703-856-7057)

Monday
Time
Wednesday
Time
Friday
Time
7/7/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/10/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/12/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/14/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/17/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/19/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/24/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/26/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/28/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
7/31/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
8/2/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
8/4/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
8/7/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
8/9/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
8/11/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
8/14/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
8/16/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
8/18/2017
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Week
Concepts
Labs
1
Day 1: What is Java? System class Day 2: conditional structure for-loop Day 3: Numbers in Java
Print exercises If-else exercises Methods exercises
2
Day 4: Array Day 5: 2D array Day 6: Java API and String class
Array exercises 2D array exercises String exercises
3
Day 7: Scanner class Day 8: Object (Resource classes) Day 9: Inheritance and Polymorphism
I/O exercises Class design exercises Class hierarchy exercises
4
Day 10: Abstract class and Interface Day 11: Sorting algorithm Day 12: Data processing
Inheritance exercises Sorts exercises Data process exercises
5
Day 13: Computer Number Systems Day 14: Boolean Algebra Day 15: Digital Electronics
CNS exercises BA exercises DE exercises
6
Day 16: Graphics Day 17: GUI interface Day 18: Recursion
Graphics exercises GUI exercises Recursion exercises