TJ Prep class for the 8th grade students in fall of 2019: Science, English Language/Writing Class and Math Class (Part 2):
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 Admissions Test in November 2019, and Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Essay writing in February 2019. 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. In fall of 2017 class, there were more than 35 students were accepted by TJ, near 70% of acceptance rate. In fall of 2018 class, there were more than 29 students were accepted by TJ, near 70% of acceptance rate.
We designed a one-year program for the TJ Admissions Test preparation from spring/summer (Part 1) to fall (Part 2) semester. In the spring/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 indicates 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.
The New TJ Admission Test for TJHSST has been introduced during 2017-18 School Year. The ACT Aspire test tested reading and science skills, and the Quant Q tested math skills.
Overview: Reading/Science/Writing Course
The goal of the Reading/Science/Writing course is to prepare students for the Reading and Science 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, summer and fall, students will spend considerable time reading, science 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 2019. The course will cover all of the following topics: Pattern Recognition, Probability Combinatorics, Out of the Box Algebra, Geometry and Optimization.
Plus the math problem essay writing. The course will also cover test taking strategies and multiple choice strategies. Intensive practice will be introduced.
Discover Learning Center has built a top-notch TJ prep. team for our summer semester. Our science teachers designed our curriculum and mock tests from the ground up, tailored specifically for the latest revision of the TJ admissions test. On the English side, last year's students raved that our reading/writing teachers helped them tremendously. Similarly, our math teacher is very familiar with the Quant Q test set. Thus, the Discover Learning Center team is the best resource in Northern Virginia for preparing students to receive the Fall 2019 TJ admissions test. Please find the feedback and comments from the students and parents at
Below are our students feedback following the 2018 revision of the TJ test:
Question--Are the questions in the test harder, or same level or easier than what we taught in the TJ prep. Class?
Answer--The TJ test was actually easier than what we taught in the TJ prep. There were only a few questions that needed outside knowledge.
Question--Are the questions in the test harder__, or same level__ or easier __ than in our 3 mock tests? Please provide detailed examples
Answer--The T.J test was easier than our 3 mock tests. The questions were the same level as what I learned in TJ prep. There were a lot of questions where the things we learned class was related to the test questions.
Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 275, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 286 (Fairfax County PKWY) and is right off Elden Street.
Books: The books are not included in the tuition. But we will order the books for you, you can buy the books on 8/24/2019, or earlier.
Date and Time: Once a week for 4 hours. Students can register the class either on Saturday or on Sunday. If students have schedule conflicts, they can switch between Saturday Class and Sunday Class, but have to obtain permit from the teacher.
Saturday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
Sunday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
Class Calendar: Once a week from 8:30am to 12:30pm, 4 hours
8/24/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading8/25/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading 8/24/2019Seminar 2:00pm8/24/2019Seminar 2:00pm 9/7/20198:30am to 10:30am Math, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading9/8/20198:30am to 10:30am Math, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading 9/14/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Math9/15/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Math 9/15/2019Mock Test 19/15/2019Mock Test 1 9/21/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading9/22/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading 9/28/20198:30am to 10:30am Math, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading9/29/20198:30am to 10:30am Math, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading 10/5/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Math10/6/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Math 10/6/2019Mock Test 210/6/2019Mock Test 2 10/12/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading10/13/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading 10/19/20198:30am to 10:30am Math, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading10/20/20198:30am to 10:30am Math, 10:30am to 12:30pm Reading 10/26/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Math10/27/20198:30am to 10:30am Science, 10:30am to 12:30pm Math 10/27/2019Mock Test 310/27/2019Mock Test 3 11/2/20198:30an to 9:30am Science, 9:30am to 10:30am Math, 10:30am to 11:30am English11/3/20198:30an to 9:30am Science, 9:30am to 10:30am Math, 10:30am to 11:30am English 12/7/20198:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing12/8/20198:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing 12/7/2019Seminar12/7/2019Seminar 12/14/20198:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing12/15/20198:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing 1/4/20208:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing1/5/20208:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing 1/11/20208:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing1/12/20208:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing 1/18/20208:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing1/19/20208:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing 1/18/2020mock test1/18/2020mock test 1/25/20208:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing1/26/20208:30am to 10:00 Science Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing 2/1/20208:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing2/2/20208:30am to 10:00 Math Essay writing, 10:00am to 11:30am SIS writing
English Language/Writing Teacher: Mrs. D. R (on Saturday)
English Language/Writing Teacher: Ms. J. K (on Sunday)
Science Teacher: Dr. J. M (on Saturday)
Science Teacher: Mrs. C. M (on Sunday)
Math Teacher: Mr. V
Teacher: Mrs. D. R. English teacher on Saturday
Mrs. D. R is thrilled to become part of the team at Discover Learning Center. Her 22 years of teaching experience includes certifications in middle and high school English, middle school Social Studies and K-12 Gifted Education. Mrs. D. R earned her Bachelor of Science in Education through East Carolina University, and later pursued her Masters degree in Education there as well. Her love of learning compelled her to complete an additional certification in School Administration and Leadership through The George Washington University. Currently, Mrs. D. R is part of the exemplary school system of Fairfax County, where she works tirelessly to instill a love of learning through critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Mrs. D.R. believes learning should be rigorous, collaborative, and above all, fun!
Teacher Ms. J. K. English teacher on Sunday
Ms. J.K. has a BA in history from the University of Mary Washington and a Masters of Education from Rutgers University. She is certified to teach K-12 Gifted Education. Over the past 26 years, Ms. K taught writing and research in AP courses and Pre-IB courses at the secondary level in Virginia and in New Jersey. Currently, she is an Advanced Academics middle school teacher in the Fairfax County School System. Her extensive experience includes helping mentor students writing their college application essays and IB History essays during their senior year. Ms. K is well versed in the area of differentiation. Her writing lessons challenge students to analyze and to explain their ideas using evidence to support their arguments. She looks forward to working with her new students and helping them achieve their goals.
Dr. J. M. Science teacher on Saturday
Dr. J. M. has been the department chair at Fairfax public school for the past five years. She is certified in middle school math and science, and teaches 7th and 8th grade science at Fairfax public school. Before that, Dr. Mike taught in three different private schools, starting in 1992 when she retired from her career as an Air Force physician. Dr. Mike has a special certification in teaching Advanced Academic courses and has seen more than 100 of her students reach Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology.
Mrs. C. M. Science teacher on Sunday
Ms. C. M. completed her Master’s degree in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction (science) at the University of Toronto. Her undergraduate degree in biology/chemistry (interdepartmental) was completed at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She has a VA state professional teaching license with endorsements in biology, chemistry and gifted education. She is currently an eighth grade physical science teacher in FCPS. Ms. C. M. has taught various subjects, including chemistry, biology, physical science and math. With 20 years of experience teaching at all levels of the education system, Ms. C. M. has also served in other capacities such as educational administration and doing educational development work with international donor agencies in Belize.
Math Teacher: Mr. V
Mr. V has taught all levels of Mathematics from 4th grade through AP Calculus BC over his 8 year teaching career. He built and maintained an AP Calculus program at his first teaching assignment in PA where the course was never offered. He was brought to Fairfax County four years ago to help develop a non-AP Applied Calculus course for Fairfax County Schools (which has been adopted county-wide). He currently leads the AP Calculus AB Team at a top Fairfax County Public School. He has been an AP Reader (expert teacher flown to Kansas City, MO to grade the official AP Exam Free Response Sections) and has attended several AP Collegeboard trainings and Summer Institutes for Calculus. He was a part of the leader teachers’ panel to adopt textbooks for the 2019 school year and beyond in FCPS for Computer Science and Calculus. Even with his work at the high school level, he has experience with rising 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who are looking to advance as far in mathematics as they can go. He has been a coordinator for middle school Mathcounts to which several of his students made it to rounds beyond their expectation. He has been the American Math Challenge coordinator for High school students for the past four years. Recently, he has helped a group of students master TJ prep. math in 2018. Mr. V has coached teachers that currently teach at Thomas Jefferson. He’s very excited to work with Discover in the hopes that he can have an even larger impact on students’ lives.
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) •Highlighters