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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

SaturdayTimeSundayTime
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

B  
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

Team: 
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.  

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)
Highlighters


Grade 3 English Language Class – Fall 2019

Course Description: Targets the 4th/5th level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of the traits of effective writing, proper punctuation and collaboration: all elements of higher-level communication. 

Teacher: Ms. R. W.
Ms. R.W. is excited to join the Discover Learning team this year. She has over 25 years of experience teaching English at the middle and high school levels. This summer she taught grades 3-7 in our summer camp program. Ms. R.W. began her teaching career in New England before moving to Virginia in 2002. She has experience teaching all levels of learners from special education and ESOL to AAP students. She currently teaches 8th grade in Fairfax County where is also leads her interdisciplinary team and mentors new teachers. She also has experience creating English curriculum and providing professional development to teachers. She earned master’s degrees in education from Brown University and Columbia University.

Book: We will order the books for you.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of prefixes, suffixes, and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of literature comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. 
3.Study of grammar and academic writing in areas of science, math, literature, and research
4.Free writing every day.

Supplies To Bring The First Day: 

1. A 1.5-inch binder with five labeled dividers
oDivider one- Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three -Heavy Work
oDivider four-*Homework*

2. A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter.  
3. Post-its  

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

Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.

Calendar: once a week, Saturdays 1:00pm-3:00pm: 
SaturdayTime
9/7/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
9/14/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
9/21/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
9/28/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
10/5/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
10/12/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
10/19/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
10/26/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
11/2/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
11/9/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
11/16/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
11/23/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
12/7/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
12/14/20191:00pm to 3:00pm



Grade 4 English Language Class – Fall 2019

Course Description: Targets the 5th/6th level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of important writing skills, the eight parts of speech, and how to give effective presentations: all elements of higher-level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of prefixes, suffixes, and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of literature comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. 
3.Study of grammar and academic writing in areas of science, math, literature, and research
4.Free writing every day.
5.Timed writing each week.

Teacher: Ms. R. W.
Ms. R.W. is excited to join the Discover Learning team this year. She has over 25 years of experience teaching English at the middle and high school levels. This summer she taught grades 3-7 in our summer camp program. Ms. R.W. began her teaching career in New England before moving to Virginia in 2002. She has experience teaching all levels of learners from special education and ESOL to AAP students. She currently teaches 8th grade in Fairfax County where is also leads her interdisciplinary team and mentors new teachers. She also has experience creating English curriculum and providing professional development to teachers. She earned masters degrees in education from Brown University and Columbia University.

Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.

Supplies:

1.A 1-inch or 1.5-inch binder with five dividers

oDivider one - Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three -Homework
oDivider four-Heavy Work* [This includes major projects and essays.]
oDivider five -Other

2. A pouch to store at least 3 sharpened pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter.
3.Post-its
4.Colored Pencils

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

Class Calendar: Once a week, Saturday 3:00pm to 5:00pm
SaturdayTime
9/7/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
9/14/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
9/21/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
9/28/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
10/5/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
10/12/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
10/19/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
10/26/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
11/2/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
11/9/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
11/16/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
11/23/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
12/7/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
12/14/20193:00pm to 5:00pm



Grade 5 English Language Class – Fall 2019

Course Description: Targets the 6th/7th level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of the six traits of writing, the eight parts of speech, and numerous poetic tools: all elements of higher-level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of prefixes, suffixes, and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of literature comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. 
3.Study of grammar and academic writing in areas of science, math, literature, and research
4.Free writing every day.
5.Timed writing every week.

Teacher: Mr. H
Mr. H grew up in the Reston/Herndon area and is from a family with both parents are English teachers. After graduating from UNC-Greensboro with a degree in English Education, Mr. H was selected to teach at FCPS and has remained there for 21 years. Mr. H has extensive teaching experience and has taught everything from the third grade Language Arts to SAT Reading/Writing. He has helped many students achieve their dream of attending Thomas Jefferson High School and many of his students have received a perfect score on the Reading/Writing SAT. Mr. H is certified by the state of Virginia and endorsed by Fairfax County Public Schools to teach Advanced Academics. Mr. H is passionate about teaching. His classes will be engaging and challenging!  


Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.

Book: We will order the books for you.


Supplies To Bring The First Day: 

1. A thick, 1.5-inch binder with five labeled dividers
oDivider one- Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three -Heavy Work
oDivider four-*Homework*
oDivider five -*Life Notebook*

2. A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter. 3. Post-its  

4. Your AR Book: i.e. your ‘Always Reading’ Book, i.e. any book you want to read that you have not already read.  

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

Class Calendar: Once a week, on Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
SundayTime
9/8/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
9/15/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
9/22/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
9/29/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
10/6/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
10/13/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
10/20/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
10/27/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
11/3/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
11/10/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
11/17/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
11/24/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
12/8/20193:00pm to 5:00pm
12/15/20193:00pm to 5:00pm



Grade 6 English Language Class – Fall 2019

Course Description: Targets the 7th/8th level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of the traits of effective writing, proper punctuation, and communication skills: all elements of higher-level communication.

Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.  
1.Study of prefixes, suffixes, and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words.
2.Reading of literature comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. 
3.Study of grammar and academic writing in areas of science, math, literature, and research
4.Free writing every day.
5.Timed writing every week.

Teacher: 
Ms. R.W. is excited to join the Discover Learning team this year. She has over 25 years of experience teaching English at the middle and high school levels. This summer she taught grades 3-7 in our summer camp program. Ms. R.W. began her teaching career in New England before moving to Virginia in 2002. She has experience teaching all levels of learners from special education and ESOL to AAP students. She currently teaches 8th grade in Fairfax County where is also leads her interdisciplinary team and mentors new teachers. She also has experience creating English curriculum and providing professional development to teachers. She earned masters degrees in education from Brown University and Columbia University.

Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.

Supplies To Bring The First Day: 

1.A 1-inch or 1.5-inch binder with five dividers

oDivider one- Bellwork
oDivider two - Classwork
oDivider three -Homework
oDivider four-Heavy Work* [This includes major projects and essays.]
oDivider five -Other

2. A pouch to store at least 3 sharpened pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter.
3.Post-its
4.Colored Pencils

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

Class Meeting Time: Once a week, Saturdays 5:00pm to 7:00pm
SaturdayTime
9/7/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
9/14/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
9/21/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
9/28/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
10/5/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
10/12/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
10/19/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
10/26/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
11/2/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
11/9/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
11/16/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
11/23/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
12/7/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
12/14/20195:00pm to 7:00pm


7th grade English Language and Writing Class
The 7th grade Language and Writing class will target at the 8th to 9th grade level.

Course Description: Because we write as we read, students will be immersed in a variety of classic and seminal reading material that will provoke higher-order thinking and discussion, and culminate with effective written responses. Emphasis will be on expository and persuasive writing assignments, and because classes are small, students receive useful and comprehensive feedback on their weekly essays. It is expected that all students who demonstrate perseverance in this class will build their skills of problem-solving, personal reflection, evaluation, and creativity. Greater than all of these skills, however, is a student’s sense of self-efficacy that comes with tackling a challenge.
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. 

 Book: We will order the books for you. The books cost is not included in the tuition

Teacher: Mrs. Wu 
Mrs. Wu is an English teacher with almost 20 years of experience at the high school and middle school levels. She serves on numerous leadership positions on committees and initiatives involving education in fcps. She enjoys reading, writing, teaching, and traveling.

Calendar: Once a week, on Saturday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
SaturdayTime
9/7/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
9/14/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
9/21/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
9/28/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
10/5/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
10/12/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
10/19/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
10/26/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
11/2/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
11/9/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
11/16/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
11/23/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
12/7/20197:00pm to 9:00pm
12/14/20197:00pm to 9:00pm


2nd Grade Core Academic Acceleration and AAP Readiness-CogAT Fx
From October 1st, all the students enrolled in FCPS Grade 2 will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Students with test scores equal or exceeding the cutoff will be placed in the screening pool to be evaluated for possible admission into the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP).  
DLC’s CogAT prep course is specifically designed to give students the practice and confidence they need to do their best at the exam. The 5-week course will familiarize students with different types of CogAT questions. They will work through at least 2 full-length practice tests in the format that is similar to what they will encounter during the CogAT. Each test contains 3 batteries/9 subtests and 154 questions. Our course focuses on building their reasoning and problem-solving skills through explanations for every question.

Teacher: Ms. Chuang
Ms. C joined Discover Learning Center this summer and had a wonderful experience teaching CogAT/NNAT prep courses. She has a BS degree in Computer Science, a MS degree in Education and a teaching license in Mathematics. For a number of years, she was an instructor for JHU CTY Online programs. Her experiences are accumulated from working with students K-12 (both in classroom and online) and tutoring outside classrooms. She is excited to have the opportunity to teach 2nd graders and looks forward many successes prepping them for the upcoming AAP testing.
Books will be available at the registration table to buy. Please note that book fees are not included in the tuition. 
Location: 1984 Isaac Newton Square West, Reston, VA 20190

Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil.  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.
Supplies To Bring The First Day: 

- A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 highlighters or color markers, and 1 eraser

Calendar: once a week, Saturday 8:30am to 10:30am
SaturdayTime
8/31/20198:30am to 10:30am
9/7/20198:30am to 10:30am
9/14/20198:30am to 10:30am
9/21/20198:30am to 10:30am
9/28/20198:30am to 10:30am


6th Grade Pre-Algebra/Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) – Fall 2019

Course Description: Targets the 6th/7th level. Students will transition to foundations of algebra. This includes a focus on rational numbers and operations involving rational numbers, using ratios to compare data sets; recognizing decimals, fractions, and percent’s as ratios; solving single-step and multistep problems, using positive rational numbers; and gaining a foundation in the understanding of and operations with integers. Students will solve problems involving area and perimeter, and begin to graph in a coordinate plane. In addition, students will build on the concept of graphical representation of data developed in the elementary grades and develop concepts regarding measures of center. Students will solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, and use algebraic terminology. Students will represent proportional relationships using two variables as a precursor to the development of the concept of linear functions, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively progress with an end goal of doing calculus one day at the high school level. 
All Fairfax County AAP 6th graders and Loudoun County 5th graders will take the IAAT test
Goals: To build a foundation in algebraic reasoning and improve critical thinking skills.  
Challenging class-opener in a competitive setting with prizes.
Lesson to engage concepts.
Homework handed back with feedback.
Challenging multi-concept problems with a gentle walkthrough.
Timed mini quiz each week.

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 rising 6th graders master BOTH Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 this past summer 2018. He’s very excited to work with Discover in the hopes that he can have an even larger impact on students’ lives.

Expectations: How succeed in this class:
1. Be Competitive. 
-- Come prepared to engage your mind in challenging tasks for prizes.  
-- Work together as a team. 
2. Complete Homework.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Bring a pencil with an eraser! Use the eraser!
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.



Supplies To Bring on The First Day: 
A 1-inch binder with three labeled dividers
Divider one - Logic Groups
Divider two - Classwork/Notes
Divider three - Homework

A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter. 

Book: We will order the books for you.
Thanks,
-Lisa

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


Class Calendar: Once a week, on Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
SundayTime
9/8/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
9/15/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
9/22/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
9/29/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
10/6/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
10/13/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
10/20/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
10/27/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
11/3/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
11/10/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
11/17/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
11/24/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
12/8/20191:00pm to 3:00pm
12/15/20191:00pm to 3:00pm



5th Grade Math – Fall 2019

Course Description: Targets the 6th/7th level. Students will transition to foundations of algebra. This includes a focus on rational numbers and operations involving rational numbers, using ratios to compare data sets; recognizing decimals, fractions, and percent’s as ratios; solving single-step and multistep problems, using positive rational numbers; and gaining a foundation in the understanding of and operations with integers. Students will solve problems involving area and perimeter, and begin to graph in a coordinate plane. In addition, students will build on the concept of graphical representation of data developed in the elementary grades and develop concepts regarding measures of center. Students will solve linear equations and inequalities in one variable, and use algebraic terminology. Students will represent proportional relationships using two variables as a precursor to the development of the concept of linear functions, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively progress with an end goal of doing calculus one day at the high school level. 
All Fairfax County AAP 6th graders and Loudoun County 5th graders will take the IAAT test
Goals: To build a foundation in algebraic reasoning and improve critical thinking skills.  
Challenging class-opener in a competitive setting with prizes.
Lesson to engage concepts.
Homework handed back with feedback.
Challenging multi-concept problems with a gentle walkthrough.
Timed mini quiz each week.

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 rising 6th graders master BOTH Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 this past summer 2018. He’s very excited to work with Discover in the hopes that he can have an even larger impact on students’ lives.

Expectations: How succeed in this class:
1. Be Competitive. 
-- Come prepared to engage your mind in challenging tasks for prizes.  
-- Work together as a team. 
2. Complete Homework.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Bring a pencil with an eraser! Use the eraser!
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.



Supplies To Bring on The First Day: 
A 1-inch binder with three labeled dividers
Divider one - Logic Groups
Divider two - Classwork/Notes
Divider three - Homework

A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter. 

Book list: We will order the books for you. The books cost is not included in the tuition

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


Class Calendar: Once a week, on Sunday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
SundayTime
9/8/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
9/15/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
9/22/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
9/29/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
10/6/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
10/13/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
10/20/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
10/27/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
11/3/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
11/10/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
11/17/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
11/24/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
12/8/20195:00pm to 7:00pm
12/15/20195:00pm to 7:00pm


1st Grade Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) prep.
In mid-Nov, all first grade students attending FCPS are administered the online Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 2nd Edition (NNAT2). This is the first step to identify who qualifies for the gifted and talented programs. The first grade NNAT2 result is one piece of information that will be reviewed in their second-grade year to determine the second grade screening pool for the full-time AAP Level IV placement in third grade.
DLC’s NNAT2 prep course is specifically designed by following the new NNAT2 format to give your first graders the practice and confidence for the exam. The 6-week course will familiarize them with all 3 types of questions. They will work through 2-3 full-length NNAT2 practice tests.
Teacher: Ms. C
Ms. C joined Discover Learning Center last summer and had a wonderful experience teaching CogAT/NNAT prep courses. She has a BS degree in Computer Science, a MS degree in Education and a teaching license in Mathematics. For a number of years, she was an instructor for JHU CTY Online programs. Her experiences are accumulated from working with students K-12 (both in classroom and online) and tutoring outside classrooms. She is excited to have the opportunity to teach 1st graders and looks forward many successes prepping them for the upcoming NNAT testing.
Book List 
Books will be available at the registration table on the first day of class for you to buy. Please note that book fees are not included in the tuition. 
Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County Pkwy). It is right off Elden Street. 

Calendar: Once a week. Saturday 8:30am to 10:30am
SaturdayTime
10/05/20198:30am to 10:30am
10/12/20198:30am to 10:30am
10/19/20198:30am to 10:30am
10/26/20198:30am to 10:30am
11/2/20198:30am to 10:30am
11/9/20198:30am to 10:30am


Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused. 
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.  
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity. 
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]  
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.
Supplies To Bring The First Day: 
 A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 1 eraser, and 2 highlighters.

9th to 10th grade SAT English Reading & Wiring course description:
It targets 9th-10th grade. Students prepare for the PSAT/SAT through comprehensive reading and writing practice. Reading comprehension skills will develop further through higher-level texts and discussions. Students will also build higher-level vocabulary through context in reading both fiction and nonfiction passages. Students will gain an understanding of the types of readings and questions they will encounter on both exams. Writings will focus on higher-level writing and editing skills.

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. 

Book List:

Teacher: Mrs. W
Mrs. W is excited to work with students at the Discover Learning Center! She taught rising 5th-8th grades at the Discover Learning Center summer camp. Mrs. W is an English teacher with almost 20 years of experience at the high school and middle school levels. She serves on numerous leadership positions on committees and initiatives involving education. She is currently an English department chair and leads several other committees at her school. In her teaching career, she has been named Teacher of the Year twice, Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers seven times, and has been nominated for several local accolades within each school she has worked. Recognized as a Master Teacher, Mrs. W has been a guest lecturer for students entering the teaching career at Texas Christian University and Tarleton State University. Mrs. W holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Tarleton State University, which is a part of Texas A&M, and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She enjoys reading, writing, teaching, and traveling.

Calendar: Once a week on Friday from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
FridayTime

9/27/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
10/4/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
10/11/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
10/18/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
10/25/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
11/1/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
11/8/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
11/15/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
11/22/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
12/6/20198:00pm to 10:00pm
12/13/20198:00pm to 10:00pm