TJ Prep class for the 7th-grade students in the spring of 2020: Science, English Language/Writing Class and Math Class (Part 1):
Thank you for your interest in our TJ admission test preparation program. It is well known for being a highly successful program in Northern Virginia area since 2010.
The acceptance rate of our students is between 66% to 82% yearly. We are the only center that designs and offers mock admissions tests.
Students in this program will learn the tools that enable them to be successful when they take the TJ Admissions Test in November 2020, and Student Information Sheet (SIS) and Essay writing in February 2021. We help the student to succeed in the TJ admission test and beyond by giving them high school level resources.
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 the fall, we will have more practice and test skill practices. We recommend that students attend the TJ preparation program from spring/summer to fall. Past years show 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 the TJ admission office to the classes.
Overview: Reading/Science/Writing/Math Course
The goal of the Reading/Science/Writing/Math course is to prepare students for the Math, 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, math, 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
-- Quant Q Math
--SIS: Students Information Sheet
--TJHSST Essays: Science Essay and Math Essay
Throughout our 1-year program, we will offer seminars to guide the parents and students to prepare during the competitive admissions process. At the seminar in spring, we will go over the entire admissions process to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. And we will share our experience overpass 10 plus years. In Fall, we will introduce the details of the application, SIS/Essay and teacher’s recommendations.
Below are our students feedback following the 2018 revision of the TJ test:
Question--Are the questions in the test harder, or the 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 far easier than our 3 mock tests. The questions were at 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 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County PKWY) and is right off Elden Street.
Date and Time: Once a week for 4 hours. Students can register for 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 the permit from the teacher.
Saturday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
Sunday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
2/8/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing， 10:30am to 12:30am Science2/9/20208:30am to 10:30 Science， 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 2/15/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing, 10:30am to 12:30am Math2/16/20208:30am to 10:30 Math, 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 2/22/20208:30am to 9:30 Reading/Writing， 9:30am to 12:30am Science2/23/20208:30am to 9:30 Reading/Writing， 9:30am to 12:30am Science 2/29/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing, 10:30am to 12:30am Math3/1/20208:30am to 10:30 Math, 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 3/7/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing， 10:30am to 12:30am Science3/8/20208:30am to 10:30 Science， 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 3/14/20208:30am to 9:30 Reading/Writing, 9:30am to 12:30am Math3/15/20208:30am to 9:30 Reading/Writing, 9:30am to 12:30am Math 3/21/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing， 10:30am to 12:30am Science3/22/20208:30am to 10:30 Science， 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 3/28/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing, 10:30am to 12:30am Math3/29/20208:30am to 10:30 Math, 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 4/18/20208:30am to 9:30 Reading/Writing， 9:30am to 12:30am Science4/19/20208:30am to 9:30 Reading/Writing， 9:30am to 12:30am Science 4/25/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing, 10:30am to 12:30am Math4/26/20208:30am to 10:30 Math, 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 5/2/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing， 10:30am to 12:30am Science5/3/20208:30am to 10:30 Science， 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 5/9/20208:30am to 9:30 Reading/Writing, 9:30am to 12:30am Math5/10/20208:30am to 9:30 Reading/Writing, 9:30am to 12:30am Math 5/16/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing， 10:30am to 12:30am Science5/17/20208:30am to 10:30 Science， 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing 5/30/20208:30am to 10:30 Reading/Writing, 10:30am to 12:30am Math5/31/20208:30am to 10:30 Math, 10:30am to 12:30am Reading/Writing
English Language/Writing Teacher: Mrs. D. R (on Saturday)
English Language/Writing Teacher: Mrs. J. K (on Sunday)
Science Teacher: Dr. J. M (on Saturday)
Science Teacher: Ms. 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 Master's 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.
Ms. 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 the room) •highlighter