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​2020 Spring Semester Registration starts now

TJ prep-- Reading_Science_Math_SIS/ Essay Writing_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm_Herndon
TJ prep-- Reading_Science_Math_SIS/ Essay Writing_2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020_Sunday 8:30am to 12:30pm_Herndon
7th Grade English Language/Writing_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00pm_Herndon
7th grade Geometry Honors_2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020_Sunday 3:00pm to 5:00pm_Herndon
6th Grade English Language/Writing_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 5:00pm to 7:00pm_Herndon
6th Grade Algebra 1_2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020_Sunday 1:00pm to 3:00pm_Herndon
5th Grade English Language/Writing_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 3:00pm to 5:00pm_Herndon
5th Grade Math_2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020_Sunday 5:00pm to 7:00pm_Herndon
9th to 10th Grade SAT English Reading &Writing_2/7/2020 to 5/29/2020_Friday 8:00pm to 10:00pm_Herndon
Chemistry Honors_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 1:00pm to 3:00pm_Herndon
SAT_ACT English prep._2/9/2020 to 5/31/2020_Sunday 7:00pm to 9:00pm_Herndon

4th Grade English Language/Writing_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 5:00pm to 7:00pm_Reston
4th Grade Math_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00pm_Reston
3rd Grade English Language/Writing_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 9:00am to 10:30am_Reston
3rd Grade Math_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 10:30am to 12:00pm_Reston
1st Grade Math/CogAT_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 12:00pm to 2:00pm_Reston
2nd Grade English_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 2:00pm to 3:30pm_Reston
2nd Grade Math_2/8/2020 to 5/30/2020_Saturday 3:30pm to 5:00pm_Reston
​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

Seminar:
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

Team:
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.  


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 the room)
highlighter



Chemistry 1 Honors course description:
Chemistry 1 Honors focuses on investigating the world of matter and energy through critical inquiry, problem solving, and research. Due to its critical roles in fields from the life sciences and agriculture to engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology, chemistry is often regarded as the “central science.” This unique centrality is emphasized through class dialogue and activities in which students observe and analyze chemical systems in order to bolster conceptual understanding. As fundamentals are developed, students continue to deepen their grasp of the molecular basis of macroscopic properties and phenomena. 
The course will require some independent research and practice problems to be done outside of class time.

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

TEACHER BIO – Dr. Mike, M.D.
Dr. Mike is a graduate of Georgetown University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, in their premedical program. She then graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine degree. After spending time in the Air Force Flight Medicine office, she retired and became a teacher. She began teaching high school chemistry before switching to middle school science and math. She has 17 years of teaching and 8 years of private tutoring experience. She has taught Chemistry, Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science and has worked with students in Grades K through 11. 
Dr. Mike was the science department chair at Kilmer Middle School for 5 years. She then moved to Frost Middle School for a year and was the Fairfax County instructor for all new 8th grade science teachers. She was a science fair coordinator for two years and head coach for the Kilmer Science Olympiad team for 5 years. She has tutored students in all levels of science from elementary to high school. She has extensive experience writing physical science and life science curriculum, assessments and labs. She has taught many students that currently attend TJHSST as well as students that attend other local schools and is certified as an Advanced Academic instructor. She is now a Technology Specialist at Westlawn ES.

Class Calendar: once a week on Saturday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
SaturdayTime
2/8/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
2/15/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
2/22/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
2/29/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
3/7/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
3/14/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
3/21/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
3/28/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
4/18/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
4/25/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
5/2/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
5/9/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
5/16/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm
5/30/2020 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Grade 5 English Language Class – Spring 2020 (part 2)

Course Description: The course continues from the fall 2019. 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. This will be a focus every class even though this part of the curriculum is not presented in skill calendar.
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. This occurs every class.
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.
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor


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 Saturday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

DateTime
2/8/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
2/15/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
2/22/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
2/29/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/7/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/14/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/21/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/28/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
4/18/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
4/25/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
5/2/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
5/9/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
5/16/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
5/30/20203:00pm to 5:00pm


7th grade English Language and Writing Class (part 2):
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. Clifton
Mrs. Clifton 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
2/8/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
2/15/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
2/22/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
2/29/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/7/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/14/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/21/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/28/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
4/18/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
4/25/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
5/2/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
5/9/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
5/16/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
5/30/20207:00pm to 9:00pm


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, congruency, 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.
 

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 7th graders master Geometry 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.

Class Calendar: Once a week, on Sunday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
SundayTime
2/9/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
2/16/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
2/23/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/1/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/8/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/15/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/22/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
3/29/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
4/19/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
4/26/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
5/3/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
5/10/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
5/17/20203:00pm to 5:00pm
5/31/20203:00pm to 5:00pm


Grade 6 English Language Class – Fall 2019 (part 2)

Course Description: The course continues from the fall 2019 semester. 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.
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

DateTime
2/8/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
2/15/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
2/22/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
2/29/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/7/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/14/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/21/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/28/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
4/18/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
4/25/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
5/2/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
5/9/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
5/16/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
5/30/20205:00pm to 7:00pm


Algebra 1 Honors course:

This course extends students' knowledge and understanding of the real number system and its properties through the study of variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, and analysis of data derived from real-world phenomena. Emphasis is placed on making connections in algebra to geometry and statistics. Calculator and computer technologies will be used as tools wherever appropriate. Use of a graphing calculator is considered essential to provide a graphical and numerical approach to topics in addition to a symbolic approach. Topics include linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, relations, functions, polynomials, and statistics. 
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: We will order the books for you. The books cost is not included in the tuition.

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 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.

Calendar: Once a week, Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
SundayTime
2/9/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
2/16/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
2/23/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
3/1/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
3/8/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
3/15/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
3/22/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
3/29/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
4/19/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
4/26/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
5/3/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
5/10/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
5/17/20201:00pm to 3:00pm
5/31/20201:00pm to 3:00pm


​5th Grade Pre-Algebra/Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) – spring 2020

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 5:00pm to 7:00pm
SundayTime
2/9/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
2/16/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
2/23/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/1/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/8/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/15/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/22/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
3/29/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
4/19/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
4/26/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
5/3/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
5/10/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
5/17/20205:00pm to 7:00pm
5/31/20205:00pm to 7:00pm


9th to 10th grade SAT English Reading & Wiring class description (part 2):
The course continues from the fall 2019. 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. Clifton
Mrs. C 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. C 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. C has been a guest lecturer for students entering the teaching career at Texas Christian University and Tarleton State University. Mrs. C 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

DateTime
2/7/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
2/14/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
2/21/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
2/28/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
3/6/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
3/13/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
3/20/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
3/27/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
4/17/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
4/24/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
5/1/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
5/8/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
5/15/20208:00pm to 10:00pm
5/29/20208:00pm to 10:00pm


Advanced SAT/ACT English course in spring 2020: 
This course will help students gain the strategies, skills and practice needed to achieve a top SAT/ACT score. Specific strategies will be introduced to address each area of the test. Students will learn how to move around the test in order to achieve the highest scores. 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, Writing and Language, Essay writing for SAT/ACT which includes:
-- Strategies for approaching the test
-- using time to make points
-- Relevant words in context to make points
-- High-utility academic words in phrases; Analyzing Word Choice; making effective use of language 
-- Identify various “traps”
-- Command of evidence in reading and writing: use of evidence, understand how an argument uses or doesn’t  
  use evidence.
-- Rhetorically approaching essay topics
-- Analyzing a source in the essay
-- 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

 
Book List:

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. 

English Teacher: Ms. Clifton
Mrs. C 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. C 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. C has been a guest lecturer for students entering the teaching career at Texas Christian University and Tarleton State University. Mrs. C 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.

SAT English Calendar: once a week
DateTime
2/9/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
2/16/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
2/23/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/1/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/8/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/15/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/22/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
3/29/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
4/19/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
4/26/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
5/3/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
5/10/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
5/17/20207:00pm to 9:00pm
5/31/20207:00pm to 9:00pm