• Online academic support & Test Prep

    Climb. Achieve. Soar.

  • OUr Mission

    At Academic Ascent we believe that every student can achieve. Our number one goal is to help students get past "I can't" and ascend to "I can." We strive to empower learners to be their best and clearly see a path to future success. Whether it's individual tutoring, group workshops, or academic coaching, we provide students with strategies that build skills, perseverance, and grit. With nearly 20 years of experience working closely alongside students from elementary to college, you can trust that Academic Ascent will help your child find their voice and the confidence to reach their highest levels of learning.

  • How does online tutoring and coaching work?

    The convenience of online tutoring saves parents the hassle of driving to and from sessions.

    1

    Create an account

    Create a free account with Zoom for meetings.

    2

    Log In

    At the scheduled time, use the unique link provided to you by Academic Ascent to log into the session.

    3

    We are ready to go!

    That's it! Zoom allows for screen sharing, white board access, and screen annotations.

  • services

    From individualized tutoring & coaching to general academic support, we have something for every learner.

    Individualized Tutoring

    Remediation and homework support for all subjects at the elementary and middle school level

    • Prescriptive, intentional, and fun! 
    • Orton-Gillingham interventions for students with dyslexia
    • General homework and organizational support
    • Reading, writing, and math
    Price

    Online: $75/ hour

    High School English, Writing, & Math

    • Remediation or homework support in either subject
    • Reading comprehension strategies
    • Support with the writing process from idea to presentation
    • All levels of high school math
    Price
    Online: $95/ hour

    SAT Prep & College Essay Coaching

    • Learn strategies for success on the SAT from experienced tutors
    • Learn what makes a college application essay stand out 
    • Assistance crafting an essay no matter where you are in the process
    Price
    Online: $120/ hour

    Academic Coaching

    Every student deserves the chance to be their best.

    • Online 1-1 Academic Life Coaching
    • Create effective systems for schedules, homework, extra-curricular activities
    • Practice efficient and successful study habits
    • Manage negative self-talk
    • Find perspective
    • Develop leadership skills
    • Envision future self
    • Best suited for older middle school students- through college age 
    Price
    Online: $100/hour or a 10 session package for $850

    Diagnostic Assessment

    Reading and spelling assessment for elementary students.

    • Letter recognition, formation, and sounds
    • Reading (syllable types & sight words)
    • Spelling (single and multi-syllabic words & sight words)
    • Reading fluency
    A written report is provided to be used with teachers, tutors, and other support staff. Diagnostic evaluations are offered Fridays only. Depending upon the child, assessments may be administered over multiple sessions.
     
    Price
    $300 includes written report and consultation
  • Let's Start the Climb!

    Access the calendar to book a consult, schedule a session, or sign up for a workshop

    Scheduling

    Easily book a consult, sign up for services, or be taken to your individual client calendar to make changes.

  • Meet the team!

    Holly Keegan, founder of Academic Ascent

    Core focus: 5th-9th grade, trained in Orton-Gillingham methodologies for students with dyslexia, general homework + organizational support, study skills, certified Academic Life Coach for middle and high school students

    Since 2002, I've been both a classroom educator and private tutor. I taught at the Hamilton School in Providence, Rhode Island and was a founding educator at The Sally Borden School in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, two schools who are pioneers in working with students with language-based learning differences. Upon moving to northern Virginia, I taught for a decade at Oakwood School and loved their small classroom format and was exposed to even more ways to individualize instruction. I have also received certification as an Academic Life Coach and actively use these skills with my older students. In 2019 I started my private practice working with students and families to develop meaningful partnerships and illuminating the idea that with the right strategies and approach, school doesn't have to be such a struggle. Starting Academic Ascent is a dream realized!

     

     

    Cassie

    Core focus: 1st-6th grade, trained in Orton-Gillingham methodologies for students with dyslexia, general homework support across all subjects

    I am so excited to bring my skills and teaching experience to Academic Ascent! I graduated from Penn State University in 2003 with a BA in Special Education, then went on to earn my Master’s Degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities at American University. In my professional experience I taught at McLean School in Potomac, MD and Oakwood School in Annandale, VA, two schools specializing in educating students with learning differences. I have been extensively trained in Phonographix and Brainspring, both Orton-Gillingham based programs. My passion is seeing my students grow and show pride in their accomplishments! When I am not in the virtual classroom, I love playing with my happy and energetic two-year-old son and my six-year-old dog, Wiggles. I also love to travel! When I was four months old, after being adopted I made a transcontinental flight from South Korea to the US and I've loved visiting new places ever since!

     

    Barbara

    Core focus: middle and high school english + writing

    I always knew I’d be a teacher, but it wasn’t until I started college that I settled on a specific subject and grade level. I taught English Language Arts and creative writing to 9th and 11th graders for 13 years before I decided to go back to school and change things up a bit. Along with my Master’s Degree in Education, I also earned my literacy specialist certification. I spent the next three years as a literacy specialist in an elementary school. When I’m not teaching and learning, I’m raising my three kids, two cats, one dog, and a hedgehog! As busy as that sounds, I also make plenty of time to date my best friend, my husband of 17 years. I am excited to be a tutor with this team!

    Chris

    Core focus: middle and high school math, SAT prep

    I have taught Math for 10 years, in multiple courses between grades 7-12 in both Virginia and New York. My Bachelor's degree is from Canisius College and my Master's is from VCU. I have a wife and three sons.

    Jordi

    Core focus: high school english + writing, SAT prep, college essay coach

     
    I recently received my Master's Degree in the Great Books curriculum at St. John's College. Prior to that I taught high school English in both public and private schools. I was the Associate Director of College Counseling at The Field School in Washington, DC. I have also served as the online discussion leader for courses like "Homer's Odyssey" and "Sophocles' Oedipus Rex" at Classical Academic Press. These days I fill my time in a variety of ways including college essay coaching at the Georgetown Day School and private tutoring for the verbal section of the SAT and high school level English. I’ve published op-eds, poetry, and scholarly articles.