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Summer Learning Lab
Book a consult now to reserve your spot for Academic Ascent's 6th annual Summer Learning Lab!
Join us for one week or both!
Who: Rising 7th - 9th graders
When: June 29 - July 3 &
July 6 - July 10 9 am - 3 pm
Where: Chain Bridge Speech & Language
1350 Beverly Rd. McLean, VA
Most summer camps are either academic or recreational. The Summer Learning Lab is proud to find the balance between both. Our mornings and afternoons are filled with engaging learning led by a teaching staff with over 40 years experience working alongside students with varying learning styles. Daily from 12-1, we relax and recharge with lunch and pool side fun. With a small teacher to student ratio of 1:5, this is the perfect camp for students that want a supportive and engaging environment that promotes collaboration, participation, and fun!
Week 1: Literary Analysis & Algebra Prep
June 29 - July 3
To meet the increased expectations of upper middle school and high school writing, participants will learn helpful strategies for analyzing and writing about a variety of literature. Campers will work on constructing thoughtful introductions, embedding effective quotations, and including appropriate detailed support. Additionally, students will analyze writing with an “editor’s eye” to become more effective at producing strong final essays.
Price: $1275 for the week
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Week 2: The Art of Persuasion & Algebra Prep
July 6 - July 10
Much of the writing in the upper grades requires students to intentionally and fully support a belief or opinion. This week participants will learn the art of persuasion in their writing with a specific focus on rhetoric, word choice, and the inclusion of effective support for a strong argument. By analyzing literary and visual examples, students will learn to craft well-written arguments and create a visually persuasive final project.
Price: $1275 for the week
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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.
From individualized tutoring & coaching to general academic support, we have something for every learner.
The spring schedule is now full, but we have created a waitlist. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please set up a consult using our scheduler below.
In person: $85/ hour
Zoom online platform: $70/ hour
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Holly Keegan, founder of Academic Ascent
Way back as a young educator fresh out of school, I took a job as a part-time tutor at a local learning center to make ends meet. It was the first place I began to notice a distinct pattern: the resources and strategies we used were effective for many students, but for others, the program simply didn’t work. The resulting strain on this other group of students, a group that didn’t necessarily need “more” as much as they needed “different”, would eventually become the impetus of my career. I grew tired of watching children not receive the support they truly needed in order to be confident, strong, capable learners. I felt there had to be a better way.
I began to find that way in 2006 by becoming educated in the Orton-Gillingham approach for teaching children with dyslexia. Through my training and practicum, this experience brought me to work with some amazingly bright and dynamic students and confirmed what I already knew in my heart: that with the right approach and guidance, every child can climb higher toward their potential. I was hooked!
Later I would teach students with learning differences at Hamilton School in Providence, Rhode Island, and also joined as a founding educator at The Sally Borden School in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, two schools who are pioneers in this concept. I had fallen in love with the idea that teaching didn’t have to be stale or traditional – that in the right environment every child could get exactly what they needed. When I wasn’t busy in the classroom during those years I began working individually with families, consulting with parents on educational strategies, cultivating meaningful partnerships with my students, and supporting them with everything from reading intervention and test prep to building confidence and life skills. The proof was in the success of my students – it worked!
Since then I have continued to solidify my belief in this approach to education. For a decade I taught at the Oakwood School in Annandale, Virginia, where in small-classroom format I was exposed to even greater ways to individualize our instruction and better support students with learning differences. I have also gone on to receive my certification as an Academic Life Coach. With this, it is my hope to show students that perseverance will always win, mindset is something that can be taught, and strategies are the key to unlocking the academic puzzles.
Academic Ascent is born of the idea that academic needs are best met by developing meaningful partnerships with students and their families, building confidence in our kids, and illuminating the idea that with the right strategies and approach, school doesn’t have to be such a struggle.
We can help get you there.