Sudbury parents say they are thrilled their children have more confidence, self esteem and better grades after only a few sessions at the Canadian Learning Center.
CEO Satish Verma says students learn how to learn at the centre.
?It?s about skill building, not only better academically but also in life skills.?
The centre has a fundamental principle that nothing takes precedent over student success.
Mitchell McKay, 11, a Grade 6 student, says he has learned about the stuff he had trouble grasping in his regular classes. ?
It?s fun here, they don?t boss you around, they help you. They help describe what you we?re supposed to do.?
Grade 10 Marymount student Jamie-Leigh Letourneau says her studies at the centre have given her a wider span of vocabulary.
?I have better comprehension now and I like the people here, they are cooler than teachers."
Both Jamie-Leigh and her mother chose the Canadian Learning Center so the teen could improve her English comprehension. She started in September and is looking forward to better marks on the mid-term report coming out this month.
The learning centre is built on an innovative, research-based program designed to meet the different needs of every student between senior kindergarten to adult.
Students work in a small group with a ratio of three students per instructor. Students also have access to one-on-one attention by instructors who are experts on their topic, such as recent university math graduates.
Rabina Nebenionquit, the mother of a teenage daughter, is attending the centre to improve her English skills for work.
Nebenionquit has taken classes at college, but she likes the one-on-one approach of the program. She is so impressed with the centre, she is having her daughter take the free assessment to find out where she can improve in her high school math.
Derry McTaggart has been a language instructor with the Canadian Learning Centre since it opened last year.
?The program is tailored to individual needs and the environment of the centre has a social aspect the kids like. They are even happy to come on Saturdays,? says McTaggart.
With only one year in Sudbury, the Canadian Learning Center in the South End is planning to open a second site in New Sudbury and will increase staff to 25 from 15.
For more information, phone 523-1200 or visit www.canadianlearningcenter.co.in