All Groza programs are configured according to the needs of the individual student. The list below gives an idea of the different programs offered, but is not exhaustive. Please contact us to schedule a consultation to help your student advance on their educational journey.
Subject Tutoring PK-12
We offer individualized tutoring in all subjects grades PK-12, including A.P. and Honors courses.
We offer a unique program that takes the academic burden off of parent’s shoulders. Our management students are held accountable by us, with parental support, for the quality, preparation, and timeliness of their work. This program encourages independence, good decision making, and executive functioning skills.
Jump Start courses review and pre-teach key math, reading, and writing concepts so students can start the next school year empowered with confidence. Our inspiring, nurturing, and fun approach motivates, while our devotion to high academic standards equips. Students will start the next school year with ease and self-assurance. 12 one-on-one sessions scheduled at student’s convenience throughout summer.
Groza ISEE preparation prides itself on results. We know that high performance comes when students are inspired and stress is mitigated. This course addresses the tricks and strategies necessary to attack each question type and also teaches important academic concepts present on the ISEE. We reinforce disciplined work habits and multiple choice test taking skills that will benefit students well beyond the ISEE – our course helps kids with their schoolwork too! There are three test levels given: Lower (students applying to grades 5-6), Middle (students applying to grades 7-8), and Upper (students applying to grades 9-12). One-on-one courses are customized according to the needs of the student. Practice tests and homework are recommended.
Preparing for the HSPT is unlike prepping for any other test. Over the years we have worked out our own HSPT method that works, and continues to prove itself time and time again. Our approach focuses on students enjoying the process of mastering new concepts and skills necessary to succeed on the test. Homework and practice tests are recommended.
The ACT is now considered to be an equivalent, equal, and alternative test to the SAT when it comes to college admissions. The ACT has Math, English, Reading, Science, and Writing sections?each is distinctive in nature (the writing section is optional in some cases, but most schools require it). For some students, this test is a better fit than the SAT.
ACT preparation begins with a practice test to diagnose areas of strength and weakness, and determine initial score performance level. Our detailed score reports and test analysis determine which content areas require tutoring and prioritize the order in which they should be taught. Next, we identify the target score necessary for a competitive application to the desired school(s). We begin prepping accordingly, regularly assessing progress toward the target score. We believe this is the most efficient way to do test prep.
Students have realized 4-10 point improvement!
Groza SAT Preparation begins with a practice test to diagnose areas of strength and weakness, and determine initial score performance level. Our detailed score reports and test analysis identify which content areas require addressing and prioritize the order in which they should be revisited.
Next, we research the target score necessary for a competitive application to the desired school(s). We begin prepping accordingly, regularly assessing a student?s progress toward the target score.
We believe this is the most efficient way to do test prep.
(Students have realized 200-465 point improvement!)
Whether a student desires mere familiarity with the PSAT or aspires to achieve National Merit Scholar status, we can design a program for him/her. PSAT prep lays a great foundation for SAT prep. Practice tests and homework to reinforce concepts learned in session are recommended.
Groza prepares students for most SAT Subject Tests. Many colleges do not require Subject Tests, but they are useful to strengthen an application and demonstrate a particular subject competency. Homework and practice tests are recommended.
Gone are the STAR/CSTs, in with the Smarter Balanced end-of-year Summative Assessments! Common Core has radically revamped a good portion of the nation?s curriculum, and LAUSD is included in that overhaul. The Common Core standards (which have been added to existing California state standards) were designed to create a higher level of college and career readiness than the current state standards. What this means is the tests will be much harder. The testing is challenging and is done in a radically different way- they are computer adaptive tests that go far beyond traditional multiple choice to include:
- Multiple choice multiple answers – Students must select all correct answers (rather than just one) for a given multiple choice question.
- Hot text – Students must highlight a portion of text to answer this question. This is generally in the context of finding support for a statement or idea.
- Matching Tables – Students match the correct answer from an answer bank to each of several questions.
- Short Answer – Students must answer a question by typing a few sentences.
- Performance Task – Students generally answer a few short answer questions followed by an essay question which builds off the short answer questions. The questions may or may not be related to an in-class activity.
The content is much more application driven than procedural. The aim is to make the testing more applicable in a real-world sense. Typing answers is going to be required of students, so they will certainly need to have reasonably proficient typing skills if they are to logistically navigate the test efficiently. Practice tests and homework are recommended.
Homeschool and Concurrently Enrolled Students
Concurrently enrolled students (students enrolled in another school full-time) may opt to take required or elective courses at Groza.
- An alternative way to complete required coursework
- WASC accredited, UC & NCAA approved courses available
- 1:1 teaching
- Student works at own pace
Full-time students at Groza attend school Monday-Friday from 8am-12noon for a more individualized school experience.
- Choose from a variety of nationally recognized curricula
- WASC accredited, UC & NCAA approved courses available
- Small group setting
- Low student teacher ratio; 1:1 is available
- Adjustable homework load
- Flexible calendar
- Student works at own pace
- Rolling enrollment available
We specialize in cultivating the underlying skills necessary for reading comprehension. We use a robust selection of curriculum and resources to help students develop a strong sense of visualization and imaging which helps organize and access information when reading. This program is for students who don’t seem to comprehend what they have read and/or struggle to think critically about reading material. Sometimes, they may be able to access concrete information but have difficulty synthesizing the abstract. Our staff are trained to teach kids the process of making movies in their head while reading, which allows students to 1. Remember details and 2. Be able to think critically and analyze what they’ve read. The key is to make the application of these skills automatic and relevant in their everyday reading and schoolwork.
We offer a robust solution for students who struggle with issues such as fluency, decoding, and spelling. Or for pre-readers who are learning how to read for the very first time. Though testing and exercises, we are able to isolate the sounds, blends, digraphs, and/or diphthongs that the student is struggling to master. Visualization of these letters and syllables and contextual application is important to create fluency. Sometimes students present with labored reading, tracking issues, substituting articles or syllables, or skipping words. All of these can affect fluency and can certainly have an impact on comprehension. And all of these can be remediated. Our Reading Fluency programs are chock-full of stimulating exercises and games that make reading fun.
This program will walk your student through the basics of academic writing. S/he will learn how to properly write a literary analysis, a narrative, and an argumentative essay. The student will leave this course having mastered key concepts such as using quotes and paraphrases, writing opinion and analysis, writing the thesis, and understanding the basic model of the multi-paragraph composition.
Does your child hate to write? Does s/he dread writing assignments in school? This course is designed to inspire students’ writing so they can enjoy this creative outlet. You will see results in academic writing, too! Each student chooses what they want to write, whether it is a short story, a small screenplay, a poem, or a magazine article. The options are endless (geared toward the interests of each student), and the lessons are fun!
In this program your student will understand the basics of the English language so they can use it freely and properly. Although the lessons include basic grammar, they also incorporate engaging writing assignments so your student can implement his/her new skills in a fun way.
We are proud to offer the leading, most renowned handwriting program available at Groza. Handwriting Without Tears© is a time-tested program that helps millions of students each year. students a year. First, we diagnose specific handwriting issues and then we target what students need to work on. Lessons are developmentally appropriate, include hands-on materials, and incorporate fun activities. Offered for both printing and cursive.
Is your student struggling through math? This course is designed to fill in the gaps in math concepts or approach that your student may have missed in prior years. We start with a grade level diagnostic and base our lessons on the test results and feedback received when working with the student. This program is a great option to help kids build their confidence in math.
This course is designed for those kids who aren’t currently challenged in math. The instructor will move ahead and expose each student to new, advanced concepts, keeping in mind future goals for advanced placement, honors courses, and even high scores on standardized tests (ERB/ISEE/HSPT/PSAT/SAT/ACT). Diagnostic testing may also be incorporated.
This program is designed to expose younger children to the excitement of foreign languages and cultures. Activities and lessons are a blast and designed to instill a life-long love of foreign languages. They develop an “ear” for the language and a vocabulary that will empower them with the basics of communicating in real-world situations.
Study skills are rarely taught in school, yet are such a critical component of scholastic success. This program walks kids through the academic process of being a successful student. We cover topics such as:
- Using a planner and forecasting
- How to take notes in class and from books
- How to make outlines
- How to study using pictures and mnemonic devices
- How to make cram sheets (the good kind)
- How to approach different exam formats (multiple choice, short answer, true/false, and matching)
- How to write a timed essay
- How to highlight books (Groza signature method)
- How to manage time (daily, weekly, monthly)
- How to identify bad habits and change for the better
When a student struggles with Executive Functioning, it is common to see s/he struggle with the following:
- Last minute cramming
- Not knowing where to start
- Transitioning between activities
- Time management
- Being scattered
Systematic, clear instruction and strategies are at the heart of Executive Functioning remediation. It is important to model, teach, and test different coping and metacognitive strategies so that the student can adopt new ways of thinking about and doing work. Thorough targeted exercises and real-world implementation of such structure, students begin to build new ways of thinking, habits, and routines that directly impact not only schoolwork, but also day-to-day living.