Aspire Academy injects chess skills from beginner to advanced. Chess with Aspire helps students become more cerebral competitors, and much of what we teach can be applied to other games and to physical sports. We begin with group demonstrations, then quickly break into pods of four-per-board and advance to game-playing sessions with two-per-board. We introduce clocks and speediness to help students become constantly aware and focused. Those who welcome a frenzied pace get pushed to the “blitz” level, where whole games are completed in 4 minutes. With Blitz Chess, we can hold a complete tournament in 90 minutes.
Whether Blitz or just plain “speedy,” when students complete a move, they begin anticipating their opponents next move. With the pressure of a clock, it forces quick thinking. Students learn to minimize mistakes over time.
We offer two Practical Math classes:1) FUN - We apply math to real problems. These include shopping, traveling, hauling, and measuring. We quiz students about pricing, and they try to avoid the conclusion “I paid too much.” We learn to eschew calculators in favor of making easy approximations for real-world requirements. 2) REMEDIAL - This is to make math tolerable to students currently turned off to traditional teaching methods. We underscore the importance of math for school success and college admissions.
Content comes alive. Let your child be immersed in science learning. Visit Africa, Asia - even Antarctica - using Virtual Reality learning. Learning by VR immersion employs cool "gaming" devices so students are excited to learn - you can't do this in a book!
We introduce students to techniques that help shape their ability to retain knowledge and adopt new skills. This course employs extensive use of interactive puzzles and online exercises that students can amplify at home. Puzzles allow for self competition and competition with a buddy. Fun and practical learning at the same time!
In Speedy Reading, we teach students to get through regular school assignments faster and with deeper comprehension. Learn to appreciate what authors are really saying in their fact and opinion pieces. Expect your children to double their speed AND improve comprehension. Our work applies to textbooks, fiction and articles. We even help students speed through assigned reading on Kindle and the internet.
Adulting 101 is not your grandma's home ec. class! Adulting 101 teaches modern consumer banking, smart consumer finance, and astute budgeting. We cover the dangers of credit cards, internet schemes, and business propositions. We explain the principles behind the saying “Saving is more important than earning,” and how students can begin smart saving in many ways. Students will be able to walk out with knowledge they can share with their parents!
Our Study Skills courses prepare students for high school rigors. Students will learn efficient note-taking skills, test preparation techniques, test-taking skills, and essay-writing tips. This course is designed to apply lessons to school classes in which the student is struggling.
Aspire Academy's staff includes some of CT's top SAT tutors! Your children will learn strategies for grammar, reading comprehension, and essay writing in one course! If math is not their forte, they can be enrolled in intensive SAT math prep. We enlist Ivy Bound Test Prep to teach the skills needed for SAT mastery. This includes ongoing use of Zoom conferences and Practice Tests throughout the academic year. Students can choose to enroll in one or both SAT Success courses.
The most influential people of this century are those who communicate to the masses by nimbly “narrowcasting,” not broadcasting. Narrowcasting is the best lure for business, pleasure, camaraderie, and extracurricular interest groups. Students build an interest group each day they are in session to explore this communication phenomenon of the present - and what it means for the future of work and life. Course cost includes $50 for each child to "boost" Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube posts.
In Introduction to Logic, students will learn how to analyze arguments, spot flaws in logic, and build an assessment of speeches and position papers. This is the perfect session for budding lawyers, politicians, teachers, market researchers and more! After this class, students will be prepared for a high school or college rhetoric course.
Aspire brings Escape Rooms to your school! We stimulate your child’s curiosity, and work logic into every puzzle. We can set the time for fast-medium, or slow. Unlock all the clues so you escape in time! Students work in pairs and in 3, or 4, 5-student teams. We post the school “records” and the state-wide “records” for each pair, threesome, or foursome to supersede. Every meeting is a different challenge!
To address the gap in astronomy classes at schools, Aspire takes kids on a journey to the moon, planets, stars, and galaxies. We investigate black holes, nebulas and anti-matter. We also teach the significant constellations and what it would be like to travel to any of these stars.
One evening field trip to the Talcott Mountain Science Center Telescope is part of the agenda. Join us!
In Aspire Archaeology, students learn the process of excavating old homes, cities, and animal fossils. Our teachers relate historical findings across Africa, Asia, Europe, and The Americas that impact today's research.
Aspire Academy revives the study of Latin with an emphasis on root words that help students master English. Latin helps students with the study of Romance languages, as well as the English portions of SATs. Join us for games, skills, and language from scratch. Our beginners class runs 14 weeks (two sessions). Additional fee applies.
Aspire's Health & Nutrition course can serve as the foundation of a career in medical or nutrition/fitness professions. Students will learn the importance of proper nutrition for fueling mind and body alike, as well as potential impacts of "junk" food.
Broadcasting 101 teaches students the importance of research and reporting. This can be for budding journalists, or for those who just want to be more adept about covering topics for school or internships.
Sports Management is the beginning of an exciting career in one of the world's most profitable industries! We expose students to the “business" of professional sports. Classes are held at Newington Arena or in Downtown Hartford. Classes expose students to techniques for keeping athletes fit and injury-free.
This is for serious student athletes planning to mature into high school varsity players and college athletes. Early morning students have coaching followed by a late morning game each week (3 hour sessions). This is a double class, but there is no extra fee. Sites are at schools in the Metro Hartford Area vs. downtown.
Figure skating instruction and free skate sessions are held at the two-rink Newington Arena. Hockey skills and pick-up games are held at adjacent times. Enmesh yourself in the most exhilarating winter sport. (cost includes equipment rental).
Students improve their grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, analysis and composition. This course is designed to reinforce English fundamentals your child was exposed to in elementary school. We will likely cover concepts not taught previously in school.
Safety, awareness and responsibility. Taught by seasoned caregivers, Aspire Academy's Babysitting course is designed for boys and girls looking to acquire the skills needed for quality child care. Red Cross training included!
This is the start of magic for show - and for profit! Students will entertain their family, then continue to refine their skills and performance to fascinate kids at school and maybe even hold “magic shows.” Each day, our master magician will teach new magic routines and provide more props to add to students' arsenal of magic tricks. You’ll “know” another’s card; you’ll make small things “grow”; you’ll make larger things “shrink”, or even disappear! You’ll build a repertoire to entertain family and friends wherever you go. Our final session each semester is a show for parents.