By Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. – Published August 2013
The benefits of a low student to teacher ratio are well-documented. Among educators, the most influential study of the benefits of a decreased student to teacher ratio is the Student Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR). The study measured consequences for students who were randomly assigned to a small class (average of 15 students) versus a regular class (average of 22 students).
The results were unimpeachable. The reduction in class size by 32% increased student achievement by an amount equivalent to 3 additional months of schooling – an impressive gain which was still measurable in a follow-up study four years later. For some students in Delaware, there is an even better solution – a 1-on-1 classroom! Your child can have that 1-on-1 teacher interaction every single day at Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 private school. The experienced and degreed instructors at Back to Basics K-12 Private School work as a team to customize and tailor an integrated curriculum to meet the unique needs and abilities of your child. The teaching staff is dedicated to the growth and development of your child academically, socially, mentally and emotionally. And, the result is improved academic skills, increased self-esteem, and unparalleled subject mastery.
Back to Basics K-12 Private School offers the four core curriculum areas of English/language arts, math, social studies and science, as well as electives for all grades which include foreign languages (16 offered), business courses, sociology, study skills, art, music, drama, computer literacy, and over 50 other subjects.
Back to Basics K-12 Private School is designed with your child in mind:
My child continually struggles in school. Can a 1-on-1 school help him focus?
In a 1-on-1 setting, students have the constant attention of the teacher, so that they can listen and speak with much more comfort than in a group situation. Each child’s strengths and non-strengths are addressed more fully — without the distraction of other students or the teacher’s compensation for a variety of skill levels in one classroom. Plus, each student can go at his or her own pace and benefit from each teacher adapting to his or her individual learning style.
My child is pursuing a future career while still in school. How can a 1-on-1 school help simplify our hectic life?
If your student is actively pursuing a career in acting, modeling, dance, or sports, congratulations! These hard working students have a host of additional difficulties when enrolled at a traditional school, the least of which is simply scheduling. A 1-on-1 setting can allow your child to more easily fulfill school requirements while juggling auditions, work, games, practice or travel. School hours can be adjusted to outside obligations, so that no assignments or class time are missed. And, because Back to Basics K-12 Private School is a Delaware Department of Education-approved school, seniors graduate with a high school diploma.
My child is coping with a medical issue. How would a 1-on-1 school benefit her?
Whether your student has a chronic condition, emotional challenges, or has a short-term medical issue, a 1-on-1 school may be the answer. Back to Basics K-12 Private School offers a uniquely caring and supportive academic environment with scheduling flexibility to ensure your child’s success.
My child is socially immature. Would a 1-on-1 school be a good fit?
Every student deserves an environment conducive to his/her individual learning style. The Back to Basics team of experienced instructors joins forces to create the unique environment where your child can learn — and feel good about school. The results are transformative! After one to three years, many Back to Basics K-12 Private School students confidently return to a traditional school setting.
My child has been identified as gifted and is simply not challenged at his current school. Would a 1-on-1 environment help?
Your child may benefit from an innovative 1-on-1 approach to learning. Since students can move at their own pace and teachers are not focused on a range of skill levels found in a traditional classroom, the sky’s the limit! In addition to core curriculum, your child may want to explore a broader range of electives or Honors courses not offered at the school they are currently attending – from Mandarin Chinese, to Anatomy, to Art History.
If you are interested in applying for admission, a preliminary meeting at the Back to Basics K-12 Private School is the first step. During this meeting you’ll explore your expectations, share information about your child’s current school situation and history, and discuss any specific needs.
This is also the time to evaluate exactly why your child’s current school setting is not a good fit, and what specific educational goals are most appropriate for your child. You’ll also learn more about Back to Basics K-12 Private School and its unique 1-on-1 approach to learning and building self-esteem.
In order to be considered for admission, Back to Basics requires the following information:
- Report Cards and Interim Reports for the previous and current school years
- Psycho-educational testing reports if your child has been tested
- IEPs for previous and current school years (if applicable)
- Transcripts for all of high school up to the current year
- Current grades from your child’s school, since the last report card was issued
Once this information is received and reviewed, our Director will meet with you and your child. For more information, please call us or visit www.BacktoBasicsPrivateSchool.com
Back to Basics K-12 Private School
6 Stone Hill Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19803
Back to Basics Lower School, grades K-6
The goal of the Back to Basics Lower School is to provide students with a firm foundation which will support a lifetime of learning. The 1-on-1 connection between teacher and student inspires active engagement, as well as unsurpassed individual accomplishment. Experienced instructors will stimulate your child to develop a passion for learning and a belief in his abilities.
Back to Basics Middle School, grade 7-8
Middle school is a turbulent time in the lives of many adolescents. Back to Basics Middle School provides a safe, caring environment conducive to exploring each child’s unique strengths and interests. At Back to Basics Middle School, instructors focus on the fundamental academic disciplines that will be used throughout middle and high school years, while shoring up skills taught in the elementary grades.
Back to Basics High School, grades 9-12
Back to Basics High School offers students in grades 9-12 a challenging academic course of study with the option of exciting electives such as Japanese, Psychology, Entrepreneurship and many more. Back to Basics High School graduates receive a high school diploma and many go on to college or trade school.
Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. is President and Director of Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., an area leader in 1-on-1 tutoring and test prep for children and adults, and translating/interpreting since 1985. In addition, Back to Basics is a Department of Education approved 1-on-1 Private School for K-12, as well as a Business and Trade School for ages 16+.
Email Beverly at email@example.com, call her at (302)594-0754 or visit on the web at www.backtobasicslearning.com or www.backtobasicsprivateschool.com.
Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. is located on 6 Stone Hill Road, Wilmington.
Beverly Stewart inducted to Hall of Fame of Delaware Women