Our Achievements: Student Stories
Sarah was an 8th grade, high achieving student who was diagnosed as dyslexic, and her mother asked us to work with her on increasing her reading fluency. Sarah had been accepted into all advanced courses, and wanted to take them, but her mom was concerned that she would simply work herself to exhaustion doing all of the required work. Two of our tutors worked with her to increase her reading skills in a number of two-hour sessions, 32 hours in all. Before beginning the tutoring, Sarah was reading at less than 100 words per minute, but with marvelous comprehension. Our tutors put her through our reading program at a rapid pace. The tutors were both young women who were amazing at math—and Sarah loved math. So when we designed the program I told the three of them that they could take a fifteen-minute high-level math break in between the nonstop reading instruction and practice.
Three weeks later the tutors told me that they had “accidentally” taught Sarah a lot of Algebra II. Sarah’s family still jokes about her difficult math “breaks” at The Fluency Factory. Sarah has continued to be an exemplary student – now a senior in high school and doing fabulously well.
James began at the Fluency Factory at age 10, unable to read, write or do any math. He was able to write 17 digits per minute, but you couldn’t read any of them. Over the course of his time at Fluency Factory, he advanced two reading levels. We continued to work with him as the first student at Beal Street Academy, and now he has read all of the Harry Potter novels, as well as a number of other books and plays. He has always set goals for himself and then worked very hard to achieve them. Despite severe developmental challenges he has always found a way succeed and most importantly, he has never given up on a challenge.
In early elementary school Jake was diagnosed with learning disabilities, and was a poor math learner who struggled with basic concepts and had trouble organizing problems. All of this changed in the third grade when he started with a tutor at the Fluency Factory. Immediately, his math scores improved. Jake not only improved his math skills while at the Fluency Factory, he also worked on his writing and foreign language skills. As stated by Jake, "I was taught how to learn and how to be a successful student." Jake has recently graduated high school with high honors and in the top tenth of his graduating class. He feels grateful to Richard McManus and his team, "I definitely would not be where I am today without Richard and his team of dedicated, kind, intelligent tutors."