During my high school career, I have encountered numerous challenges that most high school students would not typically face. I suffered from high anxiety, an eating disorder, and the death of an immediate family member. These factors lead to a significant accumulation of absences throughout high school. I constantly migrated from school-to-school in an attempt to find the “best-fit” school for me to achieve success while struggling with severe social anxiety. Each attempt was one bitter failure after another. It wasn’t until I found Back to Basics that I was able to consistently attend school and achieve academic success.
My first experience with Back to Basics was during my sophomore year of high school. At this time I was enrolled at St. Georges Technical High School, however, I had just been discharged from the hospital and was unable to return to traditional schooling, therefore, I was enrolled as a homebound student where I received one-on-one teaching by the instructors of Back to Basics. After failed attempts to return to traditional schooling, I later enrolled as a student at Back to Basics due to my prior success with their homebound program.
At first, I was not totally sure about my decision to attend Back to Basics. I was skeptical of the one-on-one teaching (even though I was successful with this technique in the past). Due to the one-on-one teaching environment, I knew that there was no room for slacking off. I recall thoughts running through my mind such as: “What if my teacher doesn’t like me? What if I’m having an off day? I can’t hide in a classroom full of students and pretend I know what’s going on.” This fear was quickly eradicated after my first session with the teachers at Back to Basics. The teachers and the staff at Back to Basics are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. The teachers have extensive knowledge in the subject that they are teaching and they are able to accustom their teaching style to the way that the student learns best. The staff never fails to acknowledge their students throughout the day and acquire how everything is going. They truly care about your education as well as your well-being.
Thanks to the help of Back to Basics, I was finally able to complete my high school education. I am currently in my second semester York College of Pennsylvania majoring in Biology. Without the help of Back to Basics, I would not be where I am today. I highly recommend Back to Basics to anyone who wants to get a quality high school education.
Donna Woodstra, parent
Angel struggled with school from the start. He went through the IEP process, but still no improvement. Homework frequently did not come home. Visits to the principal’s office were common. Things got bad enough at school that Angel participated in a day treatment program. While he was in the program, my husband and I learned just as much or more than Angel. We learned that the schools he has been in were not meeting his needs. Angel did transition back to school and after a month, there were no changes. That is when Angel started at Back to Basics. With the one-to-one instruction, there was nothing to distract Angel from learning and the teachers could easily see when something was not clicking and be able to react to that immediately. After a month, Angel was a different person. He was starting to feel successful at school for the first time. The impact to his happiness, health, and relationships with family members was amazing. If we had only started Angel at Back to Basics sooner.
Angel attended Back to Basics from the 2nd half of 6th grade through the end of 7th grade. If we didn’t have to move out of the area for employment reasons, Angel would still be at Back to Basics.
After 6 years of not being in the correct educational setting, Angel had a negative view of school. He doubted that Back to Basics would be any different. Working one on one with the teachers, Angel could see that they truly cared about him. The relationships with the teachers made a huge difference in Angel’s willingness to try.
Angel now knows that he can do school and that he is not stupid. Angel is able to participate in class discussions and is able to ask questions when he doesn’t understand. This confidence has allowed Angel to be able to try new things and participate in activities where he does not know anyone.
Angel now attends a small, private school. He is able to be in a classroom with other kids and feel good about what he is doing. Angel enjoys hosting prospective students for the day and making them feel welcome when they start at his new school.
Angel’s experience at Back to Basics has significantly improved his quality of life.
Curt and Jackie Johnson, parents
Carolyn Holland graduated from Back to Basics Private School after starting with the school during in her freshman year. Before she came to the school, she was struggling in her subjects, especially math. Her mother found information about Back to Basics Private School on the Internet and persuaded Carolyn to try the one-on-one teaching approach. Carolyn now says she knows her mother was right.
Carolyn loved going to school at Back to Basics. She made many good friends and felt that the teachers helped her understand the subjects well. She doesn’t think she would have done as well in a typical classroom. Besides her subjects, the teachers taught her study skills. She feels that these skills helped her in high school and prepared her for the future.
Carolyn continued her education at Delaware Technical and Community College with plans to major in early education and become a pre-school teacher.
Paul and Andrea Holland, parents
Jon came to Back to Basics Private School mid-way through his sophomore year seeking help due to a sudden change of academic program. He needed instruction to address subject matter gaps with a goal to complete the full academic year even though he was starting with the year nearly half over. Prior to coming to Back to Basics, Jon was extremely frustrated by his situation and inability to handle the course material on his own.
Within the first few months, there was a dramatic shift in Jon’s attitude and effort as he began to experience genuine success filling in the various knowledge gaps. Working with his teachers one-on-one allowed him to achieve a deeper comprehension of the subject matter which increased his self-confidence. Over the next two and a half years, Jon’s grades consistently improved and he graduated from Back to Basics Private School.
Both Jon and his parents believe the one-on-one learning environment unique to Back to Basics Private School was the key to his academic success.
Charlene Bradley, parent
Rhea started at Back to Basics Private School in the 7th grade. Prior to coming to the school, she was having trouble with reading and comprehension. She was frequently teased by her classmates because she could not keep up with them.
After being at Back to Basics Private School for only six months, Rhea was reading books which she had not been able to do previously, and her self-esteem improved rapidly. One of the benefits Rhea’s mother observed was that the one-on-one environment enabled the “teachers to match Rhea’s learning style and make sure she understood a concept before they moved on.”
Rhea is now in 10th grade at a school in Maryland. She is able to tutor other students who are having difficulty; something she never imagined she would be able to do. Her goal is to finish 10th, 11th and 12th grade in two years. She is well on her way.
Donna Bell, parent
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