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  • Type:
    After-school / weekend classes, Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
    Academic/Tutoring (multi)
  • Cost:
    $350 to $1,000/program
  • Ages:
    4 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About The Progressive Centre

    The Progressive Centre is a tutoring agency that provides academic support for students up to grade 12 in all subject areas. Our personalized programs aim at helping your child reach their fullest potential both inside and outside of the classroom. We provide in-home and online tutoring, including small group classes ranging from coding to writing.

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support. A few of our campers have special needs.


    COVID-19 Response 

    The Progressive Centre takes the health of our community very seriously. We always follow health guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. We have decided to offer virtual camps this year to ensure that our students and instructors are safe. Upon approval in September, we will resume in-home tutoring for new students across the Greater Toronto Area.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from The Progressive Centre


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; The Progressive Centre currently has 2 programs available; 8 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 13 - 14
    Instructor lead (group)
    $899
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Jul 18-Sep 08$899
    Instructor lead (group)|Math|Test Preparation
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 14 - 15
    Instructor lead (group)
    $899
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Jul 19-Sep 08$899
    Instructor lead (group)|Math|Test Preparation
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 18
    Academic/Tutoring (multi), Instructor lead (group)
    $850 to $1,000
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Math|Reading|Writing|Journalism
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 13
    Instructor lead (one on one)
    $250 to $650
    Ajax, ON
    7 Pottle Lane
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Math|Reading|Writing
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 13
    Instructor lead (one on one)
    $250 to $650
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Math|Reading|Writing
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 13 - 18
    Instructor lead (one on one)
    $250 to $650
    Ajax, ON
    7 Pottle Lane
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Math|Reading|Writing
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 13 - 18
    Instructor lead (one on one)
    $250 to $650
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Math|Reading|Writing
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 11
    Python
    $400
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    STEM
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 11 - 14
    Python
    $400
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    STEM
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 8
    Scratch
    $400
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    STEM



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 2

    Discounts

    Discount if paid in full $50
    Discount if paid early $20
    Discount for 2nd child $25
    Discount for 3rd child $25
    Discount for 4th child $25
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    User reviews of The Progressive Centre  — Read all 5 reviews


    Thank You
    S. Carthy (Parent)

    Cameron had a math test on symmetry and he got 28/29 – I want to say thank you! He's trying so much more, he's doing better and his confidence has gone way up. Thank you a million times over!"

    Very Happy
    H. Smithson (Parent)

    ”Mahnoor is so calm and collected and very good at what she does. I have already noticed a difference after only four sessions. Very happy Mom” 

    Amazing
    J. Tucker (Parent)

    "I just wanted to tell you how amazing your tutor is. She is firm, patient and understanding. I am so thrilled with her and am so grateful to you for sending her to us. Thank you very very much. She is fantastic!" 

    A Big Thank You!
    M. Butcher (Parent)

    I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Tara Johnson owner extraordinaire of The Progressive Centre. I requested assistance with grade 11 Chemistry for my daughter in March. She responded immediately, set up a meeting with us and assigned a tutor without hesitation. My daughter’s grade improved by 10%... and she went into her final exam with confidence. Thank you @Tara Johnson ... Read More

    Thank You
    J. Thomas (Camper)

    "Thank you so much for helping me this year! I never thought that I could learn to study but now I feel that I have the skills to organize my learning at home. I will always be prepared for exams now!"

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Ajax, ON
    7 Pottle Lane, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 7S4
    Online
    Virtual Program

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Tara Johnson, Academic Director
    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Geography, Bachelor of Education, Ontario Certified Teacher

    At The Progressive Centre, I personally match each student with one of my highly experienced and professional tutors. All of my tutors are all extraordinary individuals, chosen because they meet The Progressive Centre’s strict criteria. During the In-Home Consultation process, I speak directly with the family in order to evaluate the specific needs and goals of the student, and then carefully consider which tutor will be the best match. 

    Join us this summer where we have an engaging academic program planned for your little one.  We have something planned for everyone ranging from developing key reading skills to learning how to become a better student. Our programs are personalized and will meet the unique learning needs and challenges of our young people. 

     

    – Tara Johnson, B.A, B.ED, OCT
    Director of Education



    In the News

    December 30, 2021
    The Progressive Centre announces Coding classes for Kids.

    The Progressive Centre is excited to announce a new partnership with Genius Camp. This collaboration aims to enrich young minds...... Read More

    June 10, 2021
    Better Together - The Benefits of Group Tutoring.

    There are many known benefits to one-on-one private tutoring...but there are some things that one-on-one tutoring just can’t facilitate. ... Read More



    Stories

    • The Benefits of STEM Education

      STEM Education – Benefits & New Courses for Kids

       

      At the Progressive Centre, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to expand their awareness and have fun doing so. With that in mind, we are investing in STEM education and as of February 2022, we will be offering a variety of new STEM courses that will engage children and equip them with skills that last a lifetime.

       

      What is STEM Education?

       

      STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Understanding these subjects has become vital in a technology-driven world, yet many schools cannot offer advanced teaching in these areas.

       

      Our STEM students will be taught about coding and software development, which will give them an early technological understanding amongst other important skills.

       

       

      Five Ways STEM can Enrich your Child’s Life:

       

      1. Builds Problem-Solving Skills – through STEM education, children are taught to solve problems independently, by critically thinking. This is a useful skill that can be applied to real-life dilemmas and other studies.

       

      2. Encourages Creativity – creativity is a huge part of STEM, since the world of coding is constantly changing, and coders must quickly adapt with inventive solutions. During the teaching, students will be encouraged to suggest original ideas and innovative designs.

       

      3. Teaches Teamwork – while independence is encouraged, being able to work well in a team is vital. Students will not only learn from their teacher, but they will be able to learn by watching and listening to one another. This is a skill that will be advantageous for the rest of their endeavors.

       

      4. Improves Tech Skills – in a world where work is done increasingly online, STEM gives children a deep understanding of IT and coding, which will only benefit them as they grow up. Being computer-literate is now a requirement in schools, and by learning to code, your children will already have a head start.

       

      5. Builds Resilience – during STEM learning, students will learn to be comfortable with not only succeeding but also failing sometimes. STEM aims to teach students that failure is a necessary part of learning a new skill. This will give them the confidence to be persistent until they reach success.   

       

       

      Benefits of Small Group Sizing

       

      The maximum class size for our coding classes will be 3, as we believe this is the most effective way to teach such a complex skill. Here are some benefits to smaller class sizing:

       

      • Teacher Support - In other institutions that have larger classes and only one tutor, not every child will have their needs met. This can make it easy for students to fall behind and we want to make sure that this doesn’t happen. By having classes of 3, each child will get the tutor support they need to excel.

       

      • Group Learning – in small groups, students can work together to solve problems, pick up techniques from each other, and create a bond as they take part in this exciting course together.

       

      • Cost-Effective – group tutoring sessions are also much cheaper than private tutoring, making it a more affordable option for parents.

       

       

      Coding Class Information

       

      Beginning in February 2022, The Progressive Centre will be offering Saturday coding courses for kids in grades 1-9. The courses will cover two areas: Scratch (an online programming website) and Python (a high-level programming language). There will be three groups available:

       

      • Introduction to Scratch - Grades 1-3
      • Introduction to Python – Grades 4-6
      • Introduction to Python – Grades 7-9

       

      These classes are in collaboration with Genius Camp, an organization dedicated to delivering top-quality courses in areas such as applied engineering, renewable energy, coding, robotics, and other important subjects that aren’t covered in traditional schools. Genius Camp also provides students with take-home materials, so that they can get even more out of the courses.

       

      We chose to partner with Genius Camp because their excellent resources combined with our experienced tutors will make for a fascinating and worthwhile learning experience.

       

      For more information about the upcoming courses, please visit:

       

      https://theprogressivecentre.com/genius-camp-programs

       

    • Your Child's Reading and How to Know When Intervention is Needed

      Children begin developing reading skills well before they enter kindergarten. The speech and language skills that they develop as infants will influence their reading skills, as will listening to stories, viewing pictures, and talking about what is happening in books. Sometimes, when children begin formal reading education, they struggle more than other children. However, keep in mind that children all learn at a different pace, and a little struggling doesn’t necessarily mean that they will fall behind. You can help your child in a variety of ways, but you first need to understand what good reading instruction should include. 

      Beyond Phonics

      Parents and grandparents may remember the commercials for Hooked on Phonics from the 80s and 90s. We aren’t going to suggest that the program doesn’t work at all, but reading instruction must encompass more than phonics. First, phonics doesn’t work for all reading. Some words do not follow standard phonics rules. Second, students need phonemic and graphemic awareness before learning phonics skills. Phonics skills should absolutely be part of a comprehensive reading program, but it cannot occur alone.

      Reading instruction begins in infancy and continues throughout elementary school. Children begin to learn sight words and high-frequency words by being exposed to them. High-frequency words are often taught out of sequence from where they belong in phonics instruction because they wouldn’t be taught until second, third, or fourth grade, but they are frequently found in kindergarten-level books. These are words with specific blends such as blue, three, and where. These words are often found in easy readers, but their blends aren’t taught until much later. 

      Why Is Reading So Important? 

      Reading is one of the most important skills anyone can learn. Almost no other skills can be learned without reading. Even mathematics requires reading comprehension. Word problems, real-world math situations, and math instructions all require reading comprehension. Likewise, science, social studies, health, and even lunch selection require reading skills. Once your child becomes an adult, reading is even more critical. Job applications, transportation schedules, and advertisements all require reading comprehension to navigate through life. 

      How Will I Know if My Child Is Struggling?

      Some difficulty in learning high-frequency words is typical. These words are not easy to learn and will take some time. However, you can foster these learning experiences by continuing what they are doing in class. Ask the teacher to send the words for next week home on Fridays. Most classes have a weekly folder, and you can request the words to be sent home ahead of time. Get a head start on learning the words. 

      Talk to the teacher about your child’s progress. He or she will notice any areas of concern. Likewise, if you are working with your child to recognize these words, you will notice if they are struggling to keep up each week. Be sure that when you are working with your child, you are finding the words in stories, their environment, and using their high-frequency list or cards. Children need to learn the context for words, not just to recognize the word. Meaning and usage are just as important for learning as recognizing a set of letters.

      What Do I Do If My Child Is Struggling? 

      The first step in helping your child is to be an advocate with the teacher. Reach out and ask what is being done in the classroom. One thing they may do is called Response to Intervention. In this program, teachers move between “levels” of intervention to assist students. Typically, it begins with extra instruction in the classroom and, in more challenging cases, moves into a referral for special services. Most children will not need a referral, but if your child does, you can continue to advocate for what is best for them. 

      Some children are offered tutoring during or after school. In-school tutoring and supplemental instruction can be critical for student learning. You will be shocked how quickly tutoring services can improve your child’s learning. 

      What About Outside Tutoring? 

      Tutoring can be beneficial for students, no matter what level or skill set they have. Tutors can offer both intervention and enrichment. Students improve with continuous learning and input. Additionally, tutoring sometimes utilizes different teaching styles than the classroom teacher or school-based tutor. There is nothing wrong with the teaching style used in the classroom, but some students benefit from a different style, and tutoring can offer those styles. This benefit generally comes from outside tutoring since schools tend to adopt similar styles throughout grade levels. 

      Additionally, tutors can help students build confidence. One of the most common problems amongst struggling students is a lack of confidence and anxiety. There’s nothing wrong with the reading skills, but the student feels anxious about learning. This anxiety can come from a variety of cognitive or mental influences, but tutoring can help alleviate the anxiety and frustration. Tutors are trained to help build the confidence of students through remediation and enrichment programs. Students who are bored in class will often hold back because they are unhappy. Enrichment outside of school can help them develop their potential. Tutoring can be excellent for all students. 

      Final Thoughts

      Reading is one of the most essential skills your child will ever learn. If you have any concerns about the development of those skills, begin by advocating with the teacher. You can also supplement their instruction with tutoring for remediation or enrichment. The Progressive Centre uses an assessment tool that will help to determine what grade level your child is reading at. There is no such thing as a reader with too many skills. They may not get to practice them in the classroom, but the skills will be invaluable to life skills later. Reach out to us to see how we can assist your child’s skill development. 



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does The Progressive Centre have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 5 reviews of The Progressive Centre here.

    What types of programs does The Progressive Centre offer?
    The Progressive Centre runs: virtual programs, year-round programs. Programming specializes in: Instructor lead (group), Academic/Tutoring (multi), Instructor lead (one on one), Python, Scratch. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does The Progressive Centre start?
    The Progressive Centre has programs for children aged 4 to 18.

    How much does is cost to attend The Progressive Centre?
    Fees to attend The Progressive Centre range from $350 to $1,000/program.

    Does The Progressive Centre offer support for children with special needs?
    The Progressive Centre offers some mild support for children with special needs. Please contact the director to discuss your needs.

    Does The Progressive Centre offer busing?
    No, The Progressive Centre does not offer transportation.



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