Founded in 2001 by Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Academic Approach differentiates its instruction through a unique brand of skills-based test preparation™. While teaching college freshmen at Columbia University in New York City and tutoring high school students preparing for the SAT and ACT, Pietrafetta developed a rigorous instructional commitment not only to raising his students’ test scores but also to developing their vital college-readiness skills.
Since 2001, Academic Approach has focused on two goals:
- Becoming the very best at raising test scores by providing high-impact, customized, academically rigorous test preparation that “teaches beyond the test”.
- Reaching and teaching a wide range of students through our one-on-one tutoring and school-based programs by providing high-impact, customized, innovative services, products, and partnerships.
Some might see tension in this work: test prep vs. rigorous academic enrichment; one-on-one instruction vs. school-based programming; customization vs. standardization; personalized instruction vs. designing towards an average student; rapid innovation vs. long-term research & development.
Academic Approach team members, however, have a different mindset: we see that our mission presents opportunities to grow, learn, think critically, problem-solve flexibly, and create high-impact solutions.
We work closely with parents, educators, and school systems to rethink the role of test preparation within education.
We strive to:
Customize and personalize our instruction to each student to provide the highest growth in student achievement
Support and enhance the good work teachers perform every day in the classroom by providing high-quality instruction and resources