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Mission & Vision

At Academic Approach, we believe in more than test preparation—we believe in empowerment. Our unique, skills-based approach to education is designed to go beyond memorization and test-taking, fostering the development of crucial academic skills that serve students far beyond the classroom.

Our Mission

Building skills, boosting confidence, and bridging curriculum gaps to foster holistic academic success

Our mission is defined by a deep commitment to student success. Founded by Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Academic Approach is not just a tutoring service, but a mentorship platform dedicated to building student skills and confidence while bridging essential curriculum gaps. 

We aim not just to enhance test scores, but to cultivate well-rounded, resilient learners capable of overcoming any academic challenge. Our mission is grounded in the belief that true learning extends far beyond mere test-taking, propelling students to future success in their educational journeys and their lives.

Our Impact

Our impact echoes in the lives of thousands of students in the Chicagoland, New York City, Boston, and beyond. We’ve witnessed firsthand how raised scores and enhanced skills can open doors to higher education and beyond. Our dedication to customized tutoring programs and high-quality instructional services have led to transformational stories of success and confidence:

Our Vision

Striving for a world where education goes beyond tests, opening doors to opportunities and lifelong success

At Academic Approach, our vision extends beyond the individual—we envision a future where education can change lives, communities, and futures. We’re not just preparing students for tests; we’re preparing them for life. We work tirelessly with parents, educators, and school systems to redefine the role of test preparation within education, championing the belief that every student deserves the opportunity to excel.

Our long-term goal involves expanding our reach to help more students and giving back to communities through our Elevate Education initiative.

Our Values

Our values—solutions-oriented, collaborative, respectful—lie at the core of our mission and vision. They guide our every interaction and strategy, fostering a culture of kindness, empathy, and respect for individual contributions. 

We work collectively to design effective solutions, bridging divides, unifying perspectives, and connecting community for the greater good of our students’ success.

Join Us

We invite you to be a part of this transformative journey. Whether you’re a student, a parent, an educator, or a partner, there’s a place for you in our mission to change lives through education. Together, we can create a future where every student is equipped with the skills, confidence, and resilience to succeed—both on the test and beyond.

Join us today and be a part of this meaningful change.

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