Founded in 2001 by Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Academic Approach differentiates itself and its instruction through a unique brand of skills-based test preparationTM. While teaching college freshmen at Columbia University in New York 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.
Academic Approach began with a focused mission: to mentor students while building their skills and confidence as they fill in essential gaps in curriculum that prevent them from being fully successful both on the test and in the classroom. Over the years, Academic Approach has developed instructional content, services, and staff in order to reach thousands of students in the Chicago, North Shore (IL), New York, and Boston areas, raising scores, growing skills, and opening doors to higher education.
It is our goal to work closely with parents, teachers, and entire school systems in the effort 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 everyday in the classroom by providing high-quality instruction and resources
With our growing staff of dedicated, high-quality educators and leaders, Academic Approach continues to deliver both highly customized one-on-one tutorial programs for students as well as school-based solutions that provide teachers assessments and instructional services that raise student achievement.
What Makes Academic Approach Different?
With so many organizations, large and small, producing solutions in the education and technology space, what is Academic Approach doing so differently to raise student achievement and support teachers, families, and students? The answer lies in our two signature phrases:
1) Teaching Beyond the TestTM. We take a skills-based approach to test preparation, focusing on our teaching as a means to raise test scores, to grow vital college and career readiness skills, and to provide in-depth academic enrichment.
2) Tests are Standardized. Students are NotTM. We are flexible, committed educators, dedicated to supporting growth for all students at any level of achievement.
It is this joint commitment to rigorous instruction and customized problem solving for students that allows us to serve families and schools with truly effective instructional solutions.