Socially distanced mock testing. Mock SAT, ACT, SSAT, MCVSD tests are an important part of the diet of anyone serious about improving their scores. We have them every weekend in all locations – a few locations have them on weekday evenings as well.
September 16, 2020
Welcome to the fall term! Special welcome to all new Foley Prep familie
Lots of newbies came in this week for our pod alternatives program, which includes academic and test prep Monday-Friday afternoons. If you didn’t make the first cut, we will have another enrollment round starting next week for the monthly term that begins October 12th.
Foley Prep has never been a volume business, and all 7 Foley Prep locations are almost at socially-distanced (read: our normal small-size) capacity with SAT and ACT prepsters, seniors finishing college applications, and academic tutees. It’s always great seeing kids in person, in groups, getting ahead. Sure, learning online is not without its charms – and our online side is thriving, but nothing beats the alchemy of learning onsite at Foley. Masks up, 6 feet apart, cleaned spaces, single-use materials … we all know the drill by now.New school years are not without their hiccups, so we are very thankful for the flexibility of our pod learning families during liftoff week as our teachers get the hang of our new program and schedule. Getting the kids settled into our learning centers the first week is important – we want the kids to view us as very different from their school environments. So taking the first day or two to work and relax to get ready for the flow of the rest of the term is important. We’ve started something new and the parent enthusiasm is palpable in emails like this one forwarded to me from a Foley pod instructor last night:“Thank you so much for the thorough update!! XXX came back with such excitement and confidence and that alone got me very excited and so happy!!! We are so excited about working with you and Foley!”
Important Q & A:
Q: Will the SAT and ACT recycle test questions in the upcoming tests? What should I do about it?
A: We’ve been getting this question from a few of our savvier senior class clients recently. Short answer: while it’s no guarantee, I believe that the coming SAT and ACT exams will be more likely to have recycled test items than at any other time. Making test items and normalizing new tests is very expensive, and the pandemic has hampered the efforts of the test makers. There are so many test dates on the calendar this fall because the College Board and ACT folks are trying to make up for covid-canceled tests. Given that the College Board has notoriously recycled previous test items for years, it’s not hard for students to reach the conclusion that the next few tests may contain recycled – or slightly modified questions. Thus, I would agree that those who prep should be at an even greater advantage over those who do not. So if you are have a senior, junior, or precocious sophomore and want to roll the dice on a test this fall, now is a great time to start. Senior parents: before you go out of your way to test, I’ve gotten excellent feedback on the webinar linked in my previous newsletter which gives guidance on the admissions environment, including understanding how test-optional will work this fall. It’s an hour long and chock full of good advice with very minimal fluff.
Q: Will there be a two-sided roadblock to get to Foley Prep Warren today?
A: I hope not. If so, I will send a blast out to Warren families later today. Last night they were laying down new surface on Stirling Road just north of Foley Prep Warren (between our office and the Kings/Panera shopping center was completely blocked). The only way in was to pass the roadblock/detour sign just south of us (coming from Watchung Hills HS) – it says “closed to thru traffic” – you can just pass that sign. This has been an issue for the past couple of evenings. Again, if it’s a problem today I’ll send out a blast to Foley Warren families.
Q: Do you have tutors that can help with my college student’s classes?
A: Yes – we’ve been tutoring college students for years. Most Foley Prep teachers have Masters Degrees or higher in a wide range of fields. In my 25+ years as an edu-preneur, have personally auditioned and trained more than 500 teachers, including those up for tenured positions at colleges. Our tutors love when a previous test prep student returns to get help – there’s nothing like the comfort given by a caring, familiar tutor in an academic emergency.
Q: My 2nd-12th grade child is struggling with online and hybrid classes. Will Foley have another enrollment period for pod learning alternatives? Can I get help now?
A: Yes – as stated above, another round of enrollment is coming soon. The second month-long term begins October 12th. Enrollment will open next week. Some families who we cannot accommodate have been given excellent 1-on-1 tutoring instead. If you cannot wait, just contact us. Otherwise, the pod page will be refreshed and I’ll send out an email blast next week.
I’m headed down to our Haddonfield office today to meet with my admissions clientele and our wonderful teachers. Tonight – online bridge with my college buddies. Tomorrow afternoon – golf with my other college buddies. (I do get some recreation time!) Friday and Saturday I’m in Foley Prep Bell Works. – Holmdel. Sundays are Foley Prep Warren days. Go go go!
Thanks for your attention. Have a nice day & enjoy the cooler weather.
Ron Foley, M.S.
Doctoral Candidate, Rutgers University
Tenured Professor of Mathematics, Middlesex College
Member HECA, NJACAC, NACAC, NCTM, MAA, NAS, AMATCYNJ
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