Middle and High School Math, Language Arts, Test Prep




Our goal is to help students learn WHY math works, not just HOW to do it.  Through research-based practices involving investigations, math vocabulary, and hands-on activities, we help students to see the reasoning behind mathematical processes.  In turn, the learning "sticks" so students remember and are able to apply concepts in real-world and future situations.


Middle School Math:  In middle school, students master computation and problem solving with rational numbers (fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, roots, negative numbers), and become proficient in first year algebra (Algebra I) creating a solid mathematical foundation for Algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.  We help give students the skills and confidence to help math make sense.


High School Math:  In high school, students focus on higher-level math, mastering algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and probability in preparation for high school exit exams, college placement exams, and standardized college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT.  We help students work through challenging concepts and processes and inspire students to achieve beyond classroom standards.  We differentiate the way concepts are presented while honoring student thinking and helping individuals grasp key ideas.  (back to top)


Language Arts


Our language arts program is completely personalized and designed to meet the student’s specific needs. When possible, we use the student’s own curriculum to maximize the efficiency of the student’s learning. However, beyond the immediate objective of helping the student with curriculum material that’s unclear, we identify and fill in the foundational building blocks that are missing and impeding the student’s ability to understand the material with confidence.  We also develop curriculum to challenge students and accelerate learning when necessary.  Some of the language arts areas we specialize in are grammar, writing, content area reading, response to reading, and essay preparation.  We will identify the areas of need and develop language arts plans that remediate or accelerate.   (back to top)


Test Prep


No two students are exactly the same, and the Peak Education ACT and SAT Prep Program is NOT “one size fits all.”  By individualizing student’s programs, we do not waste time teaching information your student already knows, and we do not frustrate them by starting with content that is too advanced.  Students will learn the latest skills and strategies designed to score higher on the ACT and SAT. Understanding the assessment and knowing the "tricks" and strategies of each test will give students the skills to achieve higher scores.   We only utilize only the latest prep materials.  We also provide students with additional content material to practice key skills and strategies between sessions.


Each student will take an online diagnostic assessment that generates a skills assessment to identify areas of need.  We will use the skills assessment to create a customized plan to help each student optimize his or her score.  Students will take several full length tests throughout the preparation to practice and hone in on the areas of need.

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What are the differences between the ACT and SAT?


The ACT consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a thirty-minute writing test. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately three hours and thirty minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT is offered six times a year and is scored out of thirty-six. The majority of Colorado high school students take the ACT in April of their junior year.  

The SAT score range is 400-1600 for your total score, and 200-800 for each of your two section scores. One section score is Math, while the other is a combined Reading and Writing score called Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW). Start to finish, the test takes three hours (three hours and fifty minutes with the optional Writing section). The SAT is offered seven times a year and is taken by . (back to top)