Ivy Bound was started out of a desire to give students the best preparation for the SAT. Mark Greenstein Founded Ivy Bound in 2000, after working 13 years with 3 other test prep organizations. His first classes were held in South Central Los Angeles, and the students were exclusively “first-generation college” (parents had not attended college).
Mark’s first class was met by skeptical administrators at the students’ high school. Indeed, they were often denied rooms for after-school sessions. But the students and teacher were resourceful, commandeering a place on the nearby USC campus and occasionally in a quiet library.
Though Mark only sought out 1st-generation students, word of his good work spread, and he was getting calls from parents in tony suburbs like Encino and Beverly Hills requesting private tutoring. Mark returned to New England in 2001 and began to hire tutors throughout the northeast. He trained them using “Ivy Bound techniques”.
“Use your own flair, and tailor the learning to what the student needs.”
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Ivy Bound Test Prep has created two new Facebook groups for parents. The purpose of the groups is to have a platform for parents to discuss the college prep process and other relevant topics that pertain to high school Sophomores and Juniors. The groups are open to all interested parents. You do not have to be an Ivy Bound client to join.
Our Parents of High School Sophomores group will discuss topics like:
- Choosing courses and electives.
- Planning for Subject Tests – who should take them and when?
- When should students take AP courses and are they for everyone?
- Finding that first job.
- What are the pros and cons for driving at this age?
- Identifying options for college funding.
- How to encourage your kids to do the things they enjoy or find interesting.
Our Parents of High School Juniors group will discuss topics like:
- How worthwhile is a varsity or JV sport?
- What other extra-curricular activities are meaningful for growth and for college admissions?
- What test prep should a student be doing this year?
- When families should plan college visits.
- Life balance and teenagers.
- How to prepare for funding college.
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