Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead

Flexible based on student's needs
$85 per hour
Lesson length
60 minutes (recommended)
Students enrolled with the following partners may be able to register for free by applying for a scholarship.
You’ll be able to request a scholarship application during registration.
Scholarships available for community partners
Virtual, join from anywhere!
Class size
Private 1:1
Students are paired with a mentor who shares their interests or identity to make subject matter feel relevant
Mentors act as accountability partners for students
Textbooks and materials are provided to make content more relevant 
Cadence and lesson content are tailored to students needs and goals 
Main goal of getting ahead: Go beyond school curriculum, taking a deep dive into a subject your student loves
If your student is really enjoying a subject and wants to take a deep dive that goes beyond their academic coursework, we’ll find the perfect mentor for them, ready to make the subject come alive with real-world applications catered to their interests. Students will not only master the subject matter but also foster a love of learning. We’ve helped thousands of students take a deep dive into their favorite subjects. 

How does getting ahead work?

Let’s talk first steps.
Students are matched with mentors who share their interests and have unique expertise in the subject matter.

Once matched, students and mentors will use the first session to come up with an exploration game plan, whether they’re interested in a broad survey of many aspects of the subject or a focused exploration of one facet. The game plan will include relevant milestones so both students and mentors know what to expect from each session. 
Then, tutoring gets underway! 
Mentors curate a personalized curriculum to guide students through their subject of interest, adjusting along the way to ensure students are learning what they want to learn. 

When relevant, mentors will curate lesson plans to apply students’ coursework to their other interests, whether it’s basketball, musicals, a particular author, anything that makes the subject come alive!
Looking ahead. 
Tutoring can continue indefinitely, and mentors will share options for broader learning, whether it’s embarking on a subject-based project or delving into the subject matter in a new way. The journey doesn’t end with course completion: mentors are here to support students as they continue to grow and their interests continue to evolve! 

Frequently asked questions

What age range is this offering best suited for?

Mentors will adjust the course material to meet different age levels. We have different levels for this course for ages 9-11, 12-15, and 16-18.

Does my child need to have experience with this topic?

No! The course is designed and curated by mentors to be accessible to all levels of experience–including no experience at all.

Can I customize this course further?

Of course! Mentors will work with students to customize the course to their exact interests and ideas.

How adaptable is the course? Can my child take something similar to this that is not this exact syllabus?

Absolutely! Our mentors always adapt courses to best suit the goals and interests of their students. The syllabus is simply a jumping-off point!

Can students take this course together in a group or is it 1:1?

This is intended to be a private 1:1 guided exploration. However, if you have a friend or group of friends that you would like to take this with, please reach out to us and we will make it work!

How much of a role will the mentor play in the course?

The mentor will be a thought partner and guide for the student. The mentor will create slides to teach the student background knowledge and share videos, articles, podcasts, and other resources to introduce the student to new concepts. Like all student-driven Curious Cardinals courses, mentors will curate the course content to a student’s specific passions. The course will be honed to address each student’s unique interests and ideas.

Do I get to choose which mentor leads the course or is it set?

After giving us your preferences, students will be presented with a mentor we recommend as the best fit based on shared interests. If you do not like the mentor we recommend, students can “fire” their mentor and be introduced to a new one!

Can this course be extended? 

Yes! After the initial four lessons, mentors will guide students to dive deeper into a more niche topic area that they discovered through the current course.