Couple hoping to further advance education in Loudoun
Loudoun County's newest business aims to change that in an almost one-on-one atmosphere.
Loudoun County has joined many other D.C. metro area communities in opening up an Eye Level Learning Center in Ashburn.
Owners Andrew and Jessie Sample opened their third location in Northern Virginia. The couple also owns locations in Old Town Alexandria and Vienna. At their Ashburn location, Jessie Sample will be the director of the new center. According to a news release, the Samples hope to open a second learning center in Ashburn in the near future.
Eye Level Learning Center celebrated its newest location in the Ashbrook Shopping Center Jan. 26 with a grand opening event.
Eye Level Learning Center is a franchised company that originated in South Korea and came to the U.S. about 20 years ago.
The program has had tremendous success in major metropolitan areas like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta, among others.
“Eye Level is a supplemental program with several locations in the U.S. and the D.C. metro area. It certainly doesn't take the place of school,” Andrew Sample said. “It is a program that students come to once or twice a week for about an hour."
Eye Level's curriculum is focused on developing students' understanding for the core subjects of math and English.
“Our math program consists of basic thinking and critical thinking math. The critical thinking portion relates to problem solving and that sort of thing,” Andrew Sample said. “Our English program is reading and writing skills.
“Our program is based on a national standard as opposed to a state standard. A big benefit is customization. We can tailor our program and curriculum to fit the needs of each and every student,” Andrew Sample said. “Our classes are structured in a very low student-to-teacher ratio and we tend to have three to four students per teacher.”
While the program may seem like a traditional tutoring atmosphere, it is far from it.
Eye Level's main goal is to create an environment that will increase students' confidence.
According to Sample, Eye Level began catching on about two years ago and gained traction with centers opening in Alexandria, Fairfax County and Montgomery County, Md.
Sample believes Loudoun County is attractive for a program like this because of high income levels as well as a dense area and a wide range of diversity.
“This is going to be a great addition for Loudoun County with the first center being the Ashburn location,” Andrew Sample said.