When Vinay Bhawnani, owner of Loudoun Test Prep in Ashburn, heard the governor's announcement that schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year, he wanted to do something to help students through a critical time in their education.
“Many students were already struggling with schools in session, and we are excited to help continue their education with teaching virtual classes to help bridge the gap,” Bhawnani told the Times-Mirror.
Bhawnani said this is typically a very busy time of year for Loudoun Test Prep as the company works with students to prepare for spring SAT tests.
With the March and May SATs already cancelled, Loudoun Test Prep's current students will be able to continue their progress with additional hours of free review until the next test is held.
“Canceling the SATs is a big blow to students preparing for college. We want to help them stay sharp, continue review and take sample tests,” he said.
Additionally, Bhawnani is offering nine math and science courses online for free. Loudoun County students can register online at loudountestprep.com/ontrack/.
Classes include AP Calculus, Precalculus, Algebra II, Geometry, Algebra I, Math 7/8, Chemistry and AP Chemistry. The courses began March 30 and run through June 10 and are streamed via Zoom with video conferencing links. These are interactive sessions, not recorded, Bhawnani said, and he expects and encourages give and take between students and teachers.
“This is an unprecedented challenging time. It could be almost six months before students are in a class learning new material … Everyone needs to step up and help each other. Education is a big thing for me and this could affect grades and test scores next year. I don't want to have it happen in our community and this is one way I can help,” he said.