I sent my 5th grade daughter to Aurora for tutoring in math because she was starting to fall behind in class and was continually frustrated. She wasn't understanding math the way her teacher taught it and the way I tried teaching her was 'different' from the teacher, so it just confused her. A friend of mine who had their child in Aurora's camp last year recommended that I try out Aurora. They did some testing and found out that she really couldn't do basic math mentally. They recommended that she do the On Cloud 9 Math after school. She did the tutoring until she finished the program. She now understands math much better and she is MUCH faster at math! I no longer have 'homework battles' where she is crying about having so much math that takes "forever" for homework. Now it is usually about 20 or 30 minutes instead of 2+ hours. She is even understanding the basic algebra that they're working on and I couldn't be happier. She'll be going to the first two camps there this summer too with a couple of her friends so they can all get ahead and be more prepared for the 6th grade.
Posted: 3/21/2012 • Link to this review
My child attended a full school year and barely progressed. They advertise "2-6 years of measureable subject area and skill gains are typical in one school year", yet many of the branded programs advertised were not available during the school year (staff not trained and program materials not available). We only expected one school year's worth of gain, but end of year testing and observation by us and others indicated much less than that. We felt deceived and paid far too much. All tuition is paid for the school year by Jan. They push tax scholarships which helped, but the results fell far short of the extremely high tuition charged for this school. End of year report card had 11 pieces of another students' work enclosed, and progress summary seemed to be a form letter where my child's name was at top but the gender reference was incorrect several times. DO THOROUGH RESEARCH AND ASK HARD SPECIFIC QUESTIONS and push for direct detailed answers before considering this school.
Posted: 10/25/2011 • Link to this review
Aurora changed my daughter's life! My daughter had a severe learning disability and before Aurora she was very shy, unable to read, had very slow mental processing, and was fearful of meeting new people. She learned so much in her two year of school, that she can now read, loves meeting new people (thanks to their help with her social skills), she is confident, and her mental processing speed went increased so much that she is now in the normal range for her age! I couldn't be more pleased! I love the staff there and so does my daughter. I feel like I finally have my self-confident daughter back.
Posted: 1/14/2011 • Link to this review
I think everyone at Aurora Startegies means well, but basically they overpromised and underdelivered. My kids got off to a great start and seemed to be making progress so we signed up for another program. But once they began the 2nd program, we couldn't get consistent updates on their progress, we couldn't get our phone calls returned, their training staff was very inconsistent, and we could no longer see evidence of progress. To make things worse, when we received a partial refund (which we had to fight for) the check bounced. They did eventually clean up their accounting, but it was too little too late. I don't like doing this negative review, but I want other parents to know that Aurora Strategies seems to be a place that works hard at first but once they have more of your money they "disappear".
Posted: 12/20/2010 • Last edited: 1/14/2011 • Link to this review
It wasn't until I sent Sasha to Aurora Strategies at 17 years old that I found what he really needed. Their combination of therapies, common sense and qualified teachers made a huge difference. In fact, his processing speed and visual matching speed increased more than three years, his math fluency improved by more than one year - and that was in one month! I highly recommend Aurora Strategies. If you're the parent of a special needs student, this is one school that has everything necessary to help children - and teenagers - reach their potential!
Posted: 10/10/2010 • Last edited: 1/14/2011 • Link to this review