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Huntington Learning Center

by Leslie Feldman
Head Start

Huntington Learning Center helps students excel through the school year and beyond.

With the new school year beginning, there is no better time than the present to consider a program for your children that will not only improve their grades, but increase their confidence and eagerness to learn.

At Huntington Learning Center in Cherry Hill and Turnersville, students between the ages of 5 and 17 receive help in a variety of school subjects. Tutoring is available in writing, math, phonics and test preparation, as well as specialized study for high school and college entrance exams.

“One of the goals of Huntington is to help students improve their grades and self-confidence. To do this, Huntington uses a six-step process that begins with a student’s academic evaluation, includes one-on-one attention and ends with frequent updates for parents,” explains Richard Bernstein, director of the centers, now in his 16th year with Huntington.

“We build a personalized learning program for your child based on his or her individual strengths and needs, which we identify using our in-depth academic evaluation.”

Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center is the longest-standing tutoring service of its kind. The staff works with students to achieve remarkable improvements in their grades, test scores and self-esteem. The success of the program lies in the one-to-one attention students receive and the expertise of the caring, certified teachers. Certified, highly trained tutors teach students to think, learn and succeed on their own.

“Our center helps students gain confidence and become motivated to do better in school,” Bernstein adds. “We do that by getting to the root of their academic needs and building the skills and strategies necessary to achieve at grade level, or on a particular exam.”

Why Choose Huntington?
Bernstein says there are several major benefits to Huntington Learning Center. First, the Huntington system is still run by the founders, Ray and Eileen Huntington. They stand by their goal: “to give every student the best education possible.” That message is first and foremost in the minds of the staff at all times. “This gives us a huge advantage over others who may want to give students a quick fix. We look for the lasting solution,” Bernstein says.

In addition, the Centers are accredited by the Middle States Association, the same group that accredits many local schools, including University of Pennsylvania and Temple. The Marlton location is the only Camden County-based center to be accredited, and is staffed by a director with 16 years of experience.

Imagine going from a class of 20 to a class of one. This is what happens at Huntington. The staff realizes no two students are the same, and they stand by the philosophy that a child learns faster and more effectively when he or she has a teacher and lesson plan devoted to the child’s individual needs. Students are sometimes deprived of this personal attention in classrooms and tutoring groups, which is why Huntington Learning Center is unique.

“We build a personalized learning program based on the child’s individual strengths and needs,” explains Bernstein. “Our highly trained teachers work one-to-one with the child while still fostering a sense of independence. We make sure to teach at a pace comfortable for your child, ensuring he or she never falls behind.”

Planning for the Future
Huntington Learning Center tutors many students who are caught in the “failure chain,” a cycle wherein children become frustrated with school and consequently give up on learning. Students often deal with this frustration by daydreaming, acting out or tuning out.

According to Bernstein, it’s not always easy for parents to admit their children are having problems in school. “If a student experiences difficulty, it would be highly unusual if this is the first time, or the last. The world has become much more competitive. There are fewer good jobs available. College admissions are more competitive than ever. In order to make college affordable, many families look to scholarships. They are getting harder to obtain. As parents, all we can do is provide the best education we can, so that our children have choices when it comes time to apply to colleges and enter the workforce.”

Bernstein has learned that problems in school do not go away or fix themselves. “Invariably, when we meet with parents and ask, ‘How long have you seen this problem?’ the answer is ‘always’ or ‘forever,’ or ‘since the beginning of school.’”

The best advice he can offer: if you sense any problem, seek help immediately. Do not assume it will resolve itself. “Since we administer an academic evaluation, we can find the source and, therefore, fix the problem before it’s too late.”

Huntington Learning Center
Cherry Hill; 856-751-1848
Turnersville; 856-227-0033

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 6 (August, 2011).
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