Math can be frustrating and confusing, but mastering the fundamentals can be fun — it really depends on how it’s taught! That’s why we use games, fast-paced exercises, and real-life examples to help you gain the confidence necessary to improve your math skills.

What to Expect

The Top Honors curriculum is tailored around each student’s strengths and weaknesses. We first identify and then individually tackle the areas where your child can improve. Students work in both group and one-on-one settings. Periodic assessments will be made to track progress.

Top Honors caters to your child’s way of learning.
— Parent

With regular attendance and focus, we can promise that your child will find math less intimidating and more accessible. In no time at all, your child will feel more comfortable doing math and perhaps, will even find math class at school a little bit more interesting. Imagine that!

When and Where

Tutoring sessions are held at four convenient locations every week. Top Honors tutors on the Upper West Side, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Lower East Side neighborhoods, but programming is open to students from all five boroughs.

Upper West Side on 93rd Street

  • Saturdays, 10am - 12pm

  • Saturdays, 1pm - 3pm

Upper West Side on [location TBD]

  • Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm (begins in November)

Downtown Brooklyn on Jay Street

  • Saturdays, 10am - 12pm

  • Saturdays, 1pm - 3pm

Lower East Side on Stanton Street

  • Saturdays, 10am - 12 pm

  • Saturdays, 1pm - 3pm

Tutoring takes place during the school year. Check our calendar for our program schedule.

Prizes and the Incentive Plan

Top Honors believes in the value of rewarding motivated students for their hard work. Every session is an opportunity for students to earn THinc$. Good attendance, participation, effort, and behavior are only a few of the things that will earn students THinc$. Students deposit THinc$ every week into their Top Honors account and redeem them for fun prizes when they’ve reached their goal. The more THinc$, the more valuable the prize. This year, the highest prize is your very own iPod Nano or Amazon Kindle.

Download Our Incentive Plan

Who Are Our Students?

Our focus is on sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who need help with basic math skills, are motivated to learn, and have strong adult support. We review student applications on a first-come, first-serve basis and admit students on a rolling basis throughout the academic year as space permits.

In accordance with our funding and support, admission preference is given to students who attend public schools in NYC District 3.

What’s Next?

If you think Top Honors might be right for your child, the next step is to start the enrollment process.

FAQs for Parents

Q: What is Top Honors?
A: Top Honors is a not-for-profit, fundamentals-focused tutoring program that targets middle school students. Our mission is to provide all students with fundamental math and critical thinking abilities. 

Q: Who are the tutors?
A: All of our tutors are volunteers. They work in a variety of industries such as finance, law, medicine, and technology, and share a passion for helping kids understand math. Some of our tutors are also self-proclaimed math enthusiasts from top local public and independent high schools.

Q: How old does my child have to be to qualify for Top Honors?
A: Top Honors works with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders regardless of age.

Q: How does my child get selected to take part in the program?
A: We review student applications on a first-come, first-serve basis and admit students on a rolling basis throughout the academic year as space permits. In accordance with our funding and support, admission preference is given to students who attend public schools in NYC District 3.

Q: What kind of curriculum do you use?
A: Our curriculum is an in-house product targeted to the specific needs of your child that emphasizes basic mathematical concepts. While we value computational speed (it is math, after all), this is not to be confused with the pace at which your child works through the curriculum. Each student sets his own pace based on his comfort level. In our program, we stress teamwork, discipline, and problem-solving skills using real-life examples. Top Honors reinforces learning through games, competitions and awards. Learn more about our curriculum.

Q: Who is behind Top Honors?
A: You can read about our team here.

Q: My child and I missed our appointment for my initial assessment. Can I stop by during tutoring to reschedule?
A: No. Please contact us to reschedule and reserve a spot at the next new student enrollment day.

Q: My child really need helps finishing his homework assignment. Will my tutor go over homework with him?
A: No. Top Honors is not a homework help program. You’ll work exclusively on Top Honors exercises.

Q: Do I need to send my child with school supplies to the session?

A: No. We provide all necessary supplies. Just bring your child, alert and ready.

Q: How much does the program cost?
A: Top Honors is free.

Q: Does Top Honors provide MetroCards to cover the cost of my child’s commute?
A: Select students are offered MetroCards.

Q: Does Top Honors provide food or snacks?
A: No. Food and drink are not allowed during session.

Parents give us a rating of 4.8 on a 5-point scale.

The thing that keeps me coming back is the students who work so hard.
— Kyle, VP at JP Morgan

3-Step Application Process

1. Click on the green button above and submit an application. You will need your student’s most recent NY State annual math assessment scores.

2. Follow the link provided on the confirmation e-mail you will receive upon application submission to register for a seat at the next parent and student interview day (by invitation only!).

3. Attend the student interview day. Top Honors will assess your student’s compatibility with our fundamentals-based math curriculum. Eligible students will be offered a program spot at the earliest availability.