If you work with NYC middle school students who need a little extra help with basic math skills, Top Honors might be the answer. Our free tutoring program uses games, fast-paced exercises, and real-life examples to help your students gain the confidence necessary to improve their math skills.
What to Expect
Top Honors isn’t a one-size-fits-all program. We start by assessing our students’ basic math skills, identifying and working on the areas where help is needed most. Periodic assessments will be made to track progress.
Students will work hard in our program, but the exercises are fun and they’ll have a real sense of accomplishment when they’re done. In no time, they’ll see marked improvements in their math skills and, more importantly, they will have a lot more confidence.
When and Where
Tutoring takes places at a convenient location on the Upper West Side every Saturday and Wednesday. Saturday sessions are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday session are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Your child will enroll in one of the three sessions.
In January 2017, Top Honors began tutoring at a second location every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Brooklyn.
Top Honors follows the academic year and holds session from September to May every year.
Who Are Our Students?
Our focus is on fifth, 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.
Our students demonstrate a 60% improvement in math.
If you think Top Honors might be right for your students, the next step is to spread the word and help them apply for enrollment. While each application is reviewed independently, if your organization has a group of eligible students interested in joining together, we will schedule a group appointment.
Please download our informational flyer to share with your students or their parents.
FAQs for Schools & Programs
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 for success as students and productive members of society.
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 are students selected to take part in the program?
A: We help students who need help learning basic math skills, are motivated to learn, and have strong parental support. We review student applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. In accordance with our funding and support, 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: Will tutors review my students’ homework?
A: No. Top Honors seeks to teach students fundamental math skills through its carefully devised curriculum, and students work exclusively on Top Honors exercises.
Q: Do my students need to bring school supplies to the session?
A: No. We provide all necessary supplies.
Q: How much does the program cost?
A: Top Honors is free.
Q: Does Top Honors provide MetroCards to cover the cost of my student’s commute back home after tutoring?
A: Not at this time.
Q: Does Top Honors provide food or snacks?
A: No. Food and drink are not allowed during session.