Who studies at Mercer Education?
Our students represent a wide range of ages, cultural backgrounds, and educational goals. We teach students from the 3rd grade and higher. Many adult ESL students are working to improve their conversational or business English or studying to pass the USCIS's citizenship test. High school students, including new immigrants and native speakers, who are preparing for the SAT and the college application process form a large percentage of our student population. We frequently work with college and graduate students who need assistance researching and editing their writing projects. To sum up, whether students desire to improve basic skills, prepare for standardized tests, master specialized areas of study, or receive academic counseling and admissions prep, our programs enable them to gain the necessary confidence, learning skills, and performance in pursuit of higher academic or professional achievement.
How often do classes begin?
ME offers private and small group classes year round, seven (7) days a week, from 9am to 9pm. Students can enroll at any time and start classes on a “first come-first serve” basis throughout the year. Tuition is based on 2-month blocks of pre-scheduled classes (January-February, March-April, etc.) Students beginning classes after the start of a 2-month session will be responsible only for those classes scheduled to occur after their enrollment date (i.e., the bill will be prorated from the agreed upon start date). Private classes generally meet once or twice a week, though we can arrange more frequent classes when necessary. Most group-class students attend a specific class once a week throughout the year, though our 2-month enrollment cycle provides maximum flexibility so that students can determine for how long they wish to attend. Language Arts group classes and Math & Problem Solving group classes are limited to no more than six students, while SAT group classes (verbal and math classes are separate) are limited to no more than eight students. We typically have multiple SAT group classes all day on Saturdays and Sundays during the school year, whereas Language Arts and Math & Problem Solving group classes are typically more limited. During the summer, most of these group classes are scheduled for after 3pm on weekdays and all day on Saturdays. If spaces are available, students may enroll in group classes at any time and do not need to wait until the start of the next 2-month session. If we cannot start a class at the time you contact us, we will add you to our waiting lists, and we will do our best to fit you in as soon as we can.
Does Mercer Education offer tutoring for Math or other subjects?
Yes, we do. Our teachers can help you with multiple subjects such as Science, History, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, Academic Counseling and Admissions Prep, as well as Special Projects. With regard to Math specifically, ME offers a comprehensive Math tutoring program with highly experienced instructors who have a proven track record of helping students to achieve their goals. Students Grades 3 and higher can study all levels of Math with the same kind of personal attention and intelligent instruction from qualified teachers as in our English, Language Arts, and ESL classes. Likewise, we have on staff, intructors who are effective, experienced teachers of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. Please contact us if you need help in one of these areas, and we will do our best to match you with the right instructor.
Does Mercer Education offer academic credits or I-20's?
We can administer for-credit programs for homeschoolers in all subjects. We currently do not offer I-20's to foreign students seeking full-time ESL programs; non-resident students are responsible for obtaining their own visa documentation.
How much of a commitment must I make to the school?
In the case of new students starting at Mercer Education, we charge a $40 non-refundable registration fee and require a $200 advance deposit when we first arrange a class, both of which you can find out more about here. The advance deposit will be applied to a student's final invoice once he or she decides to withdraw from ME. Mercer Education charges tuition based on 2-month blocks of pre-scheduled classes (Jan-Feb Session, Mar-Apr Session, etc), and tuition is due by the first day of the session. Students make a commitment of regular attendance for each two-month session for which they are enrolled. Parents and students receive ME's School Policies and have ample opportunity to discuss the school's policies which emphasize a commitment by parents and students to regularly attend the pre-scheduled block of classes established for each two-month session a student remains enrolled at ME. In the case of one-time or very short-term classes, our policies vary. Please contact us if you would like more information about our tuition rates and policies. We understand that busy parents and students must juggle complicated schedules, and we try our best to accommodate parents and students with as much flexibility as possible.
Does Mercer Education provide teachers who can come to my home or "distance learning" classes?
Classes offered by Mercer Education are generally held at the school, which is across from Overlake Hospital close to downtown Bellevue. However, we do occasionally offer in-home tutoring when it is convenient for our teachers. Tuition rates vary, and we require that students commit to classes of at least 1 hour and 50 minutes in length in such cases. See details on page 2 of the Fee Schedule. We have also successfully conducted "distance learning" classes through the use of email, fax, and telephone when distance completely prevented face-to-face sessions. Please contact us for more information.
What is the difference between Mercer Education’s “summer camps” and its “summer classes”?
Mercer Education's offers multiple one-month summer academic “camps,” some of which meet daily until 2:30 or 3pm and some of which meet twice a week from 3:30-6pm. ME’s summer “classes” are the same weekly group and private classes which we offer during the school year. You can find out more information about the two kinds of programs on the Forms page as well as here ME Summer Camp FAQs and here ME Summer Classes FAQs.
How can I learn more about the school or enroll for a class?
Eric Cohen, Mercer Education's Director, would be happy to show you the facility and meet to discuss your goals, ME's policies, and other enrollment details. Likewise, we would be happy to answer questions over the phone or via email. If you would like to schedule an introductory meeting and to see the school, please contact us at your convenience. Visitors to Mercer Education are encouraged to make an appointment in advance to ensure that Mr. Cohen or another school representative is available at the time of your visit. Applications for enrollment as well as course descriptions are available on our
"Forms" page. If you are on deadline and would like to begin classes right away, you are welcome to send in or drop off the enrollment paperwork seven days a week; no “intake” meeting is required, and we will follow up with you right away to discuss scheduling.
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