Savvy Learning Frequently Asked Questions.
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Yes. Classes run from morning to evening, and we will work with you to place your child in a class that works for your schedule.
Yes! We can work with you to create a cohort of similar-level learners who meet online.
Savvy Learning’s curriculum is built with 3 sessions per unit as the core. It’s okay if your child cannot attend all 4 sessions every week. Repetition is built into each unit, so learners have multiple exposures to new topics.
Savvy Learning is a year-round program with the most common US holidays off and two holiday weeks off. The monthly pricing was set with these holidays in mind, so instead of lowering the monthly price for holidays, including in November and December, all months are slightly lower in price than they otherwise would be. Savvy follows a school calendar in the sense that the program recognizes the holidays listed below. However, we will meet your reader at the appropriate level rather than being confined to a specific grade level in a given year.
Here are the holidays Savvy Learning takes off: Labor Day, Thanksgiving week, Christmas week, New Year’s Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.
Curriculum, Content & Delivery
Savvy learners are grouped by ability rather than age or school grade level. If your child is ready to learn at a first-grade reading level, select first grade.
Yes! Well-qualified, experienced teachers design our curriculum and each of our lessons to align with Common Core State Standards.
Savvy groups are leveled by skills typically taught in a specific grade, but our learners are grouped by ability rather than the age or school grade level. We have a placement assessment you can work through with your child that helps us find the right level. Once that is completed, we seek confirmation from you that the level sounds right based on your experience with your child. Once your child is enrolled into a group at the right level, we will provide additional support to be sure it is the right fit.
Curriculum for Savvy is designed by teachers with professional degrees, using the Common Core standards and the Orton Gillingham approach while incorporating the Science of Reading to create a scope and sequence at each level. Each level builds upon the next while including a spiral review of the skills needed for Savvy learners to become proficient and confident. The curriculum includes instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, and reading comprehension. A core component of the Savvy curriculum is not only creating research-based lessons and units but also ensuring the sessions are engaging and fun for learners.
All reading material is presented in our online format as text that coaches and learners can access together.
We recognize that reading and writing are essential to well-rounded literacy. The focus for Savvy Reading is on reading, and other than some simple activities such as writing letters or words as part of some reading lessons, our curriculum does not currently focus on teaching writing in addition to reading.
We are not yet set up to fully support and help special education students. We hope to offer this in the future.
Yes. Please see the page on our site entitled “Our Coaches” to learn more.
We provide coaches with the curriculum and content for all coaching sessions. Coaches are trained on Savvy’s values, curriculum and content, safety and session management, rules and procedures, and our online platform.
All of our coaches have teaching experience and teaching certificates or other strong and relevant credentials.
Once your child is enrolled in a class, you will receive information about your child’s new coach, including education and a summary of relevant experience.
Savvy is for anyone learning to read or conquer math, whether they’re struggling, at level, or ahead of their grade level. No matter the situation, we work to build skills, confidence, and a lasting love of reading and math, which everyone should have!
Yes. Our Savvy Reading Pre-K/Kindergarten levels cover all of the basics.
Individual coaching sessions (instead of a group) may be the right fit for an older learner. We have coaches who can cater the content and coaching to help older learners gain the skills and confidence they need.
Generally, we recommend you wait until your child is at least 4 or 5 to enroll, primarily to ensure an adequate ability to focus and engage with a cohort of similarly aged children.
This could be a perfect fit for the kindergarten level. With young children, you will need to gauge whether this online format with other children (possibly a year or two older than them) will be a good fit.
When you enroll, there is a Placement Assessment you can work through with your child on our website that helps us determine the appropriate grade level for your child. Coaches will be continually monitoring and assessing learners to ensure they are at an appropriate level with a group that makes sense.
Savvy is intended to be a standalone program where a coach fully engages children during a fast and fun 25-minute session. Most parents will not need to be involved. Of course, we hope you read with your child consistently on your own, but Savvy’s curriculum is standalone.
Membership & Financial Questions
Yes. You can always move from a month-to-month to a long-term plan anytime. The pricing will change starting the next full month. You can also change from an individual to a group plan or group to an individual plan within the same time period. For example, you can switch from an individual annual plan to an individual group plan at any time.
The month-to-month plan can be canceled anytime. Long-term plans, which are discounted due to the long-term contract, can also be canceled, but there will be a cancellation fee based on how long you have remaining in the contract.
It would be amazing to have a scholarship fund to support learners whose families can’t afford Savvy’s regular price. We are looking into how to make this happen. If you would like to sponsor a scholarship, please contact email@example.com.
Absolutely. We welcome international learners!
Yes. At checkout, there is an option to pay upfront. You can also reach out anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org to pay the remaining balance upfront.
Yes. An annual plan is a contract between Savvy and you – the parent/custodian. You can decide when and if to switch learners under one plan.
We are working to qualify for state funds to pay for homeschool programs.