Fusion Academy Tour

Carolyn Means - Monday, August 27, 2018

Fusion Academy in Houston's Galleria is one of a chain of schools that has swept the nation since it's founder began the first school in California. Some of the keys to Fusion's success are complete uniformity from the curriculum down to the decor, plus the highly positive environment for middle and high school students. There is a lot of laughter at Fusion that balances with the serious work of learning. My tour last week gave me a chance to look at the school for a student who would benefit from one-to-one, self-paced instruction, a dynamic history teacher and a strong art program. Fusion has a highly experienced special education co-ordinator and four faculty members with special education training. The art teacher is a gifted connector with kids of all ages. He teaches painting, drawing, photography, origami, animation, and pretty much whatever the students are interested in. The history teacher has been with the school for four years and memorabilia around his room would stimulate conversations about military history, geography, current events, and ancient civilizations. He teaches history at all levels including AP. For a student like my client, Fusion's newest program, COGx, would be an option with potential to increase working memory, processing speed, and general study skills. Fusion's college counselor individualizes for the needs and interests of the students and was able to get significant scholarship funds for many recent graduates.  Fusion has a rolling admission policy. They often get new students a few weeks after school begins and even well into the school year when poor academic performance, illness, bullying or other issues make a school change a real option.

Executive Functioning - Organization and SAOTG

Carolyn Means - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Another school-ready Executive Functioning skill that parents can help develop in their child at an early age is Organization. Some children come into my office and take out the cars in my red plastic case and line them up in a long line across the floor. Other children put all of numbered puzzle blocks in particular patterns. These children are already showing a desire to organize their work. They are also most likely to keep a To Do list and use a planner for school assignments in school. By high school, they will be the ones who use a calendar and plan ahead for projects and major tests. At a recent lunch sponsored by Fusion Academy, guest speaker Evan Weinberger presented an overview of the system his company designed to help students learn effective organizational skills. Over the past eight years I've referred Evan's company Staying Ahead of the Game to about 20 families whose students have learned life long skills. SAOTH  teaches students how to set goals, how to use a planner and calendar, and how to actually study - as opposed to "doing homework." While SAOTG helps students improve their grades, tutors also work with social skills so students learn how to impress even teachers whose classes they actually dislike. 

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