Optimus Learning School
Optimus Learning School’s mission is to foster critical thinking, clear writing, effective communication and leadership skills in all of our students, whether their focus is in science or the arts. Universities and corporations want strong minds, not just strong test-takers. It’s also important that our students know how to work in a team and lead them to success. Therefore, we emphasize the fundamentals of learning, so that our students are prepared for academic success.
Creativity is what allows a person to think on their feet. In the fast-paced world we live in today, being able to adapt to and deal with change is an inevitable part of succeeding. We push our students to “stretch their creativity muscles” as often as possible so that they will be ready to take on anything.
We understand how crucial it is to be able to work well with others in life. At Optimus, we start building these skills in our students as early as possible.
We’ve all heard before that strong minds need healthy bodies. It can be difficult for students to get in enough exercise with their busy schedules, and they don’t always know which choices to make when it comes to their health. These kids are our future and, as such, we want to do our part to make sure they learn healthy habits. We currently offer a monthly healthy cooking class that students can sign up for in advance to learn how to make healthy snacks and meals. In addition, we invite students to attend local races and run with OLS instructors as a part of Team Optimus. We also put on our own mini fun runs at the neighboring park around the holidays.
To aide in the world's effort to Go Green, Optimus employs an online paperless system called MyOLS that can be accessed online and is home to all of our course materials (homework, in-class writing programs, etc.). One great feature about this system is that it allows students to take their placement test, see their schedules, turn in homework, and have immediate and on-going access to their grades all online without wasting a single piece of paper.
Optimus Learning School first opened in 2008 with only a book club program available. Now, we offer many different types of classes that cover a wide variety of subjects. With each passing year, we strive to create new classes and find more ways to support our students and help them reach their goals.
It is important to Optimus that we give back to our community because we plan to be a part of it for a long time to come.
On the third Sunday of every month, Optimus offers an opportunity for students to get involved in community outreach by volunteering at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa. The soup kitchen has been in business for over 20 years and serves over 300 meals a day to the homeless, the unemployed or under-employed, working poor families, senior citizens, the mentally and physically challenged, and children. But, the needy are not the only ones who benefit from Optimus’ monthly trip to the soup kitchen. By helping to prepare and/or serve food to those in need, students learn to be humble and to value all they have. (The volunteer hours earned at the soup kitchen can also be applied to any high school community service hour requirements.)
Because we know how vital our local libraries are to the people they serve, we took it upon ourselves to have a positive impact by donating hundreds of books to the Brea Library. We also offered free children’s book club classes to anyone who was interested to come read and discuss some favorite children’s books with an Optimus instructor at the library.
There are many learning centers to choose from, but not all are created equally. Here are some reasons why Optimus is the right one for your child.
PROMOTING INDEPENDENT STUDY HABITS
At Optimus, one of our main goals is to encourage every student to work independently. Instead of spoon feeding answers to our students, we encourage them to come to their own answers and then deliver assistance from that point. Furthermore, we instill in each student the idea that academics are worthwhile, and stress to them the importance of being self-driven. Ultimately, this gives all of our students an invaluable chance to develop strong and lasting habits toward studying.
ENCOURAGING CRITICAL THINKING STRATEGIES
While we at Optimus definitely strive to help our students achieve the highest marks in school, we also try to take it one step further. We do this by helping our students become effective critical thinkers. By guiding students to an answer with questions rather than quickly supplying the answer, we build the framework for critical thought. In doing this, we provide our students with the necessary tools to come to answers independently through careful thought.
PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNICATION
We know that, even when kids are at play, there are more and less constructive ways that they could be spending their time. For this reason, we encourage our students to play card and board games with each other during break time here at Optimus. While cell phones and tablets are amazing tools to aid education, over use for recreational purposes can stifleimportant opportunities for interaction. By instead playing the games that we supply, students have a chance to think, communicate, and spend time together.
GRADUATES, NOT COLLEGE STUDENTS
Other after school programs tend to hire college students, but at Optimus, we do things differently. All employees are required to have a bachelor’s degree as a condition of employment. This helps to ensure that all of our employees are driven and capable of achieving long term goals, and, in turn, they pass these high moral standards onto our students.
EXPERIENCED STAFF WITH SIGNIFICANT TIME INVESTED IN OPTIMUS
A number of our teachers are employed with Optimus full time. This is typically not the case with after school programs, where jobs are almost exclusively given on a part time basis. By offering full time employment, we can better ensure that our employees have not only Optimus’ best interests at heart, but also your student’s.
SCHOOL RECORDS DATABASE
For your own convenience as well as our convenience here at Optimus, we keep thorough and detailed online records. When available, we collect student’s standards test and report card scores, and document them online. If a parent needs access to any of the information we keep on record, they can simply arrange a meeting with the director. This is another step we take to keep better track of how all of our students are doing at school.
VIEW OPTIMUS ENRICHMENT COURSES
All of the information for the Optimus enrichment courses we offer can be viewed online through your son or daughters student portal. Here you can see what your student did in class for the day and view any grades that were given for an assignment or test that day. In addition, our teachers take the time to leave helpful comments for your student. These could be comments explaining a low score, behavior issues, or anything else the teacher of the class feels you might need to know. Your student can also access their homework through this portal, and this is really one of our online platform’s most convenient capabilities. Students no longer have to worry about their homework, because it will always be just a few mouse clicks away for them to download and view as often as necessary.
VIEW STUDENT'S MONTHLY SCHEDULE
To keep track of your student’s course load here at Optimus, we provide a digital calendar to every student with their enrichment classes listed. Scheduling can become confusing at many other after school programs. When is my student’s class? Who is teaching it? These questions are easily answered through our online digital calendar. Should a class be added, removed, or edited, all you or your son or daughter need to do is look online.
LIVE ONLINE FEED AVAILABLE TO ALL PARENTS
We know that, as a parent, you are interested in your student’s education. All Optimus study rooms come equipped with cameras that are connected to the online app. Through this app, you can view your student’s class from the comfort of your home on a PC or laptop, or even from your mobile phone. Send your son or daughter to Optimus knowing that you can be a part of the process anytime!
CLEANED REGULARLY AND OFTEN
While cleanliness is often overlooked at other after school programs, we here at Optimus take the cleanliness of our facilities very seriously. We want to provide as much peace of mind as we can in every way, and the sense that your son or daughter is coming to a clean and fresh smelling environment every day is part of that. Vacuuming and restroom cleaning are daily tasks here, and we clean more extensively on a weekly basis.
A COMFORTABLE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS OF EVERY GRADE LEVEL
It seems typical fare of other after school programs to have noisy and overcrowded facilities. This is severely detrimental to the learning process, and we avoid that at all costs here at Optimus. We occupy not just one, but two buildings. While we utilize one of our buildings for junior high and high school level learning, the other building is entirely reserved for elementary learning. This eases the minds of our younger students that can sometimes be extremely shy around other students that are so much older than they are. Furthermore, each learning environment is much improved through the use of two buildings for two main reasons. First, the amount of study space each student has to work in rises greatly since having two buildings means we essentially have twice the amount of space for each student. Second, we can control and maintain a quiet environment for your son or daughter to study in when there aren’t as many students in one place.
We believe the atmosphere of an after school program is one based not only on personal achievement but also on personal discipline. We set the standard here at Optimus that all students are welcome, so long as they have a great attitude toward learning. With that in mind, in the event that unfortunate behavior issues become a consistent problem in any one particular student, we may ask them to leave. We’ve made this a priority at Optimus since our ultimate goal is to ensure that every student grows in the environment we have created for them. Eliminating this element from our program means that our teachers need not spend their time settling behavior issues, but rather they are able to focus on our students that are most eager to learn.
WE OFFER BOOK CHECKOUT FOR OUR BOOK CLUB CLASSES
We have built a library of great books with multiple copies of each so that we can use them for book club classes. These books were chosen for their literary merit and interesting, engaging stories. When we begin reading a new book, each student is issued a copy to take home and read. On the day we finish discussing the book in class, students return their copies to the teacher in order to receive the next book. We charge a one-time fee of $10, which will cover the cost of purchasing a new book if one is damaged or lost.
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We currently only offer classes at our Headquarters location in Brea, California. If you are interested in opening a branch in your area, please view our Franchise Information, found under the About OLS dropdown menu at the top of the screen.
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Once you have filled out our registration form and signed your child up for a class, we will create a student account for the child and give you an ID and password. By going to www.optimuslearningschool.com and clicking on MY OLS in the top right corner, you can sign in to the student's account and access the student profile, the class schedule and homework, and the monthly invoice. Clicking on the class schedule will take you to this month's calendar to see the classes your child is taking. By clicking on any of the class sessions, you can see your child's grades, a description of what students went over in class that day, and any teacher comments that were made about your child. Separate accounts will be made for each sibling.
We have an open-door policy and communication style here at Optimus that allows us all to work together cohesively to make Optimus the best place to work. Through periodic meetings, each employee can have their ideas heard. This is also a place that provides great opportunities for advancement.
Do you love working with kids and have a passion for teaching? Let Optimus turn your dream of making a difference in children's lives into an everyday reality. We require the following:
If you would like to join our team, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to hiring any new employees, Optimus requires that a background check be performed on the applicant. This means that the applicant must get fingerprinted at a government-approved fingerprinting facility, which will allow Optimus access to the applicant’s criminal history. Providing a safe environment for our students is of utmost concern for Optimus and is taken into account when making each and every hiring decision.
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