Optimus Learning School

After School

Why Optimus After School?

Homework will be finished and done correctly so that you can enjoy a peaceful dinner with your child instead of dealing with the hassle of homework. If we miss anything (incomplete or incorrect), take a picture and text it to us right away so that we can make sure it never happens again.

Our number one priority during the after school homework club time is to make sure students get all the support they need to accurately and efficiently complete their school homework. We do this by helping students to assess what exactly they need to complete that day and then checking in periodically to correct their work and keep them motivated. We use a stamp system to let parents know which homework assignments were checked by the Homework Club teacher. For more info about how the stamp system works, please check out our blog.

Our teachers also keep track of upcoming tests and long-term projects to give them the best chance at success. We take our responsibilities very seriously here at Optimus and encourage parents to let us know when they find errors on the completed homework (by texting photo evidence to the Director). This allows us to address the issue with that student’s homework club teacher to find out what went wrong. In some cases, it may indicate accidental oversight on the teacher’s part. However, it occasionally indicates that the student did not submit the assignment to the homework club teacher to be checked or did not correct it after checking. Our teachers maintain communication with parents about student performance and behavior through online daily comments.

Optimus is open even when schools are closed (i.e. some holidays, furlough days, staff development days, etc.), so you do not have to find family members, friends, or babysitters to watch your kids. You can rest assured knowing they are wisely using their time off. This service is offered free of charge. For more information, click here.
Our After School program is provided at a reasonable price ($500/month) with additional benefits:
  • Free e-Learning reading program (www.optimuselearningschool.com). For more information, please read our blog.
  • Private lessons with a $5 discount for each session.
  • Enrichment classes offered at half price ($80/month).
  • Saturday class for students who need extra help or want to get ahead ($50/month).
  • School pick up and snacks are included.
  • Early release/ minimum day pick up is included (i.e. open house, conference week, etc.).

Enrollment Procedure

Student takes CST style test to ensure proper placement in Optimus courses. Student’s school grades and standardized test results should be provided for our database.

There are two assessment tests available, one for Math and one for Language Arts. Each test takes approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours to complete. Tests are $30 for one or $50 to take both tests. If after taking the tests you decide to sign up for a class or the afterschool program, your assessment fees will be credited towards your first tuition payment

Each student will have 2 – 4 weeks getting comfortable with Optimus. At the end of this time, the student’s homework club teacher will make a recommendation about which of our three academic plans the student should follow. Our Optimus teachers will make sure that every student is capable of completing their schoolwork before we decide to move them into any of our enrichment classes.

Based on the enrollment placement test and the recommendation of the teacher, the student will be placed in one of three categories, each of which hold their own goals and give the most customized learning experience possible.

  • Plan # 1: Struggling Students—For students who have a hard time completing their homework each day, and those who require a lot of extra assistance to complete their work, the teacher will recommend private one-hour lessons 2 – 3 times per week (depending on your budget). A discount will be offered for any private class that you sign up for as a result of teacher recommendation.
  • Plan # 2: Doing Well Students—Students who are able to complete their homework during the allotted time with little assistance will be encouraged to spend any extra time reading or practicing math through supplemental worksheets.
  • Plan # 3: Excellent Students—Those who are doing very well in school and have no problem completing homework without assistance and with very little required correction will be given the option to attend enrichment classes 1 – 3 times per week.

For more detailed information, view the academic plans below.


Academic Plans

Students who are having difficulty receiving passing marks on their schoolwork. At this level, our goal is to assist the student toward receiving, at the very least, all passing grades in all subjects at school. Overall, at this level, we take a more personal, one-on-one approach with our students.

Our strategies:

School contact – We personally get in contact with your student’s teacher to help pinpoint problem areas in the classroom.

Individual Comments – We write individual comments in our system, My OLS, on a daily basis to address any concerns about the student’s behavior or academic progress, which parents can also check.

Parent-director meeting – As a follow up, we will schedule a meeting where you can meet personally with our director. Our goal at this meeting is to communicate your student’s progress, and to give you a chance to ask any questions you might have.

Private Lessons Recommendation – Students who need a lot of extra help to complete their work will receive a teacher recommendation for private one-hour lessons 2 – 3 times per week (depending on your budget). We offer a discount of $5/class that you sign up for as a result of a teacher recommendation. For example, private lessons for students in 1st – 6th grades are normally $40/hr, but you would only pay $35/hr.

Saturday classes (9 AM – 12 PM) – Extra Saturday morning study opportunities are offered where your son or daughter receives further assistance from one of our teachers. This service is provided for our struggling students to be able to work on the skills they don't get to practice as much during the week. The charge for Saturday class is $50 per month.

Our daily goal: Make sure all homework is done correctly before leaving for the night.

Students who are able to complete their homework during the allotted time with little assistance will be encouraged to spend any extra time reading or practicing math through supplemental worksheets.

Our strategies:

Complete Homework – Your son or daughter will be expected to complete his or her homework every day. While, of course, our teachers are always ready and available to help, at this level we try to encourage as much independent study as possible.

Extra Math Worksheet – If schoolwork doesn’t take up all of your student’s time at Optimus, we have a large archive of math worksheets to help keep your son’s or daughter’s math skills sharp. We keep all of the student’s completed worksheets in a folder at Optimus so that students don’t lose them or forget to bring their folder back. Parents may request to see their child’s folder at any time.

e-Learning Reading and Quiz – While we want to encourage our plan #2 students to read and expand their minds, we also want to make sure they are not just wasting time with a book in their hands. To ensure they make good use of their time, students read books we have here at Optimus and take quizzes for comprehension and vocabulary through our online e-Learning school. You will be given your child’s ID and password so that you may access the e-Learning program to see what books your child has read and what scores he or she has received on the quizzes.

Enrichment Programs – Students have the option of taking Book Club, Math, Grammar, Writing, and/or Current Events classes. We want our After School program students to be committed to their enrichment classes instead of just taking them for granted. For this reason, we charge a fee of $80 per month for each enrichment class. This discounted rate makes these enrichment classes very affordable for our After School students while encouraging students to take the classes seriously, increasing the quality of the class for all students.

Our daily goal: Make sure each student understands the work they are doing.

Students who have no problem at all finishing their homework independently and find normal schoolwork boring will be given every opportunity to challenge their minds. The focus is placed on our competition preparation courses that will further challenge your student beyond what the classroom has to offer.

Our strategies:

Competition Preparation Classes – There are several national competitions offered on an annual basis, and we strongly recommend that our plan #3 students explore their options and participate in them. We have courses that will help them prepare, and we will accompany them to the actual competition to show support for our most gifted learners!

Higher Grade Classes - At this level, our students have the option to participate in reading, writing, and math classes that are above their grade level.

Our daily goal: Provide as many opportunities for independent learning as possible.


Reading Reward Program

Each month, there will be 3 prizes (gift cards for different places of either $10 or $20). Prizes rotate each month. Students earn raffle tickets by getting good scores on e-Learning quizzes:

90%-100% on one quiz = 1 raffle ticket

Students take quizzes in homework club time when they are done with their work. They show their qualifying scores to the teacher and get the appropriate amount of tickets. Students receiving less than 90% may reread or review the book and retake the quiz as many times as they need to in order to get 90% or above.

In order to enter tickets into the raffle of their choice, students must have collected at least 3 tickets for that month. Then they may write their name on the backs of their tickets and put them into whichever raffle they would like to win. They can divide their tickets up into multiple raffles if they’d like.

Raffle winners are chosen at the end of the month. Winners can only win one prize per month.

Prize Ideas: John’s Incredible Pizza, Amazon, Farrell’s Ice Cream, Barnes and Noble, Movie Tickets, Dave and Busters, In-N-Out Burger, The LEGO Store, Skyzone, The Disney Store, Daiso, Target, 5-Pack of Homework Passes, Cinnabon or Cinnaholic, Bruxie, Blaze, Color Me Mine, Bath and Body Works

For more information, please read our blog.


Class Recommendation

Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Phonics 36 weeks Learn vowel sounds, digraphs (2-3 letter blends), and sight words.
Writing Alphabet 12 weeks Learn each letter of the alphabet, how to say it, and how to write it.
Math Counting 12 weeks Students will learn how to count digits from one to one-hundred
STEM #1 GABE 24 weeks Shape identification and properties, basic creative and functional building, and spatial reasoning
Magformer 12 weeks Following instructions, replicating existing structures, and exploring the possibilities of magnetic connections
Kids K'Nex 8 weeks Following instructions, replicating more detailed structures, and exploring the multiple connection points and possibilities of more rigid building materials.
Competition N/A N/A N/A
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Aesop's Fables
(Picture Books)
24 weeks Build vocabulary, use phonics skills with unfamiliar words, and begin developing independent reading skills
Aesop's Fables
(Short Stories)
36 weeks Build vocabulary, further develop independent reading skills, and improve comprehension skills with multiple choice questions and short identification response
Writing Little Writers Club 12 weeks Work on spelling and word order in sentences, practice proper capitalization, and simple punctuation, complete a short writing response, and receive teacher corrections and feedback.
Math Common Core Kindergarten Math 36 weeks Counting and comparing numbers one through twenty, introduction to addition and subtraction, introduction to two and three-dimensional shapes
STEM #2 LEGO Building 24 weeks Following instructions, exploring the properties of an interlocking and multidimensional building material, and engaging in creative and cooperative building
Abacus 24 weeks Presenting students with mathematical concepts in a visual way and learning basic adding and subtracting.
Competition N/A N/A N/A
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Greek & Roman
Mythology
36 weeks Improve reading comprehension and imagination through Greek & Roman short stories
Writing Junior Writing Club Beginner 12 weeks Complete mini grammar lessons, write two short essays, and receive teacher corrections and feedback
Math Common Core
1st grade  Math
36 weeks Addition and subtraction concepts and strategies, two digit addition and subtraction, introduction to two and three-dimensional geometry
STEM #3 K'Nex 36 weeks Independently following instructions, building large and complicated structures, solving basic engineering problems through the creation of structures
Competition Math Kangaroo
(Test in May)
12 weeks Preparation utilizing prior math kangaroo tests
Others GATE Preparation 12 weeks Higher level intelligence training to prepare well above average students for the GATE program
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Grimm Brothers Series 36 weeks Improve reading comprehension through classic versions of the most popular Disney stories
Writing Junior Writing Club Intermediate 12 weeks Read short non-fiction passages, write short responses, and receive teacher corrections and feedback
Math Common Core
2nd grade  Math
36 weeks Numbers to one thousand, Addition and subtraction up to 3 digits, basic measurements, introduction to fractions
STEM #4 Little Bits 12 weeks Discovering the functions of different electronic modules, creatively combining them to complete projects, and testing out the success of their creations
Competition Math Kangaroo
(Test in May)
12 weeks Preparation utilizing prior math kangaroo tests
Others GATE Preparation 12 weeks Higher level intelligence training to prepare well above average students for the GATE program
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Chapter Books 36 weeks Build vocabulary, use vocabulary words in sentences, transition to fully independent reading, and begin forming answers to more in-depth comprehension questions
Writing Junior Writing Club
Advanced
12 weeks Read short non-fiction passages, write a response to a related prompt, and receive teacher corrections and feedback
Math Common Core
3rd grade Math
36 weeks Addition and subtraction within one-thousand, introduction to multiplication and division, introduction to fractions, introduction to perimeter and area
STEM #5 KANO 12 weeks Exploring the components required to build a computer, building the computer, and obtaining basic coding skills
Competition Math Kangaroo
(Test in May)
12 weeks Preparation utilizing prior math kangaroo tests
Spelling Bee
(Bee in March)
12 weeks Study lists and definitions, as well as spelling tips and tricks, in preparation for the spelling bee
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Chapter Books & Nonfiction Articles 36 weeks Read grade-level chapter books and some nonfiction articles, complete vocabulary assignments, and discusses comprehension questions
Writing Writing Styles Composition Beginner 24 weeks Discuss the 4 main writing styles, see great examples of each, complete the writing process every two weeks (write, revise, finalize), and receive teacher corrections and feedback
Math Common Core
4th grade  Math
36 weeks Addition and subtraction through one million, multiply by 2-digit numbers, divide by 1-digit numbers, add, subtract, and multiply fractions
STEM #5 Programming C++ 36 weeks Learning a widely used programming language, creating object oriented programming, and storing data
Competition Orange County Math Field Day
(Test in May)
12 weeks Test preparation based on prior tests for OC math field day
Math Kangaroo
(Test in May)
12 weeks Preparation utilizing prior math kangaroo tests
Spelling Bee
(Bee in March)
12 weeks Study lists and definitions, as well as spelling tips and tricks, in preparation for the spelling bee
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Classic Books
Beginner
36 weeks Read grade-level chapter books and some nonfiction articles, complete vocabulary assignments, and discusses comprehension questions
Writing Writing Styles Composition Advanced 24 weeks Complete 24 lessons of grammar, take unit quizzes to assess understanding, write weekly essays that utilize the grammar concept from that week, and receive teacher corrections and feedback
Math Common Core
6th grade  Math
36 weeks Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals, multiply and divide fractions, unit conversion, introduction to volume
STEM #5 Programming Java Beginner 36 weeks Learning a widely used programming language, creating object oriented programming, and storing data
Competition Orange County Math Field Day
(Test in May)
12 weeks Test preparation based on prior tests for OC math field day
Math Kangaroo
(Test in May)
12 weeks Preparation utilizing prior math kangaroo tests
Spelling Bee
(Bee in March)
12 weeks Study lists and definitions, as well as spelling tips and tricks, in preparation for the spelling bee
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Classic Books
Beginner
36 weeks Read famous classic books, complete vocabulary assignments, and discuss critical thinking comprehension questions
Writing Writing Styles Composition Advanced 24 weeks Complete 24 lessons of grammar, take unit quizzes to assess understanding, write weekly essays that utilize the grammar concept from that week, and receive teacher corrections and feedback
Math Common Core
6th grade  Math
36 weeks Ratios and rates, percents, algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities, introduction to surface area
STEM #5 LEGO Mindstorms 24 weeks Examining the properties and characteristics of the building materials, exploring the possibilities provided by the programming software, and creating functioning robots
Competition Math Counts
(Test in February)
24 weeks Examine advanced math concepts, develop competition level strategies, study and practice different testing styles of the competition
AMC Math
(Test in November)
24 weeks Preparation for AMC 8 based on prior tests with a goal of improving problem solving skills
Orange County Math Field Day
(Test in May)
12 weeks Test preparation based on prior tests for OC math field day
Math Kangaroo
(Test in May)
12 weeks Preparation utilizing prior math kangaroo tests
Others CTY John's Hopkins 12 weeks SAT preparation to help students achieve a score of at least 700 in either math or English
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Classic Books
Intermediate
36 weeks Read famous classic books, complete vocabulary assignments, and discuss critical thinking comprehension questions
Writing Critical Thinkers' Writing Club 36 weeks Read and discuss longer non-fiction passages, brainstorm on a related prompt, write multi-paragraph response, and receive teacher corrections and feedback
Math Common Core
7th grade  Math
36 weeks Pre-Algebra concepts: Equations and inequalities with multiple steps, Ratios, proportions and percents, introduction to graphing, introduction to two and three-dimensional geometry
STEM #5 Computer Coding & Programming
Intermediate
24 weeks Following mastery of our beginner level course, more complex subjects are explored through C++ and Java
Competition Math Counts
(Test in February)
24 weeks Examine advanced math concepts, develop competition level strategies, study and practice different testing styles of the competition
AMC Math
(Test in November)
24 weeks Preparation for AMC 8 based on prior tests with a goal of improving problem solving skills
Math Kangaroo
(Test in May)
12 weeks Preparation for AMC 8 based on prior tests with a goal of improving problem solving skills
Others Congressional Award 24 weeks Optimus will assist students in preparing for the four requirements expected of a congressional award nominee
CTY John's Hopkins 12 weeks SAT preparation to help students achieve a score of at least 700 in either math or English
Topic Class Period Class Description
Reading Classic Books
Advanced
36 weeks Read famous classic books, complete vocabulary assignments, and discuss critical thinking comprehension questions
Writing Current Events Writing Club 36 weeks Read and discuss current events from around the world, improve reading, writing, comprehension and brainstorming skills, write multi-paragraph responses of varying styles, and receive correction and feedback
Math Common Core
8th grade  Math
36 weeks Algebra I concepts: Real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, polynomials, functions, rational and irrational numbers, and variation
STEM #5 Computer Coding & Programming
Advanced
24 weeks Top level coding with full use of C++ and Java
Competition Math Counts
(Test in February)
24 weeks Examine advanced math concepts, develop competition level strategies, study and practice different testing styles of the competition
AMC Math
(Test in November)
24 weeks Preparation for AMC 8 based on prior tests with a goal of improving problem solving skills
Math Kangaroo
(Test in May)
12 weeks Preparation utilizing prior math kangaroo tests
Others IB Prep 12 weeks Prepare students for local high school International Baccalaureate entrance exam
Congressional Award 24 weeks Optimus will assist students in preparing for the four requirements expected of a congressional award nominee
CTY John's Hopkins 12 weeks SAT preparation to help students achieve a score of at least 700 in either math or English
Topic Class Period Class Description
SAT SAT 1600 Club Summer Provide students with practice and test taking skills strategies to achieve a perfect score on the SAT
ACT ACT 36 Club Summer Provide students with practice and test taking skills strategies to achieve a perfect score on the ACT
AP AP Class 12 weeks Extra preparation in the months preceding AP testing
Volunteer Work Community Services
(Soup Kitchen)
Monthly High school students with a required amount of community service hours to work will have a chance to meet those requirements
College Counseling College Application 3 months Provide our students with assistance in completing all of the many requirements of college application including FAFSA, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities

After School & Holiday Schedule

Kindergarten

We focus on nurturing a well-rounded kindergarten student. To ensure this, we provide a diverse schedule of classes such as Phonics/ Book Club, GABE, Art, and Homework Help.

Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12:00 - 1:00 Optimus Early Pick Up From School
1:00 - 2:30 Extracurricular Activity
2:30 - 3:00 Optimus Pick Up From School
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 5:30 LEGO Math Phonics Book Club GABE Art
5:30 - 6:30 Homework Help
6:30 Parents Pick Up

Grades 1st-6th

Each week, students in grades 1st-6th will enrich their education and hone their skills by participating in weekly classes for Book Club, Math Club, and Writing Club, as well as daily homework help. The goal of homework help is to make sure students are finishing their homework on time and correctly. There is also a Friday Art Club class for those students who have completed all of their homework and projects for the week.

Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2:30 - 3:00 Optimus Pick Up From School
3:00 - 3:30 Snack
3:30 - 5:30 Writing Club Book Club Math Club Homework & Test Prep Art
5:30 - 6:30 Homework Help
6:30 Parents Pick Up

Grades 7th-8th

During the transitional years between elementary school and high school, it is imperative that students begin building good study habits that will ensure their success later on. Students in Grades 7th-8th will also participate in weekly Book Club, Math Club, and Writing Club class as well as daily independent study time (with homework help as needed).

Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2:30 - 3:00 Optimus Pick Up From School
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:30 Writing Club Book Club Math Club Homework & Test Prep Art
5:30 - 6:30 Homework Help
6:30 Parents Pick Up

Grades 9th-12th College Prep

OLS’s college prep program will prepare students for all that is expected of them during their high school years and will make sure they are on the right track for the transition from high school to college. The program runs Monday through Saturday, during which they will receive help with their school classes (primarily English, Science, and Math), take a career placement test, and begin SAT prep. They will also take SAT prep throughout the summer. To make sure all of the students in our college prep program are well-rounded and have lots of good experience to list on their college applications, we offer opportunities to get involved with up to 5 hours of community service every month (which is enough to cover the high school community service requirements). In addition to all of this, students can participate in university tours to get a feel for which local universities they may be interested in attending.

Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2:30 - 3:00 Optimus Pick Up From School SAT English
(8:30-10:30)

SAT Math
(10:30-12:30)
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:30
OR
5:30 - 7:30
English Science Math Homework
Homework Help
6:30 Parents Pick Up
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Pick-up & Drop-off Times

For safety reasons and to maintain a good study environment for our students, we strictly enforce our pickup times. During the school year, you may pick your child up during the following break times: 4:20pm-4:30pm, 5:20pm-5:30pm, and 6:20pm-6:30pm.

If you need to pick your child up at a different time, please call us ahead of time to let us know when you will be picking your child up. He or she will be excused from homework club during the prior break time and will wait for you in the lobby of suite 210.

For the working parents who would like to drop their kids off early on nonschool days or during spring, summer, or winter breaks, students may be dropped off as early as 8:00am.

During summer, the pickup time is 5:50pm-6:00pm (end of program).


Music Lessons

Optimus offers 30-minute (1:1 private lessons) piano and recorder lessons (with rhythm training) twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes are only $100/month, plus you have the added benefit of convenience: no more driving your child to one place for the After School program and then another for music lessons because we have both here at Optimus!


Academic Progress

In our effort to closely monitor student grades and progress, we ask that parents submit their child's most recent report card when they first start attending Optimus and then again every grading period after that (every semester, trimester, or quarter, depending on the school's grade report schedule). We keep this data in our online system to compare and check progress over time. This will help us make any corrections to the type of instruction your child is receiving based on their academic performance. We also do grade checks weekly on Mondays to keep an eye on test and project scores. Another way that we stay on top of student progress is through our quarterly assessment test, which is based on the California state test. Before starting a class or program, students take our assessment test for English and Math. Then, they continue to take the test once each quarter to compare scores. The level of the test they take changes at the beginning of the calendar year. See an example below:

Sarah's Quarterly Assessment Test Schedule
Test Date Test Level
March 2017: While in 4th grade 4th grade test (1st time)
June 2017: After finishing 4th grade 4th grade test (2nd time)
September 2017: Starting 5th grade 4th grade test (3rd time)
December 2017: While in 5th grade 4th grade test (4th time)
March 2018: While in 5th grade 5th grade test (1st time)
June 2018: After finishing 5th grade 5th grade test (2nd time)
September 2018: Starting 6th grade 5th grade test (3rd time)
December 2018: While in 6th grade 5th grade test (4th time)

Extra Pick-up & Drop-off Service

After school program drop-off services can be provided at an extra charge of $100/month.

The pickup service that is included in the After School tuition covers normal pickups at the school’s scheduled release times. It does not include pickup from the student’s house, early or late pickup from school for reasons other than the school’s scheduled release time, or dropping the student off at home after the program has ended. If you need to schedule a one-time extra pickup or drop-off, please notify the Director as soon as possible to request this service.There is an additional fee of $10 for each one-time pickup or drop-off. However, if you would like to sign up for a daily drop-off service, you will receive the discounted rate mentioned above.