Optimus Learning School




OPTIMUS LEARNING SCHOOL

After School

GATE Preparation

At Optimus Learning School, we know that parents value their child’s education and would do anything necessary in order to ensure that their child gets the highest quality education. The GATE program, which stands for Gifted and Talented Program, is where higher level students can have access to fast paced and rigorous learning curriculum that would further challenge their higher level intelligence. To enter into the GATE program, a student has to take a test and if they pass by their district standards, they will be given the option of joining the GATE program in their district. We will prepare your child for the GATE test with our 10 week program. Our GATE preparation class will cover the types of questions the test will ask depending on which district your child attends school.

If your child attends a school in the Brea Olinda Unified School District, he or she will take the CogAT test in the 3rd grade to asses whether or not they will enter the GATE program. Between the 4th-6th-grade-year students may also be eligible to enter the GATE program. To do so, the student must have a parent or teacher recommendation to take the CogAT test. The CogAT stands for The Cognitive Abilities Test, which tests students on reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions. Beyond the CogAT test results, a multi-criteria eligibility matrix will be used to evaluate further students that come close to qualifying for GATE. This matrix will offer additional points based on state testing scores, teacher recommendation, and Title 5 ethnic minority factors.

GATE-identified students maintain this designation throughout their school careers. In Junior High, our GATE students follow an advanced pathway with placement in honors classes and accelerated math courses. This sets students up for success in developing a superior path that included honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school, as well as opens up eligibility for National Honors Society, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian.

The Fullerton School District screens all students in the 2nd grade to enter the GATE program. Students may take the test up to three times (in total) throughout grades 3rd-7th if they do not get in the first time the test is assessed in 2nd grade, or they have not taken the test yet. Additional tests may be taken per recommendation. A parent must turn in a request form to the teacher to do so. This request does not guarantee a student to enter the program. FSD uses nationally normed cognitive abilities tests to assess verbal and nonverbal reasoning potential.

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District is committed to providing a challenging program for gifted and talented learners. Students in third through eighth grades may qualify for the GATE program based on GATE identification criteria after taking the CogAT assessment. These criteria include a balance between achievement testing, ability testing, and other factors. All third and fourth-grade students will be screened to see if GATE services are appropriate. Students in grades five and up may be referred for testing or evaluation by their teacher, administrator, counselor, or parent.


Personality/Aptitude Tests

At Optimus Learning School, we know that it is extremely difficult for students to choose a major or job for the future. To help our students with this issue, we have our students take three different personality or aptitude tests. These three different tests examine a student’s characteristics and interests and matches them with a major or job field that fits their personality. For $50, students can take all three tests to see what personality they have and what job they would do well in.

The first test we give students is the Myer Briggs Type Indicator. This test identifies a student’s personality using four key areas that can hint at potential careers they can pursue. One of these areas is extroversion or introversion, which indicates whether you are an introvert or extrovert. The next area is sensing or intuition which tests how the student obtains and retains information they learn. The third area is thinking or feeling, which considers if their decisions are based on logic or emotion. The last area is judging or perceiving which determines if they are a person who is open minded or close minded. All of these areas determine what their personality is like and are used in determining their future major or job.

The second test is based on John Holland’s RIASEC theory of career choice this test will measure a students’ interest instead of personality. We include this test along with personality tests to get a clear and concise decision of their future major or career. The test calculates a student’s interest in six different areas. These areas include realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. All of these categories will show a student’s interest in a certain area of industry and will determine which major and career they would excel in.

The last test that students will take will be the DiSC Personality Test which is based on the DiSC model which demonstrates how they will do in the workforce. Each letter of the name stands for a personality type. The D stands for dominance or shows leadership skills. The I stands for Influence which means they work well in a team. The S stands for Steadiness which means they will be a calm and collected person in a group or team. The last letter, C, stands for Conscientiousness which means this person is very detailed-oriented and works better individually.


Why Optimus After School?

FEATURES OPTIMUS OTHER AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS CHILD CARE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM SCHOOL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
Registration Fee No Yes/No Yes Yes
Early Morning Drop-Off
Open on Non School Days & on Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break Included Extra Charge Extra Charge Closed
School Pick-Up on all School Days (includes early release and minimum days) N/A
Snacks
Student Academic Progress Check
Thorough Teacher Evaluation
Mobile App
Extracurricular Activities
(Taekwondo, Dance, Gymnastics, and Coding)
Music Lesson
(Piano, Cello, Violin, and Guitar)

Convenience

We simply appreciate parents who want their children to take classes at Optimus. While other academies might charge new customers a registration fee to process their paperwork, we just want to thank you for using our services.

Optimus provides busy parents with an early drop off service! This service allows parents to drop off their student at Optimus in the morning at 6:45 AM. During the morning hour, students will have homework review time and will be dropped off at school on time. In addition, like with our pick-up service, parents will be able to utilize our MyOLS app to receive notification that their student was dropped off at school.

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. We open at 6:45 AM. You can rest assured knowing they are wisely using their time off. This service is offered free of charge. For more information, please read our blog.

Parents can have the peace of mind knowing that Optimus will pick up their student or students on early release days and minimum days. These days are included in our tuition.

Many after-school programs charge additional fees for pick-up service. At Optimus, our after-school tuition includes pick up! Our pick up service is available for students who attend schools in Brea and surrounding areas.

We open at 6:45 am on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on Thanksgiving week. We also open at 6:45 am during Spring and Winter breaks.

During the after-school program, students have two 10 minute breaks. During the first 10 minute break, we provide students with a small snack. Such snacks include granola bars, fruit snacks, and pretzels.

Academic Progress

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 Assistant 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.

Did you know that Optimus has an app? Our app is available through iOS and Andriod. The app provides parents with notifications about pickups and allows easy access to information regarding homework and academics.

*Please click here for My OLS (Website) manual.

*Please click here for My OLS APP (Mobile) manual.

Do you want your student to advance their academics? Enrichment classes are the answer! Enrichment classes provide students with a means to advance in subjects such as math, reading, and writing. These classes are offered to after-school students at 50% off!

At Optimus, we also offer lessons for students who prefer to learn in a smaller classroom environment. These lessons cater to a student's individual goals and are structured to meet these goals. After school students receive a $5 discount for each session.

When a student attends our after-school program, we understand that after they complete their school assignments, they may have extra time. For that reason, we have created our online reading and math programs at www.optimuselearningschool.com. Students are encouraged to engage in these programs to enforce the topics that they are learning in school.

*Please click here for e-learning manual.

Extracurricular Activities

At Optimus, we believe that students need to exercise their minds and bodies. Students who are in Kindergarten through 6th grade have the option to enroll in one of our elective classes. One elective class is included in the after-school tuition. Students may choose from: Kung-Fu, Dance, Gymnastics, Chinese, Korean, and Computer Coding.

*Any additional elective class will cost $50 per month.

Students who are enrolled in our after-school program have the opportunity to enroll in piano lessons at a discounted rate. We offer piano lessons for $120 a month. These lessons are private 30-minute sessions that are twice a week.

Students who are enrolled in our after-school program have the opportunity to enroll in violin and cello lessons at a discounted rate. We offer these lessons for $160 a month. These lessons are private 1-hour sessions once a week.


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.

Daily Comments - Optimus teachers are required to write daily comments regarding your student's academics and behavior. This will help identify daily academic and behavior concerns. As parents or guardians, you have access to view these daily comments through your student's Optimus Learning School Portal.

Worksheets - At Optimus we believe practice and review are important elements in helping your student achieve their academic goals. Students in PLAN#1 will be assigned worksheets to practice and review subjects that are areas of concern.

Homework - If a student in PLAN #1 does not finish their worksheets during their time at Optimus, the worksheets are assigned for homework. At home, it is important to encourage your student to complete their Optimus homework in order to ensure that they are actively engaging in their academic endeavors.

Evening Class (5:30-6:30 pm) - Struggling students are asked to attend an evening class (at no extra charge) during the 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm period. During this time, an Optimus teacher will provide additional help and address the subjects of concern for your student.

Private Lessons - 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.

Parent Meeting - If you're struggling students is not progressing, then a parent meeting will be requested. The goal of the meeting is to communication your students’ progress and to give you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

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.


Student Academic Progress Check

At Optimus, we believe that monitoring a student's performance enables us to provide the student the best academic support and guidance. For our new students, we use our enrollment procedure in order to give the student the best experience at Optimus. Once a student has joined Optimus, we collect their previous school year report card and state test to see where they are struggling and where they are excelling. After that, we have the student take our assessment test to get a better idea of the best strategy to get that student the best quality education. Once a student has started classes, we use our academic progress check in order for our staff to monitor the student as they attend Optimus in a variety of ways.

Each Optimus teacher is required to complete daily comments regarding each student's academics and their behavior during class. Their teacher will state a student’s academic progress by marking whether they are struggling, doing well, or excellent. If the teacher marks the student as struggling, they are required to state how they are struggling, how they were helped, and what more can be done to help the student improve. Our teachers are also required to identify their student’s behavior by marking unsatisfactory, satisfactory, or excellent. If the teacher marks their behavior as unsatisfactory, they must write a comment stating what the student did in order to have that status. Marking the student’s academic progress and behavior daily will help to catch small problems before they can become bigger and affect their academic growth.

Optimus Learning School knows that our parents’ main concern is to make sure their child’s homework is completed and checked correctly. In order to notify our parents the status of completion on their student’s homework, the teacher is required to either mark finished, incomplete, or no homework. If the teacher has marked their homework as finished, this means that the homework has been finished, checked by the teacher, and corrected. If the teacher has marked the homework as incomplete, the teacher must write a comment on why the homework was not completed in their daily comment. This daily homework check allows us to monitor their homework status and make sure we know what is exactly going on in the classroom at all times.

To ensure that a student is on track with their academic plan, Optimus teachers are mandated to complete a weekly grade check every Monday in their daily comments. This weekly grade check allows our teachers to identify the areas of struggle or achievement for their students and address them promptly. Throughout the week, Optimus teachers collect their student’s test and assignment grades and then will post them in their Monday comments. If a student receives a grade lower than a 70%, the teacher must write a comment on why their student received a lower grade and how they can help them rectify this problem in the future. This system will help our teachers truly know what is going on at school and how to help their students more efficiently.

Before a student enrolls in our program, they are requested to complete an assessment test. These assessment tests use test questions from the California state test testing them on two subjects, English-Language Arts and Math. Once a student enrolls in our program, we also make sure that they take an assessment test after every quarter as an additional measure to track their academic progress. The second time they take the assessment, they will take the same grade to see if they improved from the previous test. After the second quarter, they will take the next grade’s test to see how they are doing in their grade and after the third quarter, they will repeat that test. This data will help us further pinpoint our students’ areas of strengths and areas of weaknesses. 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 2019: While in 4th grade 4th grade test (1st time)
June 2019: After finishing 4th grade 4th grade test (2nd time)
September 2019: Starting 5th grade 4th grade test (3rd time)
December 2019: While in 5th grade 4th grade test (4th time)
March 2020: While in 5th grade 5th grade test (1st time)
June 2020: After finishing 5th grade 5th grade test (2nd time)
September 2020: Starting 6th grade 5th grade test (3rd time)
December 2020: While in 6th grade 5th grade test (4th time)

When a student enrolls in our program, we ask them to provide their most recent report card which allows us to view the student’s academic achievements before attending Optimus. We also use this report card to see what they are struggling in and how to help them. Once they have started Optimus, after every quarter, semester, or trimester, depending on their school, we take a picture of their report card and input it into their student account. This action allows our staff to see their progress after every quarter and better monitor their development.

At Optimus, we understand that communication between our staff and parents is an important factor in order to maintain a student's academic progress. Therefore, we have implemented a quarterly parent meeting to establish each student's academic plan. We have many ways of monitoring our student’s progress; however, without any verbal communication, a student could fall through the cracks and not get all the help he or she needs to improve. We use this quarterly parent meeting to further indicate our comments and concerns to a student’s parent in order to make sure we are doing everything possible for our students.

To ensure that a student's academic file is complete when enrolling in our program, we ask that parents provide us with their state test result. These results allow us to observe each student’s achievement levels in the grade they have just completed. We also ask for our students to provide their state test result every year that they attend Optimus to monitor their progress each year and see if they are on track with their academic plan. We input every test result we receive in the student’s account.


Teacher Evaluation

Teachers receive formal performance evaluations from the Director at the end of each quarter. There are four general factors that go into evaluating a teacher; all four are important. Throughout the quarter, the Assistant Director will observe each teacher three separate times. The first two observations are unplanned (one is in-class and the other is through the audio/video camera) and the third is planned. For each observation, one Observation Form is filled out, each observation is 10% and together they make up 30% of your evaluation score. A weekly student grade check is filled out by teachers every week and make up 30% of the evaluation score. Also, Student/Parent Feedback is filled out by parents on the last week of each quarter and make up 20% of the evaluation score. The Director fills out an Intangibles Forms for all teachers, which make up the final 20% of the evaluation total.

The observation form goes into detail about lesson preparation, style and presentation, interpersonal dynamics, class management, and the overall impression of the class. The student/parent feedback and intangibles forms; however, are simpler and provide general feedback.

* All forms use a 1-5 scoring scale and teachers should have a score of 4.0 (equivalent to 80%) or more, which indicates that a teacher is performing well. The base scale is 3.5, which is the score all teachers are started with.

30% 30% 20% 20%
Class Observations
(scored by the Assistant Director each month)
Weekly Student Performance
(affected by scores on English and Math tests/projects)
Student/Parent Feedback
(from Parent Opinion Questionnaires completed quarterly)
Intangibles
(scored by the Director periodically throughout the quarter)

Each teacher will be observed once per month for a total of 3 observations per quarter. For teachers that teach more than one type of class, the Assistant Director will try to observe as many types as possible. The observation form will be used each time. For any items that are not observable in that class (i.e. Assistant Director didn’t stay long enough to see it that day, that doesn’t happen in that type of class, etc.), the item will not be scored and will not count towards that evaluation.

Based on the student’s most recent report card, the student will be given a “baseline percentage.” For example, if Student 1 had a B in English on their most recent report card, that student will have a baseline percentage of 80% for English. If Student 1 had a C in Math, they will have a baseline percentage of 70% for Math. Once baseline percentages have been established for the quarter, the teacher will need to enter student data each week for each subject. Scores students get on tests in those two subjects will affect the performance percentage. Quarterly, a student’s achievement scores will be averaged together (Weeks 1-12). This averaged percentage will be compared to the student's baseline percentage from the start of the quarter. Averaged percentages above the original baseline percentage will be rewarded with higher evaluation scores for the teacher, whereas averaged percentages below the original baseline percentage will receive unsatisfactory evaluation scores. At the end of the quarter (or ongoing) the teacher evaluation point value can be calculated based on the amount that the student’s performance has improved or gone down from the baseline percentage. If Student 1 finished the quarter with an English performance percentage of 80% (the same as the baseline percentage), the teacher would receive a score of 3.5 for that portion of the evaluation. If Student 1 finished the quarter with an English performance percentage of 90%, the teacher would receive a score of 4.5 for that portion of the evaluation.

Progress 15% 14% 13% 12% 11% 10% 9% 8% 7% 6% 5% 4% 3% 2% 1% Base
5.0 4.9 4.8 4.7 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.5

Progress -15% -14% -13% -12% -11% -10% -9% -8% -7% -6% -5% -4% -3% -2% -1% Base
2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5

Each quarter, parents will be asked to fill out a Parent Opinion Questionnaire (P.O.Q) that asks them to agree or disagree with a series of statements about their child’s teacher and the education they are receiving at Optimus. The P.O.Q also includes a number of short-response questions for which parents can provide specific feedback. Parents with more than one child in the program (or a child taking class with more than one teacher) will need to fill out one P.O.Q for EACH teacher. There are two different forms of the P.O.Q, one for students enrolled in the Afterschool Program and one for students taking enrichment classes.

Periodically throughout the quarter, the Director will be checking certain aspects of a teacher’s performance. These can include punctuality, walkie-talkie response, daily comments, e-mailing student performance, parent complaints/emailed HW pictures, etc. Each time an item is checked, a “grade” will be recorded for the teacher’s performance in that area. At the end of the quarter, the Director will be able to review the grades given to the teacher for each intangible item along with the date each grade was given. A score will be determined from that.

After School (5 Days a Week)

Kindergarten (Early Bird) After School

Tuition $650 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
12:30-6:30 After School Program

Kindergarten (Later Gator) After School

Tuition $650 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
9:00-10:00 Homework Time
10:00-11:00 School Drop Off
3:30-6:30 After School Program

Kindergarten After School (Early Morning Drop Off & Early Bird)

Tuition $700 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
6:45-8:30 Homework Time
8:30-9:00 School Drop Off
12:30-6:30 After School Program

Kindergarten After School (Early Morning Drop Off & Later Gator)

Tuition $700 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
6:45-10:30 Homework Time
10:30-11:00 School Drop Off
3:30-6:20 After School Program

Kindergarten After School (Early Morning Drop Off)

Tuition $600 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
6:45-8:30 Homework Time
8:30-9:00 School Drop Off
3:30-6:20 After School Program

Kindergarten After School

Tuition $550 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
3:30-6:20 After School Program

1st-6th Grade After School (Early Morning Drop Off)

Tuition $600 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
6:45-8:30 Homework Time
8:30-9:00 School Drop Off
3:30-6:20 After School Program

1st-6th Grade After School

Tuition $550 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
3:30-6:20 After School Program

7th-8th Grade After School

Tuition $600 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
3:30-6:30 After School Program

9th-12th Grade After School

Tuition $650 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri
3:30-6:30 After School Program

9th-12th Grade After School with SAT

Tuition $900 / month (Limited to 10 students / Class)

Time Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat (9:00-1:00)
3:30-6:30 After School Program SAT

After School without Pick-Up

At Optimus, our after school program usually includes our pick-up service from your child's school. However, if parents want to pick up their own children or if we don’t provide the pick-up service for the school your child goes to, we offer our after school program for a reduced fee of $500 per month. If you choose to sign up for our after school program without pick-up, we ask parents to drop their kids off with their homework before 3:30 pm, which is the start of our homework club class.


After School (Less Than 5 Days a Week)

We no longer offer after school services for less than 5 days a week.


After School (Spring and Winter Break)

At OLS, we recognize that families have different work schedules, and they can have various traditions during Spring and Winter breaks. Many like to take vacations during this time, and we want to accommodate your schedule as much as possible. To simplify payment matters and benefit both parents and our instructors, we have developed a policy for tuition payment.

Regardless of attendance and weeks, we charge a regular monthly fee for all of our classes, even during months with breaks and non-school days. If your child is absent for a few days during breaks, you will still pay the regular monthly fee. To compensate this, we do not charge extra for other holidays, non-school days, and 8 am drop-offs throughout the year when we are open from 8 am - 6:30 pm. Our monthly tuition is based on a four week month, meaning that for the months which there are five weeks, your tuition amount stays the same. Students attend school for a total of 52 weeks, and our monthly tuition is based on 48 weeks; therefore, you are getting four weeks for free. Additionally, there are at least 20 holidays / non-school days that Optimus is open. That means that you are getting at least five free days, even if you take two weeks off for Winter Break and one week off for Spring Break.


F-2 Visa Children After School

We offer a 10% discount on afterschool program tuition for students who have a parent enrolled in American English Language School as an F-1 student. A child’s first year in America is a crucial transition period that can be very difficult. We can help your child adjust to the new school system and U.S. culture. We can also help them understand and complete their daily homework. We even offer school pickup to give you peace of mind knowing your child is safe after school. To be eligible for the tuition discount, you must pay at least 3 months of tuition at a time (to match the 3-month tuition paid for a quarter of the ESL program in American English Language School).


Daily/Weekly Charge for May, June, and August

While the After School tuition is normally charged monthly at $550 per month, we switch to charging daily/weekly for the months of May, June, and August due to the summer program schedule. This means that, from May 1st, you will pay a daily tuition charge of $27.50 for each day and/or weekly tuition charge of $137.50 for each week that your child's school is still in session. (This is only applicable to students whose summer vacation starts in May. If your student’s summer vacation starts in June, you will pay $550 for May and the daily/weekly charge will be for June.) The number of days you pay for that month is based on the last WEEK of school regardless of whether your child attends Optimus through the last week of school or not. Once your child's school is out for summer vacation, you will begin paying the weekly charge associated with whatever summer program schedule you sign up for. For more information, please read our blog.


Huge Discount on Tuition for Full School Year

We know how important it is for working parents to have a safe, reliable place to send their kids every day after school, and nobody has the time to keep changing those arrangements throughout the school year. Being able to sign up for a full school year of our after school program allows you to reserve your child’s spot for the whole school year so that you can rest at ease and make sure your child is getting all the help they need at the same time. Now, you have even more incentive to go ahead and sign your child up for a full school year at Optimus because you can save over $500 on tuition!

We offer 10% off tuition if you sign up for a full school year of our after school program before August 31st. We are offering a sibling discount to families who have 2 or more kids they want to enroll. The first sibling will receive 10% off tuition, the second sibling will receive 15% off tuition, the third sibling will receive 20% off tuition, and if there are more than three siblings please make an appointment with our director and discuss further payment options.

Take full advantage of the savings AND all the progress and success your child is capable of by signing up for a full school year with Optimus After School! In order to receive this discount, the full school year's tuition must be made before your child starts his/her school year.


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 36 weeks Common Core Kindergarten Math 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 Styles Composition Beginner Writing 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

Daily 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 Club.

Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12:00 - 1:00 Optimus Early Pick Up From School
1:00 - 2:30 Extracurricular Activity
2:30 - 3:30 Optimus Pick Up From School and Break
3:30 - 4:20 Homework Club or Elective Classes Elective Classes
4:20 - 4:30 Snack
4:30 - 5:20 Homework Club or Elective Classes
5:20 - 5:30 Break
5:30 - 6:20 Homework Club
6.20 - 6:30 Parents Pick Up

Grades 1st-6th

The goal of Homework Club is to make sure students are finishing their homework correctly and on time. 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 - 3:30 Optimus Pick Up From School and Break
3:30 - 4:20 Homework Club or Elective Classes Elective Classes
4:20 - 4:30 Snack
4:30 - 5:20 Homework Club or Elective Classes
5.20 - 5.30 Break
5:30 - 6:20 Homework Club
6.20 - 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.

Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2:30 - 3:30 Optimus Pick Up From School and Break
3:30 - 4:20 Homework Club or Elective Classes
4:20 - 4:30 Snack
4:30 - 5:20 Homework Club or Elective Classes
5.20 - 5.30 Break
5:30 - 6:20 Homework Club
6.20 - 6:30 Parents Pick Up

Grades 9th-12th After School

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
2:30 - 3:30 Optimus Pick Up From School
3:30 - 4:20 Homework Club or Elective Classes
4:20 - 4:30 Break
4:30 - 5:20 Homework Club or Elective Classes
5:20 - 5:30 Break
5.30 - 6:20 Homework Club
6.20 - 6:30 Parents Pick Up

2019 Holiday Schedule

Optimus Learning School has built a culture to help provide the best service possible for hard working parents. Many parents work endless hours to help provide their children with the best possible education and Optimus Learning School supports them. Throughout the year the school districts celebrate many holidays. During the year Optimus will remain open for many of these holidays because parents still have to go to work. We provide this service free of charge because we do not want parents to worry about where to send their kids on these school holidays.

For more information, please read our blog.

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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 Thanksgiving, winter, spring, or summer breaks, students may be dropped off as early as 6:45 am.

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


Elective Classes

We are very excited to announce that Optimus Learning School offers students elective classes. Each class will be 2 hours / week in length, and the cost is included with the after school program tuition*.

* Only applicable to K-6th Graders

  • Taekwondo class will be available on Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm and Fridays 3:30-4:30pm.
  • Dance class will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Gymnastics (Tumbling) class will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Korean class will be available on Fridays 3:30-5:30 pm.
  • Chinese class will be available on Fridays 3:30-5:30 pm.

Anyone looking to delve deep into the world of computer science (also known as “coding”) must go beyond the text. While coding sounds less intimidating than its actual title, it should be noted that the subject involves much more than just typing lines of code. A software’s development can usually be broken down into three main stages: planning, coding, and implementing. Each stage can be difficult on its own but it’s possible to replicate these in a way that anyone can do it. Younger students, in particular, can get caught up in the glamour of coding. Therefore, we tackle it with the most complete and rewarding course possible. Instead of strictly syntax-based lessons, we will break down the course into three sections mirroring an actual software project.

  • Computer coding class will be available on Fridays 3:30-5:30 pm.
  • Art class will be available on Fridays 3:30-5:30 pm.

Elective / Piano Class Holiday Schedule

Optimus Learning School offers Elective / Piano Classes which include: Taekwondo, Dance, Gymnastics, Coding, Korean, and Chinese. These classes are offered throughout the school year except for the following dates.

There will be NO Elective / Piano classes on the following dates:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st)
  • President's Day (3rd Monday of February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday of May)
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (First Monday of September)
  • Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Weekend (4th Thursday of November Through Sunday)
  • Christmas (December 25th)
  • Winter Break
  • Spring Break

* Rescheduling or makeup classes are not permitted.

** When signing up for an elective, please note that this decision will be for the whole trimester.


Piano Lessons and Special Discount

Optimus offers 30-minute (1:1 private lessons) piano lessons twice a week. Classes are only $120/month (Level 1,2,3) and $150 (Level 4,5,6) and textbooks are included with your tuition. In addition, 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! For more information, please read our blog.

* We also offer a special discount for our piano classes. Get one month FREE when you pay for 11 months!

Our piano program is easy, manageable 30 minute classes than span a total of 26 weeks (4 Months). The completion of every quarter promotes students to the next level, totaling to from level 1 to 6 where each caters to individual skill level.

The first level provides students an easy, fun, and informative introduction to both music theory and piano technique. Essential topics such as western key names, rhythms, and basic music notation are covered. All students will get a feel for the class, increasing their confidence to tackle the following levels. (3 months)

Students who gain the knowledge and confidence now work on a deeper understanding of music. Every class is still very manageable but builds upon fundamental concepts such as scales and key signatures. (3 months)

This third iteration is last of the introductory levels which solidify the groundwork that is required for intermediate concepts. It completes the necessary comprehension for basic piano technique and musical competence. Topics such as major scales and intervals are included. (3 months)

The fourth level marks the beginning of intermediate practices. It emphasizes performances and technique over musical theory. Students are challenged to perform sight and ear training and make their way to good piano playing proficiency. (3 months)

This following level tests the student's skills with music theory and performances. At this point, students must be able to transpose musical pieces up or down in pitch by a constant interval. Sight reading is a general requirement for this level as it highlights critical piano techniques. (3 months)

The last level before advance teaches students independency through musical vocabulary. Students are guided and encouraged to write their melodies and tunes. Finally, students are taught to recognize enharmonical differences with notes such as sharps and flats. (3 months)



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.