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Meyer and Flemel ensure that each child’s educational goals are established and that excellent teachers are provided. Extensive documentation, including report cards, teacher evaluations, and student portfolios, are provided so that students may return or apply to traditional schools. The QED curriculum also includes trips planned around academic studies that include nearby Manhattan museums and historic neighborhoods, and places as far away as Egypt and the Galapagos Islands.
Flemel stresses that they are able to look at each child closely every day, and get to know their unique abilities and learning styles. “We ask not only what does each child need, but what has she brought in? If a child excels in a particular subject, we can teach one and a half, two, even three years worth of coursework in that area. There is no limit.”
For families who express concern about socializing and making friends, Meyer reassures them that, “The children really are engaged during the school day, and the social piece is not an issue because the kids love what they are doing and they see their friends after school at activities like Hebrew school and soccer.”
Meyer and Flemel use the same thoughtful approach to running their company as they do in designing each child’s curriculum. Though QED has grown from the kitchen table to serving families through out the tri-state region, Meyers explains, “Our clients are happy. We don’t take on more than we can handle.”
Meyer’s three children, after an intense but validating application process, received 10 New York City private school acceptances, and have reentered the system. Says Meyer, “There are many different reasons for stepping off the private school track. Getting a little perspective does wonders for your life.”
To learn more about QED and to contact the directors, visit their website at www.qedny.us.
JESSICA FEDER-BIRNBAUM has written for stage, screen and numerous periodicals. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, daughter, dog, and cat.