Signature Tutoring Services Helps Riders Be Top Riders & Top Students

BY TPH EDITOR SISSY WICKES

How is a rider able to meet the demands of an “A” circuit equestrian career and achieve academic excellence? Wendy Salomon of Signature Tutoring has spent her career solving this dilemma.

Wendy Salomon began tutoring equestrian students in 2008 as a way to include her lifelong love of horses in all aspects of her life. In 2014, she launched her own business, Signature Tutoring, to meet the academic needs of students and families for whom education is always the number one priority. Salomon and her team focus on academic excellence and academic integrity. With impressive academic resumes from Ivy League and top twenty universities, the teachers of Signature Tutoring fully understand the academic rigors demanded by the top high schools and colleges in the U.S. For students and families committed to balancing serious academics with serious pursuit of passions like equestrian sports, Signature Tutoring is your greatest proponent.

Subject Tutoring, Test Preparation, College Applications

Since 2014, Signature Tutoring has provided customized academic programs for its equestrians and equestrian based families. With brick and mortar locations in Ocala, FL and Wellington, FL, Signature Tutoring fulfills all academic needs during the winter show season as well as throughout the school year as travel schedules demand. The Plaid Horse recently caught up with Salomon and her team as they tutored students through the indoor circuit. As with riding careers, academic success is only achieved with the support of great teachers and dedicated professionals.

Salomon is proud of the superlative quality of Signature teachers. “All of our teachers have significant academic accomplishments. We focus on students and families who value education as a priority in their lives. High academic goals, and the pressure that goes along with them, require high-level educators.”

Signature Tutoring provides teachers for all subjects at any level. From science courses and labs to intensive writing requirements to music and art, the service extends “beyond the required courses to almost anything our students might be studying.” Signature team members also work with kids with learning differences, making educational accommodations and following an Individualized Education Program as designated by a school district. As she explains, “Through our networks, we have the right specialist for any student.”

Seasonal Custom Accredited Academics

In the second year of an innovative partnership with the Wellington Preparatory School, seasonal equestrian students who have to withdraw from their full-time schools to compete in Wellington can again enroll at Wellington Preparatory School One-to-One Academy for custom, one-to-one, accredited academics. Because Wellington Preparatory School is fully accredited K-12 by AdvancEd/SACS, teachers are able to develop and teach customized curriculum for seasonal students, including lesson plans, assignments, and assessments. Students are graded, and receive report cards and official transcripts for their work. This option enables the student to complete the identical academic workload as their counterparts at home and stay on track with their class work. Many high schools mandate that students formally withdraw if they plan to miss more than a prescribed number of school days, which can be a source of tension between students, teachers, and administrations. When full-time schools find out that these students can enroll in an accredited school during their withdrawal, and will be on track with the same coursework as their classmates when they re-enroll in the spring, they are thrilled.

Signature Tutoring provides teachers for all subjects at any level. From science courses and labs to intensive writing requirements to music and art, the service extends “beyond the required courses to almost anything our students might be studying.” Signature team members also work with kids with learning differences, making educational accommodations and following an Individualized Education Program as designated by a school district. As she explains, “Through our networks, we have the right specialist for any student.” Seasonal Custom Accredited Academics In the second year of an innovative partnership with the Wellington Preparatory School, seasonal equestrian students who have to withdraw from their full-time schools to compete in Wellington can again enroll at Wellington Preparatory School One-to-One Academy for custom, one-to-one, accredited academics. Because Wellington Preparatory School is fully accredited K-12 by AdvancEd/SACS, teachers are able to develop and teach customized curriculum for seasonal students, including lesson plans, assignments, and assessments. Students are graded, and receive report cards and official transcripts for their work. This option enables the student to complete the identical academic workload as their counterparts at home and stay on track with their class work. Many high schools mandate that students formally withdraw if they plan to miss more than a prescribed number of school days, which can be a source of tension between students, teachers, and administrations. When full-time schools find out that these students can enroll in an accredited school during their withdrawal, and will be on track with the same coursework as their classmates when they re-enroll in the spring, they are thrilled.

“This has been a long time coming,” explains Wendy Salomon. “Every year, we have at least a couple of students who need to withdraw from their fulltime schools to compete during the season. They need an option that makes it possible for them to stay on track with their class work, while also coming away with an official and accredited transcript for their academic work. Our students are high achievers with elite college ambitions, and have to be sure that their transcripts reflect their consistent, quality work for the entire school year. A Pass/Fail quarter does not work for them.”

Year Round Accredited One-to-One School

With the success of seasonal, custom, one-to-one school, Signature Tutoring and Wellington Preparatory School are moving forward to launch the Wellington Preparatory School One-to-One Academy, which is a year-round, one-to-one school based in Wellington for grades 6 through 12. The One-to-One Academy is a full-time school that offers students a traditional college preparatory curriculum in a flexible, alternative manner. Unlike traditional day schools, classes are one-to-one on a customized schedule. Unlike online schools, students build relationships with teachers they meet in person in regular, one-to-one sessions. For college-bound students who are pursuing time-consuming, extracurricular activities, the flexible and year-round schedule options combined with the personal relationships with real teachers can make all the difference.

The structure of one student to one teacher creates a limitless academic horizon. Jeff Altschuler, founder of Wellington Preparatory School (www.wellingtonprep.org), praises the benefits of the One-to-One program. “One-to-One provides great academics to students with a different delivery mechanism. Instead of sitting in a class, they are sitting with their teachers. Most students are able to understand the material and learn more quickly. It is a dream for teachers… they sit across from a student and can decide if that student is comprehending the information and accelerate or remediate, depending on what the student needs.”

Salomon, Altschuler, and their team of teachers appreciate the benefits of the One-to-One model of education. They are able to cater to the interests and learning styles of each individual student, promoting academic achievement, the personal relationships of teacher and student, accountability, and self-reliance.

Signature Tutoring came to being with the goal of providing the best academic options for equestrian student-athletes who value education. Now, with the accredited seasonal and full-time one-to-one options of Wellington Preparatory School One-to-One Academy, the dream is bigger, with more high-quality educational options to meet any student’s particular needs. From subject tutoring to standardized test preparation to alternative seasonal or year-round school, Signature Tutoring is synonymous with academic excellence. ◼

ABOUT SIGNATURE TUTORING

Signature Tutoring Services (www.signaturetutoring.com) is the “go to” team for high-achieving, goal-oriented, equestrian student-athletes in middle school through college. In the face of a demanding year-round schedule of training, travel, and competition, Signature Tutoring enables top students to pursue the highest levels of equestrian sport while maintaining the highest levels of academic excellence. Offering a full range of educational options, from as-needed subject tutoring to seasonal and full-time accredited school via Wellington Preparatory School One-to-One Academy, Signature Tutoring is a critical resource for student-athletes who value education. With permanent locations in Wellington, Florida and Ocala, Florida, plus a presence at major national equestrian events, Signature educators are always ready. Signature Tutoring is located at 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 1, Wellington, FL and 9483 NW 137th Ave., Morriston, FL.