San Jose, CA, April 15, 2020 – Afficient Academy Inc., an ed-tech startup in Silicon Valley, California, announced that all its learning centers have transitioned online to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In mid-March, a ‘shelter-in-place’ order came into effect in Santa Clara County, where a majority of Afficient Academy’s physical learning centers are located. “We promptly decided to offer online support to our learning center students during this complete lockdown period, converting our physical learning centers to virtual learning centers,” said Dr. Jiayuan Fang, Afficient Academy’s founder & CEO. Since then, corporate learning centers have been conducting virtual classes during their regular open hours using Zoom online conferencing tool. Instructors are available online during the class period to assist students and are also offering support through email and phone call. All Afficient Academy’s franchise learning centers are also now offering online support. Since over half of Afficient Academy’s students were remote learners supported by online teachers before COVID-19 shutdowns, there is no change for our remote students.
What makes Afficient Academy especially effective during this complete lockdown period?
- Curriculum aligned to US Common Core Curriculum:
Unlike many after-school learning programs, Afficient Academy’s math & English programs are based on US Common Core standards, making them directly relevant to what students learn at school. During the shutdown period, student can use Afficient Academy’s programs to keep up with school material and do well in their classes.
- Leveraging AI-Based Technology for Excellent Results:
Afficient Academy’s AI-based program identifies skill gaps, ensures that all skills are mastered, and leads students to complete each grade with an A or A+. Rather than impeding students’ learning, this closure period offers an opportunity for students to use Afficient Academy’s programs to work on gaps in their skills.
- Remote Online Support by Instructors:
Parents are busier than ever during this stressful period, balancing working from home and managing the house. Afficient Academy’s programs automatically give students weekly assignments at the beginning of each week that are individually tailored to students’ unique learning situations. Students can conveniently review learned material and learn new content. After a student signs up for our online program, a designated online teacher is assigned to the student. The online teacher continuously monitors the student’s progress and provides supervision and support.
- Regular Parent/Teacher/Student Communication:
Teachers communicate regularly with parents and fully inform them of students’ progress. Parents also receive updates and have their questions answered via email, phone calls, online conference tools, WeChat, etc. Finally, Afficient Academy’s iOS and Android App helps parents stay updated about their kid’s progress real-time. Students have already missed school for nearly a month, and they most likely will not be able to return for the remainder of this academic year. “At Afficient Academy, we are sincerely committed to ensuring that our students are on the path to achieving excellent results,” says Dr. Fang, “We are glad to see that, during this stressful period, our students are able to stay on course, build a strong foundation, learn the necessary skills, and get prepared for the next academic year.”