Queens >FasTracKids JEI Learning Center
98-00 62ND Drive, Rego Park, NY | Directions 1137440.733 -73.859879
Neighborhoods: Kew Gardens
Excellent – This place is great - my kids love it and that says a LOT !
My Kids Love it! – I live in the area and decided to walk into this lovely place. It?s right on Austin near the Q10 or the E or F train. Anyway, my 4 year old is in the core program and loves the projects, experiments and the cool lessons. My 9 yr old is in the JEI math and reading program. The diagnostic test was free. My kids love it and have a blast learning! What else could a parent ask for! Plus the teachers are really caring and make the extra effort to ensure that my children succeed.
Great Weekly Program that my son loves! – The fastrack program is a two year weekly curriculum, and my son is now in the 2nd year. He started when he was 3 years and 4 months old. It was the first structured class setting he was in, and I was concerned if he could actually sit in a chair for 2 hours. It took a few weeks for him to get acclimated, and Rucci, his teacher was very patient in helping him to calm down and settle into the class.
My son looks forward to his weekly class, and he adores his teacher, Rucci. He wants her to come home with him.
Parents have the opportunity to watch all the activity going on in the class, as there is a large monitor screen in the waiting area. Their program is completely transparent, so parents can see exactly how their child is behaving and interacting with the lesson and fellow classmates. The fact that fastrack allows you to watch everything, speaks volumes—they have nothing to hide. Most parents don't sit there for the entire 2 hour session, but I always do. So, I feel I am a pretty good judge of what is going on in there.
I'm quite surprised to read the other review accusing the owners, Rucci (his teacher, and Dave her husband), of being money hungry and deceptive. This is just absurd. Rucci, and Dave, and their son, Jay, who helps out there sometimes, couldn't be a more nicer, kinder, or lovely family. I think the cost is fair for the quality of the program.
I know another parent whose daughter was in the weekly program with my son, and her daughter did the summer camp 09, and she loved it, and felt her daughter learned in a few weeks at Fastrack what they couldn't teach her all year at a private school in Forest Hills.
It's not easy to teach young children and she keeps them controlled for 2 hours. I think that is a credit to her caring and organized teaching style, and to the program with its interesting interactive lessons.
You can sign up for a trial class which is what we did, and then see if you think it will be a good fit for your child. What I like about the program is that it isn't dumbed down for children, neither in content or approach.
They are teaching real subjects such as biology, communications, speech and drama, commerce, etc..and doing so, with practical art projects and an interactive video board. I disagree that the art projects are being done for the children. This is not true, and really shows a complete lack of understanding of Rucci's use of the art projects in class.
I am a Professor of Art teaching at CUNY, so I would think my opinion as an expert in this field, would hopefully be more reliable. Since my son was the youngest in his group, Rucci and her assistant would certainly help him along with coloring or assembling his project, but the older kids were working mostly independently. This is not an afterschool art program, it is an alternative learning program, that is simply using the art projects to help illustrate the ideas from the lesson. They are using creative materials as tools to make the information more accessible, that is all, nothing more.
I think the success of the program is best measured long term. I really started to see a difference in my son's ability to concentrate and remember the lesson content and apply it to later observations, towards the end of the first year program when he turned 4 years old. For example, my son learned about condensation and steam in a lesson, and about a month later, we were driving in the city, and he saw one of the coned cones covering a manhole with steam coming out, and got so excited and went on and on all about steam and condensation. It was a real, ah ha moment for him. He was thrilled and so was I! It was obvious he was happy going to class, but I was able to see that the program was working. I was happy to see him learning and applying that knowledge in an abstract way.
FasTracKids: Excellent Summer Camp at Affordable Price! – I am a parent of two children ages 4 & 5. Both of my kids have attended the FasTracKids for the last two summers. In addition to the Summer program, both of my kids are enrolled in the FasTracKids Graduate Success program. I very impressed with the results that my children have achieved, including getting selected in the “Gifted & Talented” programs in their school. Thanks to FasTracKids my children have developed their critical thinking and speaking/communications skills to a level that they can intelligently hold their own conversations even with adults. Ms. Ruchi, their teacher, is very patient and works very hard with children in getting them to actively do their own work. In the beginning, my kids needed a lot of help and Ms. Ruchi’s patience and her high level of energy worked wonders. I highly recommend the FasTracKids program to all parents.
FasTracKids Kew Gardens is an award-winning location that always get the “Top Enrollment” performance ratings. Wellesley College’s National Institute of Out-of-School Time has conducted independent research on the program for the kids from all over the world and show development improvement from 150% - 200% over the kids who did not participate in the FasTracKids program. The owners are highly dedicated and don’t seem to be in this for the money. I know that thousands of kids have gone through the FasTracKids program at the Kew Gardens location and a lot of the kids get in the gifted and talented program as a result of it. Parents and kids just love the program.
FasTracKids program is a great value for the money. FasTracKids Summer Camp program runs only about $200 a week. FasTracKids is a very inexpensive program compared to the other programs. I know friends of mine who easily spend $4,000 to $5000 for each child for other summer camp programs that teach them absolutely nothing compared to the highly interactive FasTracKids learning program.
It seems that Lisa2000’s child may have had some personal issues if the child wasn’t able to do his or her own work. As a parent, all I can say is that each child must complete the entire program to realize the full benefits of the FasTracKids highly acclaimed program. I would advise Lisa2000 to figure-out her child’s drawbacks and get the needed help as soon as possible instead of blaming someone else. It’s really sad to think that Lisa2000 fails to realize the great value and benefits that the FasTracKids program offers to children in over 50 countries around the world.
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