Our Classes

From our all-inclusive after school program for K-8 students to our complete offering of enrichment courses, Achiever Institute provides many opportunities for students to grow and develop. Through our variety of courses and our outstanding teachers, we hope to help foster confident children who are interested and able to continue enriching their lives for many years to come.

Achiever Institute’s Afterschool Program is designed to provide K-8 students with a comprehensive schedule that includes time for homework, snack, enrichment classes, outdoor play, and music practice. Under the supervision of teachers and teaching assistant, students are expected not only to complete their homework but also to work on any long-term projects ( ie: preparing for robotics competitions ). Students can also take advantage of a range of enrichment courses. We can also schedule music practice time for students. Through our Afterschool Program, we strive to offer students the opportunity to learn from highly qualified and specialized teachers, pursue their varied interests, and have fun in a warm, caring, and wholesome environment.

2011 Kindergarten Program

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3:30pm Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Drama
4:00pm KungFu Writing/Language Art Fine Art Chess/Hindi** Manga
4:00pm Academic Enhancement Writing/Language Art Fine Art Chess/Hindi** Manga
5:00pm Chinese Review Chinese Review Special Phonics Class Chinese Review Chinese
5:30pm Testing Music Special Phonics Class Academic Enhancement Chinese***
6:00pm Pick up

Early Bird Schedule
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Homework/English/Math
2:00 – 3:00pm Learning Activities
3:00 – 3:30pm Snack Break
**Optional Hindi Class every Thursday 3:45pm – 4:45pm (May conflict with Chess Class)
***We also offer CSL class for non-Chinese speakers

2011 1st – 2nd Grade Program

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3:30pm Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Drama
4:00pm Testing/Yoga when testing is complete Writing/Language Art Fine Art Chess/Hindi** Manga
4:30pm Chinese Review Music Reading comprehension Chinese Review Chinese
5:00pm Academic Enhancement Chinese Review Chinese Review Academic Enhancement Chinese
6:20pm Pick up

Early Bird Schedule
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Homework/English/Math
2:00 – 3:00pm Learning Activities
3:00 – 3:30pm Snack Break
**Optional Hindi Class every Thursday 3:45pm – 4:45pm (May conflict with Chess Class)
***We also offer CSL class for non-Chinese speakers

2011 3rd Grade – 6th Grade Program

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3:30pm Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Homework/
Academic Enhancement
Music
4:30pm Academic Enhancement Academic Enhancement Academic Enhancement Academic Enhancement Chinese
5:00pm Testing/Drama Writing Fine Art Chess Manga
6:00pm Pick up

*10 minute breaks between classes
*Classes are subjected to change without prior notice

Achiever Institute offers a complete list of enrichment courses that are available to students in the afterschool program and to students outside of the program who are simply interested in extracurricular learning. Each course is taught by a highly qualified instructor who specializes in the topics covered. Our enrichment programs include Writing, Math, SAT Prep, Chess, Art, Graphic Design, Flute, and Piano.

  • 2nd Grade English

    Class Description: Students will learn to write clear and coherent sentences that develop a central idea. Their writing will show that they consider the audience and a purpose. Students will move through the stages of the writing process: prewriting, rough draft, revision, editing, and presenting. Class topics will include Journal Writing, Organizing Details, Use of Different Sources, Elements of a Story, Conclusions, and Transitions.
    Teacher: Ms. Priya Batheja
    Schedule: Every Tuesday 4:30-5:30PM

  • 3rd Grade English

    Class Description: Students will learn to write clear and coherent sentences that develop a central idea. Their writing will show that they consider the audience and a purpose. Students will move through the stages of the writing process: prewriting, rough draft, revision, editing, and presenting. Class topics will include Journal Writing, Stages of Writing, Main Ideas, Supporting Details, Conclusions, and Transitions.
    Teacher: Ms. Priya Batheja
    Schedule: Every Thursday 4:30-5:30PM

  • 4th-6th Grade English

    Class Description: Class work, drills, and homework are mainly derived from a workbook and will primarily focus on basic grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph formation, and simple essay formats in line with California state standards. These basics often fail to be mastered by many Mission San Jose students at this critical stage and now is the time to address these problems. Finally, special emphasis will be placed on writing problems typically encountered by the children of foreign-born, ESL parents.
    Teacher: Ms. Priya Batheja and Ms. Kathryn A. Farley
    Schedule: Every Tuesday 5:30-6:30PM

  • 7th-8th Grade English

    Class Description: This course will focus on writing a well-developed essay that is clear, tightly-written, to the point, and in line with California state standards. At this level, students will learn to make every word count and create good ideas. Along with conceptual development, students will learn to enhance their essays by properly utilizing key adjectives, adverbs, and transition words typically absent from the writing of children of foreign-born parents.
    Teacher: Ms. Priya Batheja and Ms. Kathryn A. Farley
    Schedule: Every Friday 4:30-5:30PM and 5:30-6:30PM

  • Academic Writing

    Class Description: The objective of this course is to strengthen writing skills, increase student knowledge of academic writing strategies, and improve overall writing performance. Through the course, students will share and celebrate personal experiences, improve their knowledge of the academic writing process, and nurture their creativity.
    Teacher: Ms. Janie Driscoll
    Schedule: TBA

  • Happy Musicians Private Lessons

    Class Description: Through our private music lessons, we strive to give students of all ages the opportunity to enjoy and fall in love with music. We cater our teaching program and methods to each student’s unique needs. Our teachers bring years of teaching experience and master degrees in piano, music education, and flute. We hold student recitals twice a year, and we help students prepare for various types of music examinations.
    Teacher: Ms. Cathy Yang, Mrs. Limin Chen, Mrs. Linlin Ling
    Schedule: TBA

  • Young Musicians

    Class Description: This course offers a great introduction to music for young students. The course covers the basics to appreciating and understanding music such as listening, tempo, and tune. Some of the main concepts introduced in this course include rhythm, percussion, dancing, singing, and note reading.
    Teacher: Ms. Cathy Yang
    Schedule: TBA

  • Music Foundation

    Class Description: This course offers a comprehensive look into music and introduces students to playing the keyboard. The course aims to develop an appreciation of music and build a strong foundation in piano.
    Teacher: Ms. Cathy Yang
    Schedule: TBA

  • Math

    Class Description: At Achiever Institute, we offer three math classes: GATE, general mathematics, and private tutoring for the SAT. Students are placed into a class based on their grade level and performance on a math assessment. The GATE class helps students prepare for their GATE programs at school. Our math classes are focused on helping students understand math concepts and apply the concepts in challenging situations. We strive to offer close teacher-to-student interaction and focus less on solving a mindless number of problems during class time.
    Teacher: Dr. Jeff Wang
    Schedule: TBA

  • Art

    Class Description: Our art class for K-8 students offers a great creative outlet for students who want to explore their artistic talents. Students will learn basic painting and drawing skills, color sense, composition, tonality, and proportion. They will also be given the opportunity to explore various mediums: Watercolor, calligraphy, chinese painting, pastels, and color pencil. Through the art class, students will have a chance to explore and express their artistic and creative thoughts under the guidance of our experienced instructor.
    Teacher: Mr. Huo
    Schedule: TBA

  • Manga & Animation

    Class Description: Animation can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This course gives students the opportunity to create their own characters and stretch their imagnations. By learning to create a storyboard, students will be able to bring their characters to life. Students will become familiar with the concept of camera angles, dialogue, and action of each scene. At the end of the course, students will have completed their own animation and the class will host an event to share their work with their classmates.

    Teacher: Mr. Shawn Lei
    Schedule: TBA

  • Graphic Design

    Class Description: This class is an introduction to the field of graphic design and the role of designers. Students will learn fundamental design concepts through art activities. They will be encouraged to work and discuss amongst their peers to solve design problems. Students will also be given an opportunity to work with computers and explore the tools in Photoshop.
    Teacher: Mr. Miguel Zuleta
    Schedule: TBA

  • Chess

    Class Description: The chess course will include an instructional period where students will analyze classic chess games. Each meeting of the class will also include a rated chess tournament and the opportunity for students to analyze their own games.
    Teacher: Mr. Chris Torres
    Schedule: Every Saturday 1:00-3:00PM

  • Public Speaking

    Class Description: Achiever Institute offers a GATE test preparation course that helps students prepare for the test, improve their critical thinking skills, and learn mathematical reasoning.
    Teachers: Mr. Jason Chou and Ms. Dora Chua
    Schedule: TBA