found what I have been seeking for years…someone who could
zero in on my children’s strengths and weaknesses and customize
an ongoing plan to address their needs and produce results. The
Literacy Academy, specifically Natalia Perchemlides, has done just
that. I cannot say enough about her outstanding teaching skills
New Canaan Parent of an 8th grader and a college-bound senior
Literacy Academy has taken the war out of book reports. With The
Literacy Academy’s guidance my children have their book reports
outlined and sometimes even all written in one session. I still
need to remind them to finish, but only remind, not nag. So I thank
you from the bottom of my heart.
Darien Parent of a 4th & 5th grader
biggest problem has always been writing. Earlier this year, I was
getting 6 out of 10 on my short answer questions for homework because
I didn't know how to find detail in my reading. Ms. Perchemlides
helped me outline and highlight my textbooks and now I have been
getting 10 out of 10 on every assignment. She showed me new ways
to skim paragraphs and find the main idea. Every time I go, I always
learn a new trick that will help me not only on the test the next
day but things I will use later in life. Finally, her nice personality
and the energizing candy are two additional reasons I like going.
son has attended The Literacy Academy since it opened in July 2003.
He is an avid reader and writer, but since he began this program,
his appreciation for literature has grown and developed still further.
Even during the summer months … his ability to think and analyze
is changing, and most of all, when I collect him, he is happy, relaxed,
and interested in the world. I am delighted he is able to attend
The Literacy Academy.
Darien Parent of a 9th grader
Latin-based SAT reading comprehension coaching is superb. It’s
much more intuitve and interesting for the students than memorizing
long vocabulary lists. I have recommended this approach to many
of my friends—even in other states.”
provides one-on-one coaching, which helps the instructor understand
and develop your child’s ‘voice’ in essays in
addition to their technical accuracy. ‘Voice’ is often
a final and sometimes intangible acceptance factor used by selective
uses up-to-date, successful examples of their students’ college
essay drafts as examples to instruct and motivate college applicants.
The proof is in the pudding—it works!”
for being such a great teacher; my daughter actually looked forward
to her SAT sessions with you and is lamenting that they are over!”