T.LAB: Our Mission is to create extraordinary academic achievement, especially among urban students, to prepare them to assume leadership roles in careers as entrepreneurs, physicians,
nurses, research, scientists.
TLAB is a faith-based, nonprofit, accelerated learning center founded in Detroit in 2007. It is focused on creating extraordinary academic achievement, especially among urban students, to prepare them to assume leadership roles in careers as entrepreneurs, physicians, nurses, research scientists and other professions. T.LAB uses data-driven software applications and the support of experienced tutors to help accelerate learning. Its goal is that students will successfully complete three academic course loads (or grades) of math, reading, writing and language each year. TLAB’s core academic programs are math, advanced math, reading, vocabulary, writing, language, foreign language, leadership development, and ACT prep. T.LAB is a certified Apple Training Center.
We are driven by our passion to lead and outperform the market. Our accelerated learning
model, while still developing, is producing extraordinary academic results. Your return on
investment can easily be measured by our results in the following areas:
1. Academic Performance
2. Parental Coaching and Engagement
3. Scholarship Development Strategy & Execution
4. Internal Investment
T.LAB’s custom curriculum is based on the American College Testing (or ACT) core competencies. Therefore, student academic skill development focuses on English, Math, Reading and Science. As well, our curriculum includes language, leadership development and technology. Our standards of performance far exceed those of most K-12 academic institutions including a 10th percentile passing standard. Our expectations and performance standards for English, Math, Reading and Science are well above the market standards. We are aggressively pursuing a “college competence standard” for all students by end of 6th grade. This standard requires that our 6 th grade students will realize a minimum composite score of 21.5 on the ACT. A principle covenant of our academic performance model is predicated on scholarly research that examined the affect of quality tutoring on academic performance. This research concluded that 1 hour of quality tutoring per week, combined with an average K-12 curriculum, should enable students to realize 3-5 completed grades per year. Therefore, T.LAB seeks to provide each student a minimum of 1 hour of quality tutoring each week. Our students average a range of 6-12 hours per week in academic development activity outside of their normal K-12 curriculum. Our FY 2015 median ACT Score was 29 in a market where the highest median ACT score by ethnicity was 24.1 (Asians).
Parent University is the most significant element of T.LAB. T.LAB provides parents and guardians with assistance in child development, academic development, college selection, scholarship development, and guiding students through their college careers. Activities include planned formal monthly seminars and ongoing training and development in areas such as emotional intelligence, leadership assessment, and technology skills. 95% of our parents who
regularly engage in our Parent University are realizing targeted performance objectives from
their students. This would include metrics like Grade Point Average, ACT Test Scores, and College Scholarships to name a few. Beginning January 1, 2014, participation in Parent University is a mandatory requirement for all T.LAB parents.
Scholarship Development Strategy & Execution:
Dr. Clarence Nixon Jr. Founder