About Kweller Prep
Meet The Owner of Kweller Prep: Frances Kweller
Located in the first floor of the Parker Towers in Forest Hills, is a local business with an international reach. Kweller Prep, a supplemental education program with an eye on the expanding horizon, may not have a huge sign on Queens Boulevard directing potential clients in, but word certainly gets around. Frances Kweller, an attorney at law and herself a daughter of Russian immigrants, takes a great deal of pride in her office, and with good reason, she’s worked to build a new kind of proactive learning designed for the next frontier in education.
Tutoring for the 21st Century
Kweller started as an Arista tutor in high school before opening her own office, and has been around the business for about 15 years. The company serviced more than 400 families in its first year, starting with a focus on helping school students find the high school and college that was right for them.
“Enough wasn’t being done to help ambitious middle school students navigate high school and high school kids navigate college.” Kweller said. “I got fed up and I designed Kweller Prep to fill in all the gaps.” I envisioned a learning center, an incubator of sorts which would serve as a one-stop shop to show kids and their families how to get exactly where they wanted to ,” she added.
Her years of hard work have paid off. “Kweller Prep is now the top provider for the Hunter High School Entrance exam and the Stuyvesant Test, was featured in the New York Times…. We get the job done!”
Kweller Prep now serves more than 1,500 families a year, in 2 locations, providing everything from small group tutoring, high school trips, college tours, and family-friendly workshops.
Kweller says that helping student’s change their understanding of education and focus on their goals is a hugely rewarding experience, and the engine that keeps her coming to work every day. “Very often the tutors at Kweller Prep are the first ones – sometimes before the parents – to find out that student here got into a great high school or college,” she adds. “We played an active role in that, and it feels great. That’s really an amazing feeling.”
A Changing Client Base in a Changing Economy
At an office originally designed to help younger students make their way through high school and college, things are constantly changing, and lately, they’re getting a little more mature. The economy has played a huge role on the tutoring business, Kweller said, but not in the way most people would expect.
“Our adult clients have sharply gone up,” Kweller said. “Adults are now about 20 percent of our client base.” She said of her adult clients are people looking to add a skill set or refresh a resume that maybe hasn’t been needed in decades. “Some of the students we teach, now their parents want an added measure of safety and security,”Kweller said. “We ran our first LSAT prep course last summer and plan to continue, adding MCAT to the mix.”
A Lifetime Goal
A now published author, Kweller said the most important philosophy for her education program is the idea that scholastic improvement, or a new set of skills, won’t blossom overnight.
“We’re not a quick fix program,” she said. “Sometimes [new clients] think that there’s this magic bullet, that you can do two or three hours of tutoring and suddenly master the subject – we don’t sell any short term programs. We really believe in nurturing the child, and it’s not a short-term commitment. Nothing we do is a short-term commitment.