Meet The Owner of Kweller Prep: Frances Kweller
Kweller Prep is a supplemental education program that has been serving students for over 15 years. Specializing in grades 5-12, Kweller Prep offers advanced test preparation and guidance for those entering middle school, high school, and college. Founder Frances Kweller, Esq., is an attorney at law and lifelong educator. She was the first one in her immediate family to gain acceptance to a top college and obtain a professional degree. She graduated from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and Hofstra University’s School of Law.
Frances envisioned what is now “Kweller Prep” while she was applying to college. Throughout her own journey, she saw a need for strong academic guidance for first-generation students wanting to gain acceptance to competitive schools. Her goal was to “fill the gaps” by creating a preparatory environment to help others navigate competitive college admissions. Years later, Kweller Prep has evolved to assist thousands of ambitious students in achieving their goals. The company employs an impressive cohort of over fifty of the best and brightest hand-picked tutors throughout New York City,
“Enough wasn’t being done to help high school kids get into college and to help college kids go to professional schools or to simply find a job,” Kweller said. “We designed Kweller Prep to fill in all the gaps.” This place is a one-stop-shop to show you to get exactly where you want to go,” she added.
“Kweller Prep is now the top provider for the Hunter High School Entrance exam and the Stuyvesant Test, 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 in-person private instruction to Skype-online tutoring for students based overseas as well as coordinated college visits.
Kweller says that helping students 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 a kid got into college,” she adds. “I 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, things are constantly changing, and lately, they’re getting a little more mature. The economy has played a huge role in 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.
A Lifetime Goal
Kweller said the most important philosophy for her business and her clients 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.
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