Services Offered

K-12 Students

Diagnostic Testing -- Complimentary

We provide free academic diagnostic testing to all students from K-12th grade. The diagnostic depends upon the student's goals. High school students are assessed for SAT/ACT readiness. The test results will reveal the student's target areas for growth, and from that data, the center directors can make a customized academic plan.

Subject Tutoring, Elementary

$40/hr ($80 per 2-hour session)

Our tutors assist the student in his or her growth areas for reading / writing / math / science / social studies using our center's materials, the student's schoolwork, or a combination of both.

CogAT, ISEE, and Other Standardized Test Instruction, Elementary

$45/hr ($90 per 2-hour session)

Only tutors with proven experience with these unique tests will instruct students. We use center-provided materials specific to each level and each test, as well as materials to help build foundations in any areas of need.

Subject Tutoring, Middle and High School

$50/hr ($100 per 2-hour session)

Our tutors assist the student in his or her growth areas for core curriculum (including AP classes) and most electives using our center's materials, the student's schoolwork, or a combination of both. Classes at this level require a high level of expertise in a tutor.

SAT/ACT Tutoring

$50/hr ($100 per 2-hour session)

After pin-pointing each student's challenges, our tutors provide instruction and coaching on SAT/ACT content, strategy, and timing to give students the best odds of quickly-boosted test scores. Classes at this level require a high level of experience and expertise in a tutor.

College Essay Preparation/College Application Process

$60/hr ($120 per 2-hour session)

This process requires intense focus by the student and the tutor on a student's unique accomplishments, experiences, and goals. Therefore, these sessions are 1:1. We can help a student develop a series of college essays (including supplemental essays), complete a resume, and get started with the overall application process, which is a true exercise in deadline management, information gathering, and timely requests. Our center can also help parents access information on available scholarships, along with many helpful "do's" and "don'ts."

Computer Programming

$55/hr ($110/2-hr session)

Hands-on and in person, students receive 1:1 instruction and practice in Java and Python. Projects range from "just for fun" to a more intense, career-focused approach depending on the student's mastery level and goals. Parents can purchase just a few programming hours as an add-on to other services, or programming can be the main area of focus for the serious STEM student.

Basic Engineering

$55/hr ($110/2-hr session)

Highly individualized, this offering will be built to suit each student's accomplishments, completed classes, and college/career goals. Basics of Electrical Engineering, Design, Control Systems, System Integration, and more are taught by a certified engineer. This highly valuable "real world" element is more practice than theory. Guest speakers and guest teachers from the engineering field add a rich array of knowledge and skills to this unique offering most appropriate for high school students considering a career in engineering. We seek to augment this offering with internships soon.

The Pierce Institute for Academic Excellence, LLC

Adult Students

Computer Programming

$60/hr ($120/2-hour session)

Students receive 1:1 instruction and practice in Java, Python, C++, or SQL Database. This course is designed for adult learners looking to augment their professional skills in a low-pressure, self-paced atmosphere. Ideal for the professional who can't make the time commitment of a more formal class that meets several hours a week. Everyone may take this course, from absolute beginners to those who've mastered the basics.

Business and Interpersonal Communication Skills

$45/hr ($90 per 2-hour session)

Many adults (most, in fact) don't feel comfortable talking in front of a group, and some might even have a complex language background and wish to improve their reading, writing, and grammar skills, whether for business or personal interactions. Perhaps you'd like help preparing for a presentation, writing more effective business emails, maneuvering social media, writing effective blog entries, expanding your vocabulary, or having better conversational English. Our certified instructors are here to join forces with you -- in a judgment-free zone -- to help you feel confident in your unique interactions.

We also offer accent reduction instruction for anyone who desires it (and that goes for native speakers too, if you feel your level of "Texas twang" sometimes prevents others from really hearing your message).