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The Progressive Centre  

  • Type:
    Virtual Program, After-school / weekend classes
  • Focus:
    Academic/Tutoring (multi)
  • Cost:
    $850 to $1,000/program
  • Ages:
    4 to 16
  • Gender:
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
    5 to 10
  • Programs:
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Tara Johnson, OCT - Academic Director
  • Summary Profile

    About The Progressive Centre

    The Progressive Centre has been serving Durham Region, Scarborough and Markham since 2014. We help students find academic and overall success as a student. We offer in-home, online, and small group tutoring for all grades and subjects. Our programs are personalized to meet the needs of all of our students. 

    This Fall join us as we launch our executive functioning group program. This program is tailored for high school students that need some extra help in developing their organizational skills, time management, planning and working memory. This 18 week program will help your child become successful in all of their classes. 



    • Special needs: Yes, mild support. A few of our campers have special needs.

    COVID-19 Response 

    The Progressive Centre takes the health of our community very seriously. We always follow health guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. We have decided to offer virtual camps this year to ensure that our students and instructors are safe. Upon approval in September, we will resume in-home tutoring for new students across the Greater Toronto Area.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from The Progressive Centre

  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; The Progressive Centre currently has 1 program available.

    Filter activities available:

    Virtual program
    Ages: 12 - 18
    Academic/Tutoring (multi)
    $850 to $1,000
    Virtual Program,
    Nov 06, 2021-Feb 26, 2022$850 - $1,000
    Virtual Program,
    Nov 06, 2021-Feb 26, 2022$850 - $1,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Math|Reading|Writing|Journalism

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 2


    Discount if paid in full $50
    Discount if paid early $20
    Discount for 2nd child $25
    Discount for 3rd child $25
    Discount for 4th child $25
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    User reviews of The Progressive Centre  — Read all 5 reviews

    A Big Thank You!
    M. Butcher (Parent)

    I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Tara Johnson owner extraordinaire of The Progressive Centre. I requested assistance with grade 11 Chemistry for my daughter in March. She responded immediately, set up a meeting with us and assigned a tutor without hesitation. My daughter’s grade improved by 10%... and she went into her final exam with confidence. Thank you @Tara Johnson ... Read More

    J. Tucker (Parent)

    "I just wanted to tell you how amazing your tutor is. She is firm, patient and understanding. I am so thrilled with her and am so grateful to you for sending her to us. Thank you very very much. She is fantastic!" 

    Very Happy
    H. Smithson (Parent)

    ”Mahnoor is so calm and collected and very good at what she does. I have already noticed a difference after only four sessions. Very happy Mom” 

    Thank You
    S. Carthy (Parent)

    Cameron had a math test on symmetry and he got 28/29 – I want to say thank you! He's trying so much more, he's doing better and his confidence has gone way up. Thank you a million times over!"

    Thank You
    J. Thomas (Camper)

    "Thank you so much for helping me this year! I never thought that I could learn to study but now I feel that I have the skills to organize my learning at home. I will always be prepared for exams now!"

  • Location & Site Details


    Ajax, ON
    Ajax, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 7S4
    Virtual Program

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Tara Johnson, Academic Director
    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Geography, Bachelor of Education, Ontario Certified Teacher

    At The Progressive Centre, I personally match each student with one of my highly experienced and professional tutors. All of my tutors are all extraordinary individuals, chosen because they meet The Progressive Centre’s strict criteria. During the In-Home Consultation process, I speak directly with the family in order to evaluate the specific needs and goals of the student, and then carefully consider which tutor will be the best match. 

    Join us this summer where we have an engaging academic program planned for your little one.  We have something planned for everyone ranging from developing key reading skills to learning how to become a better student. Our programs are personalized and will meet the unique learning needs and challenges of our young people. 


    – Tara Johnson, B.A, B.ED, OCT
    Director of Education

    In the News

    June 10, 2021
    Better Together - The Benefits of Group Tutoring.

    There are many known benefits to one-on-one private tutoring...but there are some things that one-on-one tutoring just can’t facilitate. ... Read More


    • Your Child's Reading and How to Know When Intervention is Needed

      Children begin developing reading skills well before they enter kindergarten. The speech and language skills that they develop as infants will influence their reading skills, as will listening to stories, viewing pictures, and talking about what is happening in books. Sometimes, when children begin formal reading education, they struggle more than other children. However, keep in mind that children all learn at a different pace, and a little struggling doesn’t necessarily mean that they will fall behind. You can help your child in a variety of ways, but you first need to understand what good reading instruction should include. 

      Beyond Phonics

      Parents and grandparents may remember the commercials for Hooked on Phonics from the 80s and 90s. We aren’t going to suggest that the program doesn’t work at all, but reading instruction must encompass more than phonics. First, phonics doesn’t work for all reading. Some words do not follow standard phonics rules. Second, students need phonemic and graphemic awareness before learning phonics skills. Phonics skills should absolutely be part of a comprehensive reading program, but it cannot occur alone.

      Reading instruction begins in infancy and continues throughout elementary school. Children begin to learn sight words and high-frequency words by being exposed to them. High-frequency words are often taught out of sequence from where they belong in phonics instruction because they wouldn’t be taught until second, third, or fourth grade, but they are frequently found in kindergarten-level books. These are words with specific blends such as blue, three, and where. These words are often found in easy readers, but their blends aren’t taught until much later. 

      Why Is Reading So Important? 

      Reading is one of the most important skills anyone can learn. Almost no other skills can be learned without reading. Even mathematics requires reading comprehension. Word problems, real-world math situations, and math instructions all require reading comprehension. Likewise, science, social studies, health, and even lunch selection require reading skills. Once your child becomes an adult, reading is even more critical. Job applications, transportation schedules, and advertisements all require reading comprehension to navigate through life. 

      How Will I Know if My Child Is Struggling?

      Some difficulty in learning high-frequency words is typical. These words are not easy to learn and will take some time. However, you can foster these learning experiences by continuing what they are doing in class. Ask the teacher to send the words for next week home on Fridays. Most classes have a weekly folder, and you can request the words to be sent home ahead of time. Get a head start on learning the words. 

      Talk to the teacher about your child’s progress. He or she will notice any areas of concern. Likewise, if you are working with your child to recognize these words, you will notice if they are struggling to keep up each week. Be sure that when you are working with your child, you are finding the words in stories, their environment, and using their high-frequency list or cards. Children need to learn the context for words, not just to recognize the word. Meaning and usage are just as important for learning as recognizing a set of letters.

      What Do I Do If My Child Is Struggling? 

      The first step in helping your child is to be an advocate with the teacher. Reach out and ask what is being done in the classroom. One thing they may do is called Response to Intervention. In this program, teachers move between “levels” of intervention to assist students. Typically, it begins with extra instruction in the classroom and, in more challenging cases, moves into a referral for special services. Most children will not need a referral, but if your child does, you can continue to advocate for what is best for them. 

      Some children are offered tutoring during or after school. In-school tutoring and supplemental instruction can be critical for student learning. You will be shocked how quickly tutoring services can improve your child’s learning. 

      What About Outside Tutoring? 

      Tutoring can be beneficial for students, no matter what level or skill set they have. Tutors can offer both intervention and enrichment. Students improve with continuous learning and input. Additionally, tutoring sometimes utilizes different teaching styles than the classroom teacher or school-based tutor. There is nothing wrong with the teaching style used in the classroom, but some students benefit from a different style, and tutoring can offer those styles. This benefit generally comes from outside tutoring since schools tend to adopt similar styles throughout grade levels. 

      Additionally, tutors can help students build confidence. One of the most common problems amongst struggling students is a lack of confidence and anxiety. There’s nothing wrong with the reading skills, but the student feels anxious about learning. This anxiety can come from a variety of cognitive or mental influences, but tutoring can help alleviate the anxiety and frustration. Tutors are trained to help build the confidence of students through remediation and enrichment programs. Students who are bored in class will often hold back because they are unhappy. Enrichment outside of school can help them develop their potential. Tutoring can be excellent for all students. 

      Final Thoughts

      Reading is one of the most essential skills your child will ever learn. If you have any concerns about the development of those skills, begin by advocating with the teacher. You can also supplement their instruction with tutoring for remediation or enrichment. The Progressive Centre uses an assessment tool that will help to determine what grade level your child is reading at. There is no such thing as a reader with too many skills. They may not get to practice them in the classroom, but the skills will be invaluable to life skills later. Reach out to us to see how we can assist your child’s skill development. 

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