Our program

Mentava allows high performers to learn more in less time. In 20 minutes a day, an engaged student can easily cover 2 years of math curriculum per year, which means algebra in 4th grade.

Algebra is the pre-requisite for AP Computer Science, so we expect our students to be ready for that in 5th grade, and AP Calculus around 8th.

How it works

The key to Mentava's success is allowing students’ learning to be fully self-paced. In school, “gifted” classes are typically 1 or 2 years above grade level. Schools don’t consider that an accelerated pace of learning compounds over time. A student who can learn 2 years of material in a year should be 5 years above grade level by 5th grade. Few schools are equipped to handle students who learn so quickly.

Mentava follows the “flipped classroom” educational model. Rather than relying on a teacher to teach material, which requires all students to progress at the same pace, we follow a learner-centered model in which a student can progress as soon as they understand a topic. We use software tools that support adaptive, individualized learning, while our instructors monitor student progress and give supplemental instruction when needed.

Mentava is not private school. It is not intended as a wholesale replacement for your child's regular school. Nor do we want to be your child's "school after the school day". Our goal is to allow your child to continue being part of their local school community, attending school with peers their own age, but without restrictions on their pace of their learning.

Mentava Minis

Mentava Minis is our program for our youngest kids, age 2-3. The program is only a year long and focuses on achieving reading fluency to prepare kids for Mentava Math.

Like Mentava Math, Mentava Minis is self-paced and uses software tools for adaptive, individualized learning. Due to the childrens' age, the program naturally requires some parent supervision, decreasing significantly over the year as your child's ability to teach themselves improves. We'll work with you and your child to build the soft skills that support effective learning, like dealing with frustration and celebrating progress.

We take a phonetic approach to reading, which allows children to sound out words they don't know. At this age, you should expect to see your child's reading ability developing alongside their spoken vocabulary, as it's much easier to sound out words that they already know.

Mentava Math

At Mentava we believe that a strong math background is the best possible foundation for future STEM classes.

Because the standard curriculum for elementary school is so slow, we see the biggest gains when we begin working with kids early. If your 3 or 4-year old is reading fluently, they are likely to be a good candidate for Mentava Math. In 20 minutes a day, we aim to complete 2nd grade math before they begin kindergarten. If this seems crazy, consider that kindergarten math objectives are basically "count to 20", first grade is "basic addition and subtraction", and second grade is "adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers".

The standard math curriculum after that doesn't get much faster, so just covering 1.5 years of curriculum each year means completing the 8th grade math curriculum by the end of 3rd grade. That sets your child up for algebra in 4th or 5th grade, and algebra is the only pre-requisite for AP Computer Science. Between AP Computer Science, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics, we fully expect kids who stick with the Mentava program to earn multiple college credits before they begin high school.