Counselors, Testers, and Tutors
Options for Providing Evidence of Progress
Tutoring, Testing, and Evaluation Resources
Virginia homeschoolers have many options when it comes to providing evidence of progress. To help you, HEAV has complied this list of homeschool tutors and testers.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: HEAV has NOT prescreened these individuals or companies; inclusion on this list should not be deemed an endorsement of services. Please carefully evaluate the services of the companies you are considering.
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Virginia-Based Counselors, Testers, and Tutors
The tutoring, testing and evaluation resources below are listed according to their location. Please keep in mind, however, that some of these companies have a much broader range of service.
Cognitive Development with Kristel Knaus
213 Brooklawn Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
SPECIALTY: Cognitive development instruction offers real hope to the individual with cognitive deficits. Through one-on-one instruction, sound therapy, and neuro-development exercises, Kristel seeks to alleviate the symptoms and struggles of slow processing, poor working memory, and sensory-motor development. Available to work with children and adults ages 5 to 95. Also offers evaluations and cognitive testing for a separate fee. Rates: $50 per hour.
329 Willway Drive
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
SPECIALTY: Homeschool veteran of 20 years and experienced mathematics educator with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics education. Specializes in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, precalculus, trigonometry, and consumer math. Prepared to tutor in person or remotely, using FaceTime. Approved tester with BJU Press for both Stanford and Iowa achievement tests. Can also test using other approved achievement tests. Rates vary depending on subject and travel. Group rates available.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
SPECIALTY: Licensed teacher with master’s degree in education focusing on curriculum and instruction. Provide hourly tutoring, homeschool supplementation, parent consultation, testing, evaluation, and reports for grades K-6. Rate: $40/hour; weekly rates apply if tutoring full time under the certified tutor option. 10% discount applied for sessions paid in advance.
SPECIALTY: Children that are deprived of sensory input and present with symptoms which impair their ability to learn. Specialist with a degree in occupational therapy and 18 years of experience serves clients with ADHD, ADD, autism and sensory processing disorders. Amy serves Roanoke County, Salem, and Floyd with a mobile clinic that can access families in rural areas, homeschools, and private school communities—and those with multiple children who find it difficult to travel to appointments.
SPECIALTY: Wahoo Tutors is a full-service tutoring company serving all of Central Virginia. We tutor all ages and subjects, including standardized test preparation. All of our tutors have impeccable academic credentials, enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities, and demonstrate high levels of integrity and professionalism. We are locally owned and operated by a homeschooling family with a passion for education. Rates vary depending on age of student, subject, and number of sessions.
Hampton Roads/Williamsburg/Chesapeake Area
Charlotte Williams Haden, Tutor
100 Manhoac Run
Yorktown, VA 23693
SPECIALTY: Former homeschool mom, co-op teacher, and public school teacher with a BA in mathematics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the College of William and Mary tutors all levels of mathematics from
elementary through high school. Can also teach economics, Shakespearean plays, and beginning Latin to small groups of high school students or to individual students. Private tutoring rate: $25/hour. Contact me for small group rates.
SPECIALTY: Specialist with 30 years of experience manages a free informational website for families with special needs issues and offers individualized consultations in person or by phone for special needs and struggling learners. Author of the special needs section of The Virginia Homeschool Manual (available through HEAV.) Wrote Teaching a Child with Special Needs at Home and at School: Strategies and Tips that Really Work! (available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Mooreespressions.com, or Judi’s website: (www.teachingachildwithspecialneeds.com) and Writing a Student Educational Plan (available by contacting Judi’s email.)Support for parents who want to write Student Education Plan or Judi will write SEP for child. Administers one-on-one, diagnostic educational assessments for learning disabilities and end-of-year tests in one-on-one setting for reading, arithmetic, and writing sub-tests from the Woodcock-Johnson-IV Tests of Achievement. (One-on-one assessment is most appropriate for students who do not test well in a group setting or who cannot work well under timed testing conditions.) Portfolio evaluations for end-of-year assessment can be arranged. Call for rates and fees.
SPECIALTY: Helping dyslexics of all ages through individualized lessons and presentations. Certified Dyslexia Practitioner using Wilson Language System, an Orton-Gillingham research-based program, to assist dyslexics of all ages who struggle with reading and spelling. Uses a direct, systematic, structured, multi-sensory, language-based system to improve spelling, reading, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary. The system teaches total word construction—not just phonics—improving reading and spelling simultaneously. Available for workshops. Rates: vary by service
5324 Challedon Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
SPECIALTY: Group and individual testing and evaluations. Certified secondary education math teacher. Serving Tidewater, Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.
201 Thrasher Road
Chesapeake, VA 23320
SPECIALTY: Virginia Licensed Teacher (NK-8), Certified Barton Tutor, and homeschool parent with over 15 years teaching experience offers tutoring fordyslexic and struggling readers using the Barton Reading and Spelling System. The Barton System is an Orton Gillingham-influenced, multisensory, systematic phonics program. Rate: $35+/hour
1037 Smokey Mountain Trail
Chesapeake, VA 23320
SPECIALTY: Educational diagnostician, workshop presenter, and veteran teacher with master of science degree in education offers tutoring, educational testing, and evaluation. Author of V-8 Engine Kids in a 4-Cylinder World. Certifications include a K-12 certification as a reading specialist and K-7 certifications in elementary education, middle school education, English as a second language (ESL), and sociology. Specializes in evaluating academic strengths/weaknesses, ADHD, cognitive functioning, and reading skills. Also offers TOEFL preparation and tutoring in conversational and written English for ESL students and can teach study skills for grades 4-12. References available upon request. Rates: $350 for educational diagnostic evaluation, $40+/hour for private tutoring.
512 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
SPECIALTY: Experienced NILD educational therapist and homeschool mom with 40 years of experience in both regular and special education offers curriculum counseling and support for families with special-needs students. Special training in language and learning disorders, diagnosing and interpreting learning differences, NILD educational therapy, and Rx for Discovery Reading. Administers individual WRAT (Wide Range Achievement Test) for end-of- year testing or helps parents prepare a portfolio or interview evaluation for end-of- year assessment. Offers individual educational therapy, Rx for Discovery Reading, or math tutoring. Rates: negotiable.
Beacon Learning Institute, LLC
P.O. Box 15025
Newport News, VA 23608
SPECIALTY: Teaches and tutors SAT® exam and ACT® exam prep; more than 10 years’ experience. Focuses on helping students minimize stress and maximize time during test taking. Rate: Varies depending on travel involved and the number of SAT® exam/ ACT® exam administrations the student expects to sit for. Contact for details.
Tutoring for Success
12519 Chasbarb Terrace
Oak Hill, VA 20171-2469
SPECIALTY: Certified teacher with a B.S. in education and an M.S. in remedial reading/education and 35 years tutoring experience. Has worked extensively with special education, LD, ED, and ADHD students. Offers diagnostic testing, evaluation, and remediation of reading issues; tutoring/teaching in all subjects for grades K-8 (math through pre-algebra); English and history for grades 9-12; study and organizational skills for all levels; and writing, research papers, Internet research, and test preparation. Available to help parents evaluate student’s grade/reading level, proctor any state-required testing, and give advice. Also offers diagnostic testing and evaluation for reading problems and can write reports for parents who need official, non-biased documentation. Rate: $50/hour plus travel time, if applicable.
SPECIALTY: Sarah Blunkosky, M.A. founded Learning Heroine LLC in 2015. As a homeschooling stay-at-home mom of three kids (one of whom has complex learning needs, including Down syndrome, autism, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and dyscalculia), Sarah recognized a need to apply her teaching and professional research/advocacy skills to provide custom learning solutions for families and their individual learners in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area and surrounding counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, and Culpepper counties. With years of teaching and homeschooling experience as well as training as a historian, Sarah leads a team of professionals to serve your unique needs. Learning Heroine, LLC, provides custom education and research services including proof-of-progress evaluations for homeschool students (special needs is our specialty), individual advocacy sessions for IEP/special needs and gifted students, independent historic research sessions, home learning consultations, transcript assistance/college planning sessions, and more.
11514 Bradley Forest Road
Manassas, VA 20112
SPECIALTY: Virginia-certified teacher (K-3) and reading specialist with master’s degree in reading education from UVA provides end-of-year evaluations. Experienced homeschooler also taught for 6 years in Catholic schools. Rates: $25/child (family cap of $75) for evaluations; $40/hour for tutoring.
Rebecca Ferenchak Tutoring
1448 Highwood Drive
McLean, VA 22101
SPECIALTY: Former third grade teacher and experienced homeschool
evaluator who loves working with kids provides support for math K-5 and
English K-8 in the Northern Virginia area. Rates vary.
Hand in Hand Homeschool
Alessa Giampaolo, M.Ed
Offices in Westminster and Columbia, MD
SPECIALTY: Hand In Hand Homeschool offers a wide range of individualized educational testing and evaluation services that meet Virginia state requirements. Schedule three or more students for evaluations, and Hand In Hand will travel to Northern Virginia. Discounts are available if you complete your evaluation before April 1. We warmly welcome unschoolers. HIH’s director, Alessa Giampaolo, holds a Master’s in education from Johns Hopkins University. She homeschooled her children from K – college. Hand In Hand also offers a full range of achievement testing, along with diagnostic services to assess for learning disabilities. We specialize in helping families create unique learning plans for their gifted children.
SPECIALTY: Homeschool veteran (as a single parent) with a master’s in teaching special education and permanent WV teacher certification. Services include tutoring, consulting, testing, writing IEPs, and adapting curriculum to meet students’ needs and/or IEPs. Experience with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, ADD, MMI and autism. 30+ years teaching experience. Tutoring strengths include reading, writing and English at all levels, and elementary math, science and history. Rates: $35/hour, $5/hour discount for 10+ hours/week.
SPECIALTY: Enabling individuals with dyslexia and related challenges to achieve real-world, age-appropriate independence in reading and writing (reading with accuracy, fluency, & comprehension; handwriting; spelling; grammar & mechanics; composition; keyboarding; study & testing skills.) Experienced, licensed teacher with specialized advanced professional training in multi-sensory structured language therapy, certified by the professional Academic Language Therapy Association.
102 Clevenger Court
Winchester, VA 22601
SPECIALTY: “Coach” Lamons has provided educational evaluations for home educated students throughout Virginia for nearly 30 years! In addition to the assessment report, accepted by all school district jurisdictions throughout Virginia, he provides curriculum consultation, learning and teaching strategies for challenged learners, and individual educational plans in compliance with all aspects of Virginia home education laws. Most importantly, individual goals and progress are considered for both gifted and challenged learners, resulting in a positive individual evaluation experience and report for ALL students. An individual assessment report can be submitted as year-end proof of progress in lieu of testing. Rates: $25 to $90, depending upon services rendered and time of year.
6785 Edge Cliff Drive
Alexandria, VA 22315
SPECIALTY: Experienced reading specialist with master’s degree and classroom teaching experience has prepared preschoolers for kindergarten and tutored students with dysgraphia and ADHD. Can help your child improve reading and writing. Can provide Lucy Calkins Writing (Units of Study) lessons. Can test reading level using PM Benchmark system. Will work on fluency, word work, vocabulary, and/or comprehension. Rates: $40/hour.
SPECIALTY: After nine years homeschooling a child with learning and attention problems, Kathy supports parents who are teaching struggling learners at home (or considering it). She offers a free initial 20 minute phone consultation to determine how she can help the parent with planning, tips, and resources. Kathy earned her B.A. and teaching certificates in English and math at William and Mary.
120 Chesterwood Lane
Stafford, VA 22556
SPECIALTY: Homeschool classroom in Western Stafford (5 minutes from GEICO Rt 17) provides classes for all grades: reading w/phonics (Orton Gilliam), writing (creative writing with an English twist), mathematics (basic – geometry). Online Interactive Program from your home site (full time homeschool curriculum, $300/year). Tutoring enrichment for gifted public/private/college students with or without special needs—IEPs, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, autism, anxiety, ADHD, etc. Special Testing/prep: IOWA, ASVAB, reading levels, gifted test, PSAT etc. All ages welcome. Homeschool rates: 1.5 hour sessions taught one-on-one or siblings; $260 with discount for multiple students. Tutoring rate: $65/hr.
Laura Morgan Tutoring
4862 30th Street North
Arlington, VA 22207
SPECIALTY: Laura tutors all elementary school subjects, reading and writing through middle school, and academic coaching through high school. She holds a Master of Education degree and a Virginia teaching license, and she has taught in both public and schools, both here and abroad. She has served in the inner cities of Chicago and Washington DC, in a remote school in the mountains of Uganda, and at the International School of Bremen in Germany, where she taught students from around the world. Rates vary.
SPECIALTY: We have tutoring programs for math, algebra, reading, writing, study skills, robotics, engineering, coding and more! At Sylvan, you get the best in certified teachers and interactive technology, so your child feels fully engaged and gets the exact learning he or she needs. We also have a team of college-readiness experts ready to help teens with individual SAT and ACT test prep. Rates vary according to services rendered.
All About Words
11511 Old Centralia Road
Chester, VA 23831
SPECIALTY: Certified, experienced special education teacher with master’s degree provides individualized, multisensory instruction for students with dyslexia and other learning differences in reading and writing. Creates customized lessons using the Wilson Language System in order to increase decoding, reading fluency, spelling, and reading comprehension. Formal and informal reading assessments available. Instruction given in your home or onsite. Rates: $50-55/hour.
SPECIALTY: Dyslexia Tutoring
- Orton Gillingham Certified at the Associates & Certified Level by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators
- Virginia Teaching License in Special Education, K-12, highly qualified
- Virginia Teaching License in Elementary Education K-3 Certified Barton Reading & Spelling Tutor
Specialty is tutoring students who struggle with reading and spelling using an approach proven by research to greatly improve reading and spelling for students ages five to adult who struggle due to dyslexia or a language-based learning difference. Diagnostic-prescriptive math tutoring is also provided, using a multi-sensory approach that is explicit, structured, systematic, and cumulative. Rates: $60/hour. Screening evaluation provided at no cost.
Grove Reading Solutions
17124 Katy Lane
Beaverdam, VA 23015
SPECIALTY: Certified Barton Tutor and homeschool mom for over 12 years. Specializing in teaching dyslexic children, teens, and adults using the Barton Reading & Spelling system. The Barton System is an Orton-Gillingham influenced, multi-sensory, sequential program designed for intense intervention. It includes reading, writing, and spelling instruction. Tutoring is available online and in person in Henrico. Rate: $35/hour.
2800 Deford Court
Chester, VA 23831
SPECIALTY: Experienced homeschool mom and tutor offers academic testing and homeschool instruction. Offering a large course selection for the 2020-21 academic year: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus I, Chemistry I, Spanish I, American History I, World History, 7th- 8th Grade Writing, & High School Writing. Registration will open 4/01/2020. Fees: $450/class, payable in monthly installments, plus cost of materials. Classes held in Chester, VA. Also provides evaluative services and academic testing for homeschool families. Testing Fee: $50
329 Willway Drive
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
SPECIALTY: Homeschool veteran of 20 years and experienced mathematics educator with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics education. Specializes in pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, precalculus, trigonometry, and consumer math. Prepared to tutor in person or remotely, using GotoMeeting. Approved tester with BJU Press for both Stanford and Iowa achievement tests. Can also test using other approved achievement tests. Rates vary depending on subject and travel. Group rates available.
SPECIALTY: Teacher and experienced homeschool mom specializes in tutoring dyslexic students using the Barton system, an Orton-Gillingham-based program. Advises parents of struggling learners in creating and executing an academically rich homeschool experience for their children.
7146 Brandy Hill Terrace
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
SPECIALTY: Experienced tutor, teacher, and homeschool mom with over 27 years of experience specializes in working with dyslexic children and those of who have difficulty reading. Certified by Multi-Sensory Institute in Orton-Gillingham phonetically based program. Rates: $35/hour; $20/half hour.
SPECIALTY: Certified reading specialists target your child’s reading strengths and needs through a variety of research-based assessments, then create an individualized reading plan with activities and strategies that can be immediately implemented into your child’s daily reading routine. Our goal is to equip you with engaging learning activities that will maximize your child’s reading growth. We serve students from preschool to 6th grade and also offer tutoring services. Rates vary.
2505 Whispering Oaks Court
Midlothian, VA 23112
SPECIALTY: Experienced teacher offers tutoring in your home. Accepts LD and ADHD. Specializes in reading (including phonics), writing, math (including algebra), study skills, social studies (including AP histories), Spanish (through fifth year), business subjects (including first year accounting), keyboarding, and Microsoft Office. Available for remediation or acceleration. Rates: $25 per hour.
Sunset Academic Services
4101 Sunset Avenue
Chester, VA 23831
SPECIALTY: Homeschool mom with master’s degree in social work provides hourly tutoring at the elementary level. Specializes in pre-K through fourth grade. Also provides educational evaluations to satisfy requirement that child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress. Rates:$35/hour.
Sue Morgan Tutoring
5111 New Kent Road
Richmond, VA 23225
SPECIALTY: Experienced public school teacher with endorsements for early, middle, and high school levels offers home classroom for students of all ages and ability levels. Specializes in remedial education (reading, writing, math), dyslexia, AD/HD, Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, and ESL. Provides support for struggling students and others who wish to progress to more challenging subjects, as well as helpful learning techniques for homeschool parents. Rates: $50/hour.
SPECIALTY: Sylvan Learning of Richmond has been supporting the families of Richmond for almost 30 years. Our personalized programs, using the latest technology, implemented by state-certified teachers, puts us at the top of extra-curricular instruction in the area. Our programs in reading, math, writing, study skills, algebra, Geometry, SAT/ACT prep, and more, will cover all the educational bases for your family!
2323 Crickhollow Court
Richmond, VA 23233
SPECIALTY: Teaches using The Writing & Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking, based on Spalding’s multi-sensory approach to integrating writing, seeing, hearing, and speaking. This framework provides a strong foundation in phonetics, writing, reading, grammar, etc., and is superb for overcoming learning challenges. Has seventeen years of experience with K-8 students, excellent references, homeschool experience, a master’s degree, and and a Montessori teacher certification.
5836 Westower Dr. Apt H
Richmond, VA 23225
SPECIALTY: Experienced hourly tutor with Master of Education in special education provides specialized help with reading and writing. Specializes in help with reading (including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading fluency, oral reading skills, and reading comprehension strategies) and writing (including grammar, punctuation, spelling, and instruction in the various forms or writing—expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative). Rates: $25/hour.
SPECIALTY: We offer the Stanford 10 Online for grades 3-12 (no bachelor’s degree required and results usually in 1 day or less) All other tests are available for grades K-12. (2018 norms in 2019) TerraNova/CAT6 (no bachelor’s degree required) Forms A & C Iowa Tests (Forms A, C & E, bachelor’s degree required) Form E is a Common Core test where you can compare your student to their peers in the public school) None of our other tests are Common Core. Professional Testing using the WJ III or WJ IV, done at our office Includes an educational consultation with strategy recommendations to meet the needs of your student IQ Testing (professional or at home with the Iowa CogAT test)
10401 Collingham Drive
Fairfax, VA 22032
SPECIALTY: “Coach” Lamons has provided educational evaluations for home educated students throughout Virginia for nearly 30 years! In addition to the assessment report, accepted by all school district jurisdictions throughout Virginia, he provides curriculum consultation, learning and teaching strategies for challenged learners, and individual educational plans in compliance with all aspects of Virginia home education laws. Most importantly, individual goals and progress are considered for both gifted and challenged learners, resulting in a positive individual evaluation experience and report for ALL students.An individual assessment report can be submitted as year-end proof of progress in lieu of testing. Rates: $25-90 depending upon services rendered and time of year.
P.O. Box 310
Moyie Springs, ID 83845
SPECIALTY: Supports all special needs. Annual membership offers four issues of NATHHAN NEWS, The NATHHAN Family Directory, and use of the Lending Library.
SPECIALTY: The TerraNova, 2nd Ed. (CAT/6), Achievement Test for year-round, in-home testing of grades 1-12, practice tests (for ITBS, SAT10, TerraNova), and other curriculum helps. Most material is stocked and can ship immediately. Administers the Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement by appointment.
SPECIALTY: Reading Tricks offers two main services. First, we offer Orton-Gillingham tutoring for struggling readers and non-readers/beginning readers in Central Virginia (Rate: $65/hr) and N.VA/Wash D.C. (Rate: $110/hr). We also offer extensive online training for parents, teachers, and caregivers working with struggling or non-readers. This training allows the subscriber to watch the video training and immediately be able to teach a student at his/her pace. The cost for this service is $129/month for non-HEAV members; $30 off for HEAV members.
Triangle Education Assessments, LLC
SPECIALTY: Offers Iowa, Stanford 10 (paper and online), TerraNova2, BASI (online), and Woodcock-Johnson testing. We also have cognitive/ability testing and practice materials.” See HEAV’s Testing Resources page under “Test Preparation Materials” and “Iowa” for more details and rates. Woodcock-Johnson administered on-site for any age; prices vary, but the basic test runs about $90. The TerraNova price is $85 per student
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Donny and Sandy Ball
137 Clipper Court
P.O. Box 250
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
SPECIALTY: Test providers of the CAT/5, Test of Cognitive Skills (TCS), and Terra Nova.
SPECIALTY: Offers private special education, private tutoring, NASA-inspired ADHD interventions, cognitive training, dyslexia intervention, written language development, test prep, private evaluations, homeschooling, and consultation. Has won multiple awards. Owned by a specialist trained by leading special ed experts in the world. Rates: $10-$72/hour, depending on service.
SPECIALTY: Children that are deprived of sensory input and present with symptoms which impair their ability to learn. Specialist with a degree in occupational therapy and 18 years of experience serves clients with ADHD, ADD, autism and sensory processing disorders. Amy serves Roanoke County, Salem, and Floyd with a mobile clinic that can access families in rural areas, homeschools, and private school communities—and those with multiple children who find it difficult to travel to appointments