A Small Team with a Big Dream
SmartTutor began in a home office with a small team of just five people. Their first product was used successfully by the team’s own children as well as other homeschoolers. Two years later they made it available to schools, increased the size of their team and moved out of their home into a “real office”! The curriculum was expanded and lessons covering key reading and math skills that aligned to national and state standards were added.
Helping Kids Succeed
In the fall of 2002, the program was piloted in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The feedback from teachers was overwhelmingly positive and the impact on the students was significant. The program soon grew, expanding to include teachers, students, and parents from all over the world. Emails and success stories started pouring in. One teacher even wrote in about two English language learners who had made it into the gifted program. “They are hooked on SmartTutor!” she wrote.
A Smarter Way to Learn
After four years of working with teachers and students in schools and receiving many requests from parents who also wanted to use the program at home, the team decided it was time to make the product available to all families… regardless of where their children attend school. SmartTutor.com became available to all children, worldwide, just as the team envisioned it back in 2000.
In April of 2008, SmartTutor.com won its first BESSIE award for Best Educational Software in the Early Elementary and Upper Elementary categories. “Smart Tutor’s website design and content are the best we’ve seen for delivering reading materials to children in the K-5 age group” wrote reviewers. The awards and nominations continued for SmartTutor’s Reading and Math programs. Even today, the positive reviews and thoughtful parent emails continue to motivate the team to design the most effective and engaging online learning program in the market.
- Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) 2013 – Reading and Math
- Parents’ Choice Awards 2013 – Website Category
- BESSIE 2012
- EDDIE 2011
- BESSIE 2011
- CODiE Finalist 2011
- Tech & Learning’s Award of Excellence 2010
- EDDIE 2010
- BESSIE 2010
- CODiE Finalist 2010
- EDDIE 2009
- BESSIE 2009