A Unique Learning Experience at Brain Power
We’ve all thought at some point, “I wish school was more like…” This was largely wishful thinking until Brain Power Enrichment Programs opened its doors nearly three decades ago. A unique learning experience, Brain Power fills in these blanks with a values-driven approach tailored to the minds of bright students, and—lucky for us—the GTA is its home.
Let’s be clear: this is not another tutoring company. Brain Power has instead carved its own niche as a unique and progressive educational enterprise specifically for talented youth. Here, about a thousand of the GTA’s best and brightest young minds from grades one through twelve gather weekly in an ideal learning environment where high-achieving students thrive. Encouraged to become leaders, Brain Power students are immersed in a variety of curriculum that weaves together academic excellence with social justice and global consciousness.
Brain Power's mission is “to provide unique curriculum, world-class teaching, and experiential learning opportunities, all while exceeding current educational standards and promoting a social conscience” - and the accomplishments in attaining this goal are numerous. Brain Power, is an award-winning trailblazer in supplementary educational programs for high-achieving students. The director of Brain Power, Karine Rashkovsky, has been, besides being hailed as an expert in education, named an entrepreneurial role model. She has received multiple nominations and awards, including the Royal Bank of Canada’s Women of Influence, Notable’s Social Entrepreneur of Ontario, the Stevie Awards, and the Order of Vaughan. Karine is also the official Education Expert for Vaughan’s SRC community, an Ontario Mentor for VBEC, and a research associate with the Faculty of Education at York University, with recent works published in peer-reviewed academic journals (ex. Urban Education and Educational Leadership) and presented at international symposiums such as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
So what makes Brain Power an innovative model of success? Employing only the brightest instructors (most of whom have PhDs) with vibrant personalities, Brain Power ensures small class sizes where students develop critical thinking in all areas (including, but not limited to, programs in language arts, math and problem solving, public speaking, robotics, and entrance exam preparation) and where they receive individualized feedback on their academic development. Moreover, students are invited to participate in cultural-capital-building through such opportunities as field trips, community-involvement, guest speakers, alumni networking, academic competitions, and an innovative book club; most often these opportunities come free of charge or are company-subsidized simply because of Brain Power’s mantra of idealism-made-reality.
And the accolades keep rolling in. Just this fall (October 2017) the City of Vaughan honoured Brain Power for being a model example of values-driven entrepreneurial culture in Vaughan; they featured Karine in Canada’s Small Business Week launch event (in Vaughan) --- both on their panel and in their film on top success stories. Speaking on Brain Power, Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre’s Manager, Dr. Raphael Costa, said: “Her [Karine’s] company is probably the best example of a business that has a social mission at its core. Karine does lots of work to get her students into the community and to experience world issues first hand.”
Brain Power has a repertoire of brilliant teachers and high-caliber students (it’s important to note that there is an interview process for students and that not all students are accepted into Brain Power’s programs). With the unique approach to education coupled by this kind of community, Brain Power continues to be recognized through various accolades as a model learning centre and its students are already being distinguished as the leaders of tomorrow. Especially worthy of mention is a Brain Power alumni – a Harvard graduate – being named Millennial Impact Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 at the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG), and two current Brain Power students placing second in the 2017 Business World Cup Sage Championships for their innovation of a life-saving product that detects blood alcohol levels. In the spring of 2016, Brain Power also hosted CBC’s Terry O’Reilly, who offered a packed room of avid listeners insights on public speaking, and Brain Power co-hosted the University of Waterloo Apprentice Case Competition. With these and many other achievements, Brain Power is a pioneering model for other Vaughan businesses to emulate.
Alternatively, families are welcome to drop in to find out more and set up a free interview assessment at Brain Power’s office in the Lebovic Campus located at 9600 Bathurst Street, Suite #313. Brain Power always looks forward to greeting super bright minds!