• Report: #608359

Complaint Review: Huntington Learning Center

  • Submitted: Fri, May 28, 2010
  • Updated: Fri, June 03, 2011

  • Reported By: Anon — New York U.S.A.
Huntington Learning Center
1506 Northern Boulevard Manhasset, New York United States of America

Huntington Learning Center Scam parents and offer false advertising,mistreat and defame employees Manhasset New York

*UPDATE Employee: Perhaps the Manhasset Learning Center has some problems...

*Author of original report: Do not waste a dime

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Huntington Learning Center Manhasset disguises itself as a learning center to help children grow and improve their academic performance. Little do parents know, that when they fork over their $10k, that Huntington is merely a poor excuse for a child care center. From my personal experience teaching there, Huntington is not equipped to teach children of any age. Firstly, they don't seem to have the budget to have pencils, pens or even markers. I would often find myself bringing my own materials to the center because they would not provide them. The center was often dirty and the tables and chairs were of such poor quality that students would find pieces of wood on the floor from the decaying workstations. None of the workbooks were dated past 1990, some were so obsolete and contained information from the 1970's. A typical day of teaching entails sitting with the student, who in turn, fills out these outdated workbooks and then has the teacher check off boxes. This is the "Huntington Technique" that they boast about in their commercials. The tutors are severely underpaid and work in a hostile job environment, making only $12 an hour, while managers make $45,000-$60,000. Parents are not allowed in the tutoring areas during the sessions because the managers do not want them to see the poor conditions and the pathetic excuses for "teaching." 

The managerial team at Huntington is inexperienced and uneducated. The "educational director",  often wore shirts that were so short, that her tattoos were visible, does not have any educational qualifications in the field, nor is she a diagnostician, who is trained to give the $500-$700 placement tests which parents pay for to place their children in Huntington's Educational program. Basically, Huntington is like human spam, a money making industry based on the premise of exploiting education for the purpose of robbing unknowing parents blind.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Perhaps the Manhasset Learning Center has some problems...

AUTHOR: Le Lapin Discret - (United States of America)

...but I certainly wouldn't let your experiences with one learning center color your entire perception of Huntington. I work for Huntington's Nanuet Learning Center and I can say I have few of the complaints you've made against the Manhasset center. Our facility is always clean and well kept, and we've ordered new binders for the supplemental material. The only complaint I have about being understocked is that we have a highlighter and marker shortage, but it's hard enough to keep track of things like pens and markers in regular businesses, let alone ones that teach children whose prerogative it is to abuse and destroy any school supply they get their hands on.

As for our teaching methods, I can understand the complaint that our material is outdated. Yes, many of our math and English books were published earlier than 1990. The good news is that math and English haven't changed all that much. Two plus two remains four, Pythagoras' Theorem is as good as when he came upon it, and singular nouns still take singular verbs. The only complaint I can lodge is the laugh some of us teachers have when we read some of our student's supplemental materials about 'surfing the world wide web' or 'wireless radio phones'.  However, I've never seen this detract from a student's learning experience.

As far as the efficacy of our teaching methods I can assure you that Huntington works when employed properly. Yes, there are a lot of drills and supplemental that does amount to what you might call 'busy work'. But students do work their way through the material and improve. Our center director is meticulous about each student's curriculum, and we always make sure to prescribe a program that addresses each student's strengths and weaknesses. It's true, floor students get less time for personal instruction with their teachers, but our center is very good about keeping the teacher to student ratio as high as possible, and it's very rare these days that we see more than two students to a teacher.

You failed to mention our one-to-one and SAT programs, which do address individual student needs at a comprehensive level. The Huntington SAT and ACT prep courses are the best in the business. I just tutored a student today who has improved 500 points on his test scores, and another student of mine increased by 700, both phenomenal gains. Our one-to-one floor students also have a lot of leeway in their programs, with individual subject tutoring on all grade levels. I have personally tutored students in English, math, French, history, science and writing, and have seen great improvements. Our staff really does care about our students, and they love coming back to Huntington.

I'm sorry to hear that the Manhasset center is so poorly run, and that this has given you a bad impression of Huntington Learning Center in general. But I can assure you that our Nanuet center holds itself to a much higher standard, and I would like to imagine that this is the case for the majority of our facilities. I have enjoyed working with them for the last two years and hope that I can continue to do so. It's an absolute joy to be a part of a student's development, and I know that the impact I have made on them will continue for years down the line.
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AUTHOR: Anon - (U.S.A.)

Huntington Learning Center Manhasset disguises itself as a learning
center to help children grow and improve their academic performance.
Little do parents know, that when they fork over their $10k, that
Huntington is merely a poor excuse for a child care center. From my
personal experience teaching there, Huntington is not equipped to teach
children of any age. Firstly, they don't seem to have the budget to
have pencils, pens or even markers. I would often find myself bringing
my own materials to the center because they would not provide them. The
center was often dirty and the tables and chairs were of such poor
quality that students would find pieces of wood on the floor from the
decaying workstations. None of the workbooks were dated past 1990, some
were so obsolete and contained information from the 1970's. A typical
day of teaching entails sitting with the student, who in turn, fills
out these outdated workbooks and then has the teacher check off boxes.
This is the "Huntington Technique" that they boast about in their
commercials.Huntington also claims that students will get personal attention from "certified" teachers, not all tutors are certified, in fact, I was not certified at the time and they hired me.
The tutors are severely underpaid and work in a hostile
job environment, making only $12 an hour, while managers make
$45,000-$60,000. Parents are not allowed in the tutoring areas during
the sessions because the managers do not want them to see the poor
conditions and the pathetic excuses for "teaching."  The managerial
team at Huntington is inexperienced and uneducated. The "educational
director",  often wore shirts that were so short, that her tattoos were
visible, does not have any educational qualifications in the field, nor
is she a diagnostician, who is trained to give the $500-$700 placement
tests which parents pay for to place their children in Huntington's
Educational program. Basically, Huntington is like human spam, a money
making industry based on the premise of exploiting education for the
purpose of robbing unknowing parents blind.
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