The Commonwealth Learning Center (CLC) is a non-profit educational center established in 1988 by the Stratford Foundation. We provide one-to-one teaching, assisting students from Waltham and beyond, using a customized plan to meet the needs of each student.

teacher watching child draw in Waltham MAOur teachers have special expertise working with students who have learning disabilities, including dyslexia, ADHD, language-based learning disabilities, non-verbal learning disabilities, and executive function difficulties. Our team also offers educational assessments.

The CLC offers programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, for college students, and for adults who wish to improve their basic skills. Tutoring services are available in reading, writing, math, exam preparation, academic support, and study skills. Our educators are highly skilled and trained in methods that have been proven to be particularly effective for students who struggle to learn through traditional curriculum materials.

From learning to master their note-taking skills to strengthening their understanding of how to be successful with learning differences such as dyslexia or ADHD, our students thrive in our relaxed and supportive teaching environment.

Commonwealth Learning Center
220 Reservoir St #6
Needham, MA 02494
(781) 444-5193

Here are some of the services we offer our Waltham students:

  • TouchMath®
  • MCAS Test Preparation
  • Project Read® Reading Comprehension
  • College Prep
  • Dyslexia Tutoring Specialists
  • Tutoring Services for Adults
  • Tutoring
  • Educational Assessments
  • Advanced Math Tutors
  • Elementary Tutoring
  • SAT, PSAT, SSAT, and ISEE Exam Preparation
  • Elementary Math Tutor
  • Testing and Diagnostic Program
  • The Landmark Method for Teaching Arithmetic
  • Local Tutoring Services
  • Tutoring for Learning Differences
  • Tutoring Services for Kids
  • On Cloud Nine® Math
  • Study Skills Program
  • Wilson Reading System
  • Tutoring Programs
  • Educational Services
  • GED Test Prep
  • Test Preparation
  • Orton-Gillingham

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Services Available to Waltham Students
Personalized Waltham Massachusetts Tutoring at the Commonwealth Learning Center
There are four primary areas we specialize in:
We Offer Educational Evaluations
Our Waltham Reading Tutoring Program
About Orton-Gillingham
About The Wilson Reading System
Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing™ Program
About The Nancibell® Visualizing & Verbalizing® Program
We Help Waltham Students with Math Tutoring
We Help Waltham Students With All Types of Test Preparation
Reasons to Choose CLC Tutoring in Waltham MA
We’re Ready to Give You a Complimentary Assessment
ADD vs ADHD: Is There a Difference
Diagnosing ADD and ADHD in Waltham Kids
About Waltham, Massachusetts
Local Waltham favorites
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Personalized Waltham Massachusetts Tutoring at the Commonwealth Learning Center

Commonwealth Learning Center (CLC) provides various benefits that make it stand out from other tutoring centers. We work individually with each client one-on-one to provide them with personalized attention, unlike other tutoring centers that teach learners in groups. At CLC we recognize that every student has their own challenges and learning goals that makes their situation unique. From elementary school through adulthood, our students are given the assistance they really need in a patient, compassionate environment.

No matter a student’s challenge, whether they need help overcoming a curriculum hurdle or have a learning disability, our programs and teaching approach is the ideal solution. We work with clients who have non-verbal learning disabilities, language-based learning disabilities, executive function difficulties, dyslexia, and ADHD. Our educators are highly experienced, often holding advanced degrees in special education, math, and reading.

There are four primary areas we specialize in:

We Offer Educational Evaluations

Our specialists believe in early intervention to help catch any learning difficulties and direct a student on the pathway to academic and life success. These evaluations can help change a student’s life by enabling them to grasp concepts that previously eluded them.

We offer a complimentary consultation with the CLC director for all new clients that includes a review of past exams and results. This helps us reveal a student’s strong points and vulnerabilities so we can design a personalized teaching plan just for them.

Post-evaluation, we review a testing report with each student and their parent that clarifies areas that need assistance and which of our programs we feel will be most beneficial.

Our Waltham Reading Tutoring Program

Learning to read can be one of the toughest things for a young student to accomplish. We help foster improved literacy skills in Waltham MA thanks to our selection of accredited programs that are proven to improve reading. All of them can address conditions that make reading hard for students such as dyslexia. These include the following:

  • About Orton-Gillingham

    This program helps students who may pause when they are making an effort to read through a sentence and find it difficult to match sounds with associated letters. This phonetically based program helps students recognize the basic ingredients of English before gently advancing them.

  • About The Wilson Reading System

    A 12-step reading and writing method that works well for people who have difficulty spelling words and find it hard to read words by themselves, without surrounding context. The steps of this program are a little more involved than Orton-Gillingham and emphasize repetitiveness to help students remember what they’ve just earned. Students read and review only what they have been taught previously before progressing to the next step which makes this a very successful program.

  • Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing™ Program

    Referred to as LiPS, this phonetically based program enables students to learn how to articulate words properly before actually writing them. It demonstrates to students how proper use of the lips, tongue, and mouth form the basics of letters and words.

  • About The Nancibell® Visualizing & Verbalizing® Program

    This program helps students cultivate mental imagery as they hear and read words. This strengthens their scholastic ability across all types of study, not just reading and writing.

  • We Help Waltham Students with Math Tutoring

    From basic math through advanced principles including calculus, we help students be their best at the subject with the help of various of teaching methods. We implement a variety of math programs to help students at all levels grasp math by seeing the formulas and solutions. We show learners how writing down math formulas and solutions enables them to retain what they’ve learned.

    For younger learners, our TouchMath program uses a multisensory method that teaches kids to count and touch TouchPoints to add, subtract, and multiply numbers.

We Help Waltham Students With All Types of Test Preparation

Preparing for any test can be a nerve-racking event for a student in Waltham, Massachusetts, but it’s that much more overwhelming when that test is needed for college or private high school admittance. We upport students with the MCAS, SAT, SSAT, PSAT examinations and more with our individualized approach. Our instructors stay informed of the sorts of questions in these exams so they can explain to students how to be eady and confident for them.

We help mature students obtain more job opportunities by helping them prepare for the GED exam.

Reasons to Choose CLC Tutoring in Waltham MA

We offer plenty of parking at our locations as one of our other differentiating advantages. We offer modern facilities and the latest computer models. We provide private work areas to avoid distractions.

All CLC tutors undergo background checks and we use both full-time and part-time specialists. Our instructors have vast knowledge of and experience in helping students through multisensory programs.

We can help you find out if your child qualifies for financial aid with the CLC. A 10% discount is available for brother or sisters. Students aren’t locked into contracts; they stay with us for as long as they need the guidance.

We’re Ready to Give You a Complimentary Assessment

Is it time to start on a better path to better learning? ontact us to set up a time for a free assessment.

ADD vs ADHD: Is There a Difference?

ADD and ADHD are two terms that many people easily confuse. Don’t they mean the same thing?

Yes and no. At one time, ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) were two slightly different diagnoses. ADD in children was defined by symptoms that didn’t include hyperactivity, but being more withdrawn, “spacey”, and having a hard time focusing and listening to instructions. ADHD in kids, on the other hand, was defined by having an abundance of energy, talking incessantly, and demonstrating “bouncing off the walls” behavior.

Today, however, ADD is considered an outdated term while ADHD is the medically recognized name for any behavior that indicates an inability to focus, whether the child is “hyper” or not. So, attention deficit disorder in children really falls under the umbrella of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But your children’s doctor may still use ADD or ADHD to describe your child’s specific condition. They may still prefer to give an ADD diagnosis or an ADHD diagnosis to avoid confusion.

Diagnosing ADD and ADHD in Waltham Kids

So, will your doctor conduct an ADD symptoms test or ADHD assessment for your child to determine if they have either? Believe it or not, there’s no single test to diagnose ADD or ADHD. Your child’s doctor will instead interview you, your child’s teachers, relatives, and other adults they come into regular contact with to determine if their symptoms are in line with ADD or ADHD. They’ll use standard guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics or the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) when making the diagnosis. Your child will also have their vision and hearing checked and receive a full physical exam to rule out any other medical conditions that may be causing symptoms similar to that of ADD and ADHD.

If your child is diagnosed with either, it’s important to let their educators know so they can work with them and make recommendations to you to help improve their focus in the classroom.

About Waltham, MA

The area was settled in 1634 and was known as Watertown. Waltham was incorporated as a town in 1738. The City of Waltham had a population of 64,923. The city’s population is 73.4% native born and 26.6% foreign born. Waltham is commonly referred to as Watch City because of its association with the watch industry. The median home cost in Waltham is $581,900. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 8.34%. Waltham is a city with a rich history and plenty to do and see including world class restaurants, renowned learning institutions, museums, art galleries, music, theater, parks. In Waltham, MA, the median worker income is $31,637.

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Commonwealth Learning Center supports clients throughout all of Waltham, Massachusetts, including the following zip codes: 02451, 02452, 02453, 02454, 02455. Click here to return to our MA service area page.

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