Founded in 2006, Focused has helped thousands of students attain SAT score improvements that have allowed them to go to their dream colleges. We first started private tutoring in a small office in Red Bank and would run classes at Marlboro High School. We then moved down the street to Vanderburg Road, and then finally, in 2012, opened our current location in Morganville. Since then, we have had students come from all over (just this past summer, we had multiple students from upstate NY, Maryland, and even one from Florida) to have the opportunity to take one of our classes. Our programs and staff are unlike any other and we look forward to serving your academic needs.
For every student, the experience at Focused is a little different. The one constant, however, is the intense attention and care all students receive. The Focused approach emphasizes long-term planing, deep learning and work ethic, which makes even seemingly impossible goals a reality. Our real mission extends beyond standardized tests and college admissions. We strive to give all of our students the life skills necessary to make any lifelong dream a reality.
Commitment to Excellence
The first step in achieving an exceptional score is believing that one is possible. A 600 point score increase, a perfect score, these "achievements" are not an end, but rather starting points for lives dedicated to pushing personal limits. The Focused Method demands that students delve beyond the surface and seek deep and complete understanding. Weekly testing and in-depth classes are just the beginning of what students learn here at Focused.
Master Level Coach and Founder
Stanford University, A.B. 1994, M.A. 1995, with honors
Columbia Law School, J.D. 2003, Stone Scholar
99+% scores on SAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT
Jason has guided over 20 students to perfect 2400s on the SAT, hundreds of students to SAT scores over 2100, and all students to seats at prestigious universities around the world. Since the redesigned SAT was announced, Jason has been developing a new online curriculum that he hopes to roll out in the next testing season.
Academic and Test Taking Background: Jason graduated with honors and distinction in 1994 with an A.B. and in 1995 with an M.A. in English from Stanford University, where he also studied honors physics and advanced mathematics. In 2003, Jason graduated from Columbia Law School were he earned distinction as a Stone Scholar in 2001 and 2002. Jason has scored 6 consecutive perfect scores on the modern SAT, perfect scores of 800 on the SAT Math I and II subject tests, the SAT Physics subject test, the GRE Math and Reason sections, as well as scoring three separate perfect 800s on the GMAT. On the LSAT, Jason scored a 175 and a 178 out of 180.
Professional Experience and Licensing: Prior to founding Focused, Jason worked as corporate counsel at General Electric during the attempted Honeywell merger, and in federal criminal defense with world renowned defense attorney Leonard Weinglass, who represented the Chicago Seven, and the defendant in the Pentagon Papers case. Jason also practiced patent litigation at Weil, Gotshal and Manges in California, at the time the top rated patent litigators in the world. Jason is currently licensed to practice law both in California and New Jersey, but has not actively practiced since founding Focused.
Other Accomplishments at Focused: Since founding Focused, Jason has written more than 3000 pages of materials, including The Binder, The Math Workbook. He is currently working on a similar set for the redesigned SAT. He has designed the math, reading and writing curricula, which he constantly updates and improves. He has also designed and written the materials for The Young Scholars program, Focused's program for middle schoolers, as well as The Bootcamp Binder, which serves as a guide for the college application process. Jason's tireless drive to improve, combined with his incredible dedication to his students have been the foundation upon which both Focused's and his students' futures have been built.
Master Level Reading and Writing Coach
The School of Visual Arts, BFA. Writing and Film, '96, with honors.
Rhodes Scholarship '96
Winner Chicago Film Festival, Short Film Original Script '96
99+% on SAT Critical Reading and Writing
Since coming on in 2011, Stacy has been running classes with the math specialists at Focused, and has done incredibly well (in October she had 3 of the top 4 highest performing classes). On the old SAT, over 10 students in her classes have received 2400's with many more receiving 800's on Reading and Writing. More recently, she has played an integral part working with Focused team members to help put together a material set for the redesigned SAT. Stacy's current classes for the 1600 SAT are seeing improvements of over 200 points on average.
Professional Experiences and Awards: Stacy was recruited following her Rhodes Scholarship by the NY Yankees to be their Assistant Director of Video Operations. After a World Series winning year with the NY Yankees, Stacy was lured away by the Hollywood film industry to work in the fast-paced world of film publicity. Stacy worked directly with clients such as Fox, Miramax, Universal, Fine Line and Columbia Pictures. She produced national and international "press junkets" for films ranging from mega-blockbusters like Lord of the Rings to artistic, independent films like The Secretary. She was a regular at Cannes, and has worked with almost every major actor or actress alive today. Stacy is also a gourmet chef, who owned and operated her own restaurant for more than 8 years. In 2009, Stacy became the #1 ranked ESPN professional female athlete in the sport of bass fishing. She had her own television show "Off the Hook," until mid-2010. (You can find episodes on YouTube.)
Other Accomplishments at Focused: Stacy is currently restructuring the reading and writing curriculum for the redesigned SAT. Already, she has implemented a new, standardized reading approach, which has proven successful in her first classes, with many students seeing increases of more than 100 points in that section alone. Similarly, Stacy has begun a new year long project to move Focused's materials, approach and personality into the dynamic medium of film and video. Her biggest goal this year, however, is to take a two week vacation.
Master Level Coach
Yale University B.A. 2015
Master Level Writing and College Admissions Coach
99+% scores on SAT, SAT Subject Tests, GRE
George has been teaching summer SAT classes at Focused since 2013 and recently signed on as a full-time instructor to pursue his passion in education. George's teaching has been exceptionally effective, with his best class having a score increase average of 402 points (across three sections). When a father of one of his recent students asked his son "How are you improving so much?" the student replied "Whenever I have trouble with a problem, I just think how would George approach it, and I find the answer."
Academic Background and Work Experience: While at Yale, George pursued a degree in pure mathematics and was one of only a few students to graduate as a mathematics major, as many others had dropped it due to its difficulty. Before coming to Focused, George previously worked as an analyst at a hedge fund, but did not find the experience stimulating and decided that he was much more passionate about molding young minds. George also spent time working for the Department of Justice as an analyst, helping to uncover flaws in pricing models used by banks to buy and sell mortgage backed securities during the financial crisis.
Other Accomplishments at Focused: Along with students in his SAT classes, George's private clients have done extremely well, and his schedule is often booked far in advance. His one-on-one approach has helped students improve as many as 300 points over just four weeks on the old SAT. Similarly, George has multiple students in his current classes for the redesigned SAT who have gone up over 250 points, with one student having an increase of almost 400. He is also actively developing new materials and new methods to teach the new test with other Focused staff members.
Master Level Coach
Rutgers University B.S. 2012
Master Curriculum Developer
99+% scores on SAT, SAT Subject Tests
John signed onto the Focused team in July of 2011 and played an integral role in the completion of the Focused Math Workbook for the 2400 SAT, writing over 500 detailed solutions to SAT math problems. He has worked as a private SAT tutor and as a classroom instructor with Focused for the past 5 years. John's recent classes have seen math improvements of over 100 points on the redesigned SAT.
Academic Background: John spent two years studying Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture at Webb Institute, one of the most selective undergraduate Naval Engineering programs in the country, but left in 2010 to pursue his interest in pure mathematics at Rutgers University, where he graduated in 2012. The incredible work ethic and focus that he acquired from his engineering education and strong background in mathematics have made him an invaluable asset to the Focused staff.
Other Accomplishments at Focused: During his tenure at Focused, John has written thousands of math problems along with detailed answers and explanations. He also created Focused's scoring system, which can process students' tests, quizzes and homeworks in a matter of minutes, as well as a quiz generator that can make a unique and personalized assignment for students based on their mathematical weaknesses. Currently, John is designing material for the redesigned SAT and working on an analytics system to further breakdown students' test, quiz and homework results.
Master Level Coach and Co-Founder
Stanford University, A.B., B.S. 1995
George Mason Law School, J.D. 2007, magna cum laude
99+% scores on SAT, LSAT, GRE
Scott runs a branch of Focused in the greater Washington, D.C. area. He has helped hundreds of students achieve their target scores on the SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. He has also consulted on countless college applications, helping his students to receive admissions to some of the most prestigious undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the country.
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