A Grade Ahead of Des Moines

230 S 68th Street Suite 1206
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Monday: 5pm - 8pm
Tuesday: 5pm - 8pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 8pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

After–School Enrichment Classes in Math and English! Now Online!

Partner with A Grade Ahead to keep your students learning!

Accelerated Learning

Fundamental and critical thinking skills to enhance progress over time

Weekly Online Classes

Unlike tutoring, a proper lesson is taught each week

Educated Teachers

A teacher, not a tutor, helps your child reach academic success

Small Class Sizes

No more than 8 students to 1 teacher ensures individualized attention

Our Process

Getting ahead in today’s world can be tough. It is not enough to have a basic understanding of concepts, and rote memorization will only get you so far. That’s why at A Grade Ahead, your child will work to achieve a deep understanding of educational concepts and learn how to think critically and problem-solve.



An assessment will determine your child’s strengths and areas of opportunities.



Register your child for weekly classes with your local enrichment academy.



Your child will learn a new skill each week through a traditional lesson taught by the teacher.



Concepts are applied to real-world situations using hands-on activities, word problems, and exercises.



Your child will complete three days of homework to reinforce the weekly concept.



As your child progresses, you will see positive results in their homework, school, and everyday lives.

Our Curriculum

Reinforces essential skills

Promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Applies concepts to real-world problems

Challenges and rewards

Prepares for standardized testing

Aligns with national standards

  • Numerical Fluency
  • Skills Practice
  • Word Problems
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Number Sense
  • Counting
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics

Meet The Owners

A Grade Ahead of Des Moines is owned and operated by Kumar Melam, Pani Baruri, and Shrikar Somayajula. These three partners wanted to bring their love of education to the Des Moines community by opening an enrichment academy. With master’s degrees in business administration and finance, the owners agree that they owe their success to their dedication to education. They have strong roots in the Des Moines, Waukee, Johnston area and have the best interests of your children in their heart.

“Education is the key to a successful future, and because of the curriculum here at A Grade Ahead of Des Moines, we are able to lead our students to their highest academic potential.”– Kumar Melam, Pani Baruri, and Shrikar Somayajula