Like most parents, A Grade Ahead’s founders, Meenal and Parag Singhal, wanted to ensure that they gave their children the best possible future. They believed that the way to achieve success was to provide a strong foundation in academic experience.
In 2001, when Parag and Meenal looked to supplement their son Akshat’s public school education with an educational enrichment program, they were not satisfied with the available options. They did not want an after-school program with monotonous drills. They were looking for a program that promoted analytical thinking and problem solving. Not finding the right answer, the Singhals decided to create their own worksheets and materials. Soon, friends and family began asking if they could also use the material for their children.
While still working full-time jobs, the couple began mailing worksheets around the nation and created a small operation in their basement to fulfill the requests. Realizing there was an untapped need, Parag quit his job to focus on creating the type of educational enrichment program he and his wife (and many others) wanted.
The continuous success of students and praise for A Grade Ahead’s study materials and teaching method led to the opening of the first Learning Center, in Dublin, Ohio in 2006. The concept was expanded in 2012 with the opening of partner-owned and franchised locations. As a testament to the quality of the program, parents whose children have excelled as a result of A Grade Ahead make up the majority of franchisees. Today, there are Enrichment Academies and students throughout the country with plans to expand into new markets.
Find out more about the Singhals’ journey in the recent article in Dublin Life magazine.